Essential Oils – The Bare Basics

 Chances are, you’ve heard of essential oils and how amazing they are. I’m a huge fan of oils myself and use them everyday, whether it’s topically, via aromatherapy, or around the house. EOs offer countless benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional health. There is endless information out there about essential oils, which can get overwhelming and confusing, so I’m here to bring you the bare basics of EOs and how they may be beneficial to your life!

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What are essential oils?

To put it simply, essential oils are super concentrated oils that are derived from plants. The process of making EOs involves distilling parts of the plant, like its seeds, flowers, stems, leaves, or roots. The end product is highly concentrated, therapeutic, and very aromatic oil. Some plants that are commonly used for their essential oils are lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree, just to name a few.

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What are the benefits of using essential oils?

Essential oils boast a huge number of benefits, from alleviating physical ailments, to boosting mood, to even killing bacteria and other nasty germs! Here are just a few of the numerous benefits EOs can offer you:

  • Relieve pain– peppermint, lavender
  • Ease anxiety– lavender, chamomile
  • Fight acne– tea tree, lavender
  • Energize– grapefruit, lemon
  • Decongest sinuses– eucalyptus, peppermint
  • Enhance mood– orange, bergamot
  • Kill germs– eucalyptus, rosemary

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How do you use EOs?

There are several different ways to use essential oils. Below are a few of my favorite ways to use them:

  • Aromatherapy– inhale straight out of the bottle, or use in a diffuser (like this one) 
  • Topical– apply directly on the skin, or use in lotions, massage oils, cleansers, etc.
  • DIY recipes– use in DIY creams, bath bombs, household cleaners, air fresheners, and much more!

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Where do you get essential oils?

Essential oils are sold almost everywhere these days, and it can be hard to tell which EOs are good quality. As an avid essential oil user over the past several years, I’ve learned that buying high quality EOs is very important! The super cheap essential oils are usually ‘adulterated’ or altered in some way that makes them less pure (like by adding alcohol or surfactants to them). My personal favorite place to buy EOs from is Plant Therapy. All of their oils are 100% pure and third-party tested. They even offer organic oils and Kid-Safe oils. Not to mention they have very affordable prices and free, same-day shipping!


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EO Safety

Since essential oils are highly concentrated compounds, it is important to use them safely. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Pregnancy: Be very cautious using EOs during pregnancy! There are a several oils that should NOT be used during pregnancy (like peppermint, basil, and jasmine), so if you have a bun in the oven, be sure to research and ask your doc about which oils are safe for you and your baby.
  • Topical Use: Since EOs are highly concentrated, putting oils straight on your skin can cause irritation. To prevent this irritation, it is important that oils are diluted in carrier oils (like coconut oil) before you put them on your skin. Generally, lavender and tea tree essential oils are safe to use undiluted, but be sure to test the oil on a small section of skin before using elsewhere. Side note…Plant Therapy sells pre-diluted roll-on oils (like this sampler set!), which I love because they make EO topical use super safe and simple!
  • Internal use: There are many websites and sources out there stating the benefits of ingesting essential oils. As a personal choice, I do not ingest EOs simply because there is not much definitive information about whether it is safe or not. Of course, use your own judgment, but just remember EOs are super concentrated compounds!

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As you can see, there is a lot of information regarding essential oils, and I’ve only skimmed the surface! EOs are amazing, therapeutic compounds that offer us natural solutions and remedies. I hope this has given you a good base knowledge of the beauty of essential oils. Stay tuned for some of my favorite EO recipes and ways I use them in everyday life!

-Paige

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