What Is An Essential Oil?
Plants contain complex and powerful substances known as essential oils. These are
aromatic liquids derived from shrubs, owers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. These distinctive components defend plants from insects, harsh environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Referred to as the essence of the plant, pure essential oils not only protect the plant, but also determine its aroma.
Using Essential Oils
When you first start with essential oils it can be really confusing! We are going to try and make this easy, but informative and still maintain safety first. Read the Safety Guidelines and Tips prior to the use of any essential oil.
There are three basic ways to use oils:
1. Inhale the oils
2. Apply them to your skin
3. Consume or eat them.
Using the fragrance of Real essential oils has been documented throughout time dating back to 4500 BC. It’s how most people are introduced to them.
First we will start with inhaling them, you have a couple of options: you can put a few drops in your hand and smell them directly; or you can put them in a special device called a diffuser that sprays a fine mist into the air. You could even put some in a warm bowl of water to breathe in. We like to put them in a warm bath some nights to relax.
Diffusing is a great way to keep any room smelling fresh and vibrant all day long. It doesn’t heat the oils as extreme heat can compromise the integrity. I do this each day with an uplifting single oil such as lemon or orange, mix them or use a blend such as Purfication.
Next, you have the option of rubbing them on your body to be absorbed. They can be rubbed directly on your skin but each oil is different just as each body is different so reactions can occur. We recommend diluting them with a carrier oil such as Young Living’s V-6 and putting it in a roller. This helps reduce the likelyhood of a rash with the powerful oils and ensures you are getting just enough. It is important to research each oil and how much is needed.
Be warned: Some oils are very powerful and if you rub them directly onto your skin, you may break out in a rash. When using a new oil, it’s best to rub it on only a small area first to see how you react.
We love to make sugar scrubs, body butters and lots of other things with our oils so check out the blog for all kinds of recipes. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list too for tips and tricks and tutorials.
Last, there is the option to consume them. This can be debated on safety and again each oil should be thoroughly researched for proper dilution. And when I say “eat” them – most people just put a drop in their water, juice or tea or even mixed in their food. The blog has lots of our favorite options if this is something you are interested in trying out!
Remember to use real therapeutic oils if you want to try that, as synthetic oils can be dangerous.