Essential Oils: The Ultimate Guide

Essential Oils: The Ultimate Guide

What are essential oils?

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Essential Oils are highly concentrated plant extracts used for centuries as a form of alternative medicine to support health and well-being.

Essential Oils are extracted through steam distillation or cold-pressing, hydrodistillation, hydrodiffusion.

When inhaled, Essential Oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that involves the sense of smell, behaviors, emotions, and long-term memory.

Nourish your mind, body and soul with the right wellness rituals. Essential oils have been used for centuries to support health and overall wellness, they can be used topically after dilution, vaporized with a diffuser or inhaled.  

What are the benefits of essential oils?

Essential oils have been used for centuries to support wellness and health. There's a wide variety of essential oils available and each with its own unique makeup and composition. Some are valued for their delightful smell, and others for their remarkable healing properties.

 

Popular types of essential oils and their properties:

Peppermint: Stimulating, Energizing, Focus, Decongesting

Lavender: Relaxing, Firming, Anti-inflammatory, Comforting

Sandalwood: Cleansing, Calming, Anti-inflammatory, Hydrating

Rose: Comforting, Relaxing, Aphrodisiac, Soothing

Chamomile: Soothing, Relaxing, Antiseptic, Detoxifying

Ylang Ylang: Restoring, Relaxing, Purifying, Aphrodisiac

Tea Tree: Purifying, Uplifting, Stimulating, Decongesting

Jasmine: Regenerating, Calming, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac 

Lemon: Cleansing, Energizing, Antiseptic, Antioxidant

Rosemary: Focus, Energizing, Stimulating, Anti-inflammatory

 

Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oil benefits

Stress and anxiety

Inital studies have been quite positive concerning aromatherapy and the effects that essential oils have in reducing stress and anxiety. According to a research conducted in 2012, Lavender aromatherapy is thought to calm anxiety by impacting the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls emotions.

 

Headaches and migranes

According to an old Persian headache remedy, applying a mixture of Chamomile essential oil with Argan oil is said to relieve a headache. Based on a recent study, applying both Peppermint and Lavender essential oil has shown to reduce headaches.

 

Sleep and insomnia 

According to National Library of Medicine studies aromatherapy may be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medications for enhancing sleep. Oils like Lavender, Jasmine, Chamomile and Clary Sage are known to support better sleep quality.

 

Different essential oils have many different health benefits that are not only to aid in sleep, stress and headaches, but also to support balance, help relieve muscle soreness and fatigue, enhance energy and focus and much more.

How Essential Oils Are Made?

Producing essential oils of the highest grades is truly an art form. It takes a delicate balance of time, temperature and pressure during the distillation process to ensure the most complete range of molecular components is extracted. The finer oils will have the most wonderful aromatic bouquets for this reason - they contain a breadth of compounds when inhaled together give an oil a brilliant aroma. Relatively few essential oils are produced in this manner - many are destined for large manufacturing processes, and will not have the same aromas and therapeutic effects of the highest-grade oils.

Therapeutic and spiritual use of essential oils dates back thousands of years - essential oils were used by the ancient Egyptians along with many other ancient cultures. Hundreds of references to their healing properties in the Christian Bible, along with anointing for spiritual growth and insight. Frankincense resin continues to be used in the Catholic church today during mass as a purifying and uplifting aromatic incense - a similar application of essential oils can be the anointing of the third eye or temples with Frankincense, MyrrhCedarwoodSandalwood or a combination of these mind-centering aromatics.

Modern use of essential oils in natural health, wellness and fitness programs began with the discovery of Lavender's healing properties by a French scientist in the middle of the last century. Lavender was found to have effective healing properties for skin wounds, strong anti-inflammatory properties, and wonderful calming effects when inhaled.

Most essential oils display antibacterial effects, some also with strong antiviral properties as well. They can be used to fight infectious illness, or support the immune system to prevent the onset of illness in the first place. It does take a qualified practitioner, or a significantly strong knowledge to choose the right oil for each condition.

 

How to enhance your home with essential oils and diffusers

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Essential oils have a broad range of medicinal and therapeutic properties. Their antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties make them a valuable product in your cabinet.

 

Essential oils have also been proven to promote healthy sleep, help relieve headaches, and alleviate pain. Also, essential oils may improve skin conditions, help treat the common cold, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. 

 

Scent Your Space With A Diffuser

diffuser is a means to disperse essential oils into the air. We have picked out the safest and most effective ways to scent your space and boost your wellness:

  • Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil on our Earth Diffuser, place it next to your bed and get ready for a blissful good night's sleep.
  • Keep your cabinets and clothes smelling fresh; place an Earth Diffuserin your cabinet after adding a total of 2-3 drops of Lemon and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
  • The black ribbon on our Earth Diffusermakes it easy to hang it in your car to keep it smelling clean and crisp.
  • Suitable for placement around your desk, the Earth Diffuseris a great way to scent your space naturally and subtly.
  • For Open spaces, use the Ascent Diffuserto scent your atmosphere and possibly ward off unwanted mosquitos with a total of 10 drops of Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils.
  • During office hours, spike up your concentration by diffusing 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Peppermint oil, 3 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil and 1 drop of Rosemary essential oil in our Ascent Diffuser.
  • Set up a romantic evening; Diffuse a blend of the most amorous scents: 3 drops of Jasmine essential oil, 3 drops of Rose essential oil, and 2 drops of Sandalwood essential oil.

In short, Essential oils are nature’s gift to elevate your wellness and lifestyle, it’s potential and uses are infinite. From ancient times to recent studies essential oils are undoubtedly a great source of natural remedies.


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