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Finding the Right Essential Oil for Your Needs

Essential oils have become a  compliment or alternative medicine over the past couple of years thanks to awareness being raised across the internet and in the media. To add to the benefits, they’re also incredibly soothing and help to keep our homes free of foul odors, but what exactly can these essential oils do for our health?

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most beneficial properties of essential oils and which to pick for your needs.

Using Essential Oils

To start, let’s go through some basics on how essential oils should be used.

  1. Never apply essential oils directly to the skin from the bottle. If you want to use them topically, ensure that you have diluted them in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil or jojoba oil. You will need a separate container to mix them, such as another vial.

  2. Always read the ingredients and look closely at the labels of essential oils that you buy. You want to purchase a pure oil and NOT a knockoff that has mixed several oils. Mixtures are fine, but they must contain pure essential oils and not watered-down versions.

  3. Many essential oils are toxic to the human body and should not be consumed unless you have specific direction from a healthcare professional to do so. You will be given instructions on how to do this.

  4. Always test essential oils in small batches. For instance, if you apply it topically, do it on a small patch of your skin to check for allergies or side effects. Immediately stop using essential oils if they are causing side effects such as skin rashes.

  5. To inhale essential oils, you can place a few drops into a bowl of steaming water and inhale the fumes. Putting a towel over your head to cover the bowl can help make this more efficient. You can also use a diffuser or place a few drops onto a cotton ball, so they naturally evaporate.

Now that we’ve gone through the basics let’s take a look at some of the most common essential oils to use.

  • Peppermint

Contains a minty and herbal scent that helps to relieve stomach problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been shown to reduce headaches and also indigestion and provides a cooling effect when applied on the skin. It can help with muscle pain, itches, and even sunburn. It’s essential that you do not ingest peppermint essential oil as it can cause damages to your body.

  • Spearmint

A slightly sweeter version of peppermint oil. It has a similar aroma with similar benefits but has also been found to contain antifungal properties. Do not ingest spearmint essential oil and speak to a doctor before using it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Ylang Ylang

A powerfully sweet yet spicy fragrance that has been shown to help with relaxation and self-esteem. It could also act as a repellent towards insects and is found in many cosmetics due to its beauty benefits.

  • Lavender

A common essential oil that can help relax your senses and help you sleep. Topical application can help with itching and breathing it (such as adding it to a hot bath or diffuser) can help relieve stress and help with headaches. It has been known to irritate the skin so do a patch test before using it more often.

  • Rose

Rose essential oil has a sweet floral scent that has been shown to reduce anxiety. It even contains antioxidant properties that could help with acne and improve your complexion for a younger look. However, it can cause skin irritation so make sure to test it on a small patch of skin.

  • Lemon

A citrusy oil with plenty of antioxidants, the lemon essential oil is fantastic for fighting against inflammation and boosting your energy levels. You can apply it topically but should only be used at night and washed off in the morning.

  • Orange

Another citrusy essential oil packed with vitamin C that can provide skin care benefits and boost your immune system. It can also be used to help treat anxiety, but it needs to be diluted well cannot be applied topically unlike lemon essential oil.

  • Oregano

Often used as a spice, the essential oil form of oregano has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral benefits that can treat a wide range of conditions. It can be used in aromatherapy or applied topically.

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