I was introduced to essential oils for the first time over a year ago. My friend used them for everything: to improve her mood, clean her house–almost anything you can think of. In my eyes, she seemed obsessed with them.
At first, I had no idea what they were or why she was so into them. But because they seemed so essential to her, she slowly introduced me to all the benefits of using them on a daily basis. Very soon after that, I too became an essential oil believer.
The great thing about essential oils is that they are natural solutions and they can really be used for anything! You can use them for healthcare, skincare, haircare, wellness supplements, weight management, spa products, diffusing, and cleaning.
In the past year of using essential oils regularly, they have helped me feel more balanced and whole.
Below, I’ve outlined what I learned about using essential oils as a beginner’s guide.
What are essential oils?
The first thing you should know about essential oils is that they are all natural and are sourced from roots, stems, leaves, resins, flowers, and rinds of plants.
Essential oils are what protect plants against things like predators and disease. They even help with plant pollination. Their fragrant smells are appealing, which makes them particularly useful for food prep, as part of your beauty regimen, and for healthcare.
How do you use essential oils?
There are three ways essential oils can be used:
- Internally – Essential oils can be taken orally in a veggie capsule, in water, or in food. Taking oils internally will help with various health conditions.
- Topically –Essential oils can easily be absorbed into the skin. You can apply oils to specific areas that need attention like a bug bite or burn or to different pressure points on the body like the bottom of your feet or temples. When topically applying an essential oil, you may need a carrier oil. Be sure to check the instructions!
- Aromatically – The only way you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils aromatically is by using a diffuser. Using a diffuser can help to create calm environments, help treat illnesses, or to help focus your attention.
What are the best oils to get you started?
Here are my top three essential oil recommendations if you are just getting started:
This was my first love–it was the oil that encouraged me to learn more about the benefits of using essential oils.
It is for internal, topical, and aromatic use. Common uses for lavender oil are: anxiety, bruises, burns, calming effects, restlessness, diaper rash, insect bites, stress, sun burns, and heat stroke.
Lemon oil is universal; it can literally be used for almost anything. <any people include it in natural cleansers for their homes as a way to cleanse and purify the air and hard surfaces.
Notably, it is a natural way to cleanse the body and help with digestion, and can also improve your overall mood.
Common uses for lemon oil include cleaning, dishes, laundry, gallstones, hangovers, greasy hair, stains, and a sore throat.
When I started learning about peppermint oil, I had no idea how many benefits it had. Turns out, it’s not just freshening for your breath. There is so much more it can do to help you in your daily life. Not only does it promote healthy respiratory function, but it can be used to energize you and cool you. It also helps relieve muscle soreness and it has antimicrobial properties as well.
Common uses for peppermint are for allergies, fever, heartburn, digestion, joint and lower backaches, headaches, motion sickness, and concentration.
(You can find these three oils here in the Beginners Trio Kit from doTERRA for $67).
Things to Remember:
One thing you must remember when using your essential oils is to read the labels. You want to make sure you are using them correctly, but you also want to make sure you are using all-natural oils that have not been chemically modified.
You must also make sure to do your research when purchasing essential oils. There are no FDA approvals for essential oils so you want to make sure they are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). This just means the oils are put through a high standard of testing to make sure they are pure and worthy to be sold.
image via Abi Porter
Where can I find essential oils?
Take a chance and change your life in the most natural and beneficial ways possible. I promise you won’t regret it!