|Posted by earthygirl81 on November 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM|
Aromatherapy has become a big hit over the last few years. You may still be unsure what Essential oils are and how to use them. As a Herbalist and former Natural product business owner and maker for over 12 years I hope to answer a few of the FAQ’s here.
I also consider and find through my personal experience the Energetics of the plant materials are important. Energetics are simply the energy of the plant itself. Meaning does this plant have heating properties increasing Yang in the body or are the properties cooling and increase Yin in the body. The list provided below has the propriety listed next to the oil. This is important to consider (esp. for topical applications) when selecting your oils.
The process is easy- think about how you are feeling and your intentions for the oils use. If you are feeling warm/hot, irritable, angry, & so on you may want to select cooling oils such as peppermint or Ylang Ylang to help reduce and soothe this excess Yang your body has. The same is true the other way as well. If you tend towards depression, slow moving, low energy, feeling cold, and etc. you may find warming, circulating, uplifting oils stimulating and helpful such as cinnamon and sweet orange. Ideally you are trying to achieve a balance between to warm or to cold, like Goldie Locks porridge, finding that just right temperature, so mixing warming and cooling oils may be ideal for you. Listening intuitively to what your body needs is key here. Some plants are neutral in energy meaning they are helpful for both excess heat or excess coldness.
What are Essential oils?
Essential oils are 300x concentrated oils/extracts of plant materials. These contain Constituents including Volatile Oil, which is what gives them their beautiful smell and magic. They are divided into the type of note they have. Top (light and evaporate quickly, ½ hour, smell first), Middle (last 4-5 hours), and Base (deep and staying power 8-12 hours, smell last underneath) notes are used to create your formula.
What are Notes in Essential Oils?
Each Essential Oils is classified in Notes. Meaning how long do they linger for during use. Top (light and evaporate quickly, ½ hour, smell first), Middle (last 4-5 hours), and Base (deep and staying power 8-12 hours, smell last underneath) notes are used to create your formula.
What brand do I use?
I recommend- Mountain Rose Herbs & Aura Cacia as they are undiluted, available organic, and easily attainable. If the Essential contains other ingredients it is not at the full strength and as already been dilated.
Should I use Therapeutic grade Essential Oils?
Essentials oils can not be graded therapeutically. They are already ‘therapeutic’ as the plants contain the healing powers. I focus more on organic and undiluted as the raw plant materials, source, and treatment/process of extraction is what is important.
How can I use them?
This medicine can be absorbed into the body through inhaling and topical applications. Since these oils are highly concentrated they need to be diluted in order to be used. I never support Essentials to be taken internally. If you have to dilate something in order to apply it to your skin, doesn't sound smart to take them internally. If you do, however, decide to take these internally please consult an Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and your Physician before doing so.
Diffusers - electric and tea lights are available almost everywhere now.
Add them into a carrier oil to apply to skin ~ ratios for dilution are 12 drops per fl. oz. of carrier oil or 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. (Carrier oils are oils such as Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut oils, etc.)
Add to creams, lotions, soaps, and other skin care for therapeutic values and smell
On Clay room diffusers for cars
Plug in room air fresheners
Inhale on a cotton ball or simply out of the bottle for a quick use
What do specific oils do? How can they help me?
Here is a list of some common Essential Oils and their healing properties and notes:
Bergamot- warming fresh, uplifting, citrus, lift sadness & depression (may discolor skin-sun) Top
Lavender- neutral, middle, floral/herbal, calming, antidepressant, harmonizing/balancing, anti-bacterial, anxiety, insomnia, acne, skin irritations (burns, rashes, etc.
Sweet Orange- warming, uplifting, citrus, top, bright, sunny, refreshing, balancing, depression, uplifting toning skin
Cinnamon Sticks - warming, Base/Middle, spicy, increases circulation, sore muscle
Lemon- cooling, bright, sunny, toning for skin, antiseptic, astringent, anxiety, depression, digestive issues
Cedarwood- neutral to warming, Base, grief, increase hair growth, depression, skin support, insomnia, insect repellant, relaxing
Peppermint- cooling, uplifting, top, rejuvenating, headaches, refreshing, sinus congestion, sore muscle, fatigue, antiseptic, mental stimulant
Eucalyptus- Top, cooling, sinus congestion, sore muscles, insect repellant, antiseptic, chest congestion
Ginger- Middle, nausea, sore muscles, warming, digestive issues, earthy
Grapefruit- bright uplifting, clean, cleansing, balance appetite and emotions,
Patchouli- warming, Base, earthy, deep, need very little, depression, antiseptic, deodorant, anti-fungal
Ylang Ylang- cooling, Base, floral, sweet, strong, calming, relaxing, depression, antiseptic
Rosemary- warming, great for muscle aches and pains topically, and memory issues.