Updated: May 16, 2020
Looking to learn more about essential oils & how to use them to improve your daily life? I will outline the uses, the benefits, the best oils & more.
Key points covered:
What is essential oil used for
Are essential oils good for you
What brand of essential oil is best
Top Tips to avoid wasting your money on essential oils
What is essential oil used for?
Essential oils have a multitude of uses & there are many ways you can incorporate them into your life. Here are the 5 main uses.
Apply topically on the skin
Take sublingually (under tongue)
Ingest via capsules/ diluted in water/ with food (safe food-grade quality oils only)
Diffuse into the air
Mix & dilute to create your own natural products (cleaning, cooking & beauty products)
Examples of how to use Essential oils
You can use the natural oil of tea tree & lavender to treat skin conditions. Dilute the oils with a carrier oil, such a fractionated coconut oil, & massage into the skin; just like an aromatherapy massage. Peppermint & Rosemary to stimulate hair care & growth. A drop of Lemon oil into water to drink in the morning to improve the body's detoxification. Diffuse Lavender & Vetiver in your bedroom or add into your bath to help you relax & unwind. You can soak apple slices in diluted cinnamon oil to spice up your snacks. There are so many creative ways to get the essence of earth in natural products to care for you & your family.
What is the best essential oil?
This all depends on what you want to use it for. Below are 3 of my top oils essential for well-being.
When in doubt you can choose the king of all oils, Frankincense. (search my other article for more Frankincense information) It has been used for centuries to boost the immune system, to help the body fight cancer, rejuvenate skin cells & the aroma promotes feelings of peace. You can include Frankincense as part of your skincare, under your tongue, ingest it & diffuse it. It is a great oil to use in an aromatherapy massage too.
Another favourite essential oil is Lavender. It has a calming & soothing aroma, perfect as a diffuser oil. Lavender has been used for years in many wellness products, from soaps, natural sleep aids. Many spas are using it for aromatherapy. Try combining lavender with bergamot essential oils for a higher delivery of the calming effect.
Tea Tree Oil
One last oil that deserves a mention. It has anti-everything properties, (anti-bacterial, anti-viral etc) which make it great for killing bacteria and germs around our skin & home. Great to combine with eucalyptus to clear sinuses & fight the germs found to cause colds.
Are essential oils good for you?
There are safety guidelines for proper usage & I advise testing the products first in small quantities. The products I use from DoTerra are very potent and powerful. When I first tired OnGuard oil blend on apple slices, without reading up on the recommended dilution quantities, I had to split the apple out! I am not joking when I say you just need one drop for a large glass of water. However, they are natural products, derived from natural sources so surely that would be a go-to choice over synthetic products. Always choose products free from or low in toxins.
What brand of essential oil is best?
When it comes to the brand, make sure you choose one that has Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils (CPTG). This is one of the many reasons why I buy doTerra oils as they are known for their scientific testing & quality assurance. They are so good you can even eat some of them; that's the kind of product you want to use around your home & on your skin right! The aroma between brands also varies so another point to take note of is your preferred aroma.
Do your own product search on this to understand the market. There is no regulatory body for essential oils so educate yourself to make sure you are enhancing your health & not adding extra toxic load. I tried & tested many different oils out there. You may have heard Young Living, Hysses, Art Naturals as other popular brands.
Top Tips to avoid wasting your money on bad essential oils
Here are some checkpoints to make well-informed choices when it comes to purchasing your essential oils. Like me, if you're going to spend money on a product to put on & in your body for the intention of improving health, then you want to make sure the products that do just that!
Usually, you can feel the quality of the oil from its consistency, aroma & smell. Do not get drawn into the cheap prices of those oils you find in your local store or floating around the market.
Pure Essential oil Quality Checkpoints:
Do note I am referring to single oils, not oil blends.
1. Read the label - ingredients should be literally that of the plant it is extracted from, no carrier oils added.
2. It should state the Latin name
3. It should be labelled as pure
4. Cost - quality oils usually fall within a similar price range, albeit this is usually quite high, but when you realise the potency of 1 drop you will understand why (there are 250 drops in a 15ml bottle). It is a big red flag for those oils way below this range.
5. Brand reputation & reviews - what does the web say? Search it. Has it been reviewed?
6. Follow your gut - what company or products are you drawn
7. Testers - if available try a sample or tester first, test different brand's aroma
Which oils are essential oils?
The essential part of the name 'essential oils' is given as it's literally the essence of the plant, rather than the way essential is used in the term 'essential fatty acid'; meaning crucial or usable by the body. This is where some get confused but I like to think them as an essential part of life from nature packaged into delightful little bottles. A pure gift from nature. Don't forget what was used for care before the pharmaceutical industry was created.
Other names for essential oils
Pure essential oils are concentrated chemical compounds extracted from plants, that are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, and aetherolea oils. Do not get confused with fragrance oils, these are simply created to mimic an aroma usually made from synthetic ingredients & do not carry the same medical benefits. Also, beware of the word aromatherapy, check what oils are being used & the quality of the oils.
Categories of oils
DoTerra has now sourced hundreds of different essential oils.
Here are the 8 categories they come under that might assist you in your search to finding the type of oil you want.
4. Camphoraceous (similar to camphor)
Experience essential oils yourself
I hope this has been helpful for you, but please don't just take my advice, you need to use essential oils (pure essential) in your daily life to experience the benefits for yourself. Remember to do your own search into the best products for you & do consult your doctor if you are currently on medication. I am sure you will love the therapeutic effects & health benefits, & as well as the sweet aroma added to your life. Click here to enter my shop page to search the menu of which oils or products & sort out what you want to try first.