Essential Oils Home Kit
I absolutely love essential oils and use them for steam inhalation, massage, in an aromatherapy diffuser and mix them in creams or baths. They create energy, relax the mind, uplift the soul or rejuvenate you. The list of all essential oils can be really overwhelming as there are so many but here is my pick of the best five you should have in your cupboard at home.
Be careful when you are buying essential oils, that they are within their use by date, as oils do go off. Always buy organic oils as they are purer and contain no nasty toxins that you could inhale or have a reaction to. Organic also means the plants are grown naturally as nature intended, which means that they are free from synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, GMOs and anything that is not 100% pure and natural. Organic oils are of a much higher quality than there non-organic counterparts.I really like to use oils from www.sacredsoulholistics.co.uk as they only sell organic oils where organic farming is usually ethical, sustainable, cruelty free and environmentally friendly. Plus the oils mentioned are only about £5.00 each which is a bargain for a good quality 10ml bottle.
The top five essential oils that are great for home use are Lavender, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang,Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. You will get many uses for different moods and uses which each of these oils.
- Lavender is the most versatile and useful essential oil that any aromatherapy professional can add to their kit. It can be blended with most other oils and many claim it can help with a wide range of conditions and ailments. It’s native country is the Mediterranean which may explain it’s calming and relaxing qualities. The scent is floral, sweet and herbaceous. Great for people who cannot sleep at night, put some drops on your pillow or mix in a bedtime bath and mix with an organic cream for a body treat to help you relax into a deep slumber. Lavender is also good if you need a quick fix if you suffer from panic attacks or things like stage fright as it relaxes your whole body as you inhale deeply just from the bottle for about three minutes.
- Peppermint essential oil is one of the most refreshing and popular essential oils, mainly because it is very versatile. The oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the peppermint plant and it has been used for thousands of years. When I smell the Peppermint oil it reminds me of eating a really nice mint, brushing my teeth before bed and feeling fresh. It is great for clearing your mind because it stimulates alertness and is very uplifting. Use it in the morning when you feel groggy and you have a big day ahead of you and you need clarity. It is also a great one to take for travelling as it cures jet lag and awakens your mind if your are tired. Peppermint is from Europe and the Middle East but is now widespread across the world. The aroma is a strong menthol fragrance that is minty and sweet.
- Ylang-ylang is a popular essential oil that many claim to use for a wide array of emotional and physical purposes. The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant but there are many different levels of distillation for this oil so it is important to make sure which level you are buying. It’s native country is from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia but also commonly grown in Madagascar, Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The scent is sexy, fresh, floral and sweet. Best used for when you feel like you want to ‘get in the mood’ or completely chill out as it is said to have an aphrodisiac quality but is also calming and relaxing. I love this scent when having a massage too as you completely drift off and want to feel rejuvenated afterwards. Also great for women who want to give their fertility a boost as it gets the body relaxed if you are feeling uptight and tired.
- Tea Tree is considered to be one of the most useful essential oils and is widely used for physical, household and commercial purposes. It originates from Australia. The scent is very strong and instantly soothing. It is also fresh, herbaceous and woody. I love a few drops of this in boiling water in a bowl, with a towel over my head for deep inhalation when I feel I have a cold. It also works wonders on treating spots as it is a natural antiseptic soother. Tea Tree is uplifting, unleashes creativity if you are having a mind block and refreshes your mind. A great oil for students before an exam, people who are sick and run down and if you are cleaning dilute it with some boiling water for a fresh and clean scent in your home.
- This sought after essential oil is well known for high concentrations of 1.8 cineole, which is why it is used for a wide variety of purposes. It originates from Australia but is now found in Europe, South Africa, India and China. The aroma is immediately strong and fresh. It is super uplifting and smells very medicinal, herbal and clean. This is great in massage and in diffusion for when you are feeling really low in yourself both mentally and physically as it completely invigorates you, helps depression by stimulating your low mood and soothes your skin if you have things like sunburn or bites. Keep this one for Winter months when you need an energy boost or when you feel you have just had enough and want to reignite your soul again.
I use these oils in the bath and in an oil diffuser. Let me know what your favourite essential oils are and how you use them.