From Survivopedia, The Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils
Throughout history, people have used essential oils for a variety of applications.
In Ancient Egypt, they were used for religious ceremonies. The Greeks and Romans used them aromatically. And ever since, they’ve been integrated into society.
Today many people use essential oils daily, for several different purposes. Let’s take a quick look at what essential oils are, which ones are good for beginners, and how you can use them.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils come from plants. After harvesting, the plant material is distilled down, creating a pure compound. It’s very aromatic and powerful. These oils are then bottled, so you can store them for use. They evaporate quickly, so always make sure your lids are on tight.
Want to make your own essential oils from herbs you grow? Check out this post for step-by-step directions.
Because essential oils are so concentrated, they need to be diluted before using. This means the tiny bottles you purchase end up lasting quite a while. You only use a few drops at a time.
Top 10 Essential Oils for Beginners
Name a plant, and you can probably find essential oil from it. There are so many types available. You can also mix your oils, to create combinations.
It’s best to start small. If you are new to essential oils, don’t feel like you must buy them all at once. Pick a couple you think you can get the most benefit from. Then slowly add to your collection.
Here are the top ten essential oils I recommend for beginners. These are the ones that are in my cupboard, and the ones I frequently use. I list the common name and the scientific name for each of them.
I also share a couple of benefits of each. This is not even close to being an inclusive list, just a quick guide to get you started.
Finally, you’ll find a link to one scientific study for each of the oils I recommend. You can dive into the research on your own and see just how beneficial essential oils can be.
1. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Peppermint is revitalizing! It helps improve exercise performance. This essential oil has been shown to help with nerve pain, stomachaches, and bruising.
2. Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
The sweet smell of orange is calming. Sweet orange essential oil is used to reduce anxiety, reduce inflammation, and provide antiseptic properties.
3. Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Lemon essential oil helps relieve stress. It also supports the digestive system and is thought to improve circulation.
4. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
This oil has a unique, almost woodsy scent. It’s very strong. Eucalyptus has been used as a natural antibiotic throughout history. Many people use it for respiratory problems, and to relieve pain from arthritis.
5. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
You can use tea tree oil to help treat head lice. It’s also thought to fight bacteria and help relieve shock.
6. Lavender (Lavandola angustifolia)
One of the most popular essential oils, lavender has many therapeutic uses. It’s soothing and can help relieve stress. It’s thought to help relieve migraines and stabilize moods. Lavender also has antimicrobial properties.
7. Oregano (Origanum heracleoticum)
Oil of oregano is used to treat wounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good choice for skincare products. It also is an immune booster.
8. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary sage is a natural antimicrobial agent. It can help lift the spirits and reduce stress. Many women use it to help with menstrual cramps.
9. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
You can use rosemary essential oil to boost your memory. It’s shown beneficial as part of a treatment plan for patients with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, rosemary is thought to relieve pain and improve circulation.
10. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger helps relieve inflammation in the body. It helps alleviate nausea and can be used to help digestion.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
There are different qualities of essential oils. You always want to read the ingredients before you purchase, and make sure you are happy with what’s in the bottle you’re purchasing. You don’t want any fillers or artificial oils added to them.
You can find decent essential oils on Amazon. There are several beginner packages that are a good place to start. I do recommend going with organic essential oils.
Alternatively, you can purchase from a direct sales company. There are several of those.
I’m not going to tell you which kind to buy. Find one you like and go with it. You can always change later.
How to Use Essential Oils
Once you have your essential oils, what can you do with them? Let me show you some of my favorite ways to use them.
Perhaps the easiest way to get some benefits from your essential oils is to simply unscrew the cap and breathe deeply. You can add a drop or two to a cotton ball and keep in your pocket. Then whenever you need a mental boost, you can pull it out and inhale.
Add to a Bath
You can add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath.
Looking for a simple way to experience some benefits of essential oils? Pick up a diffuser and select an oil. Let the diffuser release the scent into the air and take a deep breath…(continues)