Essential oils have been in use for centuries, by people all over the world. However, despite their traditional usage, there are some things that are helpful to be aware of. Here are four things a beginner should know about essential oils.
- They’re Not Like Other Oils
If you’ve never used them before, you might be thinking of essential oils in the same way as other types that can actually be used as carriers for these aromatic substances, such as jojoba, almond, or brazil nut oil. Actually, the essential type of oils do have a slightly oily feel to them, but they are not meant for spreading on the body like the carrier types.
- They’re Really Concentrated
The oils are super concentrated, requiring a huge amount of plant material to create a small amount. Literally pounds of organic material go into producing milliliters of the essential oils. For this reason, they can sometimes be more expensive than you’d expect for a small bottle, but they go a long way. You may need to check the label to know if you’re getting the 100% pure oils or if there’s a filler in there. Always go with 100% pure oil.
- Use Sparingly
Because they are concentrated, they are quite strong, and you need to be careful of using them topically without diluting them first. Most people will mix them with a carrier oil such as those listed above, or coconut oil, before putting directly onto their skin. A little goes a long way with an essential oil diffuser as well.
- Not Just Fragrance Oils
There are a number of types of oils sold, which can have a variety of names such as fragrance oils, scented oils or even “natural” oils. There is a lot more to essential oils; although they can also be used for their aromatherapy benefits. However, they have also been used for hundreds of years for many more purposes than simply their alluring scents, such as for calming the mind and used while relaxing after a long day.
There’s a lot to learn about essential oils, especially as they can be used in so many ways: topically with dilution, in a diffuser, in homemade personal care products, and more. But it’s also a lot of fun and you may find that essential oils can even make a difference in your life. Start with your favorite scents or try some that appeal to you based on their traditional uses and see what happens!