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Here's Your Ultimate Essential Oil Guide: The Best Ones to Use and How They Work

Whether it is for helping us have a goodnight's sleep or just for the sake of smelling good, essential oils should be on everyone's deck. But if you are new to essential oils and have no idea where to start, allow us to give you details you should know about essential oils.

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Welcome to the world of essential oils! If you are like me, who love and have been using essential oils for I don't know how long, then you know how life-changing it has been. Whether it is for helping us have a goodnight's sleep or just for the sake of smelling good, essential oils should be on everyone's deck. But if you are new to essential oils and have no idea where to start, allow us to give you details you should know about essential oils, the best ones that you should start collecting, how to use them, and how they work. So stay with us as we uncover the vast, intriguing, and sometimes confusing world of essential oils!

What are essential oils?

Often used in aromatherapy, essential oils are highly aromatic oils and a form of alternative medicine that utilizes plant extracts to encourage good health and well-being. They derived from any botanical matter and extracted from flower petals, grasses, tree barks, citrus peels, and resins through cold pressing, steam distillation, and other methods. Steam distillation is the most common method which involves the use of heat to steam the plant's oil content, leaving behind the water and solid matter. And yes, the color of the oil depends on the process and what plant is distilled. The process of making the oils is vital as those made through chemical processes are not considered as genuine essential oils.

How do essential oils work?

Aside from aromatherapy, these oils can be used in in-home cleaning products, personal care items, and general well-being.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can energize areas of your limbic system (the part of your brain that affects your emotions, sense of smell, behaviors, and long=term memory).
The oils can help you have quality sleep, relax, and relieve anxiety.
Many plants are natural antiseptics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antivirals, that is why essential oils can soothe inflammation and skin woes.

How should you use essential oils?

Aromatically

The oils are best known for their aromas, so they are often added to beauty and cleaning products and using diffusers to infuse the air directly with fragrance.

Internally

You might think essential oils should not be swallowed, but guess what? Many essential oils can be taken internally. Some oils are specifically labeled for internal use so they are safe to add to food and drinks.

Topically

You can apply essential oils directly to your skin or add them to your beauty products as some oils contain skin-enhancing benefits.

Best essential oils to start your collection.

Lavender Oil

Let's start with the most famous one. Lavender oil, as we call it, is actually Lavandula angustifolia, one type out of 39 species of lavender. It is anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, and immune-boosting.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea trees grow in Australia. It is used by native Australians for coughs, colds, sore throats, skin ailments, and wounds. Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and it exhibits anticancer activity. You might find some beauty products with tea tree oil, and that is because it can treat acne.

Lemon Oil

You are probably familiar with this oil as they are usually used in available products in grocery stores such as a household cleaner, hand soap, and more. Aside from its bright, zesty smell, lemon oil is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic agent.

Lemongrass Oil

Native to Sri Lanka and south India, lemongrass is a fast-growing tropical plant that is used in a lot of things including tea and cleaning products. This oil that contains a mild, sweet, and energetic herbal scent also has powerful medicinal and pharmacological properties.

Rosemary Oil

This oil is commonly found in skincare products. It is a stimulant that can energize many bodily systems and lessen levels of stress hormone cortisol when inhaled. It can also boost the immune system and increase brain wave activity. You only have to diffuse it because rosemary oil does all of this while airborne.

Which one is your favorite so far? Why not try them all and experience the benefits of these oils?

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