Picking Your Essential Oils

Picking your essential oils

Evolving and expanding, the world of aromatherapy is growing at a rapid rate. As vast as it is intriguing, figuring out the right essential oil for you can be confusing.

From their incredible healing properties to enhancing your mood, essential oils are one of nature’s worst kept secrets. What’s more, are they really that powerful? 

Restorative, calming and energising are fair descriptions, but how does that relate to essential oils? 

Although derived from natural materials, essential oils are incredibly potent, and you need to know your stuff before handling them!

Read on to see our guide:

What are essential oils for?

Let’s start at the beginning. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. From the Ancient Egyptians to modern-day holistic care, these plant extracts have been transforming lives ever since they were discovered. 

Today you are more likely to see essential oils used for aromatherapy, treating skin conditions and soothing muscle inflammation. As the beauty industry catches on to their unique benefits, you can find essential oils in anything from skincare to personal care products. 

Beyond beauty, essential oils are found in home cleaning products as well as general wellbeing. With a broad range of applications, many essential oils like lavender and sweet orange can be used in a variety of ways. 

Carrier substances

Before you pick your essential oil, you should consider how you are going to dilute them. Exposed to the air alone, essential oils evaporate quickly and lose their effectiveness. If used on the skin undiluted, you could incur a severe skin reaction. 

Think of a carrier oil as a base. Oils like sweet almond, olive, sunflower, jojoba and grape-seed are perfect dilutants for your chosen essential oil. 

Although your personal needs dictate your dilution ratio, the general rule of thumb is 1% to 5% dilution. Checking out a handy dilution guide beforehand is worth its weight in gold. 

Problem sleeper

Insomnia and a terrible nights sleep in general are enough to make anyone feel lousy. Throughout the centuries, the world over has seen how powerful aromatherapy can be.

Countless studies have marvelled at the benefits of aromatherapy aiding sleep and reducing stress. One study suggested that a combination of lavender, neroli and chamomile reduced the anxiety levels in their ICU patients, while their sleep quality improved. 

Perhaps the reason lavender is so often linked with better sleep is that history has shown us it works! Having an open jar or gentle diffuser full of lavender oil next to your bed will let you reap the benefits all night long. 

Deeper and more restorative sleep is possible! 

Other known sleep enhancers are Ylang ylang, marjoram, clary sage, frankincense, patchouli - to name a few. 

Relax and soothe anxiety

Some essential oils can automatically make you feel calmer and more at ease. When you breathe in a soothing scent, your brain is automatically bombarded with signals to help you relax. 

Orange extract is a highly beneficial essential oil. After all, it’s not the sunshine fruit for nothing! Known for its antidepressant properties, as well as its calming and sedative effects, this is an excellent addition to your essential oil library. 

Massaging an oil blend to all your pressure points, like your temples, will give you instant relief. 

Sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lemon, chamomile, rose, and clary sage are all excellent choices for those who want a soothing scent. 

Reclaim your concentration!

The minutes ticking by are a sure sign that you have lost your concentration. With a couple of hours left in your working day, you need a helpful boost to keep you going. 

Focus can be hard to come by, but having your favourite refreshing scent blend on hand can completely transform your day. Infuse your essential oils and carry around a spritzing spray to keep you going. 

Beat burnout and mental fatigue with basil, peppermint and helichrysum. If you need help retaining information, a good whiff of peppermint will improve your brain function by 75%. 

So keep your eye on the ball with the help of your chosen essential oils. Cedar, grapefruit, juniper, pine and vetiver are also recommended to beat your mental slump. 

You don’t need more coffee!

With so many of us depending on caffeine to get us through the day, it’s no wonder so many people are turning to essential oils to calm their addiction. 

Throughout the day, we all encounter mood swings and plummeting energy levels. Fortunately, some essential oils can help. 

Alleviating fatigue, stress and boosting your mood, citruses are a firm favourite. Other re-energising uplifting oils include black pepper, peppermint, cinnamon, eucalyptus, orange, grapefruit and rosemary. 

 

Ready to reinvigorate your lifestyle? Energising, restorative and inducing sleep, essential oils have never looked so good!

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