So, you’re intrigued by essential oils. The world of essential oils can be a little intimidating, considering there are over 90 types. You might be thinking, “Where do I start?” But fear not. We’ll talk you through some of our favourite essential oils and talk about their practical everyday uses.
There’s a lot of talk about how essential oils can cure common ailments, like stomach aches and insomnia. Essential oils may have healing properties, but we love them because they smell incredible and provide a lot of joy. Joy conquers stress, anxiety, and depression any day!
Let’s dive in.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the results of distilled plant essences. Large quantities of the plant (fruit, herb, flower, etc.) are distilled to extract their aromatic compounds. The plants are either distilled with steam or cold pressed. Then, the aromatic compounds are infused in a carrier oil.
Examples of well-known essential oils include lemon, frankincense, and peppermint. To make these essential oils, large quantities of these materials are distilled to extract their essence. It takes about 45 lemons to make one 15 mL bottle of lemon essential oil!
Essential oil benefits
There’s a lot of information and literature about the use of essential oils to treat common ailments.
Ancient Egyptians used essential oils during mummification, and essential oils were used to treat common ailments like headaches, colds, tooth pain, and more.
We love essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits and as a source of natural fragrance.
Aromatherapy has been used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. When used with a diffuser, essential oils can help you gain a sense of calm and peace. Aromatherapy is great when used as part of a self-care routine.
Essential oils are also a great natural source of fragrance. Synthetic fragrance can irritate the skin, nose, and lungs. Essential oils also have a much richer aroma than synthetic fragrance. You can add essential oils to homemade cleaning solutions, deodorant, skin creams, and more.
How to use essential oils
The best way to use essential oils is with a diffuser. Diffusers make the air in your home smell heavenly, lending an overall feeling of calm and turning your home into an oasis.
We offer two types of diffusers.
The Wooden Essential Oil Diffuser by Plantish is a great low-tech diffuser that looks beautiful in your living room. To use, just add a few drops into the centre. For aromatherapy in the car, use the On The Go Diffuser. Way better than those crappy gas station car fresheners!
If you have an electric diffuser, just add a few drops of essential oil to water, and turn your diffuser on.
Another way to use essential oils is simply to rub a few drops in your hands, cup your hands over your nose and mouth, and inhale. Taking a moment to focus on your sense of smell is mindfulness in action. Breathing in pleasant aromas is a great supplement to a daily meditation practice or self-care routine.
NOTE: all our essential oils and blends are for external use only. Always make sure to read the label before ingesting essential oils.
List of essential oils and their uses
There are many different types of essential oils with different uses. If you’re not familiar with them, it can be a little overwhelming and make your head spin! Let’s go through the essential oils we carry and their associated uses.
Lavender oil is commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia. When used in a diffuser, it has a calming effect. It can also be applied topically to aid with acne and sunburn thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
This essential oil is lauded for easing cold and flu symptoms. You can apply peppermint oil topically on your throat, under your nose, and on your chest. You can also spread it on your hands and inhale it to help alleviate congestion.
Peppermint oil has a cooling effect. Rub a few drops into sore joints to alleviate aches and pains.
Lemon oil may help with nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness. Simply inhale or apply topically to the wrists. We also love adding it to homemade cleaning solutions for that lemon fresh scent! Just add a few drops to a water-vinegar solution, and use it as an all-purpose cleaner.
Sweet orange oil
Sweet orange oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for preventing acne breakouts. It’s also a mood enhancer, with a bright, cheerful scent.
Lime oil is another mood enhancer, with a sharp, bright scent. It’s also anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, and antibacterial, making it great for adding to cleaning products or topically to prevent acne breakouts.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial, and is commonly used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, lice, and insect bites.
Essential oil blends
Can’t decide which essential oil is for you? With our essential oil blends, we make the decision for you! These blends are a great starting point for starting your journey into essential oils.
Itty Bitty Teething Time
Itty Bitty Teething Time is used to help babies during that oh-so-uncomfortable teething phase of pain and sleeplessness. With lavender and chamomile, it promotes calm and reduces insomnia. To use, rub on the jawline from ear to ear. This essential oil blend is pre-diluted to prevent irritation.
Immune Essential Oil Blend
With lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon leaf, clove bud, and rosemary, this blend is great for the cold and flu season. Apply Immune Essential Oil Blend to the throat, wrists, chest, back, and bottoms of feet.
Bliss Essential Oil Blend
This blend is great as a home scent. With a soothing blend of grapefruit, orange, lime, frankincense, cedarwood and ylang ylang, Bliss Essential Oil Blend relieves anxiety. Add a few drops to your diffuser to create a calming atmosphere.
Dabbling in aromatics
At the end of the day, essential oils smell great and are a great way to improve your mood and release tension. Whether you add them to your infuser, your cleaning solution, or simply inhale them during your self-care routine, they’re sure to bring you joy.
Ready to bring more joy into your life? Head to our essential oils section!