Top 5 must-have essential oils for diffusing 2020
When it comes to aromatherapy, oils are pretty much everything. There is simply no aromatherapy without them. That is probably why there is a myriad of oils to choose from, each with its very own scent and therapeutic benefits to offer.
But with so many choices, things can get confusing, not to mention that you also have your essential oils, carrier oils, fragrance oils, and infused oils to pick from. So to help you out a bit here is a quick breakdown of the four basic types just mentioned.
To begin with, essential oils are actually not all that oily at all. Touch them and you will be surprised. Of course, they have different scents and smells, but essential oils are mostly clear in colour, however, some, such as lemongrass, do come in a more amber or yellow tone.
In order to get essential oils, the plant, leaf, petal, root and whatnot must go through a distillation process usually either by steam or water. What is nice about essential oils is that they have no artificial fragrances however they are highly concentrated. Again, depending on the oil, you will be able to have various therapeutic benefits.
Going back to “they are highly concentrated”, because of this, essential oils are usually sold in small amber bottles. Remember, just a little goes a long way. Also because they are pure in form, they are usually diluted before direct use. This is where carrier oils come in.
Carrier oils are pretty much come from the so-called “fatty” parts of plans, such as nuts, seeds, and kernels. Carrier oils are also sometimes referred to as vegetable oils as well and just like essential oils, carrier oils also have different scents (although much milder) and different benefits as well.
As mentioned earlier, carrier oils are usually used to dilute essential oils as some people may have negative reactions, such as skin irritations, if the essential oil is too concentrated.
Fragrance oils, which may also come in the form of potpourri oils or perfume oils, unlike essential oils, are artificial scents. Also, unlike essential oils, fragrance oils offer no therapeutic benefits. They just smell nice. However, fragrance oils are like essential oils in the sense that they also need to be diluted with carrier oils.
Smelling nice is great, but wouldn’t it be better if you could get more from it? So if you’re looking for more benefits, be sure to make reading a habit and check the labels of products before you buy them. A lot of cosmetics and skincare products use fragrance oils. Look for ones that have natural ingredients instead.
Simply put, infused oils are just carrier oils that are infused with herbs. Infused oils are especially intended for certain plants that either do not have all that much essential oils in them, none what so ever, or it simply impossible to extract.
Although infused oils are more on the oily side, much more than carrier oils anyway, the herbs in the mix actually add to the therapeutic benefits.
Do note though that infused oils do go bad after time. How long, of course, it all depends on which one you have.
Aromatherapy Must Haves: Top Five Essential Oils To Keep In Your Cupboard
Did you know that there are over 90 different essential oils? This means that there are over 90 different scents and smell, each of which has their very own therapeutic benefits too. Now choosing from such a wide variety can be tough, but when it comes to the basics, here are your aromatherapy must-haves, the top five essential oils to keep in your cupboard.
Lavender gives off this fresh and clean scent. Why else do you think it’s an all-time favourite for air fresheners and bath products? And it is probably one of the safest and most widely used as well. The smell of lavender brings about relaxation is very uplifting, plus it even has some great therapeutic benefits too.
- Improves digestion
- Reduces swelling
- Eases muscle tension
- Help treat burns
- Helps relieve rashes
- Helps cure minor cuts
Chamomile makes number two on the list. This sweet apple like smelling oil is safe for grownups and children alike when used properly, of course. Out of all the oils, this one is probably the most calming. But more than helping you get a good night sleep, there are other benefits that this oil has to offer as well.
- Helps relieve symptoms of PMS as well as menopause
- Helps ease muscle aches and pains
- Helps treat headaches
- Soothes an upset stomach
- Stimulates appetite
- Helps treat colic
Eucalyptus, on the other hand, has well over 300 varieties and it has tons of great uses as well. Haven’t you noticed how a lot of cough medicines use this as one of their key ingredients?
Not to mention that it is commonly used to scent ‘cleaners’ as well, both for house like disinfectants, as well as for the people living there, like mouthwashes and aftershaves.
Below is a list of the other benefits Eucalyptus has to offer. But do know that this oil should be used in small amounts only.
- Too much can be toxic!
- Improves mental alertness
- Relieves mental fatigue
- Reduces muscle tension
- Boosts immune system
- Repels insects
- Relieves symptoms of sinusitis and congestion
Rosemary gives off this sweet, woodsy, herbaceous scent that is easy to fall in love with. Because of that, it is probably one of the earliest to be used in cosmetics- think back to the 14th century. But more than just smelling wonderful, this oil can do quite a lot for you too.
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves sore throat
- Relieves congestion
- Aids and improves digestion
Last but not least is Peppermint, probably the most festive scent of all. Doesn’t it’s minty freshness just remind you of Christmas and candy canes? But it is also used in a wide variety of non-holiday related products such as ice cream, liqueurs, mouthwashes, toothpastes, desserts, cosmetics, household cleaners and many more.
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Helps treat arthritis
- Relieves mental fatigue
- Improves memory
- Kills bacteria
- Helps treat ringworm, scabies, herpes, and poison oak
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