essential oils for beginners

New to Aromatherapy? Here's Our Guide to Essential Oils For Beginners

& how and when to use them

Once you experience the incredible healing properties of essential oils, you will want to dig deeper and explore all of their benefits. Its sometimes a bit difficult or scary to get started because they do come with a few indications. They cannot all be used without caution. Some of them are irritants, others are not to be ingested. We are very strong advocates of taking our health into our own hands. The best way to avoid problems is to seek knowledge about what we are dealing with. To help you out, here is our short guide of with essential oils for beginners.

Essential oils are the most potent elixir from plants. When we create them, we extract the healing force of the plant. These amazing properties help the plant fight off any type of external threat, and by using them on ourselves, we transfer these properties to our own bodies. Essential oils enter our bloodstream through the skin or after ingestion and signal our brains to act. The brain tells our bodies to regenerate damaged cells, build a higher immune defence to viruses as well as sustain energy vitality. Even just smelling them can signal our limbic system to influence heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance

Let’s get started with some options for each one of the conditions below, with explanations.

 

FOR THE SKIN

PALMAROSA

This magical essential oils regulates sebum, hydrates the skin and soothes all irritation. Add 1 drop to your face cream or face oil and use every day. This is one of the most potent oils for acne.

TEA TREA

This potent essential oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It is of great help to remove bacteria from the body. To heal acne, add 10 drops in a bottle of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, argan oil or macadamia oil) and apply it to your spots before bed time. Brands will sell you a lot of tea tree derived items (we won’t name them but BodyShop !) because they know the ingredients are potent. Don’t buy into the hype and get your own quality essential oil products for best results. You can also apply tea tree on your skin (diluted) if you have any fungal issue.

ROSE GERANIUM

We actually use geranium ourselves for our skin. It’s a wonderful glow agent. We mix 1 drop of it in our face oil in the morning and at night. You can also add a drop of Rosewood essential oil to the mix. Careful though:  there are many types of names for each essential oil. A different name means a different part of the plant was used. Make sure you double check if the name is correct before using.

Reminder: never apply pure essential oils on the skin, many of them are irritants and can itch and burn your skin.

 

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FOR DIGESTION

LEMON

Lemon essential oil is a miracle elixir for digestion and getting rid of pathogens. You can add one drop to a small cup of water (100ml) and drink it just before you have breakfast. It will activate your digestive juices. 

FENNEL

Also a great solution for digestion. You can take it internally, adding one drop to 100ml of water or a teaspoon of honey. Fennel can also cure respiratory issues and help curve sugar cravings. 

GINGER & TULSI

The ginger root is great with digestion, so the essential oil can only be better. It’s good to mix it with Tulsi (Tropical basil) essential oil for even better results. We tried the tulsi essential oil for transit and it worked wonders. You can massage it on the tummy mixed in a carrier oil but you can also take a drop internally. Try one drop of each in a teaspoon with honey, ghee or coconut oil.

PEPPERMINT

The most common essential oil that can be used for many ailments. Having an occasional stomach upset? Try to add one drop of peppermint essential oil to water, oil or honey. You can also add it to drinks and smoothies for a refreshing taste. Just remember to be very cautious with quantities, most professionals only recommend one drop at a time. 

 

We know that ingesting essential oils is not a thing in the US. In France it’s more common. Everybody reacts different so you’re operating at your own risk. Make sure you read the instructions well.

FOR ANXIETY/SLEEP

LAVENDER

Lavender is also one of the oils that everyone has. It can do many things for your mind. Just smelling a bit of lavender essential oil before bed will help you calm down and prepare for bed. If you’re suffering from anxiety, lavender essence will help soothe you by signalling your nervous system via your brain. You can also use it if you have any cuts of bruises, it will heal your wound faster than any other cream.

CHAMOMILE

In case of emotional shock or stress, you can apply three drops of this essential oil on your solar plexus. This essential oil is not irritant and can be used directly on the skin. Chamomile is known for its calming effects. Take a deep breath and inhale it as well.

YLANG YLANG

Our absolute favorite in terms of odour. The smell of Ylang Ylang is incredible and very soothing. It has warm, feminine and tropical tones that will relax you. It is an antidepressant but also an aphrodisiac ! Just inhale a few drops as many times as you like during the day for more libido and less stress.

FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

OREGANO

Another one of our favorite essential oils, mainly because it’s so potent. You have to be careful with this one because it is VERY strong. You can’t touch it or ingest it without diluting it in about 3/4 parts carrier oil. We won’t recommend ingesting it but we have already and it really relieves any bacterial overgrowth in the digestive system (like SIBO, parasites, candida). Oregano oil is known for its antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. It is basically a cure all and can potentially replace any antibiotics since it effectively kills bacteria. You have to be aware that it is very strong so make sure you take probiotics after you take it in case it kills any of your good bacteria too. It is also really helpful (and we have experienced it) against fungal issues on the skin like ringworm, athletes foot etc. Be sure to dilute it well.

THYME

It contains thymol which is very effective against harmful microbes. You can dilute it with oil and massage it on your chest if you have any nasal discomfort or ear illness. Its also effective for UTI’s, just mix it with chamomile (1 drop of each) and a carrier oil and massage on your lower belly.

EUCALYPTUS

A good one if you have the common cold. You can put a few drops in steaming hot water and breathe it. You can also rub some (diluted with oil) on your chest. If you have a diffuser, its a great oil to diffuse around the house when the winter comes. 

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