Essential oils are, as the name refers, “essential” to have in the home for various uses. Personally, I use them as an air freshener, space clearer, in soaps, in furniture polish, for health problems, mood enhancer, disinfectant, insect repellent and can honestly say that they have become an “Essential” element in my home. Essential oils can lift your mood, calm you, heal you and will change your life. They are extremely powerful and certain of them must be used with care due to their powerful properties, so make sure to find out about any warnings there may be before using them. i.e. children, pets, pregnancies
Each oil brings about different properties and energies and are all unique in their own way. Make sure to keep the basic “first aid box” selection in your home.
- Tea Tree
- Thieves Oil
Some tips for essential oil use:
- Air-freshener – put a few drops of lavender, lemon and rose in a spray bottle of water and use in the toilet or as an air freshener around the home
- Make your own furniture oil by using coconut oil, olive oil and adding a few drops of sandalwood to it. Mix well
- To keep away spiders, rub some peppermint oil on your window and door frames.
- Use a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your washing machine for a fresh wash
- Use lavender oil as a mosquito repellent by rubbing it on any bare skin. Works like a bomb!!
- Make your own toothpaste with a mixture of coconut oil, bicarb, aloe and a few drops of peppermint oil
- Make your own deodorant duster by adding your favourite essential oil to some bicarb and mixing well. I use lavender, ylang ylang and tea tree. I do not use it on a daily basis, only when necessary as it can cause some irritation. I have found that if I haven’t used it and find that I need to after some exertion, a few minutes after use, the odours have disappeared. It always amazes me.
- If you are feeling anxious and stressed, add a few drops of jasmine and sweet marjoram to your bath and spend at least 20 minutes relaxing. You can also add a handful of epsom salts, which will further bring about relaxation. (If you have low blood pressure, take care with the epsom salts as they may lower your blood pressure further and cause dizziness)
- If you are suffering from a headache, rub a little lavender oil on your temples and neck. It can be quite strong, so you may want to add it so some carrier oil before using.
- Rose oil, even though it is one of the more expensive oils is a must in the home. Use it in your bath to help with depression, in your room spray, in a burner or in your deodorant. It brings about a nurturing, sensual and loving energy
- If you are studying or needing to be more alert, inhale some peppermint oil. One of the reasons you receive peppermints after a meal at a restaurant is because after a large meal your body naturally wants to go into a state of rest to digest the food. The peppermint boosts the senses so that you can become more alert again.
- When suffering from a cold, add a few drops of lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus oil to your bath to help clear your sinuses.
- Use Tea Tree oil as a disinfectant for small cuts, grazes and bites.
- For better sleep, rub some lavender and valerian into your temples.
- Add to a carrier oil for a great aromatherapy massage
- To enhance your meditation experience, burn a few drops of frankincense in a burner
- To gain more insight into your dreams or to remember them place a cotton wool ball with a few drops of frankincense on it next to your bed.
- To balance your field, you can use different essential oils for each chakra.
There are many different brands and makes of essential oils on the market, but make sure to investigate the quality of them when purchasing. You may wish to book a kinesiology session to determine which essential oils you may be needing at a particular time.
There are a number of ways in which the quality of essential oils can be compromised-from the growing conditions of the plants to their harvesting, distillation, manufacture, distribution, and storage.
- Plants: The quality of essential oils can be negatively impacted by the use of pesticides and other chemicals, the variability in altitude, soil conditions and rainfall, and the difficulty of differentiating plant species and varieties.
- Processing: Because of the growing popularity of essential oils and aromatherapy, there are many products on the market that may not be suitable for clinical use. They can be found nearly everywhere, from health food stores to discount stores to the Internet. These products may include pure essential oils, but sometimes they are adulterated or diluted. Such adulterations are difficult to identify.
- Packaging and handling: Other considerations include packaging, storage, and handling. Chemical degradation can occur with exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Essential oils from citrus products are especially prone to oxidation that can quickly alter the chemistry of those essential oils.
- Storage: Essential oils should be stored in tightly closed, darkened glass containers in a cool place to ensure lasting quality (Buckle, 2003; Tisserand & Balacs, 1995). We recommend writing the date on the bottle after opening it so you can keep track of your own essential oils. Oxidation rates vary, but most essential oils can be safely used for 1-2 years or more after opening.est
I have been getting my oils from “Escentia Products“, they are organic and I have been very happy with them. They can be found at the Lourensford Market in Somerset West every weekend and are are made in South Africa.
Essential Oils are an investment you will not regret!!