THE ESSENTIAL OIL SECRETS THEY KEPT FROM YOU

 

Let's start from the top —what is an essential oil? An essential oil * “is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from plants.” or my fave - * "Distilled evolutionary intelligence in molecular form" To put it a simpler way essential oil is the most concentrated form of a flower, plant or tree that can be extracted. 
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Im not a qualified aromatherapist but knowing what lavender oil is good for is the same as knowing what spinach will do for you, it's easy to include essential oils as long as you use them safely, I'll explain. It's second nature for me to reach for an oil day-to-day Ive been using them for 30 years and you can be crystal clear and use them easily too. There are just so many to choose from but some deserve a place in your collection because of their versatility. I've put together a safety guide on how to use them along with the 6 most multitalented and safe for just about anyone. You can start to collect and create your own essential oil mixes and before you know it you'll be rockin it! 
 
 
BUT FIRST!
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Is my Essential oil pure? Put a drop onto some kitchen towel, if it's pure the towel will become clear.
Can I put them in the bath? Yes you can but don't use essential oil directly on your skin or in the bath, they float and some essential oils can be irritant especially to sensitive skin so it's ALWAYS safer to mix them into a carrier oil like jojoba, sunflower or almond before putting them in the bath. 
Can I use as much as I like in a mix? Mix no more than 3-4 drops per oil so a total of 10 drops either in a diffuser or a base oil.
Can I consume essential oils? Don't consume essential oils in water or any other carrier, ever! Trust me, it takes 6 lemons to make just 10 drops of essential oil that's 1/2 ml, just 5 drops is equivalent to the rind of 3 lemons, would you eat that repeatedly, no, of course not! If I sound like a loon jumping up and down screaming this it's just proven to have done damage to quite a few people and I don't want that to happen to you.
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FACT FOR TRUE PLANT GEEKS!!  Roses emit their aroma as a cyclical pulse, measured this aromatic pulse is the same as breathing, as a heartbeat and that of the galactic sound of a star. 
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THE OILS
01. EUCALYPTUS
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A Winter fave eucalyptus is that 'spa smell' I love this oil in my diffuser throughout the Winter months because it's a soft aroma and anti-microbial. Eucalyptus purifies the air - keeping the bugs at bay. If I have a cold it's a brilliant decongestant as well as clearing that foggy mind feeling. As a skincare oil it's good for aches and pains and has anti-inflammatory properties so you can use it to treat acne.
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02. ROSEMARY
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The mind herb, use it to clear your mind it gives better concentration and memory as a decongestant and expectorant. It's my go to for muscle aches or a cold, I mix some with a base oil in a bowl and before I go into the shower I apply it to the chest area to diffuse as I shower or to aches and as the body heats in the shower it penetrates deeply into the muscle, you can wash any excess oil away.
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03. SWEET ORANGE
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Sunshine in a bottle, there's always a place for this citrus aroma in your collection, it brightens the mood so quickly and mixes well with so many other oils. In skincare it's a natural detoxifier for maintaining healthy acne free skin as well as keeping the free radicals at bay. If your loosing your head over something then orange will bring you back to your usual sunny nature.
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04. LAVENDER
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The demand for lavender is soooo high that it's often adulterated with lower grade lavender species that don't carry the same great compounds, to be on the safe side Neal's Yard is the easiest and most trustworthy source in the UK. An excellent oil to have, its anti-microbial so good for skin conditions, it's cooling so again great for hot flushes, reddened skin areas. I diffuse it as it is both uplifting and relaxing!! Cool huh! It can be a bit marmite for some people but I love it and use it every day.
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05. CEDARWOOD
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Just love this earthy aroma, it's not only a grounding oil it also will purge a space of any negative energy so when I want my space clear it's a go-to.  Cedarwood is often used for men as it is good for oily skin and to calm the skin after shaving. Cedarwood is also another oil for acne as it is known to control excessive sebum production in the skin.
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06. GERANIUM
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A bright flowery oil it's well known for balancing the reproductive system and anything related to women. What I use it for mostly is to defend against negative energy as it's clarifying and uplifting. This oil is slightly astringent so great in a serum for firming up the skin and it also contains antibacterial properties so again a great all-round serum oil.
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WANT TO KNOW THIS? Essential oils are made up from compounds like thymol which is contained in mandarin and thyme, that's why they mix so well together.
MIXES
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HEADACHE: Add 2-3 drops of Lavender and rosemary into a diffuser or as a bath mix.
COLD SEASON: Add 2-3 drops each of Eucalyptus, lavender and orange into a diffuser or apply as a body oil after a bath.
HOME SPA: Diffuse 2-3 drops of eucalyptus with a twist of whatever else your in the mood for.
MOOD BRIGHTENER: Orange and lavender either 2-3 drops in a diffuser or in the bath.
TEENAGE SKIN:  Add two drops cedarwood oil to ½ oz witch hazel and apply with a cotton ball to reddened, upset teenage skin or anywhere you may have an old or stubborn skin impurity. Mix in orange, geranium or lavender if you like.
SPACE CLEARING: Cedarwood and geranium, a mix made in heaven either diffuse or bathe with them.
SERUM FOR JUST ABOUT ANYBODY: Mix this depending on your preference but no more than 2-3 drops of each oil. Geranium, orange and lavender.
MUSCLE RUB: Rosemary with lavender, depending on the cause you could add in geranium or orange.
AFTERSHAVE OIL: A little will go a long way 2-3 drops of cedarwood oil and mix with either orange or lavender.
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If you have sensitive skin and don't want to use oils but still love the idea of the benefits then try a hydrosol, a hydrosol is the water that was used in the distillation process used to extract the active compounds from the flowers and plants. It still contains micro actives of essential oil but in a form that's gentle. There are lots of known and unknown ones to choose from online, literally it's better than a sweet shop.
I hope you've enjoyed this weeks blog, if you know anyone who might like to know more about essential oils please share this with them.
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Love + Gratitude
Becky
 
 
 
 
* David Crow: ( expert in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare.)

 

 


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