Essential Oil Wiki
What is essential oil?
An essential oil is a concentrated botanical extract that protects plants and provides therapeutic benefits to humans and animals.
Have you ever smelled a flower and wished you could keep the scent forever?
Have you noticed how certain natural scents can change your mood and take you back to your childhood?
Essential oils capture that magic.
The reason these oils are called “essential” is that they capture the essence of the plant or flower they were extracted from, but there’s a lot more to essential oils than pleasant scents.
Essential oils play a critical role in protecting plants and helping them flourish, which is part of the reason why they often have powerful healing qualities.
These highly concentrated oils are extracted from fruits, leaves, roots, flowers, and other parts of the plant. Each essential oil is carefully extracted through steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing.
How do I use essential oils?
Essential oils can be diffused, inhaled, or applied topically for therapeutic benefits.
Diffusers help disperse essential oil particles into the air. Dispersing a balanced combination of essential oils can help create an aromatic and healing environment. Breathe in, and experience the therapeutic benefits of your favorite essential oils.
Another way to enjoy essential oils is to open your essential oil bottle and gently inhale the aroma directly from the bottle. If you prefer, you can also mix 1 drop of essential oil with about 10-15 drops of carrier oil in a bowl, then place the mixture under your nose and breathe in deeply.
While some essential oils can be directly applied to the skin, we highly recommend that you use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils before applying them. It is important to test the oil on a small patch of skin first, and only one oil at a time.
Best Practices for Topical Application of Essential
Oils: A 50:1 dilution ratio of carrier oil to the essential oil. Try adding 6 drops of essential oil per every 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
When should I use essential oils?
Whenever you want to enjoy therapeutic aromas.
You should use essential oils whenever you want to experience therapeutic benefits with little to no side effects, improve the smell of your space, treat common skin conditions, and much more.
The benefits of essential oils are nearly infinite.
Here are some situations where using essential oils are especially useful.
During allergy season
During feelings of anxiety
When you have acne
When you want a massage
When you want to improve the aroma in your space
When you have age spots
When you have trouble getting to sleep
When you want to change your mood
Why should I use essential oils?
Essential oils contain therapeutic properties with little to no side effects.
Essential oils have been used in Ayurveda and aromatherapy for thousands of years for various health benefits with little to no side effects.
While essential oils are excellent natural alternatives, it’s always important to check with your doctor before deciding to use essential oils for treatment.
Where should I get essential oils from?
From companies with 100% pure & natural, third-party certified purity testing.
When shopping for essential oils, it’s important to make sure that the essential oils are 100% pure and natural complete with GC-MS reports to verify. Try a company with strong values and ethical farming relationships.
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical method which combines gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify individual substances within a sample. If a brand offers GC-MS testing results, you can feel more confident in the oils’ purity.
A Word About MLM Companies
We recommend avoiding MLM companies. There have been many legal problems and controversies surrounding the purity of their essential oils. A big reason why MLM businesses may not be your best choice is that their business model thrives on constant recruitment as opposed to better products.
Where should I apply essential oils?
Mostly on wrists, bottoms of feet, temples, and the back of the neck.
It's important to remember that essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution.
While some oils might be safe to apply directly to your arms and legs, they might not be safe to put inside your nose, mouth, eyes, or other personal areas.
For example, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Cinnamon Essential Oils can be disastrous if they get into your eyes or other sensitive areas.
Who should try essential oils?
Anyone who wants additional health support and powerful aromas.
There are so many therapeutic properties that come from essential oils that almost everyone can benefit from them.
Some good candidates for using essential oils include:
Those with a lot of stress
Those who want general health support
Those who want to refresh the smell of their space
Those who want to improve breathing
Those with skin conditions
Those with occasional headaches
Those who want an alternative cleaning agent
What are the best essential oils for back pain?
Chamomile and several other oils can help you remedy back pain.
Chamomile - Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and helps with aches and pains
Clary Sage - Soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic
Helichrysum - Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic. Helps muscle tension, spasms, PMS, and more
Lavender - Anti-inflammatory, sedative, relaxing, and can help reduce swelling
Peppermint - Soothing, cooling, pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, analgesic
Marjoram - Analgesic, sedative, and helps with tension and pain
Wintergreen - Contains salicylate, same root component as aspirin, cortisone-like properties, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic
Rose - Can help reduce inflammation
Tea Tree Oil - Antibacterial, antifungal, and stimulates the immune system
Ginger - Reduces inflammation, supports joints, improves digestion, and relieves nausea
What are the best essential oils for cramps?
Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, and Lavender Essential Oils.
Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, and Lavender Essential Oils are commonly used for cramps. Try our Calm Muscle Essential Oil Blend which was formulated specifically to help with muscles aches and cramps.
What are the best essential oils for joint pains?
Turmeric, Frankincense, and Orange Essential Oils.
What are the best essential oils for anxiety & stress?
Bergamot, Lavender, Frankincense, and more Essential Oils.
Bergamot - Proven to reduce corticosterone response to stress in rats (6)
Lavender - Relaxing, calming (7)
Frankincense - Provides calming and tranquil energy (12)
Roman Chamomile - Soothing (8)
Ylang Ylang - Encourages cheerfulness and optimism (9)
Vetiver - Grounding (10)
Rose - Said to reduce anxiety (11)
How do essential oils enter the body?
Inhalation and absorption through the skin.
Our sense of smell is the most primitive of all senses and is linked to the deepest parts of the brain. When we breathe in, the aromatic molecules travel to the top of the nose to make contact with olfactory cells. Some studies demonstrate that these smells “affect the psychological and physiological conditions of humans.” (12)
Absorption through the skin is another way that essential oils enter the body. The molecules are tiny, which allows them to penetrate skin. They travel through the epidermis, entering the dermis, and then circulating through the blood vessels. As a result, they are able to create physiological change. Stress reduction is a common effect. (13)
How long do essential oils last?
Between 1 to 10 years on average.
Most essential oils do not have an expiration date. Those that are cold-pressed such as Orange and Lemon Essential Oils tend to have a shorter life (around one year). However, essential oils like Lavender, Frankincense, and Patchouli can actually improve over time like a fine wine.
How does an essential oil diffuser work?
Diffusers break down essential oil micro-particles and disperse them.
The most popular type of diffuser is the ultrasonic diffuser. Ultrasonic diffusers disperse essential oils into the air as negative ions. The diffuser produces ultrasonic vibrations used to break down the essential oils into micro-particles, allowing the oil to be dispersed as a very fine mist into the air. The process runs extremely quietly - ideal for relaxing, sleeping and working.
How many drops do you put in a diffuser?
5-20 drops depending on the size of the diffuser.
If you have a 100 ml diffuser, 5-8 drops is a good quantity.
If you have a 200-500 ml diffuser, 8-15 drops is a good quantity.
If you have a 2,000 ml diffuser such as the Tower XL, 10-20 drops are recommended.
How do I use my diffuser?
It depends on the diffuser, but usually it’s very simple.
While each diffuser might be slightly different, most diffusers can be used with the following instructions:
Open the lid.
Fill the diffuser tank until just below the MAX line.
Add the appropriate amount of essential oil.
Close the lid.
Press the power button for continuous mist.