Essential Oils Guide
~ Uses for Essential Oils ~
Essential oils are extracted from plants. These oils have healing and medicinal properties, but are also used for beauty and skin treatments, beautifully scented homemade soaps, potpourri, candles and bath salts. Essential oils are also synonymous with helping health problems; from as little as an insect bite to more complex problems such as depression and IBS for example. Working with fragrances by using essential oils is also known as aromatherapy.
Popular Essential Oils and How they are Used
A look at some of the popular essential oils and their benefits will enlighten you further.
Basil Oil strengthens the nervous system and reduces anxiety and stress. Reduces cramps and disinfects. Helps against flatulence and depression.
Bergamot Oil is stimulating, refreshing, energizing and reducing stress and anxiety. Also works against cramp and is calming.
Cypress Oil is soothing, stimulating and invigorating. Soothes irritation and anger. It works well with fluid retention, varicose veins and menstrual symptoms.
Lemon Oil refreshes and cheers. Lowers blood pressure. The detoxifying effect helps digestion, reduces stomach acid, strengthens immune system and tightens the skin.
Eucalyptus Oil is known as a remedy for respiratory problems. The essential oil is also good to use in a steam bath. It also reduces fevers, soothes inflammation, infection goes against and fights fatigue.
Geranium Oil with its floral fragrance, works against anger, depression, anxiety and regulates sebum secretion.
Chamomile Oil is a mild oil that can also be used for children for healing and analgesic effects. It increases resistance and is suitable for muscle or menstrual cramps. It also helps with dry, chapped skin and eczema.
Cinnamon Oil stimulates body and mind with its deliciously spicy scent. It drives away fatigue and stimulates vitality.
Lavender Oil is one of the most versatile oils. This essential oil has an antiseptic effect and prevents scarring. The relaxing effect promotes sleep. Discover 15 uses for Lavender here.
Rosemary Oil stimulates circulation and works as a diuretic and is therefore very helpful with cellulite. Rosemary can be used for low blood pressure, dizziness, diabetes, painful menstrual periods, migraine, muscle pain, chills, fatigue and joint pain.
Sandalwood Oil can be used for acne, dry, cracked skin, bronchitis, dry cough, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vaginal discharge, insomnia, depression and stress-related symptoms.
Tea Tree Oil has a naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effect and you can use it to treat bacterial and fungal infections, pain, flu, colds, athlete’s foot, ringworm, itching, lice, acne and, pimples.
How to Use Essential Oils
There are several ways to use essential oils to reap their benefits.
Essential oils are highly concentrated products. Pure ingestion is therefore prohibited. They need to be diluted. However, as their name suggests, the essential oils are oils and are not soluble in water. Sugar, honey or even a spoonful of oil is required to dilute them. Treat essential oils with respect…they are powerful!
Electric diffusers, wooden sticks, ceramic cups, soaked cloths – the means of diffusion are almost as numerous as the essential oils. The electric diffusers allow rapid and effective dissemination but consequently, use up the oils faster use. However, avoid leaving diffusers too long (more than 20 minutes at a time) and ensure good ventilation in the area.
Some essential oils can be placed on a tissue near the pillow or a soft piece of cloth to gently inhale. And very simply, a few drops of essential oils with respiratory benefits can also be placed in a bowl of hot water and breathed in with a towel on your head.
Just like direct consumption, essential oils should never be applied to the skin without diluting them first. (Lavender oil is about the only exception) Essential oils dilute well in vegetable oils or cosmetic creams. They can be used for massage, skin care applications, homemade beauty products including shampoos and toothpastes. Not more than 15 to 20 drops in 50ml base of oil or cream is recommended. If you suffer from headaches, try our headache remedy recipe using essential oils here.
For use in the bath, do not pour directly into the water but dilute the oil beforehand in bath salts, milk or vegetable oil. Many people are allergic to certain compounds of essential oils. Before use in contact with the skin, always do a skin test first.
Finally, some essential oils can be used to flavor food. Once again, use sparingly. One to two drops are quite enough in general. I love using peppermint oil when making peppermint based recipes. Specialized books will give you proper advice to determine which essential oils to use and at what dosage.
Uses for Essential Oils Infographic Source: Visually.
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