Essential oils are obtained from different parts of aromatic plants and trees , such as bark, flower, leaf, root, resin, seed...
They have extremely complex chemical structures, and precisely for this reason, one oil can help with several ailments. Due to their small molecular structure, they are very easily absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Apart from through the skin, they can also get there by inhalation through our respiratory system. When they reach the bloodstream, essential oil molecules become part of a chemical process in the body, and that's when their therapeutic properties come to the fore.
They are easily volatile, flammable and not soluble in water. It means that you should always keep them in dark places in well-closed dark bottles so that they do not evaporate, and of course out of the reach of children.
How do essential oils affect our emotions?
The human sense of smell is connected to the limbic system - the part of the brain responsible for behavior and emotions. This is precisely where the secret of aromatherapy and the influence of scents on our mood is hidden.
Some scents have a relaxing effect, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, while others are used to relieve headaches and migraines, increase mental and physical energy, and some can reduce various inflammations.
Remember how certain smells remind you of certain events, people or places from the past. Some scents will evoke pleasant memories and emotions, while others will repel us for an inexplicable reason.
How can you use them?
First of all, it is important to note that essential oils should never be applied undiluted to the skin, but must first be diluted in a base oil . Exceptions are lavender and tea tree essential oils, which can be applied to small areas of the skin in very small quantities, for example, apply lavender to a minor burn to relieve pain.
Add your favorite scent to the aroma diffuser or put a few drops on a cotton ball/handkerchief and let it evaporate into the air. For a stronger effect, place a tissue under your nose and take a few deep breaths.
In addition to relaxing the muscles and calming the body, numerous essences are also antirheumatic, stimulating blood and lymph circulation.
1 teaspoon = 5ml
For a 1% mixture: 1 drop of essential oil per teaspoon of base oil
For a 2% mixture: 2 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of base oil
For a 3% mixture: 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of base oil
Add a few drops of essential oil to the bath to facilitate a restful sleep, relieve muscle stiffness or improve mood.
This method of application will allow absorption through the skin, as well as inhalation of the essential oil.
Remember, essential oils are not water soluble so they need to be dispersed first.
In addition to the base oil, they can also be dispersed in bath salts.
Create a natural cleaning agent, a fragrance that will refresh the home, a disinfectant for working surfaces... the choice is unlimited!