Everyone starts using essential oils for a specific reason, but generally to help with a problem, improve their lives or create a new DIY recipe. If you are just being introduced to a specific oil, or oils in general, you might be surprised by all the ways in which you can apply them to your daily life. From cleaning to beauty to cooking to improving your health, there is an essential oil to help with almost any issue that arises. Use this Essential Oils Starter Guide to learn about all the ways to start adding these oils to your daily life.
Where Do Essential Oils Come From?
Essential oils are derived from different parts of plants, ranging from flowers to herbs to trees. The aromatic compounds are collected through a distillation process that only pulls the highest quality oil from the plants. The oil that is collected is extremely fragrant, and concentrated, which is important to the way in which you will use these oils.
How To Use Your Oils
There are several different ways to use essential oils, but the way that you use it will depend on the type of oil and the reason you are using it. The most common way to use your oil is with the help of an oil diffuser, a slow process that fills the air with fragrance. After diffusion, ingesting essential oils is the most common way to use, either adding them to water or other drink, just ingesting as is or incorporating into your favorite recipe. Finally, essential oils can be used topically, on your skin, hair and nails to treat issues or bring relief and healing.
Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
People have been using oils for aromatherapy purposes for as long as they have been distilling the oil, and this was how they first became popular. Oils have the ability to stimulate or soothe, rejuvenate or calm our nerves and emotional state. Even when you are not using the oil for primarily for aromatherapy reasons, the aromatic nature of the oils has a way of improving your mood.
Other Aromatic Purposes
Aromatic purposes for oils include using them as air fresheners and fragrance. The oils are great ways to clear out musty, bad smells that can linger for days. As fragrance, you can add these chemical free oils to a diffuser in any room of your home.
Topical Uses for Oils
Topical uses of oils includes adding them to sprays, rinses, toners, lotions and just applying them directly. Some oils help with healing and preventing damage to skin, others help deal with common skin problems. Hair, teeth and nails are also able to benefit from the topical application of essential oils.
Ingesting Oils for Health
Many essential oil users ingest oils in order to support and improve health issues, including everything from an upset stomach to constipation. It is very important that you use caution when ingesting oils because some are not suitable for internal use, while most only require one or two concentrated drops.
Essential Oils for Cleaning
Finally many essential oil users have come to replace all their cleaning products with their favorite essential oils. Going green with these fragrant oils not only keeps chemicals out of the house, but they work great for all your cleaning purposes.
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