It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE essential oils. All things natural and healthy, really. But especially my oils! They smell good, they are powerful, and they WORK. We are at the point now that even my kids run to the oil cabinet and apply something when they need it because they know what oils help with what injury or ailment.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about oils before getting started. Then WHEN you are interested in getting started (because I know you will be 🙂 ) then click the link at the end of this post. Or contact me! As an essential oil educator I LOVE talking and teaching about the wonderful world of essential oils!
- What are essential oils?They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil. What they are: highly concentrated plant constituents that possess potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities. They are the life force of the plant.
- Most essential oils are high in anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties: This makes them an excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations. Oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, Thieves, Purification, and Tea Tree.
- Essential oils are minuscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin and break the blood/brain barrier – making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time – they offer up their healing properties and then pass on through.
- Scientific studies have shown that rosemary essential oil helps your brain perform.Specifically, smelling rosemary essential oil helps memory recall and performance on tests. Interestingly, studies have also shown that groups that inhaled either rosemary or lavender essential oil felt much more relaxed than those who inhaled no odor at all. This is a combo I love to use for my kids while doing school work.
- Not only can essential oils help with physical ailments, they can help with mood, too. Citrus oils (orange,lemon, or grapefruit), or peppermint are found to have uplifting properties. When you think about it, this makes sense. Smells affect us. Pharmaceutical companies use nasal delivery for some medications, so the nose is one means of delivery into the body.
- Many essential oils have been documented, through extensive research, to have many beneficial properties. Essential oils can be supportive to the immune system, moods, skin, muscles and more. And each oil can serve many different purposes. They can be relaxing, uplifting, enhance clarity of thought and support emotional well-being. Each essential oil contains several to several hundred different kinds of molecules, each of which offers benefits in promoting good health, healing and regeneration. The more oils we use, the healthier we get.
- Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing.Generally, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural. (Even if it says natural fragrance.) There is no regulation on the cosmetic industry. They can say “natural” when it is NOT.
- Enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil.In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil.
- Essential oils must be diluted when applying them, to start. They should be combined with carrier oils, waxes, butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures. Because they’re so concentrated, if you don’t dilute, you may end up with an unfortunate reaction (and unhappy skin). There are a few essential oils that are generally recognized as safe to use undiluted, but I recommend to always test first!
- Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child.Children have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults have, and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils.
- To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil (which is probably best to do before using it in a skincare preparation):Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, jojoba, or sweet almond). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of your arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil. Everyone has a different biochemistry. What works for one person may not work as well for another.
- Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children – and avoid contact with your eyes.These are standard safety precautions.
- Not all essential oils are created equally. When you see a wide fluctuation in price, you can bet that the far less expensive one is likely lower in quality. Do your research!
- Purity is paramount! Essential oils are absorbed easily through the skin and carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They can increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity and help our bodies detoxify. By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being. So when applying or diffusing oils, you want top-notch PURE oils.
- Store your essential oils in dark glass bottles and out of direct sunlight.This will help preserve their potency.