Wondering how to choose essential oils? It can be difficult to choose the right essential oil for you when you are considering using them to improve your mood, stress levels, or other physical ailments.
There are many essential oils available. Each essential oil works a little different. Some oils can help with mental fatigue while others will relieve stress. Others can also be used to treat scarring or acne.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of essential oils you may want to purchase and how to choose them.
Here are the Top 5 Essential Oils
There are many different types of essential oil; some in particular that may be helpful include lavender, peppermint, chamomile, lemon, and tea tree oil.
- Lavender is popular because it promotes calmness.
- Peppermint has cooling properties which make it perfect for allergies or headaches.
- Chamomile is calming and soothing to the mind and body.
- Lemon essential oil is fresh and cleansing.
- Tea tree oil helps prevent infection or irritation caused by fungus or bacteria like acne-causing bacteria.
How to Choose Essential Oils
When choosing essential oils, the first thing you should do is inhale the scent. Some essential oils have strong scents, while others are more citrusy or floral. Essential oils will not have relaxing effects if any of these smells bother you or reminds you of an unpleasant memory.
Before you buy, make sure you are familiar with the scent and the essential oil brand. If the essential oil is not dilute, you should test it by taking a small whiff. You may experience skin irritations or headaches if essential oils are not diluted before applying to your skin.
Avoid Smelling Too Many!
Take a break when testing different scents. Avoid inhaling too many fragrances in one period. They can cause dizziness or headaches. After inhaling to many fragrances, you may have difficulty distinguishing between them.
Pure Essential Oils or… Not!
Some essential oils can be rare or expensive. It is possible that essential oils sold by a company at a cheap price can be a red flag, they may not be authentic. They could also be distilled using cheaper methods, leaving some of the byproducts in their packaging. Always do essential oil brand research before buying oils so you know what you are purchasing.
Pure essential oils are better than synthetic oils. Aromatherapy experts prefer to use pure essential oils. Synthetic oils don’t have the same therapeutic benefits as pure essential oils. Synthetic oils can also cause headaches and allergic reactions.
Check the Latin Name
Look for bottle manufacturers that include the Latin name on bottles when you shop for bottles. This makes it easy to identify the product contained in the bottle. Some essential oils are very similar to common names we recognize, so they are misrepresented as the genuine thing. Pay attention to the country. Some essential oils are from faraway places like Africa, while others are French-made. This will help you determine if the oil is genuine.
Pure essential oils are the best. Synthetic essential oils can be dangerously sold by some companies. Synthetic essential oils don’t have the same therapeutic benefits as pure essential oils. Synthetic oils can also cause allergic reactions or headaches.
Storing Your Essential Oils
Once you have your oils, now how to take care of them! Essential oils should be kept in dark amber or navy-blue glass containers if they are going to be stored for a period of time. Clear bottles let sunlight in and can cause the oil to deteriorate more quickly.
Essential oils should be kept out of direct sunlight and stored in a cool, dry place.
What Essential Oils to Start With? Video
From the video: Which essential oils are the best, most popular, and most versatile? Let’s start with the serious workhorse oil: Lemon.
Lemon essential oil is cleansing, uplifting and great at reducing tension, boosting your mood. It can be used in a facial cleanser at a 1% dilution or in a household cleaner spray. Diffused, it creates an energizing atmosphere to help you get through your day.
Now, the next oil is one I’m sure everyone has heard of. It’s one of the most popular oils we sell and for good reason. Lavender can do so, so much. For example, I use it diluted in a carrier oil for a relaxing foot massage, to help promote restful sleep.
Lavender essential oil is well known for its relaxing properties. Dilute it in a carrier oil or lotion. Lavender can help ease swelling, skin irritation, and more. I love using Lavender.
The third oil you need in your collection is Peppermint. Peppermint can be used for many things, like boosting self-confidence, reducing tiredness and helping with sore muscles. When diluted in aloe vera jelly, Peppermint essential oil is great for post-workout aches too.
Next, you need Tea Tree essential oil. Tea Tree is a super versatile oil that has tons of uses. It’s great in DIY kitchen and bathroom cleaners. It’s a natural deodorizer, so it can be diffused or mixed with baking soda to help clean the air of gross smells.
Tea Tree is also great at protecting the skin. If you dilute Tea Tree to 1-2% and apply to minor scrapes and cuts, it can really really help. I love using Tea Tree in my laundry when I wash my clothes. Oh, and it’s also great diluted to 1% to help combat facial blemishes.
Now Orange Sweet is the last oil you need in your starter collection. Orange Sweet can both be calming and uplifting, making it a really versatile oil when it comes to emotional issues. When diffused or use in a personal inhaler, Orange Sweet can help with happy thoughts and positive mood.
It can be used with other essential oils like Fennel Sweet and Cardamom to help with upset stomachs. Or dilute it to 1% and use to cleanse and tone the face. Plus it smells great.
So now that you’ve got a great list of single essential oils to start with, you’re going to want to know which are the most popular essential oil synergies too. There are some synergies that you need in your collection and I’m going to tell which ones to buy and how to use them.
First, you want to pick up some Germ Fighter or our KidSafe version Germ Destroyer. Germ Fighter is jam-packed with everything the body needs to help fight off sickness throughout the year. It’s great at keeping the home clean from your hands to the floor.
Dilute Germ Fighter to 2% in Aloe Vera Jelly to use as a hand sanitizer or diffuse it to help cleanse the air when sickness is knocking at your door. It can also be used in your favorite DIY cleaner recipe to help cleanse the home and make sure none of those nasty germs are around long enough to do any harm.
Second, you need Energy and not the kind you get from your morning latte. Energy synergy is a customer favorite because it’s so great at lifting the mind and body throughout the day. and helps you keep going. It can be diffused in the morning before work to give you that extra push or it can be used pre-workout or post-workout to help give you that drive to overcome any obstacles.
Third, you’ll want to get some Rapid Relief or our KidSafe version Sore No More. Rapid Relief is great when you need something strong to help relieve pain symptoms. It could be used as a muscle rub diluted to 5% in Aloe Vera Jelly to use after a long day at work or a hard workout. The fourth synergy you’ll want on hand is Relax or Calming the Child if you need another KidSafe version.
Relax is great at helping you ease into a peaceful evening, calming your thoughts and giving you feelings of peace. It can be diluted to 1% in your favorite unscented lotion or body cream or it can be diffused. I like to use Calming the Child for my kiddos when they’re being a little crazy.
Respir Aid and its KidSafe version Sniffle Stopper is one of our most popular synergies for a reason. It’s jam-packed with soothing, cooling and respiratory supportive oils that help clear congestion, allowing you to breathe deeper and easier.
Respir Aid can be diluted to 5% in a DIY salve to use as a chest rub when you’re too stuffy to fall asleep. If you’re choosing to diffuse, it can definitely help you breathe easier, stopping things like snoring in their tracks.
Plant Therapy makes it super simple by also offering sets. Here is their 7 & 7 Essential Oil Set:
Summary of Choosing Essential Oils
Natural wellness is a huge part of living a healthy lifestyle. Essential oils are an integral component to natural wellness, as they can be used for aromatherapy and skin care. Now that you know how to buy essential oils, it is time to confidently go and purchase some essential oils, you can start by checking out Barefut oils.