homemade cosmetics. Here, I share my favourite uses of my essential oils.
Essential oils have become my personal miracle weapon: it doesn’t matter if I’m stressed and can’t get down, if I’m in a bad mood or if I’m sore. I feel that there is an essential oil that I can use to solve any problem. And the oils work in a completely natural way.
But what are essential oils anyway? What are the differences? And how can they be used safely? I now have a good overview, but especially at the beginning I found everything a bit overwhelming and I would have liked a systematic compilation of the most important information. Today for you in this post: The important information about the departure.
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the fragrant essences of plants. They are concentrated liquid mixtures of substances consisting of different mutually soluble organic substances and are obtained either synthetically or from natural sources by steam distillation, extraction or pressing of plants or plant parts.
NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC ESSENTIAL OILS
I didn’t know that synthetically produced oils would also be declared as essential oils until I addressed the subject more intensively. While natural essential oils are obtained from real plants, synthetic essential oils are chemically produced in the laboratory to create certain fragrance profiles, for example for perfumes or scented candles.
There is no uniform quality standard for essential oils – and organic certification, unfortunately, does not necessarily mean without fillers and can be used for therapeutic purposes. 80% of the oils on the market are adulterated in one way or another, according to APRC, the Aromatic Plant Research Center. But: there are also very good essential oils. My favourite: essential oils from dōTERR A.
DōTERR A essential oils are safe, pure and unrestricted for therapeutic use. The oils are free of harmful fillers and impurities; purity is closely monitored. Strict external controls guarantee authenticity and effectiveness. All individual essential oils have a code that can be used to read the results of special tests (read more here ).
What I also like about the company: dōTERRA is not only about the excellent products, but also about the people behind them, from whom the raw materials are obtained. A large part of the oils are produced in developing countries, and that’s where a real difference is made: jobs are created, farmers are paid on time and sustainable partnerships are built. Last weekend I watched founder Emily Wright’s lecture on “Prosperity on both sides of the bottle” and the more I learn about this business, the more confident I am in my decision to get my oils from dōTERRA.
Here you can learn more about the company, its quality standards and the different essential oils.
Five different bottles of essential oil.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
There are three ways to work with essential oils: aromatic, topical and internal. Peppermint, for example, refreshes the air, has an energizing effect and can help relieve neck pain.
AROMATIC – VIA THE SENSE OF SMELL
The simplest and most popular way to work with essential oils is by smell. For example with a diffuser that diffuses the oils. Who doesn’t like it when it smells good? It’s the fastest way to change our mood. And: several people can benefit from the oils at the same time – for hours.
I like to use refreshing oil blends when I sit at my desk and work, for example, my diffuser currently works with a mint and basil blend. And in the evening before going to sleep, I like to diffuse a relaxing scent like lavender in the room.
But you can work aromatic even without a diffuser! For example, by sniffing the oil bottle directly or by pouring oil into your hand, rubbing it and taking a few deep breaths. Perfect for a short breathing exercise (or pranayama) in the afternoon: you are awake and fresh in your head in a flash.
TOPICALLY – THROUGH THE SKIN
The skin is our largest sensory organ. Even in classical medicine, more and more things are being done on the skin, I think I can say.