A Month Exploring Essential Oils

During the month of August I jumped on the essential oils bandwagon to see what all of the hype is about. I purchased oils from Pure Haven Essentials (purehavenessentials.com) and a diffuser from amazon for the experiment. The oils I will be using are certified organic, all ingredients are grown without pesticides, are non-GMO, and the products haven’t been tested on animals. Here’s what I learned along the way.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils contains the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance or the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.

Oils contain the chemical components that naturally occur in plants, which can help our bodies heal themselves.

They are highly concentrated properties of the herb/plant they are derived from. For example, it takes 256lbs of peppermint leaf to make one pound of peppermint essential oil.

Ways To Use Essential Oils:

Apply: Essential oils can be applied topically using safe dilution rates. You can apply them to the soles of feet or affected areas (excluding eyes, ears, mucous membranes and genitals)

Diffuse: Essential oils can be diffused in the home with a quality diffuser of your choice

Inhale: Essential oils can be inhaled using an aromastick, steam bowl, cotton ball, or diffuser jewelry

Safety Note: Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or a Certified Aromatherapist before using essential oils. Never ingest essential oils unless under the direct care of a Certified Aromatherapist or physician.

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Pure Haven Essential Oils:

Here is a list of the Pure Haven Essential Oils I experimented with this month with their description from www.purehavenessentials.com.

Jojoba Oil: “Jojoba is the perfect “carrier” to mix with any essential oil or oil recipe that comes into contact with the skin. The properties of Jojoba closely resemble the body’s own natural skin lubricant and moisturizer. Use it alone as a massage oil or lotion. Or, as an ingredient in an essential oil recipe.”

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: “Eucalyptus Essential Oil is one of the oldest native medicines used in Australia. Today, it’s well-known for its use in inhalants and vapor rubs, and as a household disinfectant and cleaner.”

Tea Tree Essential Oil: “Tea Tree Essential Oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of a plant native to Australia. Commonly known as the oil that is a ‘jack of all trades’ in terms of remedies – it is best known for its amazing skin-aiding properties and benefits.”

Oregano Essential Oil: “Oregano, which means ‘Delight of the Mountains,’ was first recognized in ancient Greece to treat bacterial infections on the skin or in wounds. This powerful essential oil contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties.”

Frankincense Essential Oil: “Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East. It is often used as a valuable ingredient in skincare products, beginning with ancient Egyptians, who used it in rejuvenating face masks.”

Peppermint Essential Oil: “Native to Europe, Peppermint holds the prestigious title of the world’s oldest medicine. It is one of the few herbs and essential oils to have been studied and scientifically proven to have numerous health benefits.”

Lemon Essential Oil: “Lemons are an amazing source of vitamins. No surprise, then, that lemon essential oil has a myriad of health benefits, attributed to its stimulating, calming, detoxifying, antiseptic and anti-infection properties.”

Rosemary Essential Oil: “Rosemary is used extensively in food preparation, cosmetics and medicinal herb care. Extracted from the leaves of the Rosemary bush, this essential oil is often described as invigorating and stimulating.”

Lavender Essential Oil: “Lavender is one of the most beloved of nature’s fragrances and its essential oil is among the most versatile, blending well with many other essential oils, including Lemon and Frankincense.”

Five Defense Essential Oil: “A 15th-century tale tells of thieves in France who robbed victims of the highly contagious Black Plague, but never fell ill themselves. They were protected with a balm made of various aromatics. And, in exchange for this life-saving recipe, they received lighter sentences for their crimes. Our blend includes 5 key ingredients: Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus.”

Be Well Essential Oil: “This fragrant and unique blend of four Essential Oils includes: Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Peppermint. Use it for individual care or to protect everyone in your home during flu season.”

Sweet Orange Essential Oil: “Cold pressed from the peel, the sweet orange essential oil is like a burst of sunshine on a sweet summer day. Citrusy yet sweet smell helps uplift and energize your mind and body. Diffuse it for a bright, positively charged environment.”

Cedarwood Essential Oil: “With a rich, woody aroma, Cedarwood is calming, soothing and grounding for mind and body. Calms and soothes the skin. Add to shampoo for scalp health and conditioning. Diffuse to create a relaxing environment. Add a few drops to jojoba for a muscle-relaxing massage oil.”

Tranquility Essential Oil: “A calming blend of five essential oils (cedarwood, lavender, frankincense, sweet orange and chamomile). Aids in more restful sleep. Helps relax and calm body and mind. Diffuse to deepen yoga or meditation practice.”