DISCLAIMER: I do strongly suggest you research before using essential oils. There is a lot of information to help you know what you need to know about essential oils and where to start. I am no means an expert. What I will be writing about is my journey with using essential oils. Any advice will be appreciated.
For the past week, I decided to jump on the essential oil train to see what the hype is about and I was not disappointed. Although, I do want to say this before diving deeper in my experience is that everyone is different. Some people may be sensitive or allergic to certain oils. In addition, people do connect with oils differently. I find that mixing oils a personal creative outlet. Have fun with it! Each essential oil has a few distinct benefits to it which depends on how or why you use them. For example, lemon helps with concentration but you could also use it to make homemade cleaners. Thus saying that, essential oils are known to help fight cold and flu symptoms, alleviate pain, improve digestion, clean your home, can be used to make personal care products, or help improve your mental or emotional state. In this particular post I will mostly be talking about my first weeks experience using them with the diffuser or applying them directly to the skin (also known as “topically’).
So let’s begin. One of my closest friends was describing to me the benefits she experienced with using essential oils. That started my interest in trying the whole thing out. Also, I grew tired of buying candles. For those who don’t know me personally, I absolutely love candles. I felt that the aroma makes a home more comfortable so I would burn one all day long. That resulted in purchasing a candle almost every week which most of you know, can be pretty pricy.
I ventured out to my local supermarket and Marshalls to gather up the supplies without spending my entire bank account on it all. I found my diffuser for about $29.99, and the essential oils between $4.99-$9.99. These are pretty reasonable for the quality and the amount that was inside the vials of oil. Although, not all essential oils are created equally. Some brands are better than others due to how they achieve the purity of the oil with distillation processes. With starting out, I decided that going the cheaper route would be better.
The first few times I used the diffuser, I didn’t mix any of the oils and kept it to a single oil per diffusion session. I didn’t notice too much of a difference in my mood or the environment other than making my apartment smell alright. Topically was different and helped when putting them at your pressure points such as your wrists or temples. For example, I appreciate the use of lavender when I feel anxious or stressed. In addition, I like rubbing peppermint oil on a sore muscle. The massage warms the skin and relaxes the muscle. (I do admit that I don’t enjoy using them as much topically as I do with the diffuser. Therefore, I don’t use this particular method as often.)
I eventually started to mix after a quick Pinterest search and realized the significant difference in aroma. They typically smell different after a few hours because some oils evaporate quicker than others. It’s all trial and error when mixing them. If one mix doesn’t work out for you, that’s okay. Try something else next time.
FAVORITES FOR THE DIFFUSER
A personal favorite of mine was mixing Frankincense, Cinnamon, and Clove. The aroma is heavy, warm, and spicy. The reason why I love it so much is the similar reasons why I bought candles. It gives you the fuzzy and comfortable feelings inside. Perfect for the winter months where outside might be gloomy.
If you’re looking for a more crisp and fresh scent, I typically enjoy mixing lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus together. The aroma can be described as soothing, energizing, and cleansing. I especially like using this mixture whenever I’m having a rough day because it helps clear my mind and perks me up.
Below are some essential oils and their benefits.
I hope you enjoyed this first post about essential oils. I will be experimenting with the various ways of using essential oils and recording my experience with them. So stay tuned! Have something you want me to try or have any advice on using essential oils? Please comment below!