A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils – What You Need to Know to Get Started

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have been using the powerful properties of plants. These cultures have known the immense wellness benefits of plants, and in modern times, essential oils have brought to light what these cultures have known throughout the ages.

From ancient scrolls that recorded uses of oils for helping all sorts of ailments, to modern time uses for cleaning, aromatherapy, and beyond, essential oils have been a household staple for much longer than you may have thought!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are derived from a broad range of plants. They are made by distilling or extracting different parts of these plants – from the flowers, leaves, and bark, to their roots, resin and peels. This amazing process creates highly concentrated oils with powerful properties that offer a broad range of uses.

How can I use essential oils?

To put it simply, you can use essential oils topically or aromatically, and some can be ingested. Before you jump into using essential oils, it’s important to know that not all oils are created equal, which means you can only ingest the highest quality oils that are marked safe for internal use.

A bit more on aromatherapy + applying topically

Essential oils use the aromas of plant extracts to promote health and wellbeing. This wellbeing is physical but also mental and emotional, as most easily demonstrated with aromatherapy. Essential oil diffusers are an excellent way to receive the benefits of aromatherapy, such as elevated mood, and deep conscious breathing.
When you apply an essential oil topically, use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc. to start. Diluting the essential oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil is a good way to safely gauge how your skin and body react to the more highly concentrated plant extracts.
The benefit of topical application is that the oil can quickly absorb, it promotes wellness for the area of application, and you can massage directly onto joints, muscles, etc.

Here Are 6 Essential Oils From Miracle Essential Oils and Their Uses:

Now that you’ve gained a basic understanding of essential oils, let’s take a closer look at some of the more common essential oils to explore all the fun ways you can incorporate them into your healthy lifestyle.
*The oils and their uses listed below are based on Miracle Essential Oils specifically – remember that not all essential oil brands are safe for internal use.

1. Tea Tree

Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca, is an antiseptic that originates from an Australian plant. It is perhaps best known for being applied topically to cuts and wounds. Tea Tree helps many common skin issues, from acne and blemishes to cuts and even itchy scalp.
Our favorite uses: Diffuse 3-5 drops to cleanse the air in your space (great during cold and flu season!). Add 1 or 2 drops to your facial cleanser or moisturizer to help with blemishes and acne. Do not ingest internally.

2. Lemon

Lemon is a fan favorite among essential oil enthusiasts, due to its broad range of awesome uses! Citrus is excellent for uplifting your mood and revitalizing the senses. It helps boost your energy and focus, supports digestion, and has protective antioxidants.
Lemon is also good to keep around the house – it’s excellent for cleaning countertops and stubborn grease. Add lemon + tea tree together for a simple and effective DIY countertop disinfectant.
You can use this oil aromatically, topically, and as a *dietary supplement.
Our favorite uses: Diffuse 3-5 drops and uplift your spirits! Topically: dilute 2 drops in a carrier oil and apply behind your ears or on the back of your neck (it’s advised to wait 24 hours if you’ve been in direct sunlight). Ingest: add 2-3 drops to your beverage of choice or swallow in a veggie capsule.

3. Eucalyptus

The eucalyptus aroma may remind you of a spa, as it is often used in this type of setting for its wonderful scent that encourages deep, conscious breathing. Eucalyptus is known for its antibacterial properties in addition to its respiratory support.
Our favorite uses: Add 3-5 drops to your shower for an invigorating spa experience. Purify the air and deepen your breathing by adding 3-5 drops to your diffuser. When you’ve got a cold or sinus issues, rub a few drops on your chest and back to open up your sinuses. Do not ingest internally.

4. Lavender

Everybody loves lavender! It smells amazing, and is super versatile in its applications.
This floral aroma is perhaps best known for its soothing benefits, from calming mind and body, to helping you relax, and even easing headaches. Add a few drops of lavender + lemon onto a damp washcloth and toss into the dryer for a DIY dryer sheet.
Our favorite uses: To relax and unwind from a stressful day, diffuse 3-5 drops before bed, or on your nightstand as you sleep. Add a few drops to your pillows, behind the ears, or on the bottoms of your feet before bed. Have a headache? Massage a drop or two over your temples.

5. DeStress

Miracle Essential Oils offers signature blends, which are comprised of several individual oils to create a specific aroma and use. DeStress is a unique blend that smells amazing and revitalizes your senses. It is made from lime, lavandin, lemon, grapefruit, orange, geranium, and more.
This unique blend is meant to help calm mind and body and helps facilitate relaxation. It’s a great choice to use when you’re feeling anxious or stressed out.
This is an oil you can use aromatically and topically.
Our favorite uses: Diffuse 3-5 drops and inhale the goodness! Topically: use 1-3 drops to apply behind your ears, on the back of your neck, or on the bottoms of your feet.

6. Citronella

We’ve all heard of citronella candles to keep insects at bay in the backyard. It’s true – citronella is an excellent insect repellent. But did you also know that it can help with digestive issues, muscle soreness, and even oily skin?
This is an oil you can use aromatically, topically, and as a *dietary supplement.
Our favorite uses: Dilute with a carrier oil (1 part carrier, 1 part citronella) and apply on oily skin. Use the same measurements to apply to skin for an insect repellent. Add 1 drop to water or veggie capsule to ease tummy aches.

Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Health and Wellness Regimen

Keeping some common oils on hand is a great way to begin incorporating essential oils into your daily wellness routine. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself! Research high-quality oils and seek out information that will help you choose the right oils and uses for you.
It’s important to note that essential oils are not for use by pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, babies, and young children. And if you’re ever in doubt, always check with your professional healthcare adviser first.
This article and all included information is not intended as medical advice and does not treat or diagnose. Please consult your doctor for any health-related questions or concerns.

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