MY Top Essential Oil Basic Kit+Safety Tips
Before I started using Essential Oils and make blends, my first year was all about studying, learning, taking courses and make sure I was prepared to use Aromatherapy and Essential Oils safety for my family and also for my loved ones.
In this blog post, I tried to write all the necessary guidelines that I wish I knew before I started and also my Essential Oil Basic Kit that I organized for my family and me.
How Aromatherapy Can Help You and your family:
Using Aromatherapy can be helpful almost in every aspect of your life and can be a helping, healthy, chemical-free help whenever you face some health or mood issue.
Below you’ll find some of the situations when Aromatherapy can be helpful:
- Headaches and migraines
- Mental health disorders like stress, anxiety, and depression
- Teething at babies and also calming children
- Joint aches, arthritis, muscular conditions
- Inflammation and weak immune system
- Relaxation, when you feel you’re burning out
- Sleep problems, insomnia
- Acute pain
- Pregnancy- here please read the instructions, I’ll is writing about this in future posts.
Essential Oils are used in many areas, but the most used area is Aromatherapy. For everyone interested in having a chemical free life and also a basic first aid kit, it’s enough if you have some basic essential oils in your home, a basic guideline for using them, some carrier oils and also some easy recipes for you to blend them.
The below list of Essential Oils are the ones that I consider to be a Basic Kit for every household:
One of the Essential Oil Basic Kit should be Eucalyptus oil. This oil is a strong essential oil, and you’ll feel the strong, earthy scent as soon as you open the bottle. This oil is very soothing, and that’s why it can also be used if you’re having asthma or respiratory problems, congestion or even to help you in relieving muscle pain after a workout.
You can use this oil with carrier oils to blend it, or you can also put some drops in a tbsp of milk in your bath to relax your whole body and mind.
Peppermint is a strong essential oil, it’s minty like peppermint, and it can help you in case of a headache, cold, flu symptoms, even digestion problems, and congestion.
Whenever you feel that you’re starting to lose focus, know that just a whiff of peppermint can get you back on track. There’s a good reason why most chewing gum has a peppermint flavor. Once you smell this essential oil, you will instantly be refreshed.
It will be a help in your Essential Basic Kit like the one that helps to enhance mental alertness, although it can also combat redness and irritation, and even aid in digestion. Be cautious when applying peppermint oil, you should only use it with a carrier oil; you should keep it away from your eyes!
I’m sure you have seen Lavander fields or even had the opportunity to visit one, to feel the soothing and calming aroma in the air and I’m sure you didn’t have sleeping problems after that day.
You can use Lavander in any anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress situation; I’ll recommend just keep a bunch of Lavander in your home.
Thos oil is a MUST in every Essential Oil Basic Kit.T he oil can be used with a carrier oil, you can put a few drops on your pillow before going to sleep, make home freshener or just put a few drops with a little milk or carrier oil in your bath for relaxation.
In the summer you can use it to help you with burns and insect bites, you just put a few drops in a carrier oil and apply it on your skin.
Lavender is mostly used for reducing stress levels and relaxation. However, it is also known for helping to fight against the flu, migraines, and colds.
To get a good night’s sleep, you can either add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser or straight onto your pillow. If you want to relax before going to bed, add a few drops of lavender oil into your hot or warm bath.
Cedarwood is an essential oil made from the Juniperus Virginiana tree that’s been around since the time of ancient Egyptians. In fact, this is believed to be one of the first essential oils ever extracted. You can mix Cedarwood oil with facial creams or massage oil, but you can also add a few drops to your diffuser or vaporizer.
Cedarwood is best known for helping alleviate anxiety and stress. However, it can also aid respiratory problems and ease urinary tract infections. Note that this oil is a skin irritant and so much be diluted with a carrier oil, like almond, jojoba or avocado oil.
Drinking a cup of chamomile tea during a cold winter’s day or in a hot summer is always relaxing. However, if you want to truly take some time to unwind, then you need to start using chamomile essential oil. This essential oil is used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, and mood lifter.
It can be used in a diffuser, steam therapy or a few drops in a bath, on a pillow or a handkerchief placed in a purse or pocket. You can blend it with massage oils or mix it with certain creams and lotions. You shouldn’t use chamomile oil if you’re allergic to ragweed or in the first trimester of pregnancy, ask your doctor.
If you had to choose, just one essential oil from the numerous available, tea tree oil would be a great choice. Even though lavender is historically important, tea tree is equally popular and important. It is best known for fighting infections and boosting the immune system.
However, it’s worth noting that there are numerous other healing properties of tea tree. It heals skin conditions, cuts (avoid using it for serious wounds) and burns, it boosts the immune system, treats cold sores, and muscle aches.
On top of that, it can also treat respiratory conditions. Even though this essential oil isn’t toxic, it shouldn’t be used around the nose and eyes, or internally. Tea Tree oil can be applied directly to the skin when blended with a carrier oil, added to bathwater, and inhaled.
Ylang-Ylang has a strong scent and is used for reducing stress, and also serves as an aphrodisiac. This essential oil can be blended with carrier oils and used for massages, or added to a diffuser. If you’re planning a romantic bath with your significant other, you can also add a few drops to a bath.
Even though it is mostly used for calming purposes, this oil is also known for reducing high blood pressure, stimulating hair growth, fighting intestinal problems, reducing nausea, soothing headaches, and reducing the effects of certain skin conditions.
I love the clean smell of this oils; it boosts my mood every time I open the bottle.
You can use lemon if you’re having digestion issues, acne problems, need some help with your concentration or just for boosting your mood and immunity.
If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, you can simply add a few drops of lemon oil to your diffuser or vaporizer. If you want to boost your immune system, then you should include a few drops of your bathwater.
Note that it’s not recommended to use lemon oil in the sun, this oil is from the photosensitive /phototoxic essential oils category.
It means that exposed to the sun, can cause a skin reaction, like blistering of the skin where the oil was applied, sunburns or decoloration of your skin.
Due to its particularly woody fragrance, it’s incredibly easy to recognize the smell of sandalwood. This is a little more expensive essential oils than the others because it is extracted only when a tree reaches maturity. However, if you can afford it, then you should purchase it, as it offers numerous health benefits.
Sandalwood is best known for alleviating chest pain. It can also be used to relieve tension. It’s worth noting that sandalwood also has anti-inflammatory properties and that it hydrates the skin.
Considering how beautiful jasmine smells, it comes as no surprise that this essential oil is best known for its relaxing properties. It isn’t easy to make jasmine oil, which is the main reason why it’s one of the most expensive oils available.
Jasmine is used for everything from a home air freshener to helping mild ease depression. It can also be used to help with addiction issues and respiratory problems. If you’re pregnant, you should avoid using this essential oil.
If you’re feeling stressed out and you can’t seem to focus properly, then you should add a few drops of rosemary oil to your bathwater or diffuser to relax. This essential oil can enhance memory and improve overall brain performance.
You can also use rosemary oil to soothe cramping muscles, migraines, and headaches. If you’re suffering from certain skin issues, you can benefit from using this essential oil.
Rosemary oil is a strong oil, so it’s not recommended using during pregnancy period, and even you should avoid it if you have high blood pressure issues.
The miracle of essential oils is this: that we have already been provided with all of what we need for our physical and emotional healing. Many of the ailments we suffer are the results of destructive emotions such as stress, fatigue, anger, loneliness and the like. These emotions take a toll on our physical being and result in worsening conditions which we seemingly are unsure of how to cure.
The miracle of essential oils is that no matter what your physical condition may be, you can still receive positive benefits even though it may be something as small as reducing the amount of pain you experience. Aromatherapy can help to eliminate negative emotions and reach a place of emotional balance to help you deal with any situation stressful situation. All it takes is a positive outlook on life – your life. The effects may seem small to non-existent at first, but with time, may snowball into reversing some of the effects of the ailments you experience.
Safety Tips: Essential Oils
When you put together an Essential Oil Basic Kit, you should never forget about safety. Though there are various ways through which essential oils can be utilized for healing purposes however like any other product, there are some safety tips associated with essential oils as well. These tips are discussed in the points below.
- Always purchase essential oils which are well known for their quality standards.
- Be careful with regards to the chemical composition of the essential oils, for example; some oils contain a high amount of aldehydes which can cause some serious skin issues. So always check the chemical composition properly.
- Though inhaling the essential oils which are pure is usually safe however extra care must be taken while inhaling essential oils in water steam.
- It is highly essential for pregnant women to seek advice from their respective physicians before utilizing any kind of essential oils no matter how beneficial they may be
- Usually, elderly individuals and children have very sensitive skin hence some essential oils may not suit them. The prevention measure for such individuals is to apply the oil in a small area of their skin first rather going for a full massage.
- Without seeking proper medical advice, it is not recommended to go for essential oils ingestion.
- Though essential oils can be used for the treatment of various diseases however in case of any seriousness, it is recommended to go to a professional medical doctor rather than going for self-medication or treatments.
Always keep the essential oils away from pets and children.
- Old oils should not be utilized for health treatment.
Recipes to Enhance Memory and Concentration from your Essential Oil Basic Kit:
What you will need:
- 10 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil
- 8 drops Roman chamomile oil
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 2 drops Peppermint
- 3 drops Lemon
- Select one of the blends shown above. Then, choose which method you’d like to use the blend and follow the directions below.
- If you would like to apply directly to your skin, make sure you mix such as fractionated coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. Mix 3 drops essentials with 6 drop carrier oil and spread across your forehead.
- Place 8-12 drops in your diffuser with some water and plugin. Let the aroma fill the air and breathe in the wellness and healing.
- Another great way to indulge in these oils is with 10 drops or so in your bath water. Soak up the bliss and enjoy!
Before starting any aromatherapy regimen, consult with your doctor or aromatherapy practitioner.
Aromatherapy should also not be used as a substitute for any medical treatment.
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