What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been all the rage the past five years or so. Initially, many people likely thought that they were going to be a quick fad and then die down after awhile. However, it seems that essential oils are here to stay and are being shown to have more and more uses besides making your whole house smell like Patchouli!

You may be reading this blog post right now because you are skeptical about whether or not essential oils are all that they are cracked up to be or you may just be wondering what in the world they are! I know when I first started learning about essential oils I was unsure if they could really accomplish all they boasted, however there does seem to be something to them. I, Erica, am a padawan (unashamed Star Wars reference) in the world of essential oils, but Roberta is like master Obi-Wan. She knows her stuff and it has been fun to learn from her and see what she is doing with them in the products.

Without further ado let’s get into it!

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What are they and where do they come from?

Essential oils are made from plants through steam or water distillation and in some cases are cold pressed. True essential oils are derived in this way while you can have other plant oils that are used more for aromatherapy, but these do not contain the same compounds within them that can be used for health purposes. Oils like these have been used for millennia and are nothing new to the world.

The goal is to harness health-boosting compounds that are naturally found within the plant in hopes of improving one’s overall health. People use these oils to improve mental, digestive, hormonal, and skeletal-muscular health. There are lots of other purposes that essential oils are believed to be good for within the body, but it can begin to be complex rather quick. With these things in mind it is important to note that all essential oils are not created equal. As stated before there are some plant oils that are geared towards utilizing their smell for aromatherapy benefits, but do not have the compounds within them. How they are processed will affect how well the compounds are kept intact. This is why there are some “essential oils” you can purchase for a couple bucks. These are not going to be very pure or “strong.” You will want to ensure that your oils are from a reputable source. There aren’t exactly certified grades of essential oils so doing some leg work in the research department is going to be beneficial to you.

 

How can they be used?

Essential oils can be used many ways, the primary two ways being through diffusion or topical use. Some people have started using essential oils in recipes or ingesting them in some way, but there is a lot of argument about whether this is beneficial or not. For the sake of simplicity, let’s look at diffusion and topical use.

Diffusion: Diffusion occurs when the molecules are sent out into the air through water vapor or some other methods. Diffusion is believed to be the safest method for using essential oils. It is also said to be the fastest way to get the compounds into your bloodstream thus making it the quickest way to receive the benefits of the oils.

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The essential oils are going to give off a nice aroma throughout your space while doing things like fighting germs or aiding your mental health. The question is , though, what a safe length of time is for diffusing these oils? There honestly is not a science to this. Some people recommend diffusing only for 15-20 minutes while others say it is good to diffuse for hours. Different oils will stay within the air longer than others and the temperature and circulation in the room will affect their lasting potency as well. I would recommend using your best judgment when diffusing times come in to play. A standard room will be adequately “diffused” (is that even a word?) in the 15-20 minute range. You don’t want to overload your lungs so keeping it within the hour or two time range will likely be adequate. You can continue diffusing throughout the day, but I would exercise caution with staying in the room that whole time and ensuring there is some air flow. You will want to exercise even more caution if you are diffusing around babies or pets.ย Not all oils are safe to use around children or pets so be sure to do your research!

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Topical:

When using essential oils topically you will want to exercise caution and be sure not to directly put the oils on your skin. You will want to dilute the essential oil down with something called a carrier (vegetable or nut oil, or water). You will want the essential oil concentration to be no greater than 3-5% in the blend to ensure safety for your skin.

You can use oils topically to help with wounds, aches, for relaxation, or even just to smell good! You can place the blends in roller balls or place them on bandages if you are seeking to aid a wound.

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As you can see Essential oils have a lot involved, but they are definitely worth looking into. Essential oils provide so many uses in our day to day lives and we will begin exploring more of these in time. We have many blends and roller balls available at our store making it easy for you to know what to use and how to use it. A great essential oil to start using is lavender. It rocks. It is calming, smells good, and is soothing for your skin. And let’s face it lavender is just a pretty flower and should be involved more in your day to day!

 

By: Erica Roy

Resources Used:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/essential-oil-diffusion-101

https://theherbalacademy.com/the-ultimate-essential-oils-guide/

https://theherbalacademy.com/basic-essential-oils-for-daily-living/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-are-essential-oils#section2

https://livesimply.me/2014/06/24/beginners-guide-essential-oils/

 

FDA DISCLAIMER

The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).ย  The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils.ย  User submitted testimonials are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results โ€“ what works for one may not work for another.

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