Why? I get this response every time I introduce my essential oil addiction to someone. They usually ask me why essential oils, and follow up that question with what even are essential oils? To clear up any confusion, I am going to address these two questions here.
First of all, essential oils are naturally occurring aromas (very tiny aromatic compounds), found in the seeds, stems, leaves, and flowers of various plants. If you have ever smelled fresh flowers, you are smelling the aromatics in the flower. These aromas, or aromatic compounds are then extracted by a process called distillation. Essential oil uses vary depending on the oil. It is extremely important to choose essential oils that are 100% pure or 'Therapeutic Grade' and do not contain any fillers (ex. alcohol). This is to ensure the oils are pure enough to not only use topically but inhaling and ingesting them as well. Essential oils can be used for a wide range of dietary, emotional and physical applications, therefore it is important that the essential oils are pure and only contain the extracted aroma.
And why am I obsessed with these bottled aromas you might ask? It's simple... THEY WORK. Yes, they work. They don't just smell great, they work wonders for so many things. Help you sleep, fight that yucky cold, treat PMS
symptoms, increase your metabolism, diminish acne, treat eczema and the list goes on and on. I always joke around with my friends and tell them "Why yes, there is an essential oil for that!". But it's totally true! There is an essential oil for just about everything. Essential oils have completely changed not only my personal care regime, but my health. I'll be honest, I used to think essential oils were crazy strange smelling oils that were only used to make the air smell like flowers. But boy was I wrong. I use essential oils daily, and in every aspect of my life. I hope that answered your questions as to why I'm so obsessed with these bottles of liquid gold. Below I will highlight my top five essential oils and how I personally use them.
This oil is my all time favourite and here's why. It smells incredible, and can be used for anything and everything. Lavender has been used for relaxation, inducing sleep, and even as perfume, for decades. Lavender is most often used for relaxation, decreasing stress, and promoting a restful nights sleep. It can also be used topically to treat skin rashes, bug bites, eczema, and burns. I use lavender daily and I typically never leave the house without lavender in my purse. I diffuse lavender among other oils, nightly to promote a restless nights sleep. I also put two drops of lavender on a cotton ball, and put it in my pillow case for the same purpose. I use lavender in my face serum (I will provide the recipe below!) to even skin tone and prevent any skin irritations and rashes. I apply lavender diluted with coconut oil to calm any burning, and peeling after a day in the heat. Lastly, I use my lavender and coconut oil roller ball as perfume on those days that I just need to relax.
2. On Guard
On Guard is another front runner for me because of its amazing immunity and antibacterial benefits. On Guard is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. It also smells like Christmas, which is a huge bonus!! I am someone who gets that common cold, but gets it 10 times a year. On Guard has not only improved my immunity but when I do get that pesky cold, it only lasts a few days. On Guard can be diffused, used topically, used as a multi-purpose cleaner, and even taken internally to maintain healthy immune function. My favourite way to use On Guard is to diffuse it daily to kill bacteria and it smells amazing! I also take On Guard in pill form daily to maintain a healthy immune system. Lastly, I use On Guard as a hand sanitizer (just simply put one drop in your hand and rub it in), it doesn't stink of alcohol, and it won't dry your hands out!
AHH, the king of all oils. Frankincense was actually one of the three gifts the wise men presented to Jesus. Why you might ask? Value. At this time and still presently, Frankincense is valuable and the reason it is the king of all oils. Frankincense is one of the few oils that actually crosses the blood brain barrier, and has been known to treat cancer, and cause apoptosis (spontaneous cell death) in cancer cells. Incredible! Personally I use Frankincense on my skin, and it works wonders for acne scars, and uneven skin tones. Frankincense is another ingredient in my face serum. I also apply Frankincense to any cuts, scrapes or bruising that I have, to reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote healing.
Peppermint is another favourite of mine. Peppermint is frequently used to promote healthy respiratory function. It is also frequently used for digestive health. Peppermint oil can also repel those pesky mosquitos during those summer months. My favourite way to use peppermint is to diffuse it during those months where seasonal allergies get the best of me. I also love to dilute peppermint with coconut oil and rub it on my chest, bottoms of my feet, and down my spine when I have a fever. I will apply peppermint topically when my stomach is upset as well. Peppermint has many other uses including, one drop on tongue to freshen breath, diffuse with wild orange to increase energy and even add 1 drop to a smoothie for a minty twist.
Lastly, but definitely not least!! Sandalwood is typically used in meditation to balance emotions due to its grounding aroma. Sandalwood also works wonders for skin and hair! Sandalwood promotes a smooth complexion, and also helps diminish the look of skin imperfections. Sandalwood restores moisture in your hair, and provides extra shine. Sandalwood is also great in your moisturizer, or you can simply dilute it in coconut oil and apply for smooth, soft skin. Due to sandalwoods grounding benefits, it also promotes a restless nights sleep! I personally love to use Sandalwood on my skin and in my hair. Sandalwood is also an ingredient in my face serum! I also use sandalwood to tame fly-away baby hairs, and I put it on the ends of my hair (wet or dry) to restore moisture.
My Face Serum Recipe
8 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lavender
8 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of your choice, however I personally use Jojoba Oil.
If you have any questions regarding essential oils or DIY, send me a message below and I'd love to help!