Essential Oil Basics
Adding to our series of “basics” posts, let’s chat about Essential Oils. It’s an important wellness tool and huge part of our Blossoms United & Wilder Women’s tribes!
Essential oils are made from aromatic compounds found in roots, seeds, bark, flowers, resins, and other plant parts. Through a steam distillation or expression process, we get essential oils that can be used aromatically, topically and/or internally, depending on the plant’s properties. The primary uses we’ll cover today are aromatic and topical use of essential oils for mood management.
Using Essential Oils
There are a few ways to reap the properties of these wonder-oils. The most common use is for aromatherapy. By using a diffuser, or breathing in the aroma right from the bottle, we are able to promote different feelings of calm, grounding, energy, alertness and more.
Through topical use, we are able to use essential oils not only through smell, but also skin absorption. Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin (“neat”), or mixed with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil (“diluted”), for localized benefits. ALWAYS avoid the face, eyes, inner ears, and broken/cut skin when using topically. Also, be sure to refer to proper dilution ratios, especially when applying essential oils to little ones.
Here are dilution ratios for your reference:
- .5% – Infants and Babies under 1 year
- 1% – Children under 12 years, Pregnant Women & the Elderly
- 2% – Daily Adult Use
- 3% – Short-term Use
For one 10ml roller bottle: .5% is 1 drop, 1% is 2 drops, 2% is 4 drops and 3% is 6 drops.
My Top 5 Favorite Essential Oils
Now that we’ve covered some basics, let’s talk about some of my favorite essential oils and how they can support us. The oils are listed in alphabetical order, for easy reference.
This has to be one of my all-time favorite oils, period. Frankincense promotes grounding and relaxation when used aromatically. It also supports skin appearance, the immune system, the digestive system and nervous system. Frankincense also helps bring balance to the Root Chakra.
Lavender is one of the gentlest and most loved essential oils. It promotes relaxation and deep, restful sleep. It can also help reduce anxious and nervous feelings, when diffused. This lovely essential oil can also be used to soothe skin irritations. Lavender also helps bring balance to the Third Eye and Crown Chakras.
My kiddos LOVE this essential oil and so do I. Lemon has a vibrant and uplifting scent, promoting feelings of wellbeing and vitality. It also purifies the air and supports healthy digestion and detoxification when taken internally. Lemon will help bring balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra.
This oil has an instant grounding effect for me. It has a very musky/earthy scent and promotes grounding – especially during meditation. Patchouli also assists with wrinkles and blemishes and is said to promote healthy, glowing skin. When I’m having a rough day, this is my go-to oil and will help balance out the Root Chakra.
This essential oil helps open up nasal passages, promotes clear breathing, and assists with nausea and head tension. When combined with Lemongrass, you have a terrific bug repellant! Aside from smelling marvelous, Peppermint also promotes clarity and alertness, and will balance out the Throat & Third Eye Chakras.
Essential oils can play a huge role in your spiritual and self-care practices. They can support several physical systems and are fantastic tools for mood management. <3
Want to learn more about essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily routine? Shoot me an email, or check out my Join My Tribe page for more information.
Brightest Blessings, -Cory Gunn, CCH