Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oil

If you are new to essential oils, you probably have a lot of questions regarding how to use Essential Oils. There have been many information on the Internet regarding Essential Oils, in fact…there are so many that sometimes its overwhelming and confusing. This post; The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oil was specially written to provide a sort of summarized guideline to how one can use essential oil effectively without being too overwhelming to beginners. Also, this post serves as an introduction to a series of the blog post (to be published) that will detail how one can use Essential Oil effectively. Now without further delays, let’s begin!!!

For a start, it’s best to get a good book about essential oils. Frankly speaking, nothing beats a good essential oil book. Most of the people we know who are essential oil advocates have a book that they refer to all the time when they need a quick consultation regarding essential oil dos and don’ts. Don’t simply listen to hearsay. It is very critical to avoid misinformation as essential oils are deadly when misused. Treat essential oil with respect! They are not simply fragrances.

 

How do I use essential oils

Typically essential oils can be use in 3 ways, they can be applied topically (via skin), inhaled and ingested. The method you use is greatly dependent on what you want to achieve with essential oil.

Below is a short list of how you can use essential oil with:-

  1. Wound, skin condition and acne treatments via spot treatment method. (topical)
  2. Bodily pain relieve via massages. (topical)
  3. Topical and inhalation application via bath
  4. Mood effect / improvements via diffuser or burner. (inhalation)

 

What essential oil should I use

Before we dive into this topic, it is important to note that you should identify essential oils through their botanical names and not their common names. That’s because some essential oils have the same common name but are from essentially different plants. For example, eucalyptus essential oil has a few variant and depending on the variant, the scent and usage is different. So remember, always take note of the essential oil botanical name when buying essential oils.

Generally, what essential you choose is very much dependent on the purpose of your usage. For example, the popular lavender essential oil is widely known for its soothing and calming effect. It’s great as aromatherapy oil and helps to promote relaxation of the mind and body. The peppermint essential oil, on the other hand, are good with headaches and other mental fatigues.

Below is a shortlist of some of the more popular oils and their usage. You can also search the Internet to find out what essential oils can do. But do make sure the source of your information is trustworthy and reliable. Misuse of essential oils can cause many complications.

* If you are unsure of what method to use, do consult a qualified aromatherapist before doing anything.

* Always dilute your essential oil when using them topically. Please refer to our next article on topical use of essential oil for more information of recommended dilution rate.

* We do not advise ingestion of essential oils. They should be use internally only on the advise of a qualified aromatherapist, aromatic medicine practitioner or naturopath.

Stay tuned for next part

We’ve reached the end of this post (Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oil) and we do sincerely hope you learn a thing or two about Essential Oils after reading this. We will update this section of the article with a new link to the next part of the article once it is published. So do check back often so that you don’t miss out on part 2 of this post….or better yet, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on facebook so that you get informed when the new post is published.

** UPDATE: Part 2 of this post is out now which talks about topical use of essential oils. Click on this link to read.

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