Benefits and Uses of Essential Oils

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What is an Essential Oil?

 

Most people think that because they are called Essential Oils, it means they are classified as natural or regular oils we know. Essential oils are not regular oils because they do not contain the fatty acids that we find in regular oils. Below are the benefits and uses of essential oils:

 

 Essential oils are meant to soothe, restore, renew and heal our bodies, used in cosmetics and some of the household cleaning products. You can make yourself facial scrub or lip balm with essential oils and substitute oils.

 

List of a few Popular Essential Oils

 

Below is a list of some of the most popular essential oils. There is a lot of them as well as a variety. I will just mention a few below.

Lemon, carrot seed, lavender, sandalwood, grapefruit, sweet orange, peppermint, cinnamon, chamomile, lemon, ylang-ylang, clary sage, vanilla, strawberry ,almond , chocolate essential oils.

 

List of Carrier Oils

 

Essential oils are meant to be used with carrier oils. You can’t use them directly to your skin especially if you have sensitive skin. Below is a short list of popular carrier oils; Almond, coconut, baby oil, olive oil, vitamin E, jojoba, avocado, sunflower, sesame, cranberry seed, grape seed, glycerin oils and sweet almond Oil.

 

Common Uses of Essential Oils

 

 

  1. House Hold Cleaning

 

 

Most essential oils have antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral properties thus good for house hold cleaning. Below is a few of the oils that are good for cleaning are; Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, peppermint and rosemary.

 

 

  1. Health and Beauty Care

 

 

Essential oils are well absorbed by the skin thus good in healing, renewing and nourishing skin.

 

Lip balms– Peppermint, lavender.

Hair– Rosemary, sweet orange, rose, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, lemon, lavender, tea tree (dandruff).

Skin and beauty products (Body lotions, scrubs) – Sweet orange, rose geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, lemon.

Healing– Tea tree, eucalyptus.

Acne and blemishes-Tea tree

Perfume-Rose geranium

 

  1. Help in Mood Boosting

 

If your mood is low, feel free to boost it with the following essential oils; Lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, wild orange, chamomile, lemon, ylang-ylang, sage. Smelling of rosemary and lavender essential oils help boost your brain and memory performance and is good for relaxing, concentration and calming.

 

Where to store your Essential Oils

 

Store essential oils in a cool, dark place and they will be good and potent for years.  Keep them stay away from direct sunlight. EO really last for a long time because they are concentrated, and you only need to use a small amount.

 

How to test the Purity of Essential Oils

 

Essential oils will last for over 5 years except for citrus oils. You will have to put 1 drop on a piece of construction paper if you want to test if it’s genuine or not. It will evaporate quickly and leaves no noticeable ring.

 

Where to Buy Essential Oils

 

If you are in the US get your essential oils at the nearest natural food store like Whole Foods. Otherwise get on-line and order at;

www.Amazon.com

www.Ebay.com

www.mountainroseherbs.com

www.iherb.com

www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/default.asp

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