To date, a number of people still need to be informed about the therapeutic, medical and culinary uses of essential oils. This is exactly what we’re going to cover in this essential oils beginner’s guide.
Let us, therefore, begin this article with the definition of essential oils.
Essential oils are oils extracted from plants and because of the extraction process, the oils are more concentrated than the plant itself.
For example, the potency of a gram of lavender essential oil is equivalent to about 100 grams of the lavender plant.
Essential oils have a number of medical uses.
Some essential oils could be anti-bacterial, antiseptic, protects against UV rays, and prevents cancer.
In this guide, I will tell you how to use essential oils in a variety of ways: for skin and hair care, aromatherapy, cleaning and many more.
This guide hopes to answert how to use essential oils, are they safe to use and their benefits .
Essentials Oils for the Skin
If you’re looking for a new way to refresh and protect your skin, what about trying essential oils?
Essential oils have many benefits for different skin types and have been used over many years for skincare.
It helps to purify the skin and reduces age spots to achieve a youthful and attractive skin.
Lavender Essential Oil: It’s completely safe and suitable for all skin types, especially dry skin.
It helps to even-out skin color, regenerate cells and quickly heal all skin problems including acne and sunburn.
Bergamot Oil : This is one of the most important essential oils used for skincare, as well as being an essential ingredient for the production of various types of perfumes.
Moreover, it’s an antiviral, which helps to treat cold sores, and also helps control the secretion of excess oils.
Lastly, it also helps fight acne-causing bacteria on the skin surface.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood oil has been used since ancient times for skincare due to its healing properties.
It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, masking scars and refreshing tired skin.
It can also be used on hair to restore shine and moisture.
A very important precaution we need to take is to never apply essential oil directly on the skin.
ALWAYS dilute your essential oil with a common carrier oil such as Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil .
Dilution needs to be done because essential oils are concentrated substances, thus, to be able to use them on the skin safely, they need to be mixed with a carrier oil.
Doing so will prevent allergic reactions and other skin irritations arising from applying oils directly to the skin.
A 10% concentration is recommended for skin application for most people.
Essential Oils for Pregnant Woman
It’s safe to use essential oils while you’re pregnant as long as you’re healthy, you use them with caution and advice from your doctor.
Be sure to buy high quality oils from a reputable store.
Oils contain chemicals that may leak into your body.
Once essential oils enter your body, they work the same way as regular medications.
Because the essential oil molecules are so small, there is a possibility for them to pass through the placenta and reach your growing baby.
We do not know exactly what are the possible effects of essential oils on your child’s development.
Researches have been done on the effects of oils only on animals, and the results yielded a number of side effects.
Many pregnant women find relief from using essential oils like: relief from headaches, nausea or Foot fungus.
If you want to do aromatherapy while pregnant, the following procedure is advised:
1-Use one drop of essential oil at a time.
2-Do not a use specific oil for a long time.
3-Dilute the essential oil by blending the oil drop with at least a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil before adding it to the bathwater or applying it over your skin.
4-Grape seed oil or sweet almonds work well as an essential oil.
5-You can add drops of oil to a censer, but don’t leave it for more than 10 to 15 minutes every hour.
If you leave it for a long time, the smell may spread too much and make you feel nauseous.
As long as your pregnancy is ‘healthy’ and with no complications, it’s safe for you to use the following essential oils:
- German Chamomile Oil
- Bergamot oil
- Tea Tree Oil
Do not use the following essential oils if you’re pregnant:
Basil, which contributes to the growth of abnormal cells.
Jasmine, which reinforces the uterine contractions.
Sage and rose, which may cause uterine bleeding.
Juniper, which affects kidney functions.
Do not use oils if:
You had a history of abortion.
You have epilepsy.
You have heart problems.
You have diabetes, blood clotting problems, or a problem with your thyroid, liver or kidneys.
It’s always good to talk to your doctor before using any essential oil.
Essential Oils for the Hair
We all know that it takes a lot of effort to be healthy-looking, especially for women who are keen to
keep their hair long, shiny, smooth and thick, because hair is the crowning glory of women.
The hair is exposed to many factors causing it to split, fade, feel rough, get malnourished and react to weather changes.
Using essential oils on the hair can make it healthy and improve its appearance.
Jojoba oil: helps to moisturize the scalp and prevent frizziness.
It treats inflammation of the scalp because it has antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
It also activates blood circulation in the scalp, promotin hair growth.
Peppermint oil: gives the scalp a feeling of exhilaration and vitality.
It also helps to get rid of scalp problems.
It activates blood circulation in the scalp, thus, promoting hair growth.
It also has anti-fungal and inflammatory properties.
It’s an antiseptic and is a good cleanser for skin and hair.
How to Use Essential Oil on the Hair
- Use the right amount of mixture and put on the scalp from the roots to the ends, and then, massage the roots of the hair thoroughly for 5 minutes.
- Cover the hair with a plastic bag for an hour, and then rinse the hair thoroughly with water and shampoo, then dry the hair thoroughly.
Essentials Oils to be Used in Bathing
Adding essential oils to your bath is an amazing way to relax after an exhausting day.
Just add the oils into the water to fully enjoy all the benefits of the essential oil.
Jasmine oil is one of the best essential oils that can help improve mood, as it calms the body.
Using Jasmine oil will not only help you be fragrant, but also get rid of dry skin.
After filling the bathtub with warm water, wait a few minutes for the water to reach the desired temperature.
Do not step into a tub with steaming water to avoid skin burns.
Add a few drops of any essential oil you like or mix more than one oil in a glass of warm milk with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
The resulting mixture is added to the bathwater to enhance the potency of essential oils to moisturize and soften the body.
Adding essential oils to hot water may expose them to volatilization with water vapor.
Rose essential oil helps to improve mood and relieve anxiety and nervous system disorders.
Rose oil is suitable for all skin types, even for very dry or sensitive skin.
How to Prepare a Relaxing Bath with Essential Oils
Once you choose the essential oil, fill the bathtub with hot water.
Mix hot and cold water until the water temperature reaches 32°C.
The amount of water should be enough cover the body with water.
Add 10 or 20 drops of essential oils to the water and stir to dilute the oil well in the water.
Carefully get into the bathtub and submerge the body.
Relax, close our eyes and enjoy your bath for 20 minutes.
Essential Oils for 6-month Old Children
A gentle massage can do wonders for your baby.
It can soothe their skin and promote overall health, if you use the correct essential oil.
Things to Consider While Massaging Your Child
- Before you try any oil on your baby’s skin, just apply a little of it on his hand and see if it’s compatible with his skin. If your baby’s skin reacts to it, stop using it immediately.
- Pour some oil gently on your baby’s abdomen and start massaging, with no extra pressure on his abdomen.
- Massage your child only when you want to comfort him.
- Maintain your baby’s sleep cycle by giving him a massage according to his sleep schedule.
There are many oils you can use on babies but I prefer coconut oil and almond oil because they promote calm sleep, reduces anxiety and heals many skin problems.
Coconut oil is an effective treatment for sensitive skin and other skin problems like eczema and dermatitis.
You can apply a small amount of coconut oil after bath to moisturize your baby’s skin and maintain its freshness.
Almond oil provides complete protection for your baby’s skin, and you can also use it as an oil bath, as it relaxes your baby, reduces anxiety and promotes better sleep.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils as Medication
1. Relieve headache with peppermint oil.
Essential oils help reduce dizziness.
Peppermint oil is the most effective in addressing dizziness, and is also used in the treatment of nausea.
When you feel a headache, apply a few drops of oil to a cotton swab or napkin and inhale.
Some other oils that help treat dizziness are Lavender oil and Ginger oil.
2. Treat sunburn with essential oils.
Some essential oils have been used to treat sunburn for thousands of years, due to their anti-inflammatory features and their ability to relieve pain.
The best oils used to treat sunburn are lavender oil, sun gold (timeless) and rose.
The best way to use these oils is to mix them with aloe vera gel (a drop of essential oil for every teaspoon of aloe Vera gel) and apply them directly to the burns.
3. Treat minor wounds with essential oils.
Essential oils such as lavender oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint can be used to treat minor wounds, burns and insect bites because of their anti-bacterial properties.
To use essential oils on wounds, you must first disinfect the wound.
Also, make sure the wound is not bleeding.
Then apply a small amount of oil with concentration of 2-3% oil (2-3 drops of essential oil for each teaspoon of oil base).
Use the oil topically 2-5 times daily until the wound heals.
After applying the oil, you can also make cold compresses for the wound to reduce bleeding and swelling and to retain the oil.
Using Essential Oils to Refresh Your Home
1. Pour some essential oil into a candle.
Light the candle and wait a minute for the wax to dissolve, turn it off, add a few more drops of oil to the melted wax, and carefully light it again.
Avoid any drops of oil falling on the fuse/wick, as they’re highly flammable.
2. Put ten drops of oil in hot water.
If you don’t have a diffuser or a candle, you can fill a small bowl with boiling water and add drops of essential oil to the water.
The steam will spread the aroma in the room.
Just make sure the container is out of reach of children and pets.
You can use essential oils for cleaning because of its antibacterial properties.
You can use this essential oil spray to clean non-porous surfaces such as tiles, glass, and plastic.
In the spray bottle, mix the following ingredients and shake well.
- 1/2 cup (0.47 l) white vinegar
- 1/2 cup (0.47 l) water
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil: tea tree, lavender, lemon and mint are good.
A few drops of dish washing soap
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Although essential oils have powerful therapeutic properties, this does not mean they’re always safe.
Here are some guidelines that must be taken into consideration before using essential oils.
1. Skin Burns and Wounds
Some essential oils can cause burns when exposed to sun.
If you will be exposed to the sun, don’t put any oil on your skin.
Some oils may cause burns to the skin such as Bergamot, Lemon and Green lemon oils.
2. Harm to Small Pets
Essential oils are not safe for pets.
Unless you own a very large animal, such as a horse, do not try to use essential oils in your pets.
Use essential oil products under the supervision of your veterinarian.
3. Serious Interactions with Other Chemicals
Even inhalation of certain oils can cause side effects for people with health problems.
Do not use oils on people with certain diseases or allergies such as heart problems.
4. Illness or Death when Ingested
Oils such as peppermint can be fatal when ingested.
Some oils can cause abortion when swallowed.
Do not be afraid to use essential oils, but use them intelligently.
Always put oils out of the reach of children.
Handle them with caution, just like any medication.
Use essential oils without direct application to your body for safety and maximum enjoyment.
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