I have known about essential oils for many years but up until I attended a class with a friend, I wasn’t aware of the powerful benefit these oils can have on our mental and physical well-being.
Yes, these oils are very potent, but they are also very safe when used appropriately. Far safer than many of the synthetic options readily available.
The safe and effective use of oils is very important to me and that’s why when you buy oils through me, you get my support and education opportunities to suit your needs.
So, what are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are powerful aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants, that are extracted and distilled, and used for a variety of health benefits.
These oils are the part of the plant that the plant uses to protect and heal itself, which is why they are so beneficial for us as well.
When you smell a Jasmine flower, rub mint leaves between your hands, or cut a fresh orange – the smell you are experiencing is the essential oils of these plants.
Every essential oil varies in its natural makeup and chemical composition, so its aromas and benefits are also unique. For example, Lavender oil includes elements that make it effective for calming the mind, promoting a restful night's sleep, and soothing skin irritations.
Essential oils enable you to take a natural approach to wellbeing, supporting the body in a way that modern medicine overlooks. A natural approach looks at the root cause of being unwell and focuses on the body’s needs and bringing the body back into balance.
When we treat the body with man-made substances, it takes work for our body to process them, and they usually block receptors sites in the body which has a flow-on effect causing side effects. Essential oils not only help the body return to its natural state of balance, but they can also assist with the cleansing of unnatural, foreign substances with no side effects, only side benefits.
They are known for:
lifting mood, reducing anxious feelings
supporting our natural immunity
supporting a restful night sleep
easing body discomfort
cleansing and purifying the air
supporting healthy-looking skin
supporting clear breathing
supporting digestive function
supporting oral health
Being made up of carbon-based molecules essential oils are easily recognised, broken down, and utlised by our bodies. They are also able to pass through the membranes of our cells and travel rapidly throughout our bodies.
They are also effective due to their versatility, which has made them a popular solution for all sorts of uses around the home. Each essential oil has a unique chemical makeup and multiple benefits, therefore with a small selection of essential oils, you can address a range of your health needs from home.
In addition, oils such as Clove, Lemon, and Tea Tree make powerful cleaning agents for your home, and oils such as Frankincense, Geranium, and Lavender are great additions to your skincare routine.
If you are into home DIY products or even if you want to learn, making your own cleaning and body care products is super easy with a few easy-to-get ingredients and your choice of essential oils. This option is not only natural but saves you money and helps reduce the use of plastics, supporting the environment.
What makes them effective?
How do I use them safely?
Essential oils are safe, however, they are also very potent - 50-70 times as potent as dried herbs of the same plant.
It is best to use essential oils with the support of a practitioner, aromatherapist, or essential oil specialist. This will ensure you are able to use them safely and effectively and help you get the most from your purchase!
A few key tips:
Always dilute with a carrier oil – fractionated coconut oil is most popular to use with essential oils due to being odourless and stable, which means it won’t change the composition of the essential oils and affect the intended benefits. There are a few exceptions where oils can be used neat in a tiny amount but please do so under the guidance of an expert.
Oils can be used on children but must be heavily diluted so it is best to seek advice on appropriate dilution rates.
If you are on any medications, please discuss these with an expert before using essential oils and always monitor your condition for changes in symptoms and discuss changes with your doctor.
Keep out of reach of children and keep your oils away from direct sunlight.