Essential oils have been around for a while and have been gaining popularity the past year. I just started getting into them this past winter and don’t think I can go back to not using them! The number of uses for them is endless- skin issues, dietary supplements, immunity boosting, and more. My personal favorite and the most popular is relaxation. Here are a few things I have learned from the past few months of trying out these oils.
What are They?
Essential oils are naturally occurring compounds found in parts of plants, such as the bark, stem, flower, etc. They are very small molecules that change their state quickly, from a solid, liquid, or gas depending on temperature. The properties of these compounds allow them to move through the air and directly interact with our senses. These oils can stimulate specific health benefits in different ways then when we eat food, as they can be absorbed in our nose and through our skin. Plus, there are many oils coming from plants we typically do not include in a frequent diet.
My go-to ways of how to use them is by diffusing them and applying them to my skin. You can get a basic diffuser just about anywhere, and they don’t have to be expensive. I got mine with a set of 8 basic essential oils for roughly $30. Plus, the oils will last you a long time because you only need a few drops for each time you use them. So, if I want to give my bedroom a more relaxed feel before I go to bed, I fill my diffuser with some cold water and about 5-8 drops of lavender oil and let it diffuse for about an hour before I go to bed. If I want an energizing mix, I go for peppermint, sweet orange, and lemon. If I need an afternoon pick me up or feeling stressed, I use lemongrass or rosemary.
Don’t be afraid to mix the oils depending on your mood! I love trying out different combinations and seeing how they make my room smell and if they put me in a better mood. You can diffuse any kind of oil and this part is all about experimenting with what works for you. I have a few go-to essential oil blends I frequently diffuse for recommendations for beginners.
- For the morning:
- 4 drops of peppermint
- 4 drops of lemon
- For when you feel productive:
- 3 drops of rosemary
- 4 drops frankincense
- For clean air:
- 4 drops of lemongrass
- 3 drops of lemon
- For relaxation:
- 4 drops of lavender
- 4 drops of tea tree
When I’m having some issues with my skin or want to take some aromatherapy on the go, I like to apply my essential oils to certain areas. If I have a mosquito bite that’s irritated, I dab a little lavender on the spot to help soothe the itchiness. If I have a headache or feel nauseous, I apply a few drops of peppermint to my temples; it gives a cooling feeling to the skin. Frankincense oil is also great for many skin issues and gives a healthy glow to the face. Tea tree oil is an ingredient used in many acne treatment products since it disinfects infected areas. Sometimes, I add a few drops to my moisturizer and apply it in the morning or night.
Some people prefer putting oils on their stomach or their feet, since they are more porous areas and can be more easily absorbed by the skin. This is a good option if you aren’t a fan of a heavy fragrance close to your nose or you can even dilute the oils in a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil to tone down the potency. If you’re looking for the aroma benefits while you’re away from the diffuser, simply carry your favorite essential oil with you when you need it. You can either smell it throughout the day or apply some to your wrists as you would a fragrance. Some oils also come with roller balls for skin application for this reason.
There’s a lot of other information on essential oils out there, but these are the basics for anyone new to them or want to learn more. If you’re interested in getting started, try doing some of your own research and see how they would most be useful to you. No matter if you’re looking to simply make a room smell better or want to help with a skin issue, I think anyone could benefit from incorporating a more natural option into your everyday life.
Article written by GUADS staff member, Nicole with contributions from doterra.com