What to look for in a good essential oil?
Essential oils have been used for centuries by ancient cultures for their plentiful benefits, it’s about time we took a page from their book and delved into the goodness of essential oils. Are all essential oils good? Not all as the quality of essential oils on the market is not closely regulated, so it’s YOUR responsibility to make sure you’re using top-grade products. Which brand makes best essential oils? You can trust reputable sellers such as WOW Skin Science, and we’ll tell you why!
What To Look For
People have sought out the healing properties of essential oils throughout the ages. WOW Skin Science Essential Oils are carefully extracted and distilled from flowers, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants. At the molecular level, these oils contain beneficial compounds like antioxidants, terpenes, and esters that can help to boost wellness. Ongoing scientific research confirms that specific essential oils have a variety of health benefits. What makes an essential oil bad? Check out the graphic above!
Popular Essential Oils + Uses
Peppermint: used to stimulate and uplift, can help headaches
Lavender: promote relaxation and healing
Cedarwood: calming, fortifying and strengthening
Bergamot: used to reduce stress and soothe irritation
Rose: helpful for dry and sensitive skin, calms tension
Rosemary: aids memory and concentration, combats fatigue
Sweet Orange: good detoxifier, helpful to fall asleep
Ylang-Ylang: relaxation and balance
Tea Tree: antibacterial properties to treat infections and wounds
Jasmine: refreshing and soothing. Can be used as a fragrance on the pulse points
Lemon: clarify and boost circulation
How to Use Essential Oils
The beneficial compounds in the oils are often delivered through three main pathways: inhalation, diffusers and topical application directly onto the skin.
Inhalation is one of the quickest methods to use essential oils. You can add a few drops of essential oils into a basin of hot water, and drape a towel over your head to trap the goodness inside. The essential oils can help clear airway passages and promote easier breathing.
Aromatherapy is perhaps the most popular method of use, these volatile compounds are inhaled with diffusing jewelry or diffused into the air using an aromatherapy diffuser. Check out these stunning diffusing jewelry options from WOW Skin Science, including a diffuser necklace, lava stone earring, and bracelet.
Essential oils can also be applied directly to the skin with the use of carrier oils like jojoba oil, argan oil, and almond oil. This can be useful for delivering oils to a specific problem area, such as a backache or headaches. However, the topical use of essential oils should be done with caution.
When should I not use an essential oil? Essential oils can be irritating to the skin and should not be applied full-strength on the skin. Always test essential oils on a small patch of skin to test for any sensitivities. Allow 24 hours for a reaction to appear before using anywhere else.
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Essential oils can enhance and enrich your wellness practice. But, like all things in life, the more educated you are about usage, the better your results will be.