• Carly Monson

3 Essential Oils for Beginners

My sister called me excitedly last week after talking to a coworker who freqeuntly uses essential oils, and wanted to know more info about them. I figured quite a few people might want to know what they are and how to use them. 

Let's start with what they are. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have been extracted from plants. They are so concentrated that you usually only need a drop or two each time you use them. That's why they come in such little bottles. 

Why do I need the essential oil, why can't I just buy some lavender leaves?

Well according to doTERRA, a common essential oil manufacturer, it takes 30lbs of lavender flowers to make just ONE 15mL bottle of lavender essential oil. So, one drop really does pack a punch.

Seeing as I attend a naturopathic medical school, I thought there were no better people to consult with on the subject than my classmates. Here's a summary of the most common essential oils some of us use, and what we use them for. 

  1. Peppermint 

A personal favorite. I use this oil for pretty much everything. If I have a headache, need a little pep in my step before a workout, need to wake up and want to do it without the use of caffeinated beverages, or when I'm studying I just rub a drop or two on my temples, behind my ears, and back of my neck. 

2. Lavender

Has it been a long day? This is the calming/relaxing herb. This one can be rubbed on temples/ears/neck, diffused while you sleep (I got my diffuser for $15 on amazon), some use it to prevent scarring. You can also mix with your toner to reduce redness. I recently infused a blanket with it and sent it off to a friend for when she has her baby. 

3. Tea Tree

Primarily known for its antimicrobial properties, this one is good to have on hand. This one can be used for acne, insect bites, or to make your own antibacterial cleaning products. 

If you have sensitive skin, try mixing a few drops of essential oils into a carrier oil such as coconut, apricot, or jajoba.  

If this brief introduction to essential oils piques your interest, I highly recommend grabbing an essential oil book from your local bookstore or researching some different ones online!

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this site is intended to serve as a communication of my experiences and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

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