Getting Started With Essential Oils

Getting Started With Essential Oils | Desert Naturals

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for their health, beauty and emotional benefits throughout the world for thousands of years, but what are they? In short, they are highly fragrant liquid concentrates that contain a plant’s natural medicinal and therapeutic properties. The oils are often steam distilled from the flowers, leaves, peel, bark or other elements of the desired plant.  

These healing oils have their own unique set of benefits from the plant they were extracted from and often have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral qualities. Many essential oils are packed with antioxidants that help defend against cellular damage, aging and disease. Each essential oil has more than 100 chemical compounds, each with their own therapeutic benefits, and no harmful side effects.

The effect that these powerful plant extracts can also profoundly affect a person’s emotional levels. Using the connection between the sense of smell and the brain, oils can help to bring peace, energy, focus and a variety of other states of mind. One of the most widely known examples of this is the sense of calm and comfort you feel when you smell the sweet fragrance of Lavender.

It’s easy to see why essential oils have become so popular, utilized in everything from perfume to natural medicine.

How To Use Essential Oils

The three most useful and common ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils are diffusing them, applying them to the skin topically and adding them to the many household products we use every day.

Diffusion

Breathing in the cool vapors from an ultrasonic cold diffuser is the most effective way to benefit from essential oils. When you diffuse the essential oils into the air of your home or office, it not only smells amazing, it benefits everyone in the surrounding area.

Topical Application

Another wonderful way to use essential oils is through applying them directly to the skin. Some oils are very strong and should be diluted into a carrier oil or into warm bath water.

Household Products

Many essential oils can be mixed and used in countless ways throughout your home. Not only are they strong and effective cleansers, they leave your home smelling remarkably fresh without the harsh chemicals or lab created fragrances.

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are all natural base oils that are derived from vegetarian sources like nuts, seeds and vegetables. They are wonderful for essential oil dilution and application to the hair and skin. Essential oils can really pack a punch and a number of them should be diluted into a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Almond Oil, two of our favorites. These carrier oils have a long list of health benefits all on their own, and when mixed with essential oils they allow them to be easily applied and spread onto the hair or skin to provide safe and effective    

Now that you are ready to harness the power of Mother Nature for your health and happiness, the only question that remains is... Which oils do I try first? (checkout our Starter Bundle for ideas)