Now that you have your essential oils, and are beginning to use them regularly, it’s important that you store them properly. Although essential oils do not become rancid, they do oxidize, deteriorate and lose their beneficial therapeutic properties over time. Oils such as citrus oils will oxidize and begin to lose their aroma and therapeutic properties in as little as six months, especially if they are kept in the heat. The aroma of essential oils such as Patchouli and Sandalwood mature with age. Make sure to store your oils in amber or cobalt blue bottles. All essential oils should be stored in a cool dark place. Value your essential oils, they support you and your family’s health, and should become an essential part of your lifestyle.
Essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers, and roots and have healing benefits that can improve our overall health. They are light weight, unlike the heavy oils we use for our hair, like Olive and Coconut oil. Essential oils are unlike any other substance in the world. Their small molecules allow them to pass through our skin, blood, and all the way into our cells! The can even pass through the blood brain barrier. That’s why they are called “healing oils”.
Beware of using synthetic or fragrance oils on your hair and skin. Many companies claim that their oils are “essential”, yet they have added by-products, making them adulterated oils. Synthetic oils are thick and sticky, and are known to cause allergic reactions. Essential oils have no by-products added, and leave no residue on the skin because they penetrate so quickly.
Below is a guide of some top oils that can be used in your health and beauty regimens. Make them part of your overall everyday lifestyle.
*Note that many essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted. As a general rule, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil (vegetable or nut oil, like cold pressed coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil).*
*Women who are pregnant or nursing should take special care to note which essential oils are not recommended for use during these times. Please consult with your physician before you start using any stimulating essential oils.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
Tea tree oil is a cleansing and purifying oil that comes from the Melaleuca plant. By diluting tea tree oil with a carrier oil and massaging into the scalp, you can stimulate hair growth. Tea tree oil can also be used for spot treatments for acne breakouts. It’s a healthier option than using acne skin products containing alcohol and other drying agents.
Peppermint oil comes from the peppermint plant. The scent of peppermint oil can aid in alertness and help retain focus. It also aids in digestion and acid reflux relief, and opens up sinus and stuffy noses.
Lavender oil comes for the lavender plant, and is used for calming and relaxation, which is why this oil is commonly used in aromatherapy products. For a peaceful nights sleep apply lavender to the bottom of your feet and behind your neck. Lavender also heals wounds and burns.
Eucalyptus oil comes from an eucalyptus plant. This is a great oil to use while fighting a cold. The scent of the oil can help clear nasal passages and help with breathing. It can also applied directly on the skin to heal eczema, and acne.
Lemon oil is refreshing and its citrus fragrance can uplift a mood. This oil can help lighten dark spots or acne scars on skin. Add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner. Try adding a drop of lemon oil in carrier oil and using it to improve dull skin.
Frankincense Oil is extracted from the gum or resin from Frankincense or Olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri.. It’s known as the “Holy Oil”. It’s a very expensive oil, but contains properties that have very powerful healing powers. It contains anti-aging properties when applied to the skin and hair scalp. It helps with digestions, arthritis, rheumatism, and boosts the immune system. That’s just a few things!
The fresh scent of rosemary oil can be used for aromatherapy. Rosemary oil can also be used during scalp massages, as it stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth.
The spicy warm scent of ginger can help with nausea or stomach pains from digestion. Ginger oil can aid with energy boosts and uplifting your mood.
Clove oil has a strong and spicy like scent. Clove oil is great for toothaches. Clove oil can also be used to relieve pain from aching muscles.
The oil is extracted from the berry. This oil has properties to heal the skin of Eczema, Dermatitis, and Acne. It can also heal kidney and bladder problems.
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