Essential oils are very potent fragrances extracted from plants. It’s not a secret that these oils are ethereal, subtle, elusive and essential just like the wind (ether). That’s where essential oils got their name from.
These active molecules circulate in plants just like the blood circulates in the human body: it allows the body to function properly, protects from infections and keeps you alive. According to numerous studies, these oils perform various functions: they help plants heal damaged parts, scare away wild animals, withstand drought and the burning sunrays, etc.
The use of essential oils is very broad nowadays. They are used for massages, inhaling, aromatherapy, added to creams, shampoos and other make-up products, etc. A warm bath with them is a great anti-stress solution.
There are various smells: those that bring good feelings in you – the pleasant ones – and the irritable ones. Some essential oils calm your nerves, while others bring you an extreme boost of energy.
People have used the healing properties of essential oils for centuries. By penetrating the body in various ways (for example, through the skin during massage or through the nose during inhaling), the molecules of essential oils activate biochemical processes and affect the functioning of internal organs.
Healthy properties of essential oils:
Volatile oils are especially beneficial for the hair. The use of such oils makes your hair more beautiful and healthy, and it’s enough to use just a few drops of the oil to get all the benefits.
If you have oily hair and/or you want to help the growth of the hair, you will need jojoba oil, add 5 drops of rosemary oil, clove oil and cade oil.
If you have dry hair and/or dandruff, add 5 drops of geranium oil, 5 drops of rosemary oil and the same amount of tea tree oil into wheat germ oil.
Essential oils are also used for the skin. There is a particular plant extract for every skin type and every skin problem, which is why you need to learn which oil would best suit your skin.
For dry and sensitive skin, use jasmine oil, patchouli oil, rose oil, oils of sandalwood and myrrh. For oily skin, it’s best to use balm lemon oil, grapefruit oil, bergamot oil, oils of lemon and rosemary.
In order to provide your skin with vitamins, opt for orange oil, rosewood oil and verbena oil.
There are a few rules of how to use essential oils:
- Never apply a pure, non-diluted oil to the skin. Tea tree oil is sometimes used in the non-diluted state in order to treat acne and rashes, but never experiment with essential oils if you’re not sure how to use them.
- Before applying to the skin, make sure you are not allergic to this substance. Always check your body’s sensitivity to the oil: apply a little of the essential oil to the bend of the elbow and wait 24 hours. If you don’t see any redness on that spot, you can start the use.
- Before using the oil, keep the room sweet and wash your hands well.
- Never allow oils to get into your eyes or open wounds. In case it did get into your eyes or an open wound, wash it with a large amount of water and apply a dry bandage. If you see severe redness, consult a physician.
- Never drink essential oils.
- Do not store essential oils or make up products with added to them in plastic or metal vials. They produce harmful elements when contained in plastic or metal. The best way to store is in glass vials. Avoid sunrays from getting on essential oils.
- Store in places where children and pets cannot reach them.
- It’s not recommended to use in the first trimester of pregnancy