Doesn’t it seem like essential oils are everywhere right now? The popular beauty and wellness trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and more people are getting into them by the second. Essential oils can get a little confusing to anyone who’s unfamiliar with them, but I’m here to help you out. Before you start buying your own lavender, geranium and mint oils, here are a few things you need to know first.
The Different Effects
Essential oils all have a different effect once they are inhaled. Lavender, cedar, and sandalwood are considered to be on the calming end of the spectrum. Lemon, geranium, and orange have balancing tendencies. Grapefruit, eucalyptus, and jasmine can provide a boost of energy. But that’s just the backstory; we’ll get into how you can use each of them later on in this post.
Some Are Better Together
Don’t hesitate to combine your oils, because plenty of them are better off that way. You can mix them up and create a variety of scents to cater to your moods. For example, if you’re a fan of floral scents, you can create a combination of jasmine, lavender and neroli oils. On the other hand, if you prefer anything minty, then you can’t go wrong with a mix of peppermint and spearmint.
Not All Oils Are For Your Skin
You must read the fine print when purchasing essential oils. There have been cases where oils have burned people’s skin because they weren’t meant to be placed directly onto their skin. To be safe, you should always try to dilute your oils first with carrier oils. Some of the best carrier oils for essential oils are coconut, jojoba, argan, grapeseed, almond, and avocado oil. You can also purchase an essential oil diffuser as another diluting method.
How To Choose
Depending on what your lifestyle is, you may benefit better from some oils than others. Since they all have different effects, it’s pretty easy to learn which ones are a great fit for you. Here’s a breakdown on how you can get started:
- If you’re feeling anxious or stressed: lavender, rose, chamomile, bergamot, clary sage, ylang-ylang
- If you’re having trouble sleeping: sandalwood, cedarwood, lavender, bergamot, clary sage, sweet marjoram, valerian
- If you need a boost of energy: ginger, lemon, eucalyptus, black pepper, peppermint, spearmint
- If you’re having trouble focusing: grapefruit, peppermint, basil, vetiver, patchouli