An Introduction to Essential Oils

In the last few years, and more so since I studied aromatherapy, I’ve really come to believe in essential oils & mainly for their uplifting and emotional properties. Many people use various oils for cosmetic, spiritual, medicinal and other purposes and having such an immense choice of oils available in the market now allows us to find so many needs and cures, and that’s without going in to the benefits of “layering” oils.

If you weren’t already aware, most essential oils are made from plants or seeds and go through one of many of many filtering & purification processes before becoming the oils consumers use today. For example, it would typically take 4,000 roses to produce one pound of essential oil. That’s a lot of roses! This gives you an idea of just how concentrated essential oils are.

When buying oils, it’s common to buy small bottles in their purest form, with high concentration in mind, it’s important to know that essential oils should always be diluted (unless explicitly mentioned or already mixed). This is where “base oils” come in to play. Depending what you’re intending to do with your oil (be it for a bath, cosmetic purpose, fragrance etc) you can blend your essential oil with a base oil such as olive, sweet almond or vegetable oil or even mix it with creams or use with water for home fragrance burners, it’s totally up to you. When I’m using essential oils in the bath, I like to mix organic vegetable oil. It’s smooth, soft, clean and is very easily dissolvable on the skin and in the bath tub.

Here’s a few of my recent purchases containing essential oils. The Lavender Foaming Bath and Aromachologie Relaxing Bath Salts from L’Occitane and a Neals Yard Essential Oil in ‘de-stress’, they all smell divine.

Essential Oil bath products

Essential Oil bath products

Some of my personal favourite essential oils include;

Relaxation / De-Stressing – Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense. Many brands also make great “de-stress” mixes that combine several oil concentrates in to one mix.

Uplifting / Re-energising – Anything citrus! Lemon, Neroli mainly

Detoxing / Muscle ache – Pepper, Peppermint, Fennel

It’s really important to note that essential oils are not a substitute for expert medical advice or treatments for anyone, no matter what your condition you should always seek professional advice.

I hope this has given you a brief insight in to the wonderful world of oils 🙂

Love, Anisha xx

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