Smells. From the good ones to the bad ones, smells are important. Certain scents have the power to bring memories to mind and take you back to a specific time, place, or person. It affects your taste, your mood, and your productivity. Did you know that essential oils are a great-smelling and cost-effective way to not only boost your mood, but also be put to use in a ton of other ways, from household cleaning to easing physical ailments? Read on to find out all about essential oils and a great place you can find them!
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Basically, essential oils are the undiluted, concentrated liquid form of the plant or seed it comes from. Essential oils have been used for centuries in many cultures for medicinal, cosmetic, and spiritual purposes, and they’re still being used today. There are dozens of essential oils out there, all having their own benefits and many of which can be combined for different uses!
ESSENTIAL OIL USES
There are a ton of different ways you can incorporate essential oils into your everyday life, but if you’ve never used them before, it can get confusing. You have this tiny bottle of essential oil, so do you just sprinkle it on something and that’s it? No way. Because they’re so concentrated and powerful, a little bit of oil (we’re talking 1-3 drops) goes a long way. You can incorporate essential oils by diffusing them into the air or applying them topically to your skin!
Diffusion/Aromatherapy: Breathing in essential oils is a direct way to receive the benefits of them, and you can do this by purchasing a diffuser for your home (here are a few great diffusers), placing a few drops in a spray bottle with water for a DIY room spray or natural cleaning product, steaming it in a pot on the stove (see the infographic below), placing 1-2 drops on a cotton ball and placing it in your car vent, and tons of other ways!
Topical Application: This method is best for beauty and skincare! Applying essential oils topically requires the use of a carrier oil (an oil that carries the essential oil to the skin) to dilute it as applying them directly can cause skin irritation. My favorite carrier oils are coconut and almond oils, but other great ones include jojoba oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil. You can mix them yourself or place them in a roll-on ball bottle for quick application!
Now that we know where to put those little drops of oil, here are some ways we can reap the benefits of them!
Essential Oils for Household Cleaning
There are so many cleaners that carry unnecessarily harmful ingredients – an essential oil can do just the same, and probably better! As a safer and cost-effective alternative to commercial cleaners, all you have to do is dilute a few drops of essential oil in water to achieve the same goal. Lemon essential oil is great for brightening and removing stains (it’s also got great antiseptic properties on top of the great smell), peppermint has great antibacterial properties, and tea tree oil and thyme help rid your home of mold and mildew! And many essential oils like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemongrass are great natural bug repellants when you dilute them in water or a carrier oil! Here’s a few great cleaning tips using essential oils around the house!
Essential Oils for Beauty and Skincare
My personal favorite use for essential oils is on my skin and hair! I love doing hair masks periodically with a carrier oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil to repair the strands and speed up growth – it also makes your hair feel like a dream afterward! Tea tree oil is great for acne and blemishes, grapefruit oil is awesome for cellulite and stretch marks, frankincense is said to help with wrinkles and skin regeneration, and the list goes on and on. Next time you think about shaking up your skincare routine, consider using essential oils! Here are a few great concoctions you should try!
Essential Oils as Mood Lifters
Did you know that just smelling some essential oils can help you feel better? Lavender is by far my favorite to help with calming and de-stressing, and it can also promote sleep! Peppermint is great for concentration (try eating a peppermint candy next time you need to concentrate on something and see how well this works!), orange and lemon oils promote happiness and help make you feel upbeat, jasmine oil helps ease depression, and more. Here is a collection of essential oils you can use to boost your mood!
Essential Oils as Remedies for Common Ailments
For the longest time, I thought the only way to feel better when I was sick was to take a trip to the local drugstore. Though in some cases that is still true, essential oils have definitely got me running to CVS less and less! For example, friends and I went kayaking a few weekends ago, and after nearly six hours spent in the sun (even wearing sunscreen), I came away with a nasty sunburn. To remedy that and retain the moisture in my skin, I mixed coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil to the burns, and the redness and paid decreased a ton within a day! Other oils are also awesome for common ailments. Eucalyptus essential oil is a total life saver for congestion and colds – whenever I am feeling under the weather from a cold, I will diffuse a few drops of eucalyptus oil in my humidifier/diffuser or mix them with a carrier oil and apply the mixture under my nose and on my chest – works wonders to clear up my sinuses! Other essential oils like peppermint, wintergreen, and lemongrass can help ease pain (check out this blend by Rocky Mountain Oils made for just that!). Though there are some things that still require a prescription to get over, essential oils are a great alternative for some simple medicines!
Here is a list of 101 ways to use essential oils that I have found extremely helpful!
WHERE TO GET ESSENTIAL OILS
You can find essential oils at some health food stores, but when buying them off the shelf it can be hard to tell if you’re getting the best for your money. A lot of essential oils aren’t organic or have been altered in some way, lessening the overall quality of the oil and keeping you from reaping all of the benefits of it – not good, especially for when you want to apply it topically to your skin. For this reason, many EO fanatics purchase their oils online so they can ensure that what they’re buying is of good quality!
Rocky Mountain Oils is an awesome company that takes the time to ensure that their oils are top quality – through their S.A.A.F.E. Promise, they hold their products to an exceptionally high standard so you know what you’re buying and using is safe, pure, and great quality. They go above and beyond to show great care for their customers by providing a ton of information on the uses and benefits of each essential oil (like the photo below), having a wonderful return policy if something doesn’t work for you, and even provide the test results for each of their oils so you are guaranteed the best quality!
And right now through Thursday, Rocky Mountain Oils is having a sale with up to 40% off of their products – and free shipping! Check out their products and take advantage of this awesome sale! You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up with sales and hear all about new products!
What are your favorite essential oils or blends? Do you have a favorite way to use them? Share in the comments below!