How to choose an essential oil?

The hardest part of these steps is to feel them before you buy them! Often the bottles are new, there is no “demonstration” and you will not have the opportunity to feel until you have paid your little bottle … It’s pretty fun to discover the ” olfactory “they may have nothing to do with the idea that we had. Sometimes it’s a huge “crush” and sometimes, a huge “retching” (that was my case with HE cistus and the carrot, yuck!).

Anyway, even if you are disappointed, keep out all your bottles “smelly”. If you chose the ET, it’s for a reason. It may well be that with time, returning from time to time, you end up getting used to their aromas … to finally appreciate their virtues!

Uses of essential oils

Different uses of essential oils

  • aromatherapy

With aromatherapy you can improve your mood, fight against fatigue, soothe the anxiety and all stress related disorders. Feel free to ask me for advice via the “consultations” if you are a bit lost and you want to get good results.

It goes without saying that treatment with essential oils can replace the intervention of a psychologist, but it is a great help in your efforts to get better .

  • The cosmetic

The essential oils have long been used in perfumery as well as by manufacturers of cosmetics for their natural flavors and their beneficial properties for the skin.

If you like crafts, you can learn to make your own products based on the concentrated extracts of plants and flowers. The creams , the massage oils , the soaps , the perfume, the fragrant oils , the shampoos … Not only will you have the satisfaction of having done your own care products but in addition, you can enjoy all the virtues of essential oils (anti-wrinkle, relaxing, energizing, anti-dandruff).

Essential oils are also very good natural remedies to treat specific problems such as skin problems, hair, breath.

Have a professional or a trained counselor to help you choose the oils that you will most secourables in your situation. Essential oils are highly active products that should be used with caution. It is the role of a professional that will guide you in choosing an oil or a suitable mixture to support your process of healing .

  • The kitchen

And yes ! The kitchen is one of the uses yet untapped essential oils. With their natural flavors very concentrated, essential oils are very useful to cook for one or two drops of the precious extracts are sufficient to meet any culinary preparation.

Essential oils can both replace herbs as spices or citrus and you can create highly original recipes with flower extracts.

If you want to experiment, make sure first that the essential oil you buy is well edible (still preferably organic). If you have any information on the bottle or the leaflet, please check with the manufacturer. Will not consume any oil without making this check because some are very irritating, other toxic and they absolutely should not be ingested.

Checks before using an essential oil

In addition to this, it is ” to examine” each oil before use. Indeed, essential oils should never be used before doing some checks. Make sure:

  • They do not feel weird or smell different from the usual smell
  • There are no strange deposits at the bottom of the bottle
  • Its appearance is the same (a clear and very liquid HE does not become brown and frozen)
  • You can use it (see the test below)

The skin tolerance test

For the “first” uses

At first use, you must perform a small test before applying essential oil to see if your skin tolerates it or if you are allergic . To do this, simply dilute the essential oil chosen with vegetable oil , then apply it on a small part of your skin (behind the ear or in the crook of the elbow, for example). Leave to act for twenty-four hours.

If after that time you do not see any redness or irritation , you have the green light to use this oil! If not, you are probably allergic to this oil and it is best to look for a less aggressive for your skin, or even another remedy to your problem if you do not support oil.

For the following uses

Even if you made the skin tolerance test for the essential oil of Cistus (for example), this does not mean that you are immune to a skin reaction in the future.

Several factors p euvent make you sensitive to an essential oil that you use regularly without problems :

  • Pure use of certain HE (lavender, aspic / tea tree )

It said and repeated everywhere, HE are powerful! An essential oil diluted in vegetable oil already has a very powerful effect, imagine pure! For some occasional and highly localized, yes, it’s possible but it will not be abused. If you have acne, you can not brush your indefinitely ET buttons pure tea tree, it must be diluted. Especially that we should not act only in local but also “detoxify”.

  • Continued use of an essential oil

It is strongly recommended to alternate your essential oils in therapeutic care as your natural cosmetics. There are so many who have similar virtues that would be a shame to stick to the use of 2 or 3 essential oils. But this is not a story of “change” is also to avoid possible allergy to any component.

For example, against wrinkles, you can use once a basic mixture of rose and patchouli ET, the next time the HE cistus and rosewood, another time of Frankincense and geranium etc.

  • The poor preservation of your essential oils

This is another very important factor because some essential oils have a tendency to become very irritating when they are poorly preserved. Exposure to light and air can create oxidation that alters the molecules and makes them more reactive. Thus some HE – very soft at the base – suddenly become very irritating or sensitizing.