Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide

Essential Oils: Beginner's Guide

In recent days, I noticed that in social networks, especially Facebook, many people who are interested in the use of essential oils, ask where to buy them, how to use them and what benefits can be obtained by using them. In this guide for beginners I will clarify all these doubts and how to use essential oils.

It is believed that since the beginning of human history, and in ancient civilizations, the use of essential oils has been an important part in cultural-medicinal, recreational and even religious rituals.

What are essential oils?

They should be clear that essential oils are not the same as fragrances. Essential oils are substances found in different plant tissues. The ancient alchemists called them "soul of the plants", because they contain numerous natural chemical compounds, coming from the plant from which they are extracted, however the fragrances are artificial aromas elaborated in laboratories, imitating nature.

The essential oils are extracted by steam drag or hydrodistillation. They are complex mixtures of organic constituents that can be obtained from different parts of the plant: flowers, seeds, fruits, stems, resins, or even roots.

Due to the high concentration of essential oils, these can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, so, in most cases, it is applied diluted in vegetable oil or also called base oil or diluted in glycerin. Among the most used base oils, are sweet almond, coconut, avocado.

Essential oils, which you must have at home

Next I will give you a list of the essential essential oils, which you can have in your home, remember each essential oil has its own benefits.

Palo Santo: Eliminates the symptoms of flu, cough and allergies, relieves muscle and joint pain. It is ideal for people suffering from arthritis. It has a pleasant aroma that helps eliminate stress, fatigue.

Eucalyptus: Ideal for respiratory problems, especially sinus infections and colds. It is also used as a natural way to awaken your mind when you are tired.

Oregano: Oregano essential oil helps to recover faster from a cold and has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

Lavender: Heals wounds, calms nerves and improves mood. A natural option to add to personal care products.

Mint: Increases energy, reduces fever and headache, aids digestion and improves focus

Lemon: Cleans and purifies, helps digestion, oral health, skin health and more. Powerful ingredient to add to homemade cleaning products.

How to apply Essential Oils?

There are several ways to apply and use essential oils, today I will mention 4, which are the most used:

By inhalation: it is the basic method in aromatherapy. It can be direct or not. Aromatic diffusers are used, if you do not have one you can use a pot with hot water and place 15 drops of essential oil, and you will have the same benefits. This alternative is for problems in the respiratory tract, if you do not have a diffuser click on the following link.

Aromatic baths: this method is ideal to relax the body and eliminate stress. It is necessary to have a bathtub, which we fill with hot water and 25 to 30 drops of oils are thrown. Remember that a bath with hot water is ideal for circulation and relaxation. If you do not have a bathtub that you can fill, do not worry, you can use essential soaps that will give you the same benefits.

By massage: For this step I recommend mixing the essential oil with a glycerin or neutral oil, that is without essence or a little water. In a few cases, having direct contact with pure essential oils can cause a type of allergy or irritation. Perform the massage energetically or softly, depending on the ailment. This method is ideal for contractures.

Remember that essential oils can cause irritation, before applying it try to dilute it with a neutral essential oil. If you get to find methods of oral use, make sure that the oil you have at home is suitable for consumption, since some can not be eaten.

Posted on 01/15/2019 by Vanessa Life & health, Aromatherapy 0 2102

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