Wednesday, July 17, 2019

GREEN LIVING :: Essential Oils

Have you tried essential oils?  I figured I would write a post about them and show you the ones that I'm currently loving since I see a lot of questions about them on social media.

Let's start with the basics:

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are extracted from flowers, leaves, roots or other parts of plants by distillation or mechanical methods like cold pressing.  The oils are highly concentrated and must be mixed with a carrier oil before they can be used.  The carrier oil essentially helps the absorption of the essential oil when you apply it to the skin and keeps it from evaporating (it "carries" it).

What are they used for?

They are used in aromatherapy.  Oil molecules absorbed through the skin will stimulate our neurons which in turn can influence different regions of the brain.  Essential oils have been used for centuries in beauty treatments or to promote wellness.

I started using essential oils in my skincare DIYs a few years back.  Then I moved onto diffusing them.  I started with lavender essential oil and branched out from there.

Here are some new essential oils that I am enjoying right now:

Lime essential oil is a new discovery of mine.  I love the citrus scent.  The scent is supposed to be invigorating and help promote mental clarity while encouraging creativity.  I like to diffuse this when I am working at my desk.
You can also incorporate this to your DIY skincare recipes to help reduce dark spots since it's high in antioxidants.  

 I first purchased sweet orange essential oil when I was making my own kitchen cleaner.  I loved the scent!  It is also a great disinfectant.  Sweet orange essential oil is also thought to help improve moods so I may or may not add it to the diffuser on those days that my kiddos wake up on the wrong side of the bed :-).  

Grapefruit essential oil helps reduce stress and increase energy.  I love the citrus scent!

Peppermint essential oil is great all year round.  It helps promote a feeling of energy.  I love to use this in the afternoon, specially after we get back from school.  This lip balm has the same effect and you can use it on the go!  This oil pairs nicely with the sweet orange essential oil.

So let's talk amounts and diffusing the oils.  Essential oils are very concentrated so you don't want to use too much of them at once.  I have this essential oil diffuser which has LED lights and a remote control to turn it on/off and change the light color.  I'm not really into the different light colors but Lucas LOVES to see all the colors. I usually add 100 ml of water and 3 drops of essential oil.  It's my third diffuser to date and probably my favorite.

I hope you found this post interesting.  Would you like to see more posts on essential oils?  Let me know in the comments below!

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