Beginners Guide for Using Essential Oils

July 13, 2018; By Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) Essential oils are a wonderful way to seek comfort from a variety of health conditions. For thousands of years many cultures have used these healing plant oils for relaxation, cleaning the home, natural healing, and improving mental and emotional well being. This beginners guide for using essential oils will serve as a tool to deepen your healing journey and show you the different ways essential oils can be used.

 Common Uses for Essential Oils
  • combat the common cold and flu
  • reduce pain
  • balance hormones
  • improve digestion
  • reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles
  • disinfect your home
  • heal skin issues
  • relax and soothe sore muscles
  • alleviate depression
What Are Essential Oils? 
Essential Oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. The oil is extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree with a process called distillation, most commonly by steam or water, and just one drop can have powerful health benefits.
By concentrating the oils of these plants, you are separating the most powerful healing compounds into a single oil. To give an example, to get one single 15 ml bottle of rose essential oil, it takes 65 pounds of rose petals.

Most Popular Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits

  1. Lavender: Aids in relaxation, improves mood and helps heal burns and cuts.
  2. Eucalyptus: Improves respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies and helps to purify the body.
  3. Clove: antibacterial, anti-parasitic and antioxidant protection.
  4. Lemon: exceptional to use in homemade cleaning products, is an amazing antibacterial tool.
  5. Oregano: Powerful antimicrobial properties, can kill fungus and kick a cold right in the kisser.
  6. Tea Tree Oil: natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, reduces bad odors and helps to stimulate the immune system.
  7. Sandalwood: improves libido, natural aphrodisiac
  8. Myrrh: natural antiseptic and can help to reduce infections and reduce inflammation of skin cells. (2)
  9. Cypress: Improves circulation, reduces varicose veins, lifts mood and confidence and can help heal from broken bones. (3)
  10. Ginger: reduces inflammation, supports the joints, improves digestion and relieves nausea. (4)
Topically
The chemical weight of essential oils is less than 1000m (m=weight of molecule) Any substance with a molecular weight below 1000m should be absorbed by the skin. This being said, essential oils are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the bloodstream for internal therapeutic benefits. (5)
Tip: Dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as almond, jojoba, avocado, olive, pomegranate seed, or coconut. You can use essential oils as part of your regular skin care regimen to beautify the skin and promote a clear, healthy looking complexion. (6)
Aromatic Therapy
When inhaled, essential oils can also be absorbed into the bloodstream. There are a large amount of blood vessels in the lungs that absorb the oils and then circulate them throughout the entire system. You can do this by purchasing a diffuser and simply follow the instructions on the packaging.
Tip: You can also add a few drops of your favorite oil (for me it’s lavender!) to a warm bath. This will provide both aromatic and topical healing benefits.
Ingesting 
Essential oils are very strong, so when taking them internally remember that a little goes a long way. Just 1-3 drops is plenty mixed with water. Peppermint, lemon, and frankincense have great internal benefits and can be taken with water. Other oils such as clove and oregano need to be diluted and should not be taken internally for more than a weeks time.
Essential Oils For Beauty
You can create many home beauty products with essential oils such as anti-aging serums, healing bath tonics, sunscreens, deodorants, and body butters! They can be used to help hair growth and improve acne as well.
Hair Growth
  • put 10 drops rosemary oil and 5 drops lavender oil onto different areas of your scalp
  • gently massage for 2 minutes into the scalp
  • put a hot towel around your head and sit for 20 minutes
  • wash your hair with natural homemade shampoo
 Homemade Shampoo: 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 cups (1 can) coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups liquid castile soap
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • BPA-free plastic dispenser bottle
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. pour mixture into a bottle
  3. shake bottle well before each use
 Sources:
  1. https://www.essentialoilhaven.com/what-are-essential-oils/
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887233303000183
  3. http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-abstract/8CDF95623504
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3953654/
  5. https://draxe.com/essential-oils-guide/
  6. https://komega6.com/blogs/news/topical-use-of-essential-oils

Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.

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