Essential Oil Basics - 5 Minute Read
What are Essential Oils?
What are essential oils? Inside every plant in its roots, seeds, flowers, fruit or even bark are concentrated and highly potent chemical compounds. These compounds occur naturally and are called essential oils. Essential oils are generally known as the
essence of a plant. Distilled and prepared for you to bring the power of nature into your home and life.
The benefits that come from essential oils differ from plant to plant and even species to species. Each different plant and plant species will have a different purpose. By combining different essential oils and using different ratios you can create different effects. In every plant their own essential oil provides different things. Some protect from hazardous environments. Others could protect them from harmful animals or insect's and others might attract bees for pollination. Each one varies widely.
“There are no wasted efforts in nature”
Buying Essential Oils:
It's crucial when buying essential oils to know exactly where they came from, and how they were distilled. But most importantly when buying essential oils, you want to buy 100% natural. So, you know you're not getting any harmful chemicals. Check out each brand's labels. 90% of the time labels are your guide to the best essential oils. Avoid labels that say, “fragrance oil” “nature identical oil” or “perfume”. Don't be fooled by this labeling, they are not real essential oils. At one point they might have been, but they are so heavily tampered with they are no longer the same thing anymore. The label should say essential oil and state the botanical name of the oil.
Most Commonly used & Why
Ready to use essential oils at home? Creating your own aromatherapy kit can be very helpful. Here are my top five essential oils to start with, for starting your own aromatherapy home kit. Number one, is lavender for sleep, number two, is lemon for cleaning and uplifting. Number three, is eucalyptus for stress. Number four, is Tea Tree for removing odors and stimulating mental focus. Number five, is peppermint for energizing and nausea.
These five are the most commonly used and most helpful in a variety of ways. When first starting to use essential oils, it's a lot to tackle a lot of money to spend to buy all of them. So, by starting with these five, you'll have a well-rounded kit to start with, and once you've mastered these ones you can move on to buying more and expanding your kit.
Lavender: lavender helps stimulate sleep, relaxation and encourages a peaceful and calm rest. It can also help slow down wrinkles and scarring. Lavender also helps with pain associated with sunburns and Bee stings.
Lemon: Lemon is the most used for an uplifting smell and sometimes used as a cleaning agent. Lemon also helps support your immune system.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is great for helping reduce congestion and respiratory issues. Eucalyptus can also help ease discomfort from aches in your muscles and joints most commonly associated with aging. Using small amounts of eucalyptus can also help stimulate mental focus.
Tea Tree: Tea tree helps remove odors and is known to help treat skin problems. Like lemon tea tree oil also makes a great cleaning agent.
Peppermint: Peppermint is used as an energizer; peppermint can also help with nausea head tension,
and can be used as a stimulant for mental focus. Peppermint itself is cooling to the skin.
Now you know how to buy them and what to buy. Where do you buy them? Sage Natural Wellness sells 100% natural essential oils. Sage also sells a lot of others essential oils and kits they’ve designed. Which can also be helpful. You can also check out your local farm store or Community Store for more locally sourced ones. Most grocery stores will often sell a generic brand. At a lower price. However, the more generic brands often don't carry as natural ingredients.
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