For the longest time, I’ve been very skeptical about essential oils and their benefits. But things have changed a couple of years ago when my interest in wellbeing and natural skin and body care has blossomed.
I bought my very first essential oil (lavender, of course) without fully knowing what to expect. Back then I had hard times falling asleep so I mostly used it to relax and zone out before going to bed, and for my great surprise, it helped. So I thought, why not learn more about other essential oils and possible ways of incorporating them in my life. That’s how the story of wonderful discoveries began.
An essential oil is a concentrated liquid that contains volatile aroma compounds from plants. It is called “essential” because in a sense it contains the “essence” of plant’s fragrance. Just imagine, in order to make one 15ml bottle of rose essential oil, you would need 30kg of rose petals!
Essential oils have tremendous healing properties. And the greatest thing of all is that there are so many different ways you can use the same essential oil to benefit from it. Today I’m sharing my 7 all-time favourite essential oils and how I use them in everyday life.
Orange essential oil has been my favorite for years now. Its sweet smell is uplifting and helps to improve my mood instantly. I like warming up a few drops of this essential oil on my wrists and then gently rubbing it behind my years. Quite often I bring this essential oil with me on trips and use it instead of perfume. I’m simply obsessed with this smell.
Please note: orange essential oil, just like any other citrus oil, should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light within 48 hours.
I’ve started incorporating peppermint essential oil into my daily life fairly recently and I absolutely love it.
To ease a mild headache I rub a few drops of it on my temples. And few drops of it on my wrists gives a great energy boost as you get to smell peppermint with every little move you make.
I also use peppermint essential oil to make homemade mouthwash. Even my significant other, who is very skeptical about homemade products, agrees that this mouthwash leaves the breath as fresh as using commercial products.
Of course, what kind of list of favorite essential oils it would be without mentioning lavender.
I mostly use lavender for its aromatherapy properties: few drops of it in air diffuser or bath helps to unwind and prepare for good night’s sleep. Sometimes for the same reason, I like to add it to my homemade skin care products in such as face wash or face masks.
Tea tree essential oil is probably the first essential oil I’ve ever got to use. My mom introduced it to me years back as a spot treatment and I use to this day. Whenever I feel there’s a spot forming, I apply a few drops of tea tree essential oil directly on it or I add a drop or two to my facewash.
I used tea tree essential oil-based products throughout most of my teenage years and I think it works wonders on acne prone skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, be careful (just like with any other essential oil) to not irritate it with an excessive amount tea tree oil based products. Essential oils are concentrated liquids, therefore adding just a few drops to your facewash or face mask is enough. And when treating spots, make sure you are applying it only on troubled areas.
I find ylang-ylang essential oil to be extremally effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation. This is my go-to essential oil when I feel nervous or irritated after a long day when I can’t take my mind off things.
If you are looking for an essential oil that would help you ease your mind but you are not too fond of lavender, I’d suggest giving ylang-ylang a go. I usually go back and forth between the two when it comes to defusing essential oils for their aromatherapy properties.
When it comes to a topical use of ylang-ylang, I like adding a few drops of it to my homemade face toner.
Frankincense is known to be one of the best essential oils for its general benefits. I’m still on the journey of discovering all best ways to use it but what I absolutely love what I’ve tried so far.
Frankincense is a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. And even though I don’t particularly enjoy the scent of it, I love incorporating it into my skin care products, both: face and body.
When it comes to boosting the immune system, I rub a little bit of frankincense essential oil onto my throat when I feel I might be getting a cold (you can do the same with peppermint and tea tree essential oils too).
RosemaryRosemary is probably my least favorite essential oil scent wise. However, I think it’s irreplaceable when it comes to scalp and hair care. Every now and then I make hair masks and rinse with rosemary essential oil to fight dryness and bring liveliness back to my damaged hair.
Essential oils are very interconnected to sensory perception. That’s why whenever you are thinking about purchasing new essential oil, pay a visit to a store and smell it beforehand. Dwell on how well this particular essential oil makes you feel, especially if you are looking for oil for aromatherapy.