By Jessie Moore|
December 23, 2021|
3 min read
An increasing number of us are using essential oils as we choose to focus more of our time and energy on our health and wellbeing. They can be used in various different ways, and enhance your wellbeing routine in multiple different ways. It’s definitely worth learning a little more about them.
If you’ve been wondering what essential oils are, and how best to use them, we’ve created a handy guide to essential oils and their uses. We’ll help you better understand the benefits of using essential oils and how to safely introduce aromatherapy into your life.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracted from plant sources to capture the scent of flowers, seeds, roots, or bark using either a steaming or distilling method, or by cold pressing the plant. This process results in a strongly scented oil.
The extracted oils are known as ‘pure essential oils,’ which are then combined with a ‘carrier oil’ – usually derived from kernels or nuts – to dilute the essential oils. Without a carrier oil (or base oil), the essential oil would be too strong for topical use and could cause skin irritation. Therefore, the little bottles of essential oils that you can easily buy will have different carrier oils inside. If you’re particular about which oil is used as a carrier, do check the ingredients.
What are the best essential oils?
There are a myriad of different oils, and each promotes a different aspect of wellbeing. The key thing here is to decide what you want to achieve, and then choose an oil that best suits your needs. Alternatively, some people are led by their nose and opt for something they simply like the smell of!
Essential oils for sleep
Try sage or lavender, both of which have relaxing properties and soothing scents to help you drift into sleep. Spritz our Essential Oil Pillow Spray, containing both lavender and sage, onto your pillow at bedtime and soak up the sleep-aiding benefits. Diffusers also work well for getting the benefits of essential oils for sleep, but avoid anything which uses a naked flame.
Essential oils for stress
If you’re seeking calm and want to reconnect and be in the moment, choose essential oils that contain the essence of rosemary, lime or basil. Applied to the pulse points, this Ground Aromatherapy Pulse Oil will release a soothing, calming scent to melt away tension. You may also want to focus on your self-care by using the essential oils in massage, or skincare, or bath salts.
Refreshing essential oils
For a quick pick-me-up try cedarwood, eucalyptus or grapefruit oils. These offer revitalisation when you need a boost and a shot of energy. Our Grapefruit and Lemongrass Body Oil is a wonderfully uplifting oil to massage into your skin after a shower.
Essential oils for a fragrant home
Essential oils are not just for the body. If you want to create a welcoming atmosphere all over your living space, add a few drops of an essential oil containing tuberose and jasmine to evoke the aromas of a sweet spring day. Indeed, using diffusers, sprays and wax melts in with scents of your favourite essential oils can move the ambience from ‘house’ to ‘home’.
Essential oils and their uses
There are lots of ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine. We suggest trying the following methods, which all deliver different therapeutic qualities.
Add to your bath water
There are few things more relaxing than a warm bath at the end of a busy day. Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath will create a soothingly scented experience as you soak your cares away.
Dab onto your pulse points
Essential oils can be rubbed into the wrists, temples, or the back of the neck to release tension. Rub the oil until it becomes warm to get the maximum benefit. Remember never to use pure essential oils directly on the skin – try our blended Release Aromatherapy Pulse Oil which is ready to roll on the pulse points to release the aromas of lavender, peppermint, bergamot and sage.
Massage into your feet
We know this may sound a little unusual – but rubbing essential oils into the soles of your feet actually allows them to absorb faster, meaning you will reap the rewards sooner. Just remember that your feet may be slippery afterwards, so take care. If you’re using essential oils for soothing your feet, or for deodourising, use peppermint!
Use in a diffuser
Circulate your favourite essential oil scents throughout the home using a diffuser. It’s an economical way of making your environment smell amazing, as you’ll only need a couple of drops to gain the therapeutic benefits. We love rejuvenating oils containing pine, patchouli and clary sage to spread happiness throughout our home. Of course, diffusers are an attractive accessory too.
Essential oil dilution guide
It is important that you get the right blend of pure and carrier oils before applying them to your skin. Using undiluted oils is a quick way to irritate the skin.
The recommended dilution rate for everyday use is 2%. This equates to two drops of pure essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil. If you choose to use aromatherapy oils for children, we suggest reducing the dilution to 1% or one drop of pure oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil.
Best essential oils for beginners
Introducing essential oils into your life can open up a whole new world of exciting aromas. Build your collection by starting with some of the most versatile essential oils, such as calming lavender, purifying peppermint, and tea-tree oil which has powerful antibacterial properties that can help to soothe problematic skin or acne breakouts.
If our guide to essential oils has inspired you to give them a try, we have a dedicated essential oil section on our website. All our products are ethically sourced and eco-friendly.