5 benefits of essential oils
The benefits of essential oils are endless
HERE'S OUR TOP 5:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve concentration and sleep
- Lift your mood
- Detoxify the body from bacteria, fungi and viruses
- Reduce inflammation and relieve ailments
The easiest way to experience the soothing effects of aromatherapy is by using a diffuser.
Diffusers break down your essential oils into tiny molecules that release a calming aroma into the air. You only need a few drops to fill your room with the wonderful scent of your favourite oil!
When you smell the oils released by the diffuser, they quickly reach the parts of the body where you derive the benefits of aromatherapy.
There is nothing more relaxing for the body and mind than a bath infused with essential oils.
Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil first (such as jojoba oil).
A good ratio is 3 - 6 drops of essential oil for every 15mL of carrier oil.
You can apply diluted essential oils to the skin or perform an aroma massage. Use a carrier oil or add the essential oil to soap or salt.
A safe dilution is 1%. Use one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
Never put the pure essential oil directly on your skin. Always do a patch test!
When choosing essential oils, it's important to read the bottle label. Look for the words '100% pure essential oil'.
If the label says 'fragrance oil' or 'essence oil', it is not a 100% pure essential oil.
Latin name & country of origin
The Latin name and the country of origin must be listed on either the bottle label or product description of the essential oil.
If the Latin name is not listed, don't buy it.
For example, a label or description should not just say Frankincense. It should specify the species of Frankincense that it actually comes from i.e. Boswellia sacra, Boswellia serrata or Boswellia frereana. They are all different!
Dark glass bottle
Look for essential oils that are sold in dark glass bottles.
Dark glass such as amber or cobalt protects from damaging UV light which can deterioriate the quality of pure essential oils.
1. Benefits of blending oils
Essential oils can be enjoyed alone but by blending different oils together, you can multiply the effect of an oil or add depth to the scent to make it last longer.
Experience the fun of aromatherapy by customizing the scent or effect you would like to have according to the mood and purpose of the day.
Now, let's go over the characteristics of scents and notes.
2. Fragrance Categories
A fragrance wheel is a useful tool to understand the different scents of essential oils.
If you're not sure about the blend, it's a good idea to match the scents of the same and/or adjacent groups.
Essential oils and their uses in New Zealand
STRESSED? ALLERGIES? THERE IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL THAT CAN HELP.
You can use essential oils for specific purposes such as relieving symptoms, treating allergies and improving concentration.
But first a bit of science...
Each essential oil has its own unique scent. Just like everything else in our world, scents are made up of tiny molecules.
When these molecules are absorbed into the body, they travel directly to the brain where specialized nerves recognize the scent molecule and signal the brain's limbic system to release specific hormones and neurochemicals depending on the scent.
Let's go over the common issues that essential oils can work on and the best oils for treating them.