You must have heard about the term ‘essential oils’! But do you know what are they? How are they produced? What are their uses?
There are many essential oils available in the market today with different characteristics and uses. So, which essential oils do your require? Which ones to have? Which essential oil you can use for daily routine
Let me give you a brief introduction about these essential oils and suggest you 5 essential oils which can solve almost all our day to day problems!
These essential top my list of preferred essential oil as per their benefits and uses.
What are Essential Oils?
Now, as the name itself suggests, Essential oils are basically the essence of any plant materials such as roots, stems, leaves, seeds, barks, herbs, fruits or flowers.
They are usually with fragrance or with
That is the reason they are so potent.
How Essential Oils are Produced?
Essential oils are derived from plants and plant products by distillation method via water or steam.
To know about it in details you can click here.
Certain essential oils derived from the citrus fruits are produced through the cold-pressed method in which the peels of these fruits are spiked and then pressed really hard to extract the essential oils.
Why Essential Oils are Expensive as Compared to other Oils?
It takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of essential oils and that is the reason they are expensive. They have the main essence of the plant materials which are beneficial to us! And unlike other oils, it requires only a few drops to work its magic.
For e.g. it takes around 60,000 roses to extract only 2 tbsp (30ml) rose essential oil.
Or it takes 100 kgs of lavender buds to produce only 3 kg of Lavender essential oil.
Or it takes 8 million hand-plucked Jasmin fresh blossoms to produce only 1 kg of Jasmine essential oil.
I guess you understood by now the worth!
Uses of Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated and very powerful.
That’s the reason we should always dilute them with carrier oils or water before application.
They are not meant for oral use except when prescribed by the doctor.
The best way to use essential oils is either by inhalation or by applying the diluted version on the skin and hair. Also, you can add a few drops of essential oils as a natural fragrant in many DIY products such as air fresheners, creams, body lotions, face packs, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouth wash, hair oils, linen washer, dishwasher, disinfectants, etc. And they are used as natural bug repellents or antiseptics too.
The good part about essential oils is that they penetrate into the deepest layer of our skin, do their job and leave our body with great efficiency without leaving any toxins behind.
Essential oils are the main ingredients for aromatherapies which calms down the nervous system and lifts your mood and reduces the stress.
As we all know stress is the main culprit of all problems such as skin breakouts, premature ageing, hair fall, premature hair greying, hormonal imbalance etc.
One mantra I always follow is that ‘Happy mind results in happy skin.’
Now, let’s take a look at the five essential oils you must have with you. (According to me)
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is the most versatile essential oil. It has many uses, be it skincare, haircare, to lift your mood, reduce stress, stimulate the blood flow and cell regeneration, etc.
I have already made a video about how I use lavender oil. Click here to watch this video!
2. Tree tree essential oil
Tea tree oil is the ultimate healer for our daily life issues related to hair and skin such as pimples, dandruff, fungal infections, etc.
It is said to be 100 times more powerful antiseptic than any other antiseptic, and yet non-poisonous. Because of its Antiviral, Antibacterial and Antifungal properties, it is widely used in many treatments such as athlete’s foot, ringworms, candida, toothaches, etc.
To cure pimple:
Just dab an earbud in tea tree essential oil and apply it directly on the breakout twice a day. Trust me it will vanish in a few days!
Let me give you my personal experience with it! I used to suffer a lot from back acne and butt acne. I consulted a dermatologist as well for that; he gave many expensive creams, but nothing worked. I googled some home remedies and tried them too but no luck.
Then I started applying a mixture of 1 tsp coconut oil with 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil and trust me it actually worked! And since then I have been applying tea tree essential oil diluted with coconut oil for my acne problems or dandruff issues!
Add 2 tbsp coconut oil with 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and apply it before a few hours of head wash.
If you are not in a mood to apply a hair oil just add 1-2 drops in your shampoo. It’s a quick fix for dandruff!
If you are suffering from constant breakouts on your face, try this face pack;
1 tbsp fuller’s earth
1 tsp aloe vera gel (if it suits your skin otherwise eliminate aloe vera gel) and
1 drop of tea tree essential oil.
Apply this face mask once or twice a week and continue this treatment until you get clear and pimple-free skin.
Tea tree oil is very strong and potent so make sure it doesn’t go in your eyes or mouth. It is toxic if taken orally! So, avoid oral use of this essential oil.
3. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint is widely used for its cooling effect. It is very helpful in digestive and respiratory problems.
Whenever I feel bloated or when I suffer from a gassy stomach I just add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil into a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It is any day better than those sodas and digestive pills.
Because of its Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic properties, it is very beneficial for burns and sunburns.
You can add peppermint essential oil to your soaps, body lotions and creams. It gives a cooling effect on the skin.
It is an excellent blood stimulator. Add a few drops in your shampoo or hair oil to stimulate the blood flow in our scalp to promote hair growth.
You can diffuse peppermint essential oil as it soothes the nerves and gives a calming effect.
You can make your own bug repellent by;
adding 7-8 drops in 1 cup of water and store it in a spray bottle.
Spray it in your room if you have mice or flies.
Because of its minty smell, you can add it to your DIY mouthwash:
Just add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil in 1 cup of water/aloe vera gel and use it as your natural mouthwash.
You can make your own mouth spray by;
adding 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil into 1 cup of distilled water and fill it in a spritz bottle.
Just store it in your purse and spray it whenever needed.
4. Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus oil is famous for its medicinal properties. It is majorly used in the products to heal respiratory diseases like vapours, inhalers, pain reliever sprays.
If you have a bad cold or stuffy nose you can diffuse eucalyptus oil in your bedroom and it will heal your discomfort.
Or you can add 8-10 drops of eucalyptus oil in hot boiling water and place a blanket over your head and deep breath in and out for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add 10 to 15 drops of Eucalyptus oil to ¼ cup coconut oil and apply once a week.
Eucalyptus oil boosts the blood flow to the scalp and promotes healthy and rapid hair growth.
If you have an itchy scalp;
You can add 4-5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and rinse your scalp with this mixture for relief.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces the inflammation of the skin. It purifies and cleanses the skin and prevents bacterial or any viral infections.
But remember to dilute this oil as it is very strong to apply directly on the skin.
Because it is full of antioxidants it creates a barrier on our skin and protects from environmental pollutants. It acts as a natural cleanser and removes the dead skin and clears the layer of dirt from the pores.
Also, it boosts collagen production in the skin.
So it is advised to add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil in your face masks or face wash.
I always keep Eucalyptus oil in my travel kit as a first aid box. 🙂
5. Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil is very refreshing and it is excellent to uplift our mood. So, whenever you feel down or depressed just diffuse a few drops of lemon essential oil and see how it lifts your mood instantly.
Lemon essential oil is widely used in many skincare products.
You can also add it to your creams and lotions to feel fresh the whole day.
To make a refreshing face and body mist:
Dilute 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil with one cup of water and fill it in a spray bottle. Whenever you go out take it along in your purse and just sprinkle some on your face or body. It will give you instant freshness.
Lemon essential oil is majorly used in many DIY cleaning solutions such as disinfectants, surface cleaners, microwave or refrigerator cleaners or clothes cleaners.
There are many such essential oils with many specialities and with unique fragrances and advantages. But I have summed up 5 essential oils which can cover all the problems we face in our day to day life.
I will be sharing more videos on other essential oils.