The global essential oil market is expected to be worth upwards of fifteen billion Canadian dollars by 2023. More and more of us are turning to these oils because of their health benefits.
The aromas from the oils offer stimulation for massages and in aromatherapy. Essential oils can help us relax. By using them, you can quite literally be pouring oil on troubled waters.
The oils can also help us stay healthy. Normally there are no side effects when they're used correctly. They're therefore seen as a useful complement or alternative to conventional medicines.
Incorporating essential oils into your life is going to have a positive impact. We're going to show you how and why. Our handy guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started. Breathe in the stimulating fragrances and relax.
What Are Essential Oils?
They are highly concentrated extracts from plants. The oil that's produced from the plant is extremely powerful.
They carry the essential fragrance or aroma of the plant from which they are extracted. Most come from specific parts of the plant they're named after. Other oils come from seeds, leaves, or roots.
Essential oils have health benefits too. A professional practitioner may use around three hundred essential oils. When used at home, most people would have a stock of far fewer varieties.
A Little Bit of History
Records show that aromatic oils were used in Egyptian culture in around 4500 BC. Many essential oils were considered sacred and of high value.
A thousand years or so later, we know essential oils were used in India and China as remedies for common ailments. There are more than two hundred references to essential oils in the Bible. The Greeks and Romans also used them extensively.
Europeans took to using essential oils following the Crusades. There are books dating back to the seventeenth century full of herbal remedies for medical conditions. By the Second World War, injured soldiers were being treated with oils.
Let's Get Started
The best advice to get going would be to start relatively small and grow your collection. At first, you only need a handful of oils to take care of most of our usual healthcare needs.
Remember too that you will only ever be using small quantities. Essential oils are a precious commodity and can be used in different ways.
It's better to start learning a lot about a few oils rather than begin with a huge essential oil collection. Many oils have similar therapeutic properties. You don't need to buy everything straightaway to cover the majority of your needs.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
The quality of essential oils can vary. A lot is going to depend on how the plants from which they were extracted were grown and harvested.
We pride ourselves in offering products that are natural and non-toxic and that are gentle on our planet. Our range of essential oils is carefully selected to ensure the highest quality standards are met.
Because of how they're produced, essential oils are going to be more natural than many of the products we keep in the bathroom or kitchen. However, not all of them suit every person, so we need to learn to use these oils safely.
Some oils are safe for lots of uses and some are great for getting started. Others though can sometimes cause irritation and allergic reactions, especially when used incorrectly. Stick to safer oils when you're setting out.
How to Ingest Oils
One of the most effective ways to take in your essential oil is to inhale it.
Sometimes this is all that is needed to take care of whatever issue you're dealing with. This could be getting calmer before going to bed or soothing a headache. Using a diffuseris a great way to help you breathe in your favorite aromas
Adding drops of oil to a hot bath is also a perfect way to enjoy your favorite oils. Inhalation is the recommended method for younger children to soak up the fragrances from essential oils.
Administering the oil directly on to the body, often in a diluted form like perfume, is very effective too. You should follow the manufacturers instructions when it comes to quantities. Ingesting essential oils orally is not recommended.
How Much Oil Should I Be Using?
It's important to get the proportions right when you're using essential oils. These oils are highly concentrated, so we are talking about using drops rather than large quantities.
You may find it best to dilute your essential oil in a carrier oil. Rosehip oil and Jojoba oils would be perfect choices. They can bring even more benefits than using the essential oil in an undiluted form as they act as natural moisturizers.
You can mix these together in the palm of your hand. You should follow the instructions that come with your oils to get the proportions right.
A smaller amount of essential oil is generally recommended for use directly on to the face, especially for children or for those with sensitive skin. Pregnant women and the elderly should also stick to this lower dilution.
You can then gradually increase the proportion of essential oil as you learn what works best for you. You may need a greater proportion of essential oil for massages, for example.
Choose a Lavender Oil First
Lavender is the perfect starter oil. You should go for a French lavender or Bulgarian variety. This oil is very safe and has many useful properties. It's calming and can also help to fight off infections.
Lavender oil can also be combined as a blend with other oils for specific purposes. This includes fighting nasal congestion, bruising, and menstrual pain. Its properties are so diverse it's become known as the 'swiss army knife' of essential oils.
It's known to help in reducing feelings of nausea, concentration loss, anxiety, stress, and allergy attacks. Next time you have a vaccination or give blood, try inhaling French lavender oil before and afterward.
One of the chemicals found in lavender oxidizes easily. Oxidized lavender is more likely to cause skin irritation. It's important to keep bottles of lavender closed tightly. They should also be stored in a dry, cool place.
Growing Your Collection of Oils
Your starter kit does not need to include hundreds of oils. As you learn more, you can add to your collection once you understand the properties of oils. Choose wisely and ensure you are aware of any potential adverse reactions.
Here is a list of some essential oils to get you started along with the lavender varieties mentioned earlier.
1. Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Organic)
This is a great oil for nourishing dry or irritated skin when mixed with your chosen carrier oil. It can be used in the same way as a cream or ointment. The distinct orange fragrance gives an uplifting feeling promoting happiness and warmth.
2. Cedarwood Essential Oil (Organic)
This is used as an antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It also has insecticide and antifungal properties. Cedarwood oil is also one of a group of essential oils thought to improve hair growth.
3. Tea Tree Essential Oil (Organic)
Tea tree oil is popular as a treatment for acne. This is because it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Some people claim it can reduce acne scars and bring about a smoother, clearer skin.
4. Rosemary Essential Oil (Organic)
This oil contains camphor, giving it a slightly different aroma to the freshly cut herb. It has a fragrance that stimulates, refreshes, and invigorates. It's used as an expectorant and decongestant too. It helps with a range of respiratory issues. It's also thought to help prevent hair loss.
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is often used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and anxiety. It can also reduce pain and inflammation. It's an immunity booster and is even used as a potential aid to fight cancer.
6. Bergamot Essential Oil
This oil conjures up the aroma of oranges but with floral characteristics. It's used to flavor Earl Grey tea. It's also beneficial for periods of depression, grief, and is known to help beat oily skin and acne.
7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Organic)
This is a great oil to help boost the immune system. It's one of the best oils around to relieve sore throats, coughs, seasonal allergies, and headaches. It will also help improve respiratory circulation.
8. Peppermint Essential Oil (Organic)
This has an intense aroma which is uplifting. It contains menthol which creates a cooling sensation. It can also ease headaches and muscular pain. This oil shouldn't be used on children under six.
9. Lime Essential Oil
Start your day with a bit of a zing with this essential oil. It stimulates and refreshes. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties and acts as a disinfectant.
You're All Set
Choosing a few essential oils with care is going to bring some great health benefits. Remember dilution is key, and make sure you're up to speed with any potentially adverse effects.
Take a look here at our wide range of essential oil diffusers so you're never without your favorite aroma at home.