The What and How of Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide + Recipes [Guest Post]

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Hey guys!

Today I will be switching up the blog’s content to introduce you to a topic you may or may not know about: Aromatherapy! This post is geared towards your wellbeing, which is totally something I advocate on this blog, so I hope you can sit back and enjoy your read!  The guest blogger today is my sister, Lisa, and she was very excited for this post!

Hello everyone! My name is Lisa and I am super happy to be making a blog post for you all today. After receiving a bunch of oils and an aromatherapy book for Christmas, I can pretty much say that I am completely hooked on essential oils.

I am only beginning my journey of learning the marvels of essential oils so before I begin, I must clarify, I am in no way a professional, and all of the information used in this post is based on the book “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valery Ann Worwood. Honestly, this book is amazing, it is my essential oil bible. It covers the general uses of so many essential oils and how to use them. I also really like the Young Living web site, it is filled with a lot of information and it is also a great reference for mixing different oils together, as I will show you in this post.essential oils

Most people know essential oils for the aromatherapy uses, but that is only a part of it! Essential oils have properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal… the list goes on!! When used properly, these oils can provide great benefits in regards to your health. Their aromas can help calm anxiety, energize yourself before an important interview, help you sleep, decongest that stuffy nose..again people, the list goes on!!

In this post, I want to share with you the different basic essential oils for any beginner and how to easily use and benefit from these oils! After all, using essentials oils on a day to day basis doesn’t have to be anything complicated.essential oils and diffuser

To begin, when looking to buy your essential oils it is super important to check the quality of the oil. Your essential oils need to be 100% pure, look on the label, it should say ”high quality” or ”therapeutic grade”, if not, these oils should only be used for aromatizing spaces or whatever else your heart desires. If you want to use essential oils for massages, baths or any of the methods I will list, it is important they be 100% pure. Pure essentials oils aren’t too hard to find, they usually have some in any drugstore. But don’t worry, you won’t have to bust your budget to get the good stuff, prices range between 5 to 25$ for 10ml bottle (some oils are more expensive because it takes a lot of plant to create small amounts of oil). Prices also depends on the means of extracting the oils.

My Favorite Essential Oils and How I use Them
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So many oils are amazing to use, it’s hard to choose just a handful to recommend. The essential oils listed below are some of many oils that have a wide range of uses, from medicinal properties, to skin care, to home care and cleaning!

Lavender is definitely my go to essence oil, it’s great for burns, it’s a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. This oil aids healing and prevents scarring.

Lemon is especially antiseptic and antibacterial. it improves digestion, relieves nausea and is great for cleaning. I love to use just a drop or two in a wet cloth and wipe down all the surfaces in my kitchen.

Basil is great for soothing sore muscles and it also helps mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings. I especially love this oil because it has a very strong herbal smell and combines well with citrus-type oils, such as grapefruit, lemon and lime.

Peppermint has so many great uses, it is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aids digestion and helps to relieve headaches. Add a drop to warm water or tea with some honey and it will help alleviate your upset stomach. When I have a headache, I like to open up the bottle and take in a few deep breaths to take in the aromas. It’s also great for clearing up a stuffy nose.

My Favorite Essential Oil Recipes For Well-being
That little bulb is my diffuser, I absolutely love it! The top part changes colors and it releases the most delicious smelling vapor.

That little bulb is my diffuser, I absolutely love it! The top part changes colors and it releases the most amazing smelling vapor.

I absolutely love using a diffuser to get the aromas of the oils wafting around in my apartment, I also love making different rubs and massage oils. For those who don’t have a diffuser, put boiling water in a bowl and add the essential oils. I did this before I received my diffuser and it works great for small to medium size rooms. Here are some of my favorite massage mixes or diffuser blends I use daily:

Common cold relief massage oil
1 drop of lemon
1 drop of eucalyptus
1 drop of rosemary
Dilute this in 1 tsp of any pure vegetable oil, such as almond or apricot oil, I personally like to use coconut oil. Massage around the chest, neck and sinus area. It’ll help relieve stuffy noses and just lessen most cold symptoms. This has literally saved my life this past few weeks, I doubled the recipe and put the mix in an empty pill bottle. I’ve been carrying it around with me everywhere! It’s great for colds and I just use a dab of it and rub it on my temples when I get that afternoon headache from sitting in front of a computer screen all day.

The happy blend for diffusers
1 drop of lemon
1 drop of lime
1 drop of grapefruit
1 drop of lavender
Use this mix in your diffuser and enjoy the amazing aromas that will, without a doubt, lift your spirits! This is literally one of my favourite blends for the diffuser.

The energy blend for diffusers
1 drop of basil
1 drop of lemon
Basil and lemon are both great energizing oils, so this blend will take it to the next level. I love the herbal smell from the basil and the cleansing smell of the lemon. I also like to add a drop of lavender to this blend, I find it softens smells a little, especially if you don’t like the herbal type smells.

The headache reliever for diffusers (This actually works!)

1 drop of basil
2 drops of peppermint
1 drop of lavender
This blend works wonders in the diffusers! My boyfriend and I were skeptical, but one morning we both woke up with a headache and we took it to the test. Instead of taking a few Tylenols, I put this blend in the diffuser and within an hour, both our headaches were gone!! 
You could also mix this blend with 1 tsp oil coconut oil (or any other pure vegetable oil) when you feel a headache is coming on, this can be used as a temple rubthen you can put a little amount of the mix on your index fingers and rub in on your temples.final-03

There you have it! I really hope you all consider going out and buying a few of these oils, they helped me so much and I would be delighted to know if they worked for you too!

Have a great day and an awesome weekend everyone!

Are you an Aromatherapy enthusiast? If you are, I would love to know your favorite oils!

About the author

Stephanie Leduc

Stephanie - 22 years old - lover of food - Dietetics intern - Believes in a balanced lifestyle of health, fitness and a whole lot of sugar - dreamer and wanna be traveler

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