Introduction to Essential Oils

Essential oils have been a wellness tool that I have been incorporating into my lifestyle for a little under a year now. And wow have they made a powerful difference! I use them to sleep better, guard against colds, banish bruises, reduce stress, and even clean our home. Thanks to my dear friend Sandy Lotz-Weiner, who has shown me the healing and restorative effects of therapeutic essential oils, I am now a consistent user and promoter of their healing properties.

Being a wellness advocate who concentrates most of my energy into the healing properties of our foods and diets, it is amazing to learn how the benefits of essential oils work much like ingesting healthy and healing foods. If you are looking to feel overall better, increase your happiness, and reduce anxiety, I strongly suggest taking a closer look at integrating essential oils into your daily routine. I hope this information is helpful!

What are essential oils? First used by the ancient Egyptians, essential oils are defined as the volatile (substances that evaporate when exposed to air) liquids that are distilled from plants such as flowers, stems, roots, fruits, etc. Therapeutic essential oils are pure oils that come from well sourced plants as opposed to being manufactured from synthetics, which in return have little to no healing affects, and in some cases can even be harmful to your body. Essential oils embody the regenerating, protective, and immune strengthening properties of plants. They are made up of small molecules in size and therefore can quickly penetrate the skin , allowing their beneficial properties to reach your cell-membranes. They are very powerful anti-oxidants, acting as a strong protector of your cells from disease and free radicals. Many essential oils also have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, and anti-microbial properties. Wow!

How do I use essential oils? Because essential oils are so powerful, only 1-3 drops are needed per application. It is best to dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil. This ensures that most of oil does not evaporate and that it is absorbed into your skin. You may apply the oil to a specific area of concern or the bottoms of your feet, that absorbs oil very fast due to their sizable pores. Another idea is to add 3-6 drops of essential oil to a bath and soak. You may also utilize it as a body spray. Simply fill a small spray bottle with distilled water and add 10-15 drops of your favorite blend or single oil. Shake well and spray onto your entire body after a warm bath or shower.

What type of essential oils are most beneficial? Therapeutic grade essential oils are the best and most healing essential oils. The brands doTerra, Young Living, and Heritage Oils are brands that I would recommend starting with. You can learn more about them and how to purchase them on their individual websites. As for plant specific oils, there are so many that it would be quite an undertaking to list the beneficial properties of each one. But I will name some of my favorites. Orange oil is used to treat anxiety, digestion, fear, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, and is overall uplifting. Geranium is useful for air purification, bruises, diabetes, dry skin, vertigo, and wrinkles. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is beneficial for acne, cold sores, sore throat, wounds, and can be used as a disinfectant and anti-fungal.

Wow! They are expensive! Indeed. Essential oils can be extremely costly, especially when dealing with high quality (yet effective) products. This is why I love to dilute my oils for application in a roller ball. You simply take a roller ball (very inexpensive and easy to obtain through websites such as amazon) and fill it almost to the top with a carrier oil. Place 6-10 drops of essential oil into the carrier oil and pop the rollerball on top and fasten with the screw top. Because essential oils are so potent, diluting them makes them most affordable and not to mention.... user friendly!

I hope everyone has an amazing week!