Aromatherapy: The Ultimate (Beginner’s) Guide to Essential Oils
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are volatile plant extracts that are very concentrated. Oils are obtained through several different extraction methods, and what part of the plant the oil comes from can vary. However, the oil is usually extracted from the most aromatic part. For example, citrus oils come from the rind, and rose oil comes from rose petals.
One might think essential oils are gentle and mostly unreactive because they’re all-natural. However, that’s not the case at all! They’re very potent – sometimes 50-100% stronger than dry herbs! When using essential oils, a little bit goes a long way. It should be appropriately diluted before applying directly to the skin.
Disclaimer: We do not condone the consumption of essential oils. It should only be done under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. To learn more about essential oils for your health speak with our local expert Kelly Frick.
How Should I Dilute My Oils?
As stated before, essential oils can be very potent. The risk of using undiluted oils is skin sensitivity. Intolerance to oils may occur because of the high concentration of plant oils.
In most cases, you’ll need a carrier oil – a neutral, plant-based oil that can act as a base to help better facilitate the absorption of the oil on the body. Some of the most common types of carrier oils are coconut, sesame, and olive oil. SHK also cares for jojoba and argan oils.
Though specific dilutions can vary based upon personal needs, the general rule of thumb is a dime size carrier with 3-4 drops of the essential oil as a good ratio.
What can Essential Oils be used for?
As a very versatile product, essential oils can be used for a multitude of things. Some common uses are personal care, in-home cleaning, and for all over well-being.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the most popular essential oils at Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen and the benefits they can bring into your home.
Most Popular Blends at Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen:
Sleepy Head: Fall and Stay Asleep
If you find yourself tossing and turning each night, it might be time you consider some aromatherapy. Several studies show in great detail just how beneficial individual senses can be for ditching the “counting sheep routine,” even during times of high stress.
For example, one study suggests that when an ICU patient sniffed lavender, chamomile, and neroli, their anxiety levels plummet, and their sleep quality improved.
Before “hitting the hay,” take a single whiff to reap the benefits all night long. For longer-lasting benefits, try loading up a diffuser with this sleep-time blend or picking up a pillow spray.
Pick up the “Sleepy Head” remedy from Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen for a better night’s sleep. Made kid-safe with tangerine, ylang-ylang, and lavender.
Other Essential oils that help induce sleep: bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, chamomile, neroli, marjoram, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, and of course, lavender.
Super Shield: Odor Elimination
Block out strong odors with Super Shield. Diffuse for a fresh, clean aroma around the office or house or topically applied for cleaning purposes. As a warm, spicy blend, it’s easy to make any office space cozy and uplifting. Consider diffusing near trash cans to counteract unpleasant senses.
Refresh carpets by combining a cup of baking soda and 5 drops of Super Shield. Let these two sit overnight. By morning, you can sprinkle over carpet and vacuum thoroughly for a fresher-smelling home.
If your honey’s feet stink, offer up a foot massage with Super Shield to help with the smell. You must dilute for topical use.
Pick up the “Super Shield” remedy from Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen to fight common odors around the home or office. Made safe with clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiant leaf oil, and rosemary.
Just Breathe: Respiratory & Headache Relief
Clear airways and congestions with one dropper full of Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen’s “Just Breath.” This blend of Mullein, Vitex, Oregano, Tulsi, and Ginger helps clear airways and congestion, making breathing easy again.
Additionally, this product helps take the edge off headaches caused by respiratory ailments. Considering picking up a bottle to minimize the effects of seasonal allergic threats and gaining a restful night of sleep (no more waking up for a tissue).
Most Popular Oils at Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen:
Tea Tree Oil: Promote Healing
From hand sanitizer to insect repellent, tea tree oils have been used for centuries for traditional medicines by aborigines. Native Australians crush up the leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat colds and coughs or directly to the skin for healing.
Known for its germ-fighting properties, many use tea tree oil to prevent infections and promote healing, commonly used for fungal and bacterial skin infections. Again, we do not condone direct application or consumption of essential oils. We recommend only following the guidance of certified aromatherapists for recipes in regards to skincare.
Some of the most common uses for tea tree oil:
- Hand sanitizer
- Chemical-free mouthwash
- All-purpose cleaner
- Insect repellent
- Banish mold on fruits & veggies
- Relieve Psoriasis
- Control dandruff
- Treat athlete’s foot
- Natural deodorant
- Ditch nail fungus
- Antiseptic for scrapes and minor cuts
- Promotes wound healing
- Soothe skin irritation
- Fight acne
Generally speaking, tea tree oil is safe when utilized on adults’ skin, but allergic reactions can occur. It should not be swallowed and can be toxic if done so. Please use caution when using the oil to benefit children and pets. Keep out of reach of children! It might be a good idea to use a small amount on your skin and wait 24-48 hours to see if there’s a reaction when using it for the first time.
Eucalyptus: Ease Pain & Silent Cough
Originating from Australia, eucalyptus trees are now grown globally and used for medicinal purposes. Their healing power comes from leaves that are dried, crushed, and distilled to release essential oils. After oil extraction, it must be diluted before put into fair use as a medicine.
Remember as a child when your mom (or guardian) would rub Vicks VapoRub on your chest to help a cough? Thank eucalyptus oil for the soothing relief! Eucalyptus oil helps calm down coughs but also helps get a mucus build up out of your chest.
Most common uses of Eucalyptus Oil:
- Ease joint pain
- Freshen breath
- Soothe cold sores
- Silence a nasty cough
- Control blood sugar
- Breathe easier
- Disinfect wounds
- Keep bugs away
- Clear chest cold and congestion
Spiritually Connect with Frankincense
Frankincense comes from the Boswellia tree’s resin, which usually grows in mountainous religions of the Middle East, Africa, and India. It can be inhaled, steeped in a tea, taken as a supplement, or safely absorbed through the skin.
And let’s be honest: People love frankincense, and with good reason. From enhancing meditation and spiritual practices to beauty routines, its earthly yet uplifting aroma is ideal for finding spiritual connectedness and grounding.
Diffuse this oil for an empowering earthly aroma to create a relaxing and safe space. Additionally, frankincense helps cultivate smooth, radiant skin when used topically.
Pick up this woody, spicy-smelling aroma at Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen to better spiritual connection and radiant skin.
With a single whiff, essential oils can make you feel good and lift your mood. For some people, it may help alleviate symptoms, like headaches, coughs, and colds. Whether you’re looking to heal your mind or body, stop into Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen for the most popular natural remedies in Williamson County.