What are essential oils?
A-essential oils are compounds extracted/obtained from plants via distillation.
What is distillation?
A- distillation is the action of purifying something through heating and cooling or the extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something.
I’ve been using essential oils for a very long time. I bought my first essential oil a long time before essential oils became a billion-dollar business. My first essential oil was rose oil and I used to use it diluted partially with water as a face mist. My second essential oil was orange blossom oil and I used to steam it and/or put it and a bit of water in a pot on the stove and call it aromatherapy. The year was 1985 and I was experimenting with plants and oils and aromatherapy. Both of these oils worked wonders. To this day I still use them the same way I used them 33 years ago only now instead of steaming them or boiling them in water, I use them in diffusers.
Time and money constraints keep me from buying every single oil I hear someone rave about. I don’t have the time to look into every recommendation or use, and I don’t have the money to waste trying every single oil to see if it works for me like it worked for someone else. That said there are five essential oils that I have used for a long time and would never be without. They are–
- Lavender essential oil- my husband uses this to fall into a deeper sleep at night and by using it and falling into a deeper sleep he is better rested and snores way less.
- Copaiba- I use this for pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
- Frankincense- Frank loves skin and I use Frank for all skin issues.
- Lemon Balm- I use Lemon balm for pms, inflammation, and upset stomach.
- Bergamot- this oil is so good–smells wonderful and mixed with mandarin orange is the perfect cologne.
Recipes for my five favorite oil
I put 10-15 drops of lavender in a roller bottle and fill with coconut carrier oil. I roll this oil on my husband’s big toe (underside) every night and roll a bit on his pillow an hour before bed.
I mix bergamot with orange oil and use as a cologne. I put 10 drops of bergamot with 10 drops of mandarin orange oil in a roller ball and fill the rest of roller ball with coconut carrier oil.
I use copaiba straight out of the bottle on my feet when I massage them with coconut oil. So for each foot I drop 2 drops in palm, add coconut, mix and rub. I have arthritis in my feet and this helps with the pain and inflammation. I have used ibuprofen for years but grew tired of worrying about the adverse effects of using nsaids.
I use frankincense on my skin. I put 10 drops of frankincense in a roller ball and fill the rest with coconut oil and use on my face, neck, and hands. I also use frank on cuts and burns. Lavender is good for burns as well.
Recently I purchased a Lemon Balm hydrosol online from someone I follow and buy tomato seeds from (yougrowgirl on Instagram). I use lemon balm to help me manage pms, tummy issues, and inflammation. With the hydrosol (yougrowgirl handcrafts her herb waters herself) I can add to water, or spray on the area of skin that has issues. So as far as Lemon Balm goes I am going to continue to buy it in hydrosol form vs. oil from here on out. I love that the hydrosol I purchased is user-friendly and so pure smelling that it’s unreal. The benefits I get from using it seem to come faster using the hydrosol vs. the essential oil.
Disclaimer- everyone that uses and sells oils or knows someone that does has a different opinion about them and may or may not use them differently than I do. In the section prior to the recipes I listed what my five favorite oils are used for in my family. You may or may not have the same experience as I do. I’ve been using these five oils and the rose and orange oil for a long time. Aside from these oils I do not use any other essential oils. I purchase my oils from a couple of companies online finding good quality oils at both companies. Please consult your physician before trying anything new.