Essential oils that are worth the investment

Essential Oils that are Worth the Investment

Essential oils can be hard to navigate,they can  add up in cost if you don’t have a game plan. Unless it’s in your budget to buy all the oils off the shelf; keep on reading. I’ll tell you about a few oils that I think are great to start with if you are branching off into making your own natural and/or organic products.

 

  • Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has a multitude of beneficial uses, its what I like to call a Triple-Hitter. It’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, allow it to prolong shelf life of products as well as treat many skin conditions. Tea tree oil can be used to fight acne, insect bites and itchy scalp. This oil has plenty of uses however, one thing to note is, not everyone can tolerate its potency. Some people may have to dilute its strength with a carrier oil before it makes contact with the skin.

 

  • Peppermint

Peppermint is another very intense essential oil, it has cooling, and stimulating properties. It can be used to enhance alertness and stamina. It’s beneficial for nervous disorders such as anxiety. The menthol it contains allows it to be use for cooling on a hot summer day, as well as repelling insects or rubbing on achy sore muscles (think Bengay). Peppermint oil can be used as an expectorant and decongestant Rub a few drops with carrier oil on chest for sinus and lung congestion. You can place a drop on your temples to relieve a tension headache.  It helps with circulation, eliminates dandruff.  It’s also antimicrobial which is always a plus!

 

  • Lavender

Ah my favorite essential oil by far! As I write this post I have dabbed a few drops of this fragrant essential oil on my collarbone and massaged into my scalp. I was introduced to lavender oil in my very first yoga class. The instructor, asked us while winding down in savasana (corpse pose) if she could place a few drops behind the ears. I was already in heaven after the class but the aroma of the oil was truly therapeutic, complete bliss!

Lavender oil is so versatile, it has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has sedative, and anti-depressive capabilities. A few drops can ease irritability and anxiety. It’s lovely scent makes it a great addition to products.

 

I recommend the oils above as a start to using essential oils in your routines. When it comes to shopping for essential oils be sure not to get distracted by label advertising. Flip the bottle to the back and read the ingredients, they don’t lie.

Buying Essential Oils

Tip: Remember essential oils are very potent and require a lot of plant matter to make. It takes 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 0.5 fl oz bottle of lavender oil and just one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea! Which is why they sometimes seem pricey, you’re only supposed to use a couple drops at a time.

As for everything else, look for usefulness, variety and shelf life. Only purchase what you would actually use, and has the potential for other uses. For instance, I love lavender to calm me after (or during) a stressful day at work, for nights where anxiety keeps me up, when I get random bouts of contact dermatitis, as a deodorant/perfume and a fragrant addition to my DIY products. Trust I get my moneys worth!

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