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Healthy Living with Essential Oils

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Healthy Living with Essential Oils

Essential Oil Starter Kit

A Beginner’s Guide

Essential oils are highly concentrated natural compounds extracted from plants. These oils are generally steam distilled from leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots and other elements of a plant. In the distillation process, the most powerful healing compounds of the plant are captured in oil form.

Common uses of essential oils include health benefits, mood balancing, and natural cleaners. Replacing toxic products in your home and everyday life with natural essential oils, may prove to enhance your quality of life. Your kit includes the most commonly used essential oils, carrier oils, and tools to practice applications. It is important to follow the dilution suggestions, as full strength essential oils can be harmful in some cases.

Carrier oils, also known as base oils, are used to dilute essential oils before applying to the skin. The name ‘carrier oil’ is used because these oils actually carry the essential oils onto the skin to allow penetration.

Application

There are 3 common ways to use essential oils:

  • Aromatherapy – Evidence indicates that molecules from the essential oil are released into the air, thus entering your blood stream through your lungs. Essential oil can be disbursed into the air by means of diffuser or spray bottle. Either way is acceptable.
  • Topically – After proper dilution, once applied to the skin, the essential oils are passed into the bloodstream by absorption. Essential oils can be diluted in a carrier oil (we’ll get to this soon!) or lotion/cream.
  • Ingestion – This is not recommended unless under the direct care of a licensed practitioner. Therefore, we will not cover this application.

Dilution

Proper dilution of essential oils is critical. It is never suggested that you apply an essential oil at full strength. A carrier oil is most commonly used for topical applications. By diluting the essential oil, you are not taking away from its effectiveness. Quite the opposite, actually. Dilution of essential oils will increase the absorption into the skin.

Our carrier oil of choice is grapeseed oil. Grape-seed oil easily absorbs into the skin and feels less greasy than most other carrier oils. Furthermore, it is known to have the ability to lock in moisture, prevent clogged pores and contains antioxidants.

For use in oil burners, fill the bowl with water, place 2 to 4 drops of essential oil in water and light your tea candle. The aroma will typically last approximately one hour.

Topical application generally requires 10 parts carrier oil to 1 part essential oil. The minimum recommended dilution rate is 8 parts carrier oil to 1 part essential oil(s). Example of dilution: 1 teaspoon carrier oil plus 10 drops essential oil. Or, 1 ounce carrier oil plus 1/8 ounce essential oil.

Always apply a small amount of any new oil to the inside of your arm and wait 24 hours to ensure no reaction appears. If so, discontinue use. Certain oils are unsafe to wear in the sun. While others may be too harsh to apply to skin. It is highly recommended that you study essential oils and their affects in depth for safety reasons.

Natural essential oils can play an important role in maintaining everyday health, however, knowledge is definitely a key factor!

Oils in your kit and their uses

Lavender: Soothes irritated skin and/or wounds, relaxes, calms mood, excellent for children.

Lemon: Powerful anti-microbial agent, natural disinfectant, uplifting/mood enhancer, improves focus, detoxifies.

Tea Tree: Commonly referred to as ‘Melaleuca’. Antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and disinfectant. Commonly used on acne, cuts, wounds, skin tags, chest/head congestion.

Frankincense: Many uses include immune stimulation, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, antiseptic and disinfectant. Stress reliever.

Peppermint: Boosts energy, relieves headaches and achy joints, restores balance, improves mental focus, reduces hunger cravings. Anti-fungal and antibacterial.

Boost: Promotes wellness and general good health, boosts immune system, soothes body, eliminates odor. Antifungal and antibacterial.

CARRIER OILS:

Grapeseed Oil: Lightweight oil is highly desirable due to the rapid rate of absorption into the skin.
The deep penetration allows for maximum benefit of the essential oils being applied. Less greasy than other carrier oils.

Fractionated Coconut Oil: Antiseptic and disinfectant properties. As the name reveals, this oil is a fraction of the coconut oil due to the removal of some of the long-chain triglycerides. This allows the oil to remain liquefied.

ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND RECIPES:

Congestion/Allergy Blend:

  • 8 parts carrier oil of choice
  • 3/4 part Tea Tree essential oil
  • 1/4 part Lavender essential oil
  • Shake well. Apply to nape of neck and chest.
  • May be applied as needed.

Headache Relief:

  • 10 parts Grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 part Peppermint essential oil
  • 1/4 part Frankincense essential oil
  • Shake well. Apply to temples, nape of neck and chest. May also put a dab under nostrils.

Uplifting Blend:

  • 10 part carrier oil of choice
  • 1/2 part Lemon essential oil
  • 1/4 part Frankincense essential oil
  • 1/4 part Peppermint essential oil
  • Shake well. Apply to wrists, temples and clavicles.

Boost Immunity Blend Use:

For preventative measures: Drop 2 to 4 drops in diffuser. Or, blend 8 to 10 parts water with 1 part Boost and spray into air.
For shortening illness: Use 2 to 4 drops in vaporizer or diffuser. Also blend 8 to 10 parts coconut oil or water with 1 part Boost and rub onto soles of feet, covering with socks.

Perfumed Oil

  • 8 parts Grapeseed oil
  • 1 part essential oil of choice
  • Best when used in roller ball top perfume dispenser.

Countertop/Shower Disinfectant:

  • 3.5 oz. water
  • ¼ oz. white vinegar
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • Fill spray bottle with all ingredients and shake well. Spray onto surface and wipe clean.

To clean sinks and toilets, sprinkle baking soda on the surface then spray with disinfectant spray and scrub. Rinse with clean, wet rag.

– DISCLOSURE –
Statements furnished have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always seek professional advice before using any products. If pregnant or nursing, please consult with a Physician before using essential oils.
© Wild Herb Soap Co. LLC 2016