When it comes to essential oils, there is a lot of information out there, some of it contradictory, most of it very confusing. For people who want to get some benefits from these oils, it can all be very overwhelming. Whether you’re using them in the air or on your skin, there are certain things you should know before starting, so that your essential oil use is safe and effective!
Advice For Getting Started With Essential Oils
If you are just getting into essential oils for the first time, the best thing to do is take it slow. Essential oils have many uses, but they are very volatile substances and should be treated with care. Essential oils are a plant’s concentrated aroma compounds, containing the plant’s “essence”, or what makes them smell nice. As such, they can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, or create a photosensitive reaction in the skin (meaning when exposed to the sun, they’ll create a toxic effect that burns the skin).
This all means that you can’t just apply whatever oil you want to your skin and expect positive benefits. You have to use them correctly, and concentrate them when appropriate. If you treat the oils with respect and according to proper guidance from an aromatherapist, you’ll see the many benefits they can bring, with no negative side effects!
New users should also make sure they go with a company that provides a GC-MS report. This is a “gas chromatography-mass spectrometry” report, and it identifies the substances in each batch and shows their unique properties. The GC-MS is important because not all oil batches, even if they are of the same oil, will be the same. By reading the report, aromatherapists are able to see how much of a chemical compound is in the batch of the oil, and they can suggest blending the oil with another oil when appropriate so that the user gets all the benefits they need.
Where To Begin With Essential Oils?
The easiest way to get started is aromatically. This means using the oils in an inhaler, a diffuser, or smelling them directly from the bottle. It’s the perfect way to enjoy their relaxing properties while discovering what you like and don’t like. It’s also the best to discover their healing benefits if the oils are known to have any.
Before choosing, think about what you want to achieve: a pleasant-smelling home, or something more? If it’s the latter, we suggest starting with one oil that will be pleasant and can bring about change for your whole family. A great choice for beginners is lavender oil. It is an essential oil known to induce relaxation, and it can be used in a very diverse set of delivery systems: it can be used in the bath, in an inhaler, a diffuser, a rollerball, etc.
You may find that lavender oil may not have the effects you were looking for, or you may not enjoy the smell of it. That’s okay! Not every essential oil will work for everyone. Connect with a certified aromatherapist and talk with them about what you want to achieve. We can provide you with oil to use that is similar to lavender in chemical constituents and properties but doesn’t smell the same.
The most important property for an essential oil is that you enjoy it, but also note that when enjoying it, a little goes a long way! When you move from your diffuser to topical uses, concentrate the essential oil in what’s known as a carrier oil. This is a general, non-aromatic oil like apricot or grapeseed oil, and they “carry” the essential oil onto the skin, concentrating it so it’s safe while delivering the known benefits. When you want to begin applying the oils to the skin, talk with your aromatherapist to find out how to use your desired oil safely and effectively.
It’s important to remember that aromatherapy is a complementary therapy and can be used in conjunction with other therapies. Holistically, it shouldn’t interfere with anything else you might be taking, therapeutically or out of medical necessity. Talk to an aromatherapist if you have any questions about specific essential oils, and remember that it’s okay to take it slow – you’ll soon find the essential oil that’s perfect for you and your family!