Essential oils are the most fragrant part of any plant or flower. They have some of the best health benefits and many believe work better than drugs made by scientists. All essential oils have been extracted in different ways from the plant. They should always be 100% pure and natural. Carmaya's essential oils are always 100% pure and are known for the amazing benefits they give to our customers.
Essential oils are part of a plant or flower that has come naturally out of it to produce the oil. Flowers and plants have many properties that are useful to us when they are distilled. When they are distilled, a very high, concentrated portion of them is what makes the essential oil. It can come from the bark, leaves, stem, flowers, or roots of the plant or flower. When the essential oils have been fully extracted, there are many benefits that we can get from the oils.
History of Essential Oils
Essential oils were once called aromatic oils. Many cultures and religions have been using them for thousands of years. In many religious texts, we can actually find written proof that essential oils were used in healing rituals, as gifts, and in religious ceremonies. There is even carbon dating that goes back to 18,000 B.C!
In Egypt, we can see quite a bit of historical evidence that essential oils were used. Some of the earliest evidence is from 4,500 B.C. Egyptians seemed to be ahead of their time. They were experts in cosmetology and making healing ointments out of essential oils. They also made perfumes and fragrances with essential oils. Many of the priests and pharaohs in Egypt would use oils as a way to show their connection with the gods. Some pharaohs were known to have their own special blends. Most of these pharaohs were found with oils in their tombs.
China is another place where we have seen evidence of the use of essential oils. During the reign of Huang Ti, there is written proof that as early as 2,697 B.C. essential oils were being used for medical purposes.
In India, the Aruyveda is a 3,000-year-old form of medicine. Essential oils have been incorporated in it to heal the sick. Vedic texts show over 500 oils and blends being used for healing and rituals. Some include cinnamon, sandalwood, and myrrh.
Greeks and Romans
The Greeks also began to use essential oils around 400 B.C. They would often use myrrh to anoint their soldiers before battle. They also used it to help fight infections after battles.
Ancient Romans would use essential oils as perfume for their bodies, clothing, and beds. A tradition of the Romans was to use essential oils in their baths and during their massages.
Europe was a very popular place for essential oils too. The Crusades show us that the knights used oils. Many of these knights would carry oils with them while they were in battle.
During the plague, pine and frankincense were burned to get rid of any evil spirits. The locals would burn these oils in the streets. Some researchers claim that there were fewer deaths in the areas where this was done. In 1653, Nicholas Culpepper wrote a book called “The Complete Herbal”. This book also has methods and remedies that are still used today.
In France, the first use of the word aromatherapy occurred in a book in 1928. This book was helpful in having a large influence on the medical practices in France. The man who developed aromatherapy found out that lavender could be used for healing on a complete accident.
The Best Oils to Start With
There are hundreds of essential oils that are used for healing. The list could go on and on, but we have cut this list down in order to show our customers the oils that really work.
Clove oil is used quite often to help fight off infections. When used correctly, it has been shown to fight off infections like E.coli and Staph. These infections can lead to other, severe infections so it is a good idea to have clove oil around the house.
Aborigines have used eucalyptus oil for hundreds of years. Eucalyptus is one of the best anti-bacterial. It can also help with Staph infections. Scientists have conducted research that shows when Staph comes in contact with the oil, it literally disappears in about 15 minutes!
Frankincense seems to get a bad name because of the stories that are told at Christmas time. It is one of the most practical essential oils. Research has shown that this oil has the potential to kill off cancer cells. It is also used to treat digestion and stress and anxiety.
Lavender is a wonderful oil! It is known for being incredibly soothing and calming. It can also help to speed up the healing process of burns, stings, and other wounds on the skin.
Lemon oil is a very popular citrus oil. It has been used to help bring tired skin back to life, as a bug repellent, and to stimulate lymph drainage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Now there is research being done that lemon oil can help fight off food-borne illnesses.
Oregano oil has many benefits such as being an anti-fungal as well as an anti-bacterial. Even WebMD has praised its benefits! It can help with different digestion problems like bloating and heartburn. It can also be used as a bug repellent. It seems like oregano can do almost anything!
Peppermint is one of the most multifaceted essential oils in the world. Research has shown that it may have antibiotic properties. Many of us already use it for headaches and nausea, but think if you were taking it instead of antibiotics!
Sandalwood is a very gentle and soothing oil. Scientists have started to do tests with sandalwood and Alzheimer’s disease. Because it can help to keep the nervous system functioning well, this may be a great find for those who suffer from the disease.
Tea Tree oil is another popular and versatile oil. It has been used for hundreds of years to help with wounds and cuts. Many people use it to get rid of skin tags and pesky stretch marks. It can also be used to help cure athlete’s foot and jock itch.
How To Use and Apply Essential Oils
When using essential oils in the bath, it is important to know which ones will mix well with the water. There are a few oils that are so potent that they can cause sensitivity when used on your skin in water. These oils are lemon, orange, oregano, and tea tree.
If you want to take a bath with essential oils, try using oils like lavender, sandalwood, and eucalyptus. Mix about 10 drops of the oil, ½ cup of coconut milk, and 1 cup of Epsom salt. This bath mixture will help you to relax and help soothe your muscles.
Hot and cold compresses do wonder for your body! In order to make a compress, you will need a cloth that you can apply oils to. Remember to add about 10 drops for every 4 ounces of water you add to the compress. It will work for aches and pains, bruises, and skin infections.
You can inhale essential oils by placing about 5 drops in the diffuser or in a pot of hot water. Many cold sufferers will use the hot water method to clean out their sinuses.
Surprising Notes about Essential Oils
- Essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated. For example, one drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea! When you hear “a little goes a long way”, it is very true with essential oils. One of the most expensive oils is pure rose oil. It takes about 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make just one pound of the oil.
- There are very few plants and flowers that have actually been assessed to determine if their oils have benefits. This number is only about 10% of the plants and flowers in the world. Each day, scientists are testing them to see if their oils have benefits for us.
- Essential oils cannot be patented. This is one of the main reasons that you see different oil companies coming up all over the world. This is a product that everyone can share.
- Essential oils are referred to in many religious texts. The Bible actually refers to oils at least 150 times, if not more. In religious ceremonies, they are used as part of healing and offerings.
- Essential oils are not to be used for cooking unless they are food-grade oils. Some of the oils may be spices in your kitchen, but unless they are food-grade, do not use them when you are cooking.
Using Essential Oils
When you are using essential oils, there are rules of thumb when you are using them topically, on your skin. Most of the essential oils on the market right now are so pure that you must add a carrier oil to them in order to prevent any sensitivity on your skin. Carrier oils also have many benefits to your skin, so finding the right one for you is important.
There are many types of carrier oils such as:
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Sunflower Oil
It is a good idea to think of 1 drop of essential oil added to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil. If you think you are ready to try it on your skin, do a small skin patch test first. If you do not feel any irritation in 24 hours, you are pretty safe to use it on your body.
There are a few popular spots to rub your oils after you have diluted them. The bottoms of the feet, temples, and wrists are all good spots to rub your oil blends.
Diffusing Your Oils
Diffusing essential oils helps to give you the full benefits of your favorite oils by breathing them in. There are actually a few ways to diffuse your oils.
There are diffusers that are electric to diffuse your oils. By adding a few drops of oils to water, you can get all of the benefits. It is best to diffuse in 35 to 45 minute stretches to get all of the benefits.
There are some oils that are very popular because of how great they smell. Oils like Peppermint, lavender, lemon, cedar wood, and lemongrass are some of the most popular to diffuse.
Popular Oils, Their Benefits, and Uses
There are hundreds of essential oils on the market today. Not all of them are useful, but for the most part, essential oils have wonderful properties and benefits from each use. Here are a few of our favorites, their benefits, and even some recipes that you can use to reap the benefits.
Bergamot has many benefits that include:
- Helps reduce stress
- Helps to keep skin clean and fresh
- Helps to support healthy digestion
- Helps to disinfect the home or office
It is important to not use Bergamot on children who are under 6 months of age. It is also advised that you do not expose the area where you applied the oil, to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours of application.
There are many ease uses for Bergamot. You can diffuse the oil in your diffuser to help to get rid of your stress. You can also make a blend to use in a massage. Massage the blend onto your abdomen to help support digestion.
You can brew your favorite cup of tea and add one drop of food-grade bergamot to it. This will turn your tea into an Earl Grey cup.
To make a foot massage oil, simply add a few drops of Bergamot to coconut oil. Apply to your feet and massage deeply.
Cedarwood is another oil that has many uses and benefits. It helps to keep your hair and scalp healthy, balances the menstrual cycle, and tightens muscle tone.
It is advised to not use this on children who are under 6 months old and not to use during your pregnancy.
There are some easy uses for Cedarwood such as adding about 5 drops to your bath to help relieve eczema. You can also diffuse it and inhale to relive your menstrual cramps and mood swings. If you are trying to get rid of moth, put a few drops on cotton balls and store in the areas where you frequently get moths.
By adding some Cedarwood to your conditioner, you can help to get rid of your dandruff problems.
Chamomile is known for being soothing, calming, and helping to reduce anxiety. It can also help you sleep better at night. It helps to relieve you of nausea, motion sickness, inflammation, and muscle pains.
You can diffuse chamomile oil to help you feel relaxed. You can also use it to get rid of pink eye. By applying warm chamomile tea bags on the eyes, you will feel and see a difference.
Chamomile is also great for healing sunburns. By putting about 10 drops of chamomile with 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, apply it to the burn for some relief.
Eucalyptus is handy to have around when you are suffering from a cold or the flu. It can help to loosen the mucus in your body and soothe your coughing. Simply diffuse and inhale or add some drops to hot water for relief.
Eucalyptus is also a natural bug repellent and you will find quite a few insect repellents on the market today that include it as one of their ingredients.
This oil is also an anti-inflammatory and can help to relieve achy joints and muscles.
One rule to remember about Eucalyptus is that you should never ingest it. This could be fatal! Never use it on children that are under 10 years old either.
When you apply Eucalyptus to your cold sores, with a carrier oil, you will begin to see some relief instantly. It can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar and placed on bug bites to relieve the itchy and soreness.
Ginger is very popular for the way that it can aid in digestion. It can help to relieve stomach issues such as indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. It can also help to relieve headaches.
Ginger is used in cooking and in many recipes of teas and candies. It is helpful in boosting the immune system too.
If you are suffering from motion sickness, put a few drops on a tissue to help relieve the symptoms.
When you apply ginger to the feet or abdomen, it can work as a way to boost your libido.
One of the most popular essential oils in the world, lavender is known for its soothing powers. It can help you to feel relaxed in no time at all. It can also help to relieve you of your insomnia and tense muscles.
When are few drops of lavender are added to a child’s stuffed animal, it can actually help to soothe them when they are crying or upset.
By diffusing lavender, you can calm your anxiety, headaches, and insomnia.
It also works as a carpet cleaner! By adding about 25 to 30 drops to 2 cups of baking soda, sprinkle it on your carpet a couple of hours before you vacuum. Your room will look and smell amazing!
Lemon oil is another popular essential oil. Lemon is in the citrus oil family and is known for helping to boost moods and energy levels. It can also help to boost your immunity.
When Lemon oil is used on the skin, it can help it to look healthy and youthful.
Many people drink their water with Lemon oil to help promote good digestion and make them feel even more energetic.
When you apply Lemon oil to skin tags, you will notice that they are no longer painful, and after just a few short weeks, they will start to vanish.
Another essential oil that is gaining popularity lately is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a very fresh and sweet scent to it. It has become popular for helping with relieving headaches and to help calm the mind.
Lemongrass can also bring some relief to your tense and sore muscles after a long day of work.
To help relieve stress, simply diffuse a few drops of Lemongrass or put a few drops in hot water and inhale. You will be able to feel a difference in no time at all!
You can add a few drops of Lemongrass with witch hazel to make your skin feel and look healthy and young.
Sandalwood is known for being an anti-inflammatory and an anti-viral essential oil. Sandalwood is also being studied for its protective properties against skin cancer.
Sandalwood is also known for helping you to get a more restful sleep.
It can also be added to your skin moisturizer to help you get healthier and happier skin.
To get better sleep, simply diffuse a few drops of sandalwood and inhale. Your mind and body will feel calm in no time.
Essential Oils are very helpful when it comes to healing. The more you know about them, the more successful you will be when trying to make blends and use new recipes. As always, do a skin patch test when you apply them to your skin and mix them with a good carrier oil. If you are diffusing them, make sure that your diffuser is cleaned and maintained well.