Essential Oils 101
For centuries, essential oils have often been used in rituals and natural medicine as well as for improving health and general wellbeing. What is it that makes these special oils so alluring? Aside from their refreshingly unique fragrances, different types of oils can be used for just about anything. Whether you are seeking some relaxation in the form of aromatherapy or simply applying them topically as part of a personal beauty regimen, there is an essential oil available for just about anyone and anything.
Let’s dive into some of the most popular essential oils available on the market today, and find out what makes each one so incredibly useful.
Peppermint Oil: Ah, the fresh, cool feeling of a peppermint essential oil is unmistakable. This particular oil can be used to freshen breath or added to a wide variety of herbal teas for a more refreshing flavor. Alternatively, adding a few drops to your favorite shampoo can create a cool, reinvigorating sensation for that extra energy boost during your morning shower routine. It has also been known to be spider repellent when mixed with water and sprayed around doors and windows!
Lemon Oil: This is a great choice for cleaning up around the house. Because lemon contains disinfectant properties, it can be safely mixed together with an all-purpose vinegar cleaner to clean countertops, shower tiles, dirty dishes, and many metal surfaces.
Lavender Oil: Lavender oil is a big favorite among aromatherapy enthusiasts. Many people claim that it can help relieve many types of tension and anxiety. The scent of lavender is often used in times of stress, and is a wonderful choice for anyone who wants to sit back and unwind with a relaxing book or grounding meditation session. Try a few drops on your towels or bed sheets.
Orange Oil: Get rid of pesky insects with your favorite citrus essential oil. Not only will your house smell like delicious orange fruits, but this unique oil has the ability to repel unwanted pests. In fact, pest exterminators across the nation often rely specifically on orange oil during fumigation efforts to eliminate those sometimes inevitable termite infestations.
DIY “Love Potion” Oil: Ever wanted to make your very own love potion? Simply combine 20 drops of sandalwood with 3-4 drops of vanilla and rose oil to any unscented lotion. Once mixed, just add a few dabs of this creative concoction around the neck and watch heads turn.
What are some of your favorite essential oils and why? Tell us in the comments about your favorite scents and uses for these exquisite botanical extracts.