A beginner's guide to essential oils, their uses and benefits
Essential oils are an integral part of my rewild lifestyle and I know they will add tremendous value to your own life. Below I have provided a beginners guide to information, benefits and uses that you can easily incorporate into your daily life!
Hope you enjoy and cheers to plant power!
What are essential oils and how do they help?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.
Just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet can:
Fight cold and flu symptoms
Relax your body and soothe sore muscles Heal skin conditions
Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
Clean your home
Used in homemade personal care products
Essential oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree, and just one drop can have powerful health benefits.
They are typically created through the process of distillation, which separates the oil and water-based compounds of a plant by steaming.
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma.
By concentrating the oils of these plants, you are literally separating the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil.
These therapeutic oils in plants protect the plant from insects, shield the plant from a harsh environment and help them adapt to their surroundings. By taking essential oils, you are harnessing the protective and healing powers of a plant.
Essential oils are composed of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some compounds in essential oils can even cross the blood-brain barrier. They differ from fatty oils (like those in vegetables or nuts) that come from large molecules because they cannot penetrate your cells, so they are not therapeutic in the same manner.
Top 15 Essential Oils Health Benefits
Each and every essential oil contains compounds with unique healing and therapeutic benefits. Here are some of the most popular essential oils and how to use them.
Anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and antioxidant protection.
Improves circulation, reduces varicose veins, lifts confidence and can help heal broken bones.
Improves respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis, and allergies. Also invigorating and purifies the body.
Builds immunity, reduces inflammation, heals age spots, supports the brain and may help fight cancer.
Reduces inflammation, supports joints, improves digestion and relieves nausea.
Supports metabolism and cellulite reduction. Mix with coconut oil and rub on areas of cellulite or take a few drops internally with water.
Helps with relaxation, improves mood and heals burns and cuts.
Great to use in homemade cleaning products, improves lymph drainage and cleanses the body.
Natural antiseptic and can prevent or reduce infections. Also, supports beautiful skin, reducing stretch marks and hormone balance.
Powerful anti-microbial properties, can kill fungus and help you kick a cold fast.
Supports digestion, improves focus, boosts energy, fever reducer, headache and muscle pain relief.
Incredible for reducing skin inflammation and great for creating glowing skin. Add a few drops to your facial moisturizer. Also, one of the most valued essential oils in the world at $1000+ for 15ml.
Can naturally thicken hair so it is great to add to homemade shampoos. Also, it improves brain function and memory so it’s great to use when working, reading or studying.
Natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, reduces bad odors and can help stimulate the immune system.
The natural aphrodisiac that improves libido and can also improve energy.
Different oils can be blended together to enhance each’s energy or can be blended with a base oil to be used for massage, shower gels or body lotions.
Essential Oil Applications
Ready to let essential oils guide you back to health? Here are the four most common ways these healing oils are used today:
Essential oils have a very small size and the chemical weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule). This means that essential oils are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the bloodstream and into different areas of the body for internal therapeutic benefits.
Using a diffuser can help you experience the benefits of essential oils. You can diffuse lavender to reduce stress, melaleuca to cleanse the air, wild orange to improve mood, frankincense for spiritual enlightenment and peppermint to improve focus and energy.
Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Most essential oils are safe for internal use but a little bit goes a long way. Usually, 1-3 drops are plenty mixed with water.
Oils like peppermint, lemon, and frankincense have great internal benefits and can be taken with water. Other essential oils like clove and oregano need to be diluted and shouldn’t be taken internally for more than 1 week.
This is an excellent way to take advantage of essential oils to improve your beauty, home, and long-term health. Some of the best DIY recipes to use essential oils with include: shampoo, body butter, toothpaste, bug spray, lip balm and household cleaner.
Best Carrier Oils For Aromatherapy
Essential oils are extremely small so they can pass through the skin and into the body quickly. But if you want to keep the oils on your skin and dilute them to create more gentleness on the skin you can combine them with carrier oils.
These larger oils that come from the fatty part of the plant can increase the length of time the essential oils stay on your skin and also prolong the aromatherapy effects.Some people mistakenly think using carrier oils reduces the effectiveness of the oil but really it can be the opposite. Dilution increases the surface area of absorption and with certain oils can prevent sensitivities.
Common carrier oils include:
Almond oil Avocado Coconut oil Jojoba oil Olive oil
Essential Oils For Skin and Beauty
The good news is you can create your own skin and beauty products that are more effective than any conventional product on the market. Here are some benefits of specific oils:
Calm irritated skin – lavender and roman chamomile Reduce age spots – frankincense
Thicken hair – rosemary and sage
Natural SPF skin protection – helichrysum and myrrh Improve acne – melaleuca (tea tree) and geranium
Essential Oils For Hair Growth
Essential oils for hair loss can make a significant difference at stopping it in its tracks. Oils of rosemary, lavender, and sage can all help naturally thicken hair by stimulating the hair follicles.
Clary sage and lavender support hair growth by balancing estrogen levels and rosemary essential oil works by inhibiting DHT (dihydroxy- testosterone) which stops hair loss. Here is how to naturally thicken hair with essential oils:
1. Put 10 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of lavender oil on different areas of your scalp.
2. Gently massage into scalp for 2 minutes.
3. Put a hot towel around your head and sit for 20 minutes. 4. Finally, wash hair with natural homemade shampoo.
Essential Oils Bug Spray
Unfortunately, most people turn to chemicals sprays like DEET that is highly toxic to the body instead of using all-natural mosquito repellent and essential oil bug sprays. Here are the top essential oils to repel insects:
Rub or spray all over the body to repel bugs.
Natural First Aid Kit
Having a homemade first aid kit on hand for the everyday wound, sting, sunburn, muscle pain or injury is always a good idea.
Essential oils are used widely as natural medicine but without the side effects of conventional drugs like aspirin and antibiotics.
Here are some of the most common essential oils everyone should have stored in their personal medicine cabinet:
Lavender – to heal burns, cuts, rashes, stings, reduce anxiety and help sleep after trauma.
Peppermint – to improve pain in joints, muscles, relieve digestive issues, reduce fevers, clear sinuses, improve asthma, bronchitis and relieve headaches.
Frankincense – anti-inflammatory, heal bruising, reduce scars, boost immunity and emotional well-being.
Melaleuca – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, can be used to prevent and reduce infection and clean air of pathogens and allergens.
Other oils you may want to have on hand to makeover your medicine cabinet include: eucalyptus, oregano, and clove.
Hope this information aids you on your journey to be more rooted in nature! Feel free to drop me a line with questions in how I can help you with your essential oil journey!
Founder of The Rooted Method
Disclaimer: If you do fancy any of the oil for your own life, please consider purchasing them through the affiliate links in each individual description. The small amount of money from the oils goes to support this blog, business and helping you live a more nature-based life! Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions about how to use the oils in any way!