Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]

Uses for Common Essential OilsUses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]

4. Chamomile Oil

Universally thought of safe by doctors and practitioners alike, chamomile is used for an anti-inflammatory calming action.

  • Calming – Put a few drops in some hot water, place a towel over your head and the bowl to inhale the steam.
  • Bruises, bites, stings, skin irritation – Make a compress by putting a few drops of oil in hot water and then soaking a cloth in the mixture. Place compress on the bruises. Alternatively, put a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into the bruise.
  • Allergies – Use a diffuser in your home or office during the day and during allergy season to help lesson symptoms. You can also spray on your feet and inhale directly during serious flares.
  • Irritability & Insomnia – Inhale or drink chamomile tea to help experience the calming effects of this essential oil.

Due to chamomile’s anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, calming and relaxing properties it’s a very commonly used essential oil.

5. Eucalyptus Oil

This essential oil is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and expectant oil. Mostly used for respiratory issues due to the fragrant oil as well as the way the scent affects people psychologically.

  • Increase Circulation & Blood Flow – Put a drop in the massage oil and rub into skin to help increase circulation.
  • Improve Lung Function – Whether it’s bronchitis, asthma or congestion you can improve the lung function by using an inhalation tent to breathe in the steam.
  • To Wakeup – Whether you have jet lag, trouble waking up in the morning or are just tired, adding some eucalyptus oil to your bath or shower can do wonders for your energy level.

There are many other uses for eucalyptus oil too, such as helping with kidney stones, reducing pain, and more. You’ll definitely want to keep this around regularly.

6. Lemon Oil

There are so many uses for lemon essential oils. You can use it for many purposes including antiseptic, cleansing and healing.

  • Concentration – Put some lemon oil into lotion so that you can rub it on your arms and neck, inhaling deeply. Then take a test, or do work. You’ll find that your focus is better and your mind is sharper.
  • Alertness – If you feel as if you’re dragging through the day and not really aware of what is happening around you, try inhaling some lemon oil using a diffuser in the room you’re working in.
  • Positivity – Put some drops of lemon oil in candle wax, turn on some positive music and you’ll feel a lot less negative almost immediately.
  • Nausea – If you’re suffering from nausea due to morning sickness or as a side effect to medication try putting a few drops of lemon oil onto a cotton ball and sniff it each time you are afflicted.

Lemon is so common that you’ll notice it’s in so many things that you use from shampoo, to skin care, to cleaning products. That’s because the smell is so clean and fresh and inoffensive.

These are likely some of the most commonly used essential oils. There are many others that you can use to get started with aromatherapy.  Studying scents and how they can affect your health and quality of life can make a lot of difference in your life. You can use essential oils in so many ways to help improve and complement other methods of health care. Used wisely, you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought.

Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 1]

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Using aromatherapy is so easy to do but there are some basic oils and things you should include in a basic care kit to get you started.

1. Lavender Oil

There are many uses for essential lavender oil. These are just some of them. You can likely find even more uses for lavender oil if you wanted to.

  • Calming – Inhale a few drops of lavender oil to help create calmness. You can use it in crowded places, in your car, or office discretely. Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and smell it, or put in a diffuser to spritz the air. You can also put it into lotion to rub on your hands and arms, inhaling as you do to enhance calmness. It will also help you get to sleep at night.
  • Insect Bites, Minor Cuts & Burns, Skin Issues, Cold Sores & Dandruff — Putting a couple drops of lavender oil into carrier oil then rubbing it into your skin, scalp or on a bit on irritation can help calm the skin and heal the problem.
  • Nausea & Motion Sickness — Put a couple drops of lavender oil behind your ears to help with motion sickness and nausea.
  • Nosebleeds – Make a compress with a drop or two of lavender oil on a tissue or cloth and then press it under the base of the nose to help stop the bleeding.
  • In Food – While you should be careful about eating essential oils because you need to be sure to buy the right kind, lavender oil is especially good in recipes and iced tea. It can help reduce allergies and more.

Lavender is an amazing essential oil with many uses. Most people also love the smell so you can safely use it to help an entire household relax. On a side note lavender is exceptionally easy to grow requiring virtually no watering or care after you plant it.

2. Tea Tree Oil

You can use tea tree oil to treat everything from acne to sunburn if you know how.

  • Acne – Treat your acne with a couple drops added to lotion and then apply to the blemishes every night to help treat them.
  • Athlete’s Foot – Add some to warm water to soak your feet in. This will help cure your athlete’s foot as well as help treat other types of yeast infection related illnesses.
  • Antiseptic – Great for use on cuts, burns and other skin problems because it kills germs and prevents infection.
  • Chest Congestion – Put some tea tree oil into a vaporizer to help loosen chest congestion.

Using tea tree oil in these treatments will work wonders. Some people even say tea tree oil can treat headaches, colds and even lice.

3. Peppermint Oil

There are so many uses for peppermint oil when it comes to aromatherapy. One of the most used essential oils; it can treat everything from a cold to sore muscles.

Energy – When you are feeling tired during the day, just take a whiff of peppermint oil and it will pick you up fast. No need for caffeine.  Great for road trips, studying, school and more – try adding a few drops to your shampoo for a morning pick me up that won’t quit.

Diet Aid – If you are hungry inhaling peppermint oil can help reduce cravings and hunger.  Just put a drop or two on your temples or collarbone whenever you feel hungry to help get yourself back under control.

Muscle Care – Put a few drops of peppermint in carrier oils like sweet almond oil and rub directly on the sore muscles for best results to reduce pain and improve healing.

Focus & Concentration – Some people claim that smelling peppermint oil can help people and children with ADHD gain focus and concentrate better on tasks.

There are many more ways to use peppermint oil such as to help with teething, colic, balancing hormones and more. As you learn more about the uses of peppermint oil you’ll definitely want to keep it around.

Storing Essential Oils for the Very Best Results

essential oils storageA very important factor with essential oils to ensure a long shelf life, and that the work, is to store them properly. In most cases storing in a cool, dark place is the best way to store the essential oils to ensure that they maintain effectiveness and don’t break down.

  • Dark Colored Glass: Most essential oils are stored in dark amber colored glass jars. This allows it to resist ultra-violent light. But, you can get them in other colors too such as blue. The important part is that the glass is resistant to ultra-violent light.
  • Dark Place: Even with the special glasses it’s important to still put in a dark place. Instead of leaving them out in the bathroom, or on a window sill, put them inside the cabinet.
  • Cool Place: In addition to the right glass, and keeping them in the dark, putting them in a cool place will keep them fresh longer. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning try putting them in the refrigerator, especially citrus. Some oils may solidify, that’s okay, just remove them to warm up before use.
  • Out of Reach: Store your essential oils out of sight and out of reach of children and animals. These oils can be toxic and deadly if ingested or can burn the skin too. Treat them as if they are caustic chemicals, because they are – natural or not.

Finally, never use plastic bottles with essential oils in high concentrations. You are probably okay with a few drops in some carrier oil, or water in a plastic container, but other than that use glass to avoid the oils from eating away and decomposing the plastic.

The Safety of Essential Oils

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Many people erroneously believe that essential oils aren’t harmful at all, but studies have shown that over use of essential oils can cause issues with the lungs and other problems not to mention lose their effectiveness. That’s why it’s important to understand that even natural components, overused, can cause side effects and issues.

  1. Dilute Properly – Essential oils are highly concentrated, and if used on the skin it could harm you if you don’t dilute it. The phrase “less is more” is important to remember with all aspects of using essential oils.
  2. Be Careful with Citrus – Due to photosensitizing molecules it’s imperative that if citrus oils are applied to the skin that you don’t get direct sunlight for at least 12 hours otherwise a burn could occur.
  3. Watch for Proper Labeling – When you purchase essential oils they are required to have the name of the oil and the country from where it came.
  4. Store as Medicine – Don’t leave essential oils within reach of pets and children as they can be dangerous and deadly just like medicine. In addition, essential oil needs to be stored in a cool dark place to maintain freshness and effectiveness.
  5. Do Your Research – Don’t just use essential oils without reading about them and learning. When you discover new oils, find out how to use them before trying it.
  6. Don’t Ingest – Some people do ingest essential oils, but it’s not safe to do so without a physician’s experienced direction and supervision.
  7. Avoid the Eye Area – Don’t put essential oils near the eyes or other mucus membranes.
  8. Keep Away from Flame – Don’t put essential oils near flame as they can explode and are very flammable. For example when using with a candle, only pour on the hot wax, not the flame.
  9. Inhale for 1 Hour or Less – Each day it’s best if you only inhale vapors from essential oils a total of an hour or less. A few moments are really all you need. Some respiratory ailments have occurred from overuse.

Using essential oils is safe and effective when used in moderation in the right way. Learn about the methods that are used and best prescribed for the treatment of health issues before trying it yourself. Always do your due diligence before trying anything new when it comes to essential oils.