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Welcome to Essential Oils 101: Do They Work?

Today, we're going to be learning about essential oils: what they are, why you should use them, how to use them safely and responsibly… all that good stuff!


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What are Essential Oils?


Essential oils (EO) are the volatile oils that exist within plants. You might've heard of tea tree oil or lavender essential oils; these are both examples. While we go over this more in-depth in the "How to Use" section, there's a good bit of difference between EOs and other products.


Essential oils are very potent, yet natural, healing agents that aren't limited by containers, bottle sizes or dilution. This is because each container contains such a small amount of essential oil — it would take hundreds of bottles to hold just one ounce of EO!


Why Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for centuries to heal, protect and comfort. The inherent healing properties in each oil vary from plant to plant, but it's generally accepted that using essential oils is superior to taking supplements. While the initial health benefit is similar, EOs often cost less and can be used to provide:


A sense of well-being. The aroma from essential oils is often uplifting, comforting or grounding.


A natural solution. Essential oils address healing issues at their source — the underlying cause of health problems. Once ingested as a supplement, the effects are limited and don't last as long as EOs.


A simple solution. EOs are widely used in many ways, from diffusers to massage oils to capsule supplements. They're effective and easy to use!


An alternative treatment. Essential oils usually don't require any part of the plant but the leaves or flowers collected at their peak, so they're renewable resources with care taken not to damage the plant.


How to Use Essential Oils Safely and Responsibly


Essential oils are much more potent than their natural counterparts (flowers, fruits and vegetables). You can use them safely and responsibly by:


Using a carrier oil. EOs should never be applied "neat" — undiluted — to your skin. A small amount of carrier oil can be blended with EOs to dilute them for safe use. This isn't required, but it's the best way to know how much you're getting in each serving!


Using an essential oil diffuser. To get your daily dose, mix a few drops of EO into water and place it in an essential oil diffuser.


Following the included instructions. Most essential oils come with detailed usage instructions, so make sure to read them before use!


Conducting a skin patch test. If you're new to using EOs, it's best to conduct a skin patch test first. Use one drop of diluted essential oil on your arm and keep it covered for 24 hours.


Avoiding certain oils. Some essential oils aren't safe to use during pregnancy or with small children, so make sure you read up on the safety information included with your oil!


What are the top 4 essential oils?


The top 4 essential oils are lavender, peppermint, jasmine and rose.


All these essential oils can be used in aromatherapy to calm the mind or promote mental ability, ease tension or pain or offer physical support during times of stress. Please note that lavender, and peppermint should not be applied directly on the skin without being blended with a carrier oil or mixed with another essential oil as they can cause irritation.

Lavender – Lavender has a strong and refreshing scent that can help to ease tension or anxiety. It also has properties that promote relaxation and improved sleep quality which is why it's commonly used as an ingredient in aromatherapy. The oil from lavender flowers can be used both topically and via inhalation to reduce stress, anxiousness and insomnia.


Peppermint – Peppermint has a nice cooling sensation that can help to reduce pain, inflammation and muscle tension. It is typically used in aromatherapy to promote alertness and relieve stress. The oil from peppermint leaves or flowers can be applied topically or via inhalation to ease indigestion, stuffy nose and headaches as well as treat urinary tract infections.


Jasmine – Jasmine oil is used for its relaxing properties. It works on the nervous system to help reduce stress and anxiety while easing tension in muscles so you can sleep better. The oil from the jasmine flower can be applied topically or via inhalation to treat headaches and heart palpitations as well as promote restful sleep.


Rose – Rose has a soothing scent and is used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety, depression and stress. The oil from rose hips or the petals of the rose flower can be applied topically or via inhalation to reduce pain and swelling due to injuries such as burns and to accelerate wound healing.


These are not the only essential oils used to reduce stress - they are simply the 4 most common ones. Try 2 Life Health's Organic Handmade Bath Bombs collection made with natural ingredients and essential oils with refreshing scents: Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Lemon. Learn more about the properties here: https://www.2lifehealth.com/bath-bomb-collection


 

We hope you've learned a lot from reading this article. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!



 

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