Essential Oils What they are ~ Why they work ~ Some popular favorites
Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the
plant or other source from which it is extracted. They have been used for thousands of years for their
cosmetic, spiritual and emotional properties. They are extracted primarily through steam distillation or cold
pressing. They are nature’s pure essence.
Essential oils can help us physically, mentally and emotionally by triggering and strengthening our own
bodies’ natural processes. Topically, they are absorbed through the skin and dispersed via the circulatory
system. Inhaled, the brain senses properties via the olfactory organ.
Diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage and taken internally are various ways to use
these oils. Always check your labels to be sure you have 100% Essential Oil. They should contain no
chemicals or additives, just pure essential oil(s) unadulterated. Know your source. Pure essential oils do
not go rancid but may degrade through the process of oxidation. Store in dark colored glass in cool, dark
place. No dropper – pure essential oils can turn rubber into gum and ruin the oil.
An essential oil used directly is called ‘neat’. Sometimes an oil is added to a “carrier oil” which can be a
vegetable oil (coconut, olive, jojoba oil, etc.). Hot oils (cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, oregano, thyme,
peppermint) may need a carrier oil to avoid negative skin reactions. If a hot or burning sensation develops
from a hot oil applied neat, adding a carrier oil to the affected area will help calm it down. Water will not work
(water does not mix with oils).
Essential oils are quite powerful, so start low and go slow (1-2 drops). Excessive use may increase risk for
adverse reactions. It is recommended to consult with a competent, trained health care advisor who is
experienced with essential oil usage.
Some essential oils (especially citrus oils) contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV rays) and
may cause a sensitivity reaction. It is recommended to avoid sun/UV for 12-48 hours after applying these
Diffusing: There are various types of diffusers that effectively distribute essential oil molecules into the air.
• Air diffuser: blows cool air through a pad on which your essential oil has been added. This releases
the beneficial essential oil molecules into the air.
• Ultrasonic diffusers combines humidifiers, air purifier, atomizer and aromatherapy into one by breaking
a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles and dispersing them into the air.
• Atomizing diffusers transforms essential oils into a vapor with no water added.
Direct Inhalation: Inhale directly from bottle or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub together,
cup your hands over nose & mouth and inhale. You can also add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot water
and inhale the released vapor.
Cooking with Essential Oils: Lime for fresh salsa, lemon for grilled fish, peppermint to hot cocoa, basil and
oregano to pasta sauce… these are just a few suggestions. Moderate use (2-3 drops per person) as a
flavoring is delicious.
Cleaning with essential oils: Laundry, countertops, freshening laundry, removing stains are a few cleaning
suggestions for some of these popular oils: Lavender, lemon, pine, cinnamon. Be careful using: for
example, lemon may take off furniture finishes.
Pets: They can’t lie. A drop of lavender on the bottom of a dog’s paw may help keep them calm during a
storm. A nearby bird may pick up this scent and become calmer as well. Fleas hate eucalyptus… a drop or
two on your dog’s bedding will not only freshen up the whole room, but will also repel this pest. It’s efficacy
is unproven, it is said that the eucalyptus plant is one natural home remedy for ridding your pet, home and
yard of fleas. Do not apply eucalyptus oil directly on your pet.
Essential Oil uses:
• Fresh, floral, clean and calming scent that helps uplift emotions
• Use in perfume, soap, freshener, skin care
• Add 4 drops to 1 cup Epsom salt for use in hot bath
• Rub on bottom of feet before bed or spritz on pillow (mix in glass spray bottle with distilled water and
shake well before using)
• Homemade body scrub: coconut oil, sugar and a few drops of EO
• Cleanse cuts, bruises, burns and skin irritations
• Put a drop of lavender essential oil on bee sting or insect bite to help stop itching and help to reduce
• Mix a few drops with a nut or vegetable oil to use topically on eczema and dermatitis
• Place a drop on end of tongue, behind ears or around navel to help alleviate symptoms of motion
• Rub a drop between palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate symptoms of certain types of hay fever
• Put a drop on a cold sore to help heal
• Add to water or tea or use in baking.
• Cleanses toxins from body, stimulates lymph drainage
• Helps digestion – clams stomach and relieves ausea
• Thirst quencher
• Helps relief coughs
• Promotes weight loss – add 2 drops lemon oil in water 3x daily
• Rejuvenates energy
• Bug repellant
• Can be used as teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash, household cleaner
• DIY Natural Disinfectant: Add 40 drops Lemon and 20 drops Tea Tree to 16 oz spray bottle filled with
pure water & a little white vinegar.
• Mix with baking soda and honey for a natural acne free face wash
• Un-stick goo with lemon essential oil
• Diffuse to lift mood and fight depression
• Diffuse: sweet, playful scent
• Sweet, peaceful aroma giving a sense of peace, harmony and creativity.
• Combine with Lime, lemon or tangerine for a light, warm-weather scent
• Combine with cinnamon and clove for a warmer, holiday scent
• Combine 8-10 drops with distilled water or witch hazel in small spray (glass) bottle and spritz over
linens to keep them smelling great.
• Avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time in the sun.
• Well known for the digestive system, peppermint’s cooling and soothing properties are anti-
inflammatory and help reduce flatulence, cool ulcers and provide heartburn relief
• Invigorates the mind and senses, helps to provide a boost of positivity
• Inspires a sense of peace.
• Creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin
• Diffuse on own or mix with lavender, rosemary, spearmint or sage
• Peppermint, lavender and rosemary diffused together gives a fresh aroma that helps uplift the spirit
• Add peppermint and eucalyptus to hot bath water for a relaxing invigorating scent
• Contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties – making it an excellent
oil for use in treating health concerns and for cleaning.
• Makes a great expectorant due to it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to clear
mucus and phlegm while helping to protect against sinus infections.
• Anti-inflammatory properties make it a great oil to blend for a muscle relaxing massage. Adds a warm,
earlthy scent to lotions.
• For skin care, Pine helps to reduce free radicals and acts as an antibacterial agent to help reduce
inflammation and swelling. Helps to treat eczema, psoriasis as well as Athlete’s foot.
• Pine Essential Oil is uplifting and stimulating so it helps to improve mood and reduce stress and
• As a diuretic it helps to keep kidneys functioning at optimal levels by detoxifying the body in the process
of removing excess fluids.
• Historically was used as a cure for digestive ailments, skin conditions, and respiratory diseases.
• Considered to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergenic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-
parasitic, and anti-microbial inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi.
• Apply one drop each morning and night using a Q-tip to shrink warts and eliminate skin tags
• Mix with carrier oil and apply topically to help relief psoriasis
• Some say drinking a glass of water twice daily with 2-6 drops oregano oil helped with symptoms of
• Repels insects
• Dilute and apply to insect bite or skin rash to relieve itching
• Enhances flavor of food
• Dip Q-tip into oil and apply directly to acne twice a day after washing face. Kills bacteria and reduces
• Considered a ‘hot oil’ – may burn or cause skin irritation when used undiluted. When used ‘neat’
(undiluted) apply carefully with Q-tip and do not spread beyond affected area.
• Avoid use if pregnant, nursing, infants, children
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
• Topical antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibiotic
• Helps aid against skin infections, rashes, burns, dandruff
• Helps heal skin infections, soothe sunburns
• Relieves itchiness & helps to reduce rashes
• Add 1-2 teaspoons to a glass spray bottle filled with water to use as an all-purpose cleaner
• Treats Acne, prevents lice, heals nail fungus and Athlete’s foot
• Removes ticks
• Helps to remove skin tags
• Naturally cure bad breath by swishing tea tree oil and water in your mouth
• Treats warts
• Soothes insect bites
• Treats ringworm
• Freshens laundry (scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil)
• Do not ingest.
• Do not use on babies younger than 6 months
The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This information is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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