An Intro to Essential Oils

The purpose of this article is to inform our readers about essential oils. What they are, how they are made, and how they are used! along with some of their researched benefits. We know that these kind of products aren’t for everybody, but we love posting things that promote healthy lifestyles, that are able to enrich your homes atmosphere and your everyday routine! Hence why we like the idea of spreading good vibes and clever insight into various types of hobbies, and activities for you to consider and possibly dive into yourself!

What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are the concentrated extracts of plants that retain the aroma of the plant they came from! They play a great role in the practice of aroma-therapy (more on that in a moment) and can be used to lighten up a room by means of a vapor diffuser! The smell that true, high quality essential oils emit are the “essence” of the plant and are the natural aroma

How are They Made?

There are many ways a brand can produce their essential oils. But we’re going to skip over those and tell you that if they are extracted through chemical means, just keep looking! Good essential oils are extracted through distillation methods such as cold-pressing and are going to be your best options for a purer scent and effect. Think about the way you would buy a bottle of good olive oil; you would want to consume the best quality for it’s taste and overall benefit to your health. Treat the products you absorb, either through the nose or through your skin with no less care! If you’re going to use topical application, just make sure it isn’t pure oil, but a solution diluted, otherwise it could cause great irritation!

What are the Benefits and Risks?

To wrap up this short read, let’s look at some of the benefits of using essential oils as well as cover some need-to-know information.

John Hopkins Medicine wrote an article stating that Essential oils when inhaled through dilution, using a diffuse of some kind, can tap into the “olfactory nerves which go directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain.”

Clinical trials have looked at whether essential oils can alleviate conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

This form of inhalation is called Aromatherapy, other methods of usage such a direct topical application can also be absorbed for a similar effect; but like we said before, make sure it’s a diluted before you apply it. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to them as well, which is why it’s important to a test application before going all-in. Harsh oils such as cinnamon, lemongrass, and bergamot oil have been known to cause such reactions so just beware of them! For the sake of this introduction, we think it’d be good to recommend going with oils such as lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil!

And there you have it, you now brief intro into this world of essential oils. If this sparks your interest, there’s tons more of great articles, and research for you to feast on, to ensure the best experience with these products. We want to leave you with a few tips to ensure you also make the best purchase for yourself.

  • Read the Label – the best and most effective way to ensure you’re only getting the pure plant. Just look for it’s Latin name (ex.: Melaleuca alternifolia for tea tree)
  • Choose dark, class containers – glass will prevent them from dissolving over time!
  • Stay away from “fragrance oils” – They are mostly comprised of chemicals