The organic and all natural craze is on the rise in the United States. People are trying to buy everything “clean” when it comes to every aspect of their life…food, household products, beauty products, etc. One product that has also become very popular is Essential Oils. There are many different varieties and many different types available. Essential Oils are basically an oil extracted from a plant or varietal in nature. These aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. Basically you can either use them for their smell or their intended beauty/health benefit. Currently there are many different companies selling these products so you may be familiar with or heard of them. Many are selling these items through direct sales to make a supplemental income for their families. The world of essential oils can be very complex but below is a basic introduction.
Essential oils are very potent and come in a tiny glass bottle. They need to be stored properly in a dry and cool place. They can be used individually or also be mixed to create a perfect blend. Those who sell oils even have pre blended oils to make it easier for you. An oil can either be diffused or used on your body. To diffuse the oil you must purchase a diffuser. You can find these items basically anywhere oils are sold, but be sure you are purchasing one that works well with these potent oils. Diffusers are basically humidifiers because you add the oil to water and it is diffused into steam. As far as using the oils topically, you have to be careful to read up on the oil before using it on yourself. Some can be put directly on your skin but some may need to be diluted. To dilute an oil you use a carrier oil which can be something like coconut oil or olive oil. Oils can be applied to different parts of your body depending on their use. Places like your wrists, neck, feet are very popular and most effective.
As previously mentioned, the uses for essential oils are endless. They can be used in food, in beauty products and also many healing/medicinal purposes. Besides these listed benefits, oils simply smell good and can be used for their fragrances to make your home smell nice. Examples of oils that can be used in cooking are oregano, rosemary, nutmeg, or lemon. OIls like lavender or peppermint are often used in soaps and lotions. Many people use oils for household items like cleaners, laundry detergent, dish detergent or bug spray. Certain oils are often proven to help things such as stress, colds, allergies, and pain.
Basically there are many uses for essential oils. If you are interested, it is best to start off with the staple/basic oils to start your collection and go from there. There are whole communities built around these products and a lot of resources are available to help you learn the way.