What You Didn't Know About Essential Oils

Essential oils and aromatherapy have been around for thousands of years in various cultures, for both medicinal and health reasons, and they've been known to work as everything from anti-depressants to antibacterials. So it's no wonder they've gained wide popularity as a natural and safe alternative to over-the-counter prescriptions and medicines.

But with so many essential oils out there and so many uses, it can be hard to know where to begin. So here at Organica, we want to break it down for you, to tell you which ones to use and how. See it as a crash course, so from here you'll know all you need to know to start using essential oils in your day-to-day life and start seeing the amazing benefits of them from day one. 

First things first, what are they?

Essential oils simply are highly concentrated extracts from plants. Just one drop of this stuff can have amazing healing benefits. But they can come from so many different parts of the plant, such as the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin, and peels. And you can extract them in different ways too. 

The most common ones are rose oil (from the petal), rosehip, lavender and tea tree oil, but there are actually thousands of them out there, and around 300 of them are commercially available. This is why it can be a little overwhelming for beginners! 

So are you ready to learn about the power of plants? Ready to start using them in your everyday life? We're here to open your mind to a whole new way of reversing and easing health conditions, sometimes even ones you've been battling for years. 

How do I use them?

As well as there being so many essential oils out there, there are also so many ways of using them. And it all depends on what you're using them for, and your preference, too. 

If the problem is internal or emotional, studies have shown that aromatherapy by inhalation shows real benefits. This can treat things such as anxiety, struggles with mental focus, depressive symptoms and even menstrual pains. 

You can use steam inhalation by diluting around 15-25 drops into a bowl of boiling water and covering your head with a towel, allow your face to sit above the bowl and inhale through the nose. But make sure to close your eyes! Or you can simply apply a diluted oil on to a handkerchief or cotton-pad and inhale (or straight from the bottle if that's easier). 

You can also put a few drops in your bath or in your diffuser, so the scent can float through your home all day. These one are especially good when using oils to calm the mind, such as lavender. Then you can create little havens of calm in your house, or in the bath. 

For skincare, the most common and beneficial oils are tea tree, rosehip, rose, sandalwood, camomile, castor, and lavender. These help with healing, toning and brightening the skin. These are best applied topically, and if needed, diluted too.

But what is dilution?

Dilution is probably one of the most important things when it comes to using essential oils in your skincare. The more you dilute the oil, the less chance there is of having an adverse skin reaction. If you do dilute an oil, it should be diluted in what's called a carrier oil, such as coconut or argan. 

But, there are also some oils which are gentle enough and don't need diluting in a carrier oil, such as lavender, castor and rosehip oil. 

Can they be used on sensitive skin?

Because essential oils are plant-based, people are more likely to believe they can be used on all types of skin. But they contain natural chemical compounds that can do everything from killing acne-causing bacteria to regulating hormones. So just like everything, essential oils can still cause some irritation to very sensitive skin, so always carry out a patch test before applying oils to your skin, and dilute if needed. 

Which ones should I use?

For stress and anxiety: Lavender, cedarwood, lemon, bergamot, orange, valerian, lemongrass, jojoba, grapefruit, geranium, peppermint and ylang ylang. 

For skincare: Lavender, carrot seed, rose, rosehip, frankincense, castor, geranium, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and patchouli.

For cleaning: Cinnamon, pine, and lemon. 

For a pick-me-up: Lemon, peppermint, orange

For immune boosting: Lemon lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, oregano, thyme, orange, and cinnamon. 

The bottom line

At Organica, we believe in the power of mother nature and in essential oils, which is why we have a range of our very own. Both our Castor and Rosehip oils are cold-pressed and 100% organic, meaning it's some of the best quality oils out there, with no added nasties. Castor Oil can be used soothe aching joint, grow thicker and fuller hair and help heal scars and stretch marks. Rosehip Oil is great for skincare, nourishing and tightening skin, making it appear younger and brighter. 

We also have a range of rollers which contain a blend of essential oils to help you throughout the day, whether you struggle to sleep at night, or struggle to stay awake during the post-lunch slump.

Pure Rest

Our Pure Rest contains lavender, bergamot, cedarwood oil and ylang ylang. Together they encourage feelings of relaxation and encourage the production of dopamine and serotonin, which converts into melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep. 

Pure Energy

Our Pure Energy roller contains orange, bergamot, jojoba and grapefruit peel oil which all together help improve blood flow and enhance the mood, as well as kick afternoon sugar cravings!  

Pure Zen 

Our Zen roller is made up of geranium, patchouli, lavender and orange oil, which will overwhelm feelings of stress and boost your skins free-radical fighting power, protecting your skin from toxins and sun damage. The orange oil will alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress and reduce inflammation. 

There are so many essential oils out there but hopefully this guide has given you enough information about them to start getting them into your routine and help you feel better no matter what the health concern! Here at Organica we believe in natural remedies, and turning to mother nature before over-the-counter drugs, so we use the best quality essential oils in our own products. 

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