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Beginners Guide To Essential Oils

I am assuming you  have heard a lot about essential oils and are wondering what they are all about and how can you  incorporate them into your life !

Does that sound like you?

If you answered yes then we are a good match!

I would like to take you on this journey of discovering all that you need to know about these pint sized powerhouses . These little bottles have a power to transform your lives ( in a good way I PROMISE)

So  let’s get to work and talk about what exactly are Essential Oils ?

An essential oil is a liquid that is mostly distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant.

In contrary to what the name suggests it isn’t oily at all, YES  you heard it right they are not greasy at all. They are mostly clear or sometimes yellow in colour. They are termed “Essential” because the oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from.

The oil always  bears the name of the plant from which it is derived from for example, Lavender  oil  (hint: they are derived from lavender ) J. Exception to these are Oil blends which are two or more oils mixed together and they may have a different name given to the blend we have named some of our blends De Congest, De Stress for example.

A very Indian example is “laung  ka tail “it is the same as Clove Essential Oil… yes they are the same thing. Remember our grand moms and moms telling us  “daat me dard hai to long ka tail lagao. (apply oil of clove if you have a tooth ache) If you’re thinking at this point that toothache is the only possible issue you can resolve with essential oils, then allow me to share some awesome information with you. Let’s continue

Essential oils, Fragrant Oil or Perfume oil are not the same thing. Essential Oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances and contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer. Hence they are cheaper then Essential Oils.

Use of essential oils for medicinal purposes is not new, they have been used for ages as they help immensely but without the side effects of the over the counter drugs which we reach for more often these days. (I know it’s sad but true). Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades thanks to the popularity of aromatherapy.

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Now let’s come to the next possible question you may have, how are they made ? 

Steam distillation is the most common method of extracting essential oils from the plant.

Steam distillation yields a very “pure” form of essential oil, in that only water and low heat are used in the extraction process. (This is the exact process we use for all our essential oils )

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma and are very powerful, a little goes a long way and LESS is more when it comes to essential oils.

 

Did you know it takes approximately 50 rose flowers to create just a single drop of Rose oil!

So what are the BENEFITS of using Essential oils and why should you use them you may ask. I’ve got you covered.

Essential oils can provide both psychological and physical benefits.

They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on desired benefit you want.

Some of the many ways in which Essential Oils benefit us are:

  • Inducing Sleep
  • Stress Relief
  • Sinus and Breathing relief
  • Calming your Mind
  • Shield’s against Mosquitos and Flies
  • Fights against Cold, Flu and Asthma
  • Relief for Migraine and Head Pain

If by now you’re thinking, ‘I want to use them right away!’ you’re in the right place lets quickly dive in How to use Essential Oils?

There are two main ways of using these mighty oils.

  • Aromatic – Inhaling the aroma

There is great evidence that essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. The large amount of blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and then circulate them throughout the body.

Some simple ways of inhaling:

  • Putting a few drops on your pillow is a very effective way
  • Put a few drops in your handkerchief and inhale out of that through the day
  • Steam Inhalation – put a few drops in hot water and inhale
  • Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically

     2 )  Topical – Applying on the body

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Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin.

Diluting the essential oil is a very common and a very good way of using essential oils.

Dilution is a process in which Essential Oils are mixed with a carrier oil – say Coconut, Olive or Almond Oil. An oil aids in carrying the product onto the skin. Diluting the oil increases the benefits of the Essential Oil as it increases the surface area of absorption.

Essential oils can be mixed with most of the skincare items like the Shampoo, Conditioner, Serum or a Moisturizer.

So are you ready to buy a bottle of this little gem …. sure go ahead but a few things to keep in mind.

 

Essential Oils are usually sold for individual use in very small bottles example 5 ml, 10 ml, 15 ml.

Essential oils should IDEALLY be stored in dark glass bottles, never buy Oils sold in plastic packaging because they lose their benefits very quick if they are in plastic containers. We sell our oils only in dark glass bottles.

Essential oils can often be purchased as standalone oils or as blends of several essential oils. You can buy a few standalone oils and mix it in on your own for a desired blend or buy a premade blend for a specific purpose. We sell both Blends as well as standalone oils.

 

Storage

Essential oils should only be stored in a cool, dark place. So your drawer is a better choice than an open shelf.

Precautions

Applying or consuming high concentration of essential oils can be dangerous, as I said earlier less is more when it comes to essential oils.

Hope all this information helps you to start incorporating Essential oils in your day to day life!

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