Essential oils are one of the latest health fads, and if you haven’t tried them yourself, you’re probably wondering why people are so into them and how they can help you. Consider this your starter guide to essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic highly concentrated botanical extracts that are derived from plants. Essential oils have been around for a long time. So many people love them because they have numerous health benefits and are safe and simple to use.
How do you use them?
You can use essential oils topically by diluting them in vegetable or nut oil and massaging them into your skin all over or into a few key areas, like certain joints, your chest, or abdomen. Alternatively, you can inhale essential oils indirectly or using a diffuser. In some cases, you can also ingest oils when combined with other liquids.
Please take extra caution while using essential oils. Make sure your essential oils are either high quality or a good brand. In addition, please take caution when you consume the oils. Some oils require dilution while others don’t.
Which oils should you use?
That depends what you want to use them for!
- For studying and concentration, try rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, or ginger oil.
- For de-stressing and relaxation, try lavender, chamomile, cedar-wood, rosewood, sweet orange, grapefruit, or frankincense
- To wake up for that early 8 a.m. class, try citrus oils like lemon, lime, and grapefruit mixed with peppermint, or spearmint in the morning while getting ready.
- To get more restful sleep, try lavender before bed.
- For beauty and skincare, try tea tree, lemon, or cypress oil to help lessen/get rid of your acne problems. Remember if you are applying the oil to your skin, dilute it a bit with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, castor oil, and argan oil).
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