Hello there, my amazing readers. I believe you guys are doing alright. When one of ya’ll is tired of the same greeting do let me know. Maybe we can mix and match languages here to make things more interesting. Today I wanna talk to you guys about essential oils. What they are, some of my favorites at the moment and what I mostly use them for. If you haven’t figured it out by now then you should know I tend to lean more towards the things that are organic and grow naturally. Even when it comes to medicating and treating my body in one way or another I prefer remedies that are more natural, home made and contain as little lab chemicals as possible. Surprisingly I don’t do this because I want to live longer although that would be an added bonus but I just do it because I love being in the know of what I am putting in to my body. Be it food, medication, oils, you name it.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. What makes the oils special is that they capture the essence of the plant. It is also important to note that depending on how the oil was extracted from the plant plays a huge role on its name and how it is going to work for you. Some are extracted naturally (won’t go in to the science but you get the gist) whilst others are extracted using chemicals (exactly what Lisa has no tolerance for). It is also important to note that when purchasing essential oils I would suggest getting ones that have some carrier oils added to them because the exact concentrate can be tricky to use. Since it is a concentration it can cause skin irritation and other side effects. There is a whole lot of science behind it so for us everyday people who are in a hurry to get somewhere and have no time to do a whole lot of mixing to a product before using it, I would recommend getting diluted essential oils. That is oil concentrate that is diluted with other carrier oils. The undiluted version can be used for medical conditions but I would suggest getting a professionals input on this before taking matters in your own hands.
As you may have guessed it, these oils are mostly used for aromatherapy and they are not meant for internal use. To paraphrase an article from healthline the main ways to use essential oils is through inhaling them or diluting and applying to the skin. These essential oils may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed. After that brief introduction on essential oils let’s get down to my three favourites at the moment. There is plenty types of essential oils then there are the popular ones then there are my fave three because I get the most use out of them.
Lavender; of which I love the smell so much. It’s mostly used to relieve stress but as a person who believes the mind has the power to do that it becomes a little bit contradictory but it’s always good to get the extra help with your stress lol. I mostly use(d) it to help me sleep. I have struggled with insomnia for a good minute. When I was doing my undergraduate degree the insomnia sometimes worked in my favor but post that I needed to sleep to get to work or something so it was a real struggle. Till I came across the beauty of aromatherapy and started using it to my benefit. I would sprinkle a few drops (at most three) on my pillow right before bed and I’d be on my merry way to dreamville. Sometimes I would just apply it on my skin or clothes simply because I like the smell of it and I love to smell good.
Peppermint; the second essential oil that I seem to be getting the most use out of is peppermint. Every time I open the tiny bottle the smell takes me back to Christmas wonderland. This essential oil is used to boost energy and aid in digestion. I mostly use it in the morning right before my shower. I would sprinkle a few drops at the floor and then take my shower. It really does help me feel a lot energized. I also sometimes use it for muscle relief whenever I am feeling achy for one reason or another.
Eucalyptus; my third and final essential oil that I have been mostly experimenting with is eucalyptus. For me it comes off as one of those oils that has an acquired smell to it. I did not like the smell at first but over time I got used to it. It has a couple of uses keeping bugs away, silencing a cough, clearing your chest and etc. As you can tell I use it the least.
In conclusion essential oils are very multifunctional and very beneficial. A couple of journals do mention that not enough experiments have been done to confirm their clear and safe use for humans so I would avoid overusing them and being too experimental with them. They are safe but you know, too much of anything is harmful. However, I do enjoy aromatherapy for myself and I am excited to explore the other types of oils out there and get the best use out of them. Thanks for stoping by and take care of yourselves.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AND THIS SHOULD IN NO WAY BE TAKEN AS OFFICIAL MEDICAL ADVISE.