The Busy Gal’s Guide To Essential Oils 101

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Hey, Beautiful. Do you dabble in essential oils, but have wondered, “Hmm… how are essential oils actually made?…”

Here is some essential oil facts that answer some of those questions that pop up every now and then about the “how’s” and “why’s” of essential oils.

What Is An Essential Oil?

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Knowing the basics of essential oils can help you understand more about how they are able to help you and encourage you to use them more often as a natural remedy.

Essential oils are oils that are extracted from parts of flowers, plants, and trees. The oils come from the flower petals, bark, leaves, seeds, roots, and fruits. Even a single drop of oil from these parts of a plant or tree can have drastic positive impacts on mental and physical health.

The way they are extracted is usually by steaming the plant to separate the oil from water, which is a type of distillation process. They are highly concentrated and too strong for direct contact on your skin, so a carrier oil should always be uses when applying to the skin.

Why Are Essential Oils Used?

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Essential oils are used as a natural or holistic remedy for various ailments.

There is a long list of things they can help with, and while they are not meant to replace medical treatment, they can help complement and help with everything from migraines to skin conditions. Here is a short list of the many ways essential oils can help you:

• Insomnia
• Headaches and migraines
• Joint aches and pains
• Chronic pain
• Menstrual irregularities
• Cups, scrapes and burns
• Signs of aging and wrinkles
• Anxiety, stress, and depression

What Ways Can You Use Essential Oils?

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There are many methods of bringing essential oils into your life. A common way is through aromatherapy, where you get the benefits from having the scent in the air, such as with a diffuser or by placing it in your bathtub.

You can ingest oils if they are diluted properly. Tea is a popular way to bring in essential oils into your diet. Bergamot essential oil can be paired with Earl Grey tea for a wonderful tea experience.

Adding a drop of citrus oil to a glass of water, such as wild orange, grapefruit, lemon, can give plain water a little excitement.

Essential oils, paired with a carrier oil, can be used topically on your skin when you want to soothe tired skin, get rid of acne, treat a bug or insect bite, or get a natural glow on your skin.

With essential oils, you have the option of using just one for its main benefit, such as lavender to relieve stress, chamomile for insomnia, or Frankincense for allergy symptoms. You can also make blends to have a different scent and generate multiple benefits at one time.

Published by HealthGuruGal

I'm inspired to share my health journey, knowledge, and discoveries with those that feel drawn toward a healthy life and strive to make positive steps toward optimal wellness, mindfulness, and being a whole person. Interesting things about me: Olympic gold medalist 1996, mom of 3 sons, performed with Cirque du Soliel's "O", taught yoga for many years, and love art and creativity, and I beleive everyone has AMAZING inside of them!

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