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Essential Oils: The Definitive Guide to Better Health & Wellbeing

Introduction

You found the ultimate guide for essential oils!

Here, you’ll learn all about:

  • What we actually mean with essential oils and aromatherapy
  • How your health can benefit from it
  • Which blends always work in a diffuser
  • The latest trends in the world of aromatherapy
  • Heaps of other awesome tips, recipes and inspiration

So, if you want to get the hang of using essential oils in your daily life, you’ll love this guide.

The Essentials of Oils

What is Aromatherapy?

Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential Oils for The Skin

Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets

Which Essential Oils are Good for What?

Where to Buy Essential Oils?

Various factors determine how well our defence mechanism is performing. No matter how healthily you live, it’s only natural that the immune system is weakened at some point. Factors such as stress, sleep, diet, and exercise influence the vitality of your immune system. Following a nutritious diet with 7 to 8 hours of sleep and enough exercise should get you at least on the right track.

‘Nature in a drop’…

… that’s what essential oils are often called and that’s about as real as you can get!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils (= volatile oil or in short EO’s) are highly concentrated plant compounds with a powerful effect on the mind and body.

They capture the essence of the plant’s scent or flavour and are a complex combination of sometimes more than 100 molecules that give the oils their unique fragrance and features.

You can use essential oils in a diffuser or on the skin, and in a few cases, they are even edible.

Why Are Essential Oils Important?

Wonder why you keep seeing essential oils popping up on your Facebook page or in Buzzfeed posts?

That’s because essential oils are BOOMING!

The EO train has been coming your way, slowly, glacially, but steadily, since the ’30s.

More specifically, since 1937, when the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse ‘discovered’ their use.

Word is that he invented aromatherapy after he burned his hand and used lavender essential oil to help cure his burn. He noticed that the wound healed way faster and suspected the lavender oil had something to do with it.

How clever of him.

Since the last decade, the interest in essential oils has peaked — I’ll let the facts speak for themselves:

Between 2011 and 2018, the import of EO’s in Europe increased by nearly 71% in value and 25% in volume, revealing a growing demand for essential oils.

Worldwide, the essential oil market is expected to increase each year by 8,6% over the upcoming five years.

And particularly in Europe, the market predicts an annual growth of even 9,5% .

There’s no denying that essential oils are doing pretty good for themselves.

But WHY, exactly?

People became more aware of their ecological footprint and the use of harmful chemicals on their health.

So, they reached for the natural medicine that had been around for centuries but was, before that, cast away like a forgotten stuffed animal.

Now, we see essential oils all around us.

And that’s because of their versatility.

Here’s what essential oils can do:

  • Enhance the room with a pleasant scent
  • Create a cleaner environment
  • Benefit your health
  • Improve and strengthen your skin
  • Make you feel happy and relaxed
  • And much more!

Awesome, right?!

Now, let’s take a look at where it all started.

There’s no denying that essential oils are doing pretty good for themselves.

A Little History of Aromatherapy

It’s 1555 BC.

A heavily eye-lined Egyptian gazes over the lush riverside of the Nile from his balcony; palm trees swaying while red sails drift past. He reclines on his sofa and lights a wooden stick of fragrant sandalwood.

Can you picture it?

Historians estimate that aromatherapy is at least 6,000 years old.

So even the Egyptians enjoyed the benefits of aromatherapy.

And ever since, scent and well-being have gone hand in hand.

For example, several societies and tribes noticed the healing powers of lavender and placed little bags of dried flowers under their pillows for a good night’s sleep.

And in India, essential oils were used in the 3000-year-old traditional health science ‘Ayur Veda’.

Knowledge of the various biological effects that essential oils and herbs have on the body and mind has been passed from generation to generation orally.

How exciting it is that, right now, it’s still part of our lives?

From then to now, we’re using the qualities of essential oils to benefit our health.

But before we dive into this exciting stuff, let’s take a step back …
… and see how essential oils are made.

Where Do Essential Oils Come From?

When we say ‘aromatic plants,’ what parts exactly?

  • Root
  • Stem
  • Leaves
  • Seeds
  • Flowers
  • Bark

So basically, ALL there is to a plant!

But it depends on the type of plant which part(s) is used to gain essential oils.

These essential oils live in specialised cells or glands of the plant.

Rosemary is a good example.

Here, you can clearly see the drops of oil on the glands.

Plants create these oils to protect themselves against insects or hungry animals (that are up for a severe stomach ache in some cases!)

And most outdoor plants are serious survivors when it comes to harsh environments — They’re not as likely to faint as most (may I say, ‘dramatic’) indoor plants.

When it comes to romance, essential oils also play a part in the courting ritual. They attract specific insects that help the pollination process so the plant can reproduce.

Isn’t that just too cute for words?

The Extraction Process

But, the most important question is:

How do you get these oils out of the plant?

Don’t worry; it’s pretty simple.

There are a few different options:

Cold Pressing

Water Distillation

Steam Distillation

CO2 Extraction

Cold Pressing

Cold pressing is a technique mainly used to win citrus oils since the EO’s are directly in the peel.

As you might have already guessed:

It works by pressing hard on (or scraping) the peel until the oil is released in water or juice. By way of centrifuging and filtering, the oil then separates from the liquid.

An advantage of this technique is that the oil stays cold.

You see, heat can damage the molecular structure of the EO, which reduces its potency.

And we don’t want that!

Distillation

For the remaining oils, we commonly use distillation.

It’s a similar process to how we distil alcoholic drinks, like gin.

In fact, the word is derived from Latin: de- meaning ‘down, away’ and stilla meaning ‘a drop’.

So remember: down (goes) a drop!

And you’ll never forget it.

Check out how it’s done in this photo:

It starts by letting steam go through the plant material.

This way, the EO’s are released from the cells and blend with the vapour.

Then, the steam is cooled, so it turns into a liquid.

Since oil is non-soluble, it creates a little layer on top of the water. The remaining liquid has captured the plant material’s water-soluble elements and is called hydrosol or floral water.

In both steam and water distillation, there’s water involved.

However, with steam distillation, the water is in a separate container which has two advantages:

  • Faster extraction of essential oils
  • Less contact with heat resulting in higher quality

CO₂ Extraction

This might all sound nice to you.

But there’s a NEW kid on the block…
CO₂ extraction!

As you can see, the CO₂ extraction process is similar to the previous way of distillation.
Except, it has replaced water with CO₂.

Under 74 bar pressure, the gas becomes ‘super critical’.

It remains a gas but with liquid-like properties.

What’s so wonderful about these oils is that their fragrance closely resembles the plant’s actual scent because CO₂ can extract more of its compounds. Plus, the CO₂ is reusable. But it’s also a bit more pricey.

Still, if you have a CO₂ extracted essential oil, you know you have a good quality oil on your hands!

Check out our range of top-notch CO₂ extracted EO’s here!

The Quality of Essential Oils

It doesn’t matter if you’re using essential oils for massages, beekeeping, baking or hoarding;

Quality matters.

It all winds down to whether the plant material is fresh and derived from botanically identified plants — they are the keepers of the good stuff, after all.

But you see SO MANY oils on the market claiming to be the real deal.

Is it true?

Are all oils essential oils?

If it were only that simple.

The truth is that most companies just want to make a profit.

Especially cosmetic companies, who often use industrially manufactured oils to fragrance their products.

Needless to say, these oils don’t provide you with health benefits…

Yet, who can blame them for wanting an easy fix?

The extraction of EO’s is a very complex process and highly dependent on various factors.

Take, for example, the humble lavender against the mighty damask rose.

To create 1 litre of lavender essential oil, you need 150 kg of plant material.

If you’re already shocked, get this…

You need nearly 4 TONS (that is 4,000 kg!) of those tiny damask rose petals to get the same amount.

Unsurprisingly, a litre of damask rose oil costs roughly €5.000 or 6.030 USD.

Other factors that influence quality:

  • Availability
  • Yield
  • The age of the plant before harvest
  • Geographical location
  • Growing rate
  • Type of extraction method and length

Companies that care about the quality of their oils are the ones to look out for.

Quick Guide: How to Pick a True Essential Oil:

  1. Check the colour of the bottle
  2. Read the label
  3. Validate the source

What are the signs the oil is fake?

  1. It uses vague wording such as ‘fragrance’
  2. You’re missing the botanical name
  3. It’s too cheap

A Brief Class in Chemics

I’ll show you how to use essential oils in a moment.

But first, put on your chemistry goggles and let me start with the basic science of cakes.

Just like any good cake has layers, so do essential oils.

And just like some flavours are magical together, others are not quite the match…

One reason is that EO’s can contain over 500 different compounds that all contribute to their characteristic scent and healing qualities.

You can imagine how many different varieties there are.

Also, depending on the essential oil’s chemical structure, some scents are more pronounced.

Take lavender, for example.

It contains linalol, the molecular connection that makes flowers and herbal plants smell like — well, flowers and herbs.

It also has a sprinkle of geraniol, the primary scent component of rose oil, and a dash of limoneen, found in citrusy fragrances.

The most amazing part is that it’s not ‘the more of it, the stronger’.

Instead, it’s the subtle variations in structure that determines the scent.

In short:

That’s why several species of the same plant can smell totally different.

What You Can Do With Essential Oils

Let’s lighten the mood a little and marvel at the infinite ways you can use essential oils.

When selecting an essential oil, it all depends on your how’s and what for’s.

Because as you now know, one oil does something entirely different from the other.

There are 3 ways to use EO’s for your body:

  • Absorption by the skin
  • Through inhalation
  • Ingestion

One of the most obvious ways is to apply them to your skin. Think of massage oils, creams, bathing oils, and the like.

And using essential oils in a diffuser is a way to inhale the EO’s beneficial properties.

That’s because it’s still unclear how they react once inside.

Or the EO is simply SUPER toxic, like eucalyptus.

So, never take in what you don’t know.

But that’s not all!

You can do a lot of other things with essential oils.

Here’s some inspiration:

Add a few drops of oil to…

  • your iron for wonderfully scented clothes
  • a handkerchief for a fragrant EO boost
  • your shampoo bottle to repair your hair
  • your bath for an aromatic moment of relaxation

I could go on and on — we’re kinda crazy about EO’s 😛

And that’s exactly what I’m going to do in the next chapter!

Blending Essential Oils

When blending EO’s, you want to get that right, sweet synergy.

You want each essential oil to complement the others — both on therapeutic and fragrance levels.

So if you’d love to know how you can implement essential oils in your life and blend them well, this is the chapter for you!

You can categorise EO’s in scent group, such as:

  • Woody
  • Spicy
  • Resinous
  • Floral
  • Citrus
  • Herbal

Of course, you can take a stand and shout that “IT’S ALL SUBJECTIVE!” and no one is going to argue with that.

Still, you can give it a fair try basing it on the EO’s chemical structure or botanical family.

Also, each EO has a vaporisation speed:

Top notes — dissipates fast & evaporates quickly
Heart notes — dissipates moderately & average evaporation
Base notes — dissipates slowly & evaporates gradually

As you can see, it’s not rocket science to decide which EO goes well with one another.

Some just naturally make sense.

Now, let’s imagine you’re holding bottles of citrusy bergamot, herbal rosemary and woody mountain pine, and you’re trying to pair it with the daunting black pepper EO (the one you got gifted and are not sure what to do with it).

Based on this chart, you’ll have an EPIC blend with either bergamot or rosemary, whereas mountain pine might be a bit too experimental…

As you can see here

But wait!

What about the vaporisation speed?

For those wondering, there is this rule:

30% top — 50% middle — 20% base

That way, you’re not stuck with a lingering frankincense in the living room…
… long after the party has ended.

Going back to our magical middle-note black pepper and top-note bergamot, you can spice things up with a base-note like clove oil.

So now you know how to blend essential oils!

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to support your physical and mental well-being.

In this chapter, we’re gonna see what it is all about.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Health is in the air…
… everywhere you look around!

I’m not kidding — aromatherapy improves your health.

It’s based on the principles of holistic therapy (from Greek: holos meaning ‘whole’ or ‘entire’).

In short:

It’s a form of natural therapy that involves the whole body, like touch and communication, to support someone’s wellbeing.

Aromatherapy plays a big role here because essential oils have true healing, strengthening and supportive properties for your body and mind.

For example:

  • Lavender has a calming effect and reduces stress
  • Rosemary enhances concentration
  • Peppermint has a stimulating effect
  • Eucalyptus and lemon are refreshing and energising

[But they have a few more tricks up their sleeves.]

You can skip ahead to the most popular EO’s and their health benefits here.

The reason why essential oils affect your mood is because of the immediate connection between two systems in the brain.

The Limbic System and the Olfactory Bulb

Can you remember that time you passed someone on the street and you caught a whiff of a familiar perfume, but you can’t quite place where from? Still, you’re stuck with this intense, nostalgic feeling…

That’s the quick connection between the olfactory bulb and the limbic system, a.k.a scent and emotion.

This is how it works:

Once in the diffuser, the essential oils enter your body.

The molecules easily pass through the (nasal) membrane to the olfactory bulb and into the limbic system. This ancient part of the human brain is all about emotions, (emotional) memories and (emotional) responses.

If you have a memory with that specific scent, likely, you’ll also sense the emotions paired with that experience.

In fact, this link between emotion – memory – scent is so impressive that people can recall a memory paired with a scent with 65% accuracy after 1 year. In contrast, visual memory already drops below 50% after a few months.

So vivid scents can invoke memories, whereas others bring up particular emotions.

Of course, it’s also down to personal opinion.

You might enjoy rosemary more, whereas I’m a big fan of eucalyptus.

Whatever angle you’re taking, scents bring about personal associations that affect your mood remarkably.

Essential Oils and the Body

This might not come as a surprise, but…
…. essential oils also influence your body.

In chapter 7, I cover what essential oils are great for when it comes to health issues.

But indulge me for a couple of minutes,
while I casually point out a few things about EO’s and the body.

Depending on their molecular structure, essential oils all have in some sense anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral functions.

But some have more of one or the other.

When essential oils enter your body, they can affect:

  • The digestive system
  • The immune system
  • The airways
  • The nervous system
  • The hormonal system
  • Memory
  • Pleasure and emotional functions

And much more…

You’re probably familiar with eucalyptus.
Aside from its delicious, fresh scent, it has properties that work against inflammation, pains, high blood pressure and flu symptoms.

In the next chapter, I’ll give you a little insight into what the most popular essential oils do.

This chapter is all about using essential oils to enjoy its ‘breathtaking’ fragrance…
… and benefit from its healthy qualities.

We’ve selected the most popular EO’s with all the information you need to use them while gaining the best health benefits out of it!

20 Awesome Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits

Sweet Orange

  • Top note — scent strength: 2
  • Matches well with star anise, cinnamon, cloves, lavender, myrrh and vanilla

Sweet orange grows from a small evergreen tree with fragrant, white flowers that’s native to China. Its characteristic fragrance is lively, fruity and fresh with sweet undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Anti-depressive
  • Calming
  • Stimulates the heart, lymph and digestion

Bergamot

  • Top note — scent strength: 1
  • Matches well with coriander, geranium, juniper, myrrh, neroli, patchouli and litsea

The bergamot is a small tree that grows up to 5 meters and is cultivated mainly in Italy. It has smooth, oval-shaped leaves and round, green fruits that become yellow with maturation. Its fragrance is fresh, herbal and citrusy-sweet with light floral undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Uplifting
  • Invigorating
  • Anxiety reducing

Lavender

  • Heart note — scent strength: 3

Matches well with bergamot neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, sage and Swiss pine

Lavender is a large evergreen shrub with purple flowers most commonly found in the Mediterranean. Its unique scent is herbaceous, sweet and floral with woody undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Relaxing
  • Stress and anxiety-relieving
  • Soothes tense muscles

Eucalyptus Globulus

  • Top note — scent strength: 3

Matches well with cedar, citronella, lavender, ho wood, rosemary, thyme and vetiver

Eucalyptus globulus is native to Australia and is characterised by its thin, white-speckled bark and long, narrow leaves. The oil offers a grassy, woody and lemony fragrance with balsamic undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Antiseptic
  • Clears the airways
  • Refreshing

Balsam Fir

  • Base note — scent strength: 3

Matches well with pine, juniper, sandalwood, cajeput, eucalyptus, lavender and Scots pine

Balsam fir is primarily cultivated in Canada and the US and is an evergreen tree that reaches 20 meters. Its fragrance is fresh, spicy, resinous with balsamic undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Supports the airways
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Grounding

Peppermint

  • Top note — scent strength: 3
  • Matches well with tea tree, citronella, juniper, lavender, rosemary, pine and marjoram

Peppermint is a mix between spearmint and watermint and grows up to 60 cm. It’s indigenous to the Middle East and has a distinctive scent of fresh menthol with sweet undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Enhances concentration
  • Pain-relieving
  • Refreshing

Cedar Atlas

  • Base note — scent strength: 4
  • Matches well with benzoin, bergamot, cypress, jasmine, juniper, rosemary, ylang-ylang

Cedar Atlas is a needle evergreen tree that grows up to 40 meters and is native to Algeria. It has a pyramidal shape with light-green leaves and a warm, sweet, woody fragrance with camphor undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Expectorant
  • Encourages a restful sleep
  • Stabilising effect with allergic reactions

Lemon

  • Top note — scent strength: 2
  • Matches well with chamomile, fennel, elemi, juniper, frankincense and peppermint

The lemon tree grows up to 6 meters with dark green leaves and is native to India. Cultivated chiefly in Sicily, Italy, lemon has a distinctive fruity, fresh-sweet and lively fragrance.

Main health benefits:

  • Antiseptic
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Supports the immune system

Lemongrass

  • Top note — scent strength: 4
  • Matches well with eucalyptus, pine, geranium, lavender, tea tree, sandalwood and mint

Lemongrass is a herbaceous plant indigenous to Sri Lanka that grows up to 1 meter. It’s an essential ingredient in Indonesian and Thai cuisine. It has green and citrusy aromas with woody undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Purifies the air
  • Energising
  • Mood booster

Patchouli

  • Base note — scent strength: 5
  • Matches well with tea tree, bergamot, cinnamon, cedar, vetiver and ylang-ylang

Patchouli is a bushy herb originally from tropical Asia. It reaches a height of 1 meter with a sturdy stem and white-and-lilac flowers. It has a distinct scent of intense sweet and spiciness with resinous undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Grounding
  • Calms the mind
  • Soothing for the skin

Rosemary

  • Heart note – scent strength: 3
  • Matches well with basil, cedar, lemon, elemi, frankincense, lavender and benzoin

Rosemary is an evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean and nowadays indispensable as a herb in the kitchen. It’s characterized by its herbaceous, woody and warming fragrance with balsamic undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Stimulates the blood circulation
  • Pain-relieving
  • Enhances concentration

Frankincense

  • Base note — scent strength: 4
  • Matches well with cajeput, elemi, lavender, ho wood, myrrh, black pepper and lime

Frankincense is a resin from various Boswellia trees, which have unique clustered, feathered canopies and are native to Arabia and the Horn of Africa. It has a distinguished resinous and spicy scent with hints of lemon and balsamic undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Supports meditation and focus
  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Balances respiration

Scots Pine

  • Heart note — scent strength: 2
  • Matches well with cypress, juniper, lavender, cardamom, sage, frankincense and basil

Scots pine is native to the Alps and Carpathian Mountains and grows best at an elevation of 3000 meters. It has rigid needles with robust bark and reaches a height of 40 meters. The fragrance is fresh, resinous, spicy and subtly sweet.

Main health benefits:

  • Supports the airways
  • Purifying
  • Stimulating

Jasmine

  • Base note — scent strength: 6
  • Matches well with chamomile, cypress, fennel, patchouli, sage, rose and sandalwood

Jasmine — called ‘the Queen of the Night’ in India because the flowers smell even stronger after sundown — is a perennial plant originating from China. It reaches a height of 4 meters with many fragrant white flowers. The scent is intense, floral, sweet and has herbal undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Encourages restful sleep
  • Harmonious
  • Soothing

Cinnamon

  • Base note — scent strength: 5
  • Matches well with star anise, lemongrass, sweet orange, basil, cajeput and coriander

Cinnamon comes from a tropical tree of Sri Lanka and is now primarily cultivated in Madagascar. It has a woody base with sturdy branches, shiny leaves and small white flowers. Its fragrance is hot, spicy, dry and sweet.

Main health benefits:

  • Uplifting
  • Comforting
  • Antiseptic

Roman Chamomile

  • Heart note — scent strength: 4
  • Matches well with lavandin, sage, neroli, ylang-ylang, geranium, lemon and patchouli

Roman chamomile is a well-loved floral plant from Western Europe. It reaches 30 cm and is easily recognisable for its yellow pistil and bright white petals. The aromas are intense, warm, sweet and lightly fruity with herbal undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Relaxing
  • Soothing for irritated and dry skin

Thyme

  • Heart note — scent strength: 5
  • Matches well with blood orange, bergamot, lavender, lemon, marjoram and sage

Thyme is an aromatic shrub from the Mediterranean and grows to a height of 30 cm. Cultivated chiefly in Spain, it has tiny leaves with rose-coloured flowers. It’s herbal and sweet, with citrusy and woody undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Clears the airways
  • Stimulating
  • Anti-viral and anti-bacterial

Geranium

  • Heart note — scent strength: 4
  • Matches well with benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, juniper, Amyris and fennel

Geranium is a perennial shrub native to Southern Africa and now grows mostly in Egypt. It grows up to 1 meter tall with playful leaves and small, pink flowers. Its fragrance is characterised by floral and fresh, lightly herbal with balsamic undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Soothes the nerves
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Regulates blood pressure

Grapefruit

  • Top note — scent strength: 1
  • Matches well with bergamot, cardamom, cedar, geranium, neroli and lavender.

Grapefruit grows from a tree native to tropical Asia and the Caribbean. It offers aromas of clear, fresh and bitter-sweetness with fruity undertones.

Main health benefits:

  • Detoxifying
  • Uplifting
  • Supports the immune system

Mandarin

  • Top note — scent strength: 2
  • Matches well with tea tree, Amyris, chamomile, mint, black pepper and frankincense

The mandrin tree is an evergreen tree that originates from China. It reaches up to 6 meters and has shiny leaves and subtle flowers. It has a sweet, fruity-sour and floral fragrance with citrus tones.

Main health benefits:

  • Elevates the mood
  • Invigorating
  • Promotes a restful sleep

Diffusing essential oils is as easy as breathing.

In this chapter, we’ll give you a little background on the diffuser and how to use it!

The Vibrant Diffuser

Diffusers have received quite the attention lately.

Now, they come in all odd shapes and sizes.

But does anyone know what’s actually happening inside that little puffer?

Inside the ultrasonic diffuser lives a ceramic disc that vibrates when you turn it on.

It produces ultrasonic waves so that the water within the reservoir converts into a fine mist.

As the water molecules disperse, it traps the essential oil inside its droplets — carrying it into the room so you can inhale its aromatic and healthy qualities.

All of this occurs without heat.

Because remember:

Diffusing EO’s this way is even more potent since it doesn’t damage the chemical structure.

Advantages:

  • Humidifies the area
  • Flexible choice of essential oils and blends

Drawbacks:

  • Smaller range: >40m³
  • You have to add water when it’s empty

Perfect for using at home: living room, bedroom and office

Then there’s the “BIG BROTHER” of the ultrasonic diffuser:

The nano diffuser.

It works automatically and has a special place for a bottle of essential oil, so you’ll always have an aromatic living space minus the effort.

The difference between this diffuser and the previous one is that the nano diffuser disperses smaller particles in the air.

To be precise:

Nanoparticles.

Advantages:

  • Diffuses in nanoparticles, meaning a quicker absorption and better therapeutic effect.
  • Works automatically, so you don’t need to adjust the times on a daily basis
  • Very large range: between 50 – 2000m³
  • Can be connected to the ventilation system

Drawbacks:

  • Makes a little noise
  • More expensive
  • One essential oil at a time

It is perfect for larger areas such as offices, stores, living rooms, wellness centres, yoga studios, hospitals, and receptions.

How to Use an Ultrasonic Diffuser?

To be fair, no one has time to read the instructions, right?

Especially when they’re as lengthy as iTunes.

So, without further ado, here’s how you diffuse essential oils with an ultrasonic diffuser:

  • Fill your diffuser with water
  • Select your essential oil
  • Add the number of drops depending on the size of your room and the strength of the oil
  • Select the timer and colour
  • Breathe in the aromatic room!

*Disclaimer: Before adding essential oil to your diffuser, you should read the label to determine its strength (1 is weakest and 5 is strongest).

How Long Do Essential Oils Last in the Air?

Remember we talked about scent notes?

Depending on the scent strength and note, you can estimate how long an EO lasts in the air.

There’s an exact science as to how long you should diffuse.

But in the end, it’s all up to your opinion (and nose).

In general, diffusing an EO for 15-20 minutes should do the trick to get your room lovely and fragrant.

Assuming you use 3 – 10 drops in your average-sized room.

If you want to get into the exact details, these are the variables that determine how intense and saturated the air is with the essential oil:

  • Size of the room
  • Scent strength of the essential oil
  • Fragrance note of the essential oil
  • The ratio between water and oil
  • Quality of the essential oil and diffuser

And of course, whether there are a few windows open.

(You can hotbox it, but I’d say a bit of fresh air is pleasant.)

“I’ve got you under my skin!”

Frank Sinatra couldn’t have said it any better, right?

Essential oils are little stars when it comes to skincare.

Depending on the oil, they’re quickly absorbed by the skin and provide exceptional benefits.

The reason is that these EO’s have a molecular weight lower than 500 daltons (everything under that weight is absorbed by the skin).

Here’s just a sample of what they can do for your skin:

  • Slow the ageing process
  • Support the healing process of wounds
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Fight inflammation
  • Protect from external stressors
  • Restore mineral balance

And haven’t even mentioned the hydrating and nourishing qualities!

Quite impressive, right?

There’s only one thing that I should tell you:

For all their qualities, essential oils are not great when they come in direct contact with your skin.

Because they’re super concentrated and potent, you need something to ease them into it.

And that’s where our mighty friend carrier oils come in.

What Are Carrier Oils?

These bad boys go under many aliases.

Base oil. Natural oil. Plant oil. Carrier oil.

Can we PLEASE decide on a name?

When you stop and think for a sec, it all makes sense:

These oils are derived from plants and are very natural indeed.

They’re also often used as the base of a cream, blend or oil and lastly (are you sitting down?) they carry the active ingredients of the EO’s deeper into the skin.

Mind = blown.

We’ll stick with naming them carrier oils.

Carrier oils are often odourless or with a very subtle scent and don’t interfere with the essential oil’s therapeutic properties.

In fact, because both are the metabolic product of plants, they are a match made in veritable heaven.

These oils tend to be ‘fattier’ and are extracted from the nuts, seeds or kernels from a plant.

Common carrier oils are:

But there’s a wealth of carrier oils out there, ready to be matched with their long-lost soulmate (essential oils).

Let’s give them what they want, shall we?

How to Mix Essential Oils With Carrier Oils?

Once you’ve collected your carrier oil and your essential oils,

It’s time for ACTION!

The golden standard for a smooth massage oil is to dilute the EO up to 1-5%.

It’s as easy as that.

You can increase the percentage depending on the fragrance strength of the EO, the body part and desired effect of the therapeutic qualities.

For calming massages, it’s enough to stick to 0,5-1%.

But, watch out for essential oils rich with finolen like clove, cinnamon and thyme, since they can irritate the skin.

And for facial massages or creams — don’t overdo it.

Resist the temptation!

Up to 1% is plenty.

This is how you do it:

Step 1: Put carrier oil in a bottle just up to the neck.

Step 2: Add essential oil.

Step 3: Close bottle and roll bottle between your hands.

Step 4: Turn upside down and back.

Step 5: The oil is mixed.

After you’ve given it a good stir and whirl, you can command your significant other to lay down and prepare for An. Awesome. Massage.

Don’t forget to get one in return, eh?

I’ll tell you later exactly which EO’s are good for your skin in Chapter 7,

But let me spill the beans and give you a cheeky peek at what EO’s are great…

…for your skin type…

… and during which seasons.

If you’re an animal lover like we are, you want to share everything with your furry best friend.

The sad truth is, though, not all essential oils we enjoy are good for our feline and canine buddies.

In short:

Essential oils are metabolised in the liver, and pets lack a specific enzyme, so it’s more complex for them to process.

Especially if your pet has a history of breathing issues or any other illnesses, you best steer clear from particular EO’s.

Let’s have a geez…

Are Essential Oils Safe for Cats?

After you got all excited, trying out as many EO’s as possible…
… Suddenly, your cat starts wheezing like your overweight uncle climbing two flights of stairs.

Sound familiar?

Then this is your chapter.

If you’d rather have a happy and healthy cat (that hopefully lets you sleep through the night) you better avoid these EO’s:

Although diffusing EO’s is in most cases okay, you should not use the oils directly onto their skin.

In case you see your cat walk past you as if it had one too many, immediately contact your vet.

Other signs to watch out for are:

  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy or dullness

So, keep your poor kittens away from toxic cinnamon fumes!

Are Essential Oils Safe for Dogs?

Similar to cats, dogs can’t tolerate all the essential oils.

For the list, I kindly refer you to the cat chapter because it’s pretty much the same.

I’d rather focus on what you can use to bond with your pet!

You can spoil your dog with a luxuriously fragrant massage by dripping a few of these oils onto the brush and gently ‘effleurage’ it into the fur.

That way, you know your pup is healthy and ready for frantic zoomies!

Running around like that, it’s a live air freshener…

After bearing with me through the whole bulk of info (in this guide), you wonder:

When do we get to address my problem?

I’d be upset if I disappointed you, so I’ll continue to race on.

In fact, I’m FAR from done!

Now, there’s a chance you’ve actively searched for this guide because of either of these 2 reasons:

You’ve recently obtained a new EO and you’re curious what it does.
You’re so fed up with an issue in your life that you hope EO’s can solve it…

Fair enough.

But, with so many articles about EO’s on the web, it can be hard to know what to believe.

Don’t fret because I’ve selected the best 5 essential oils for the most common issues, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Top 5 Best EO’s for 20 Common Issues

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Essential Oils For Exercise

Essential Oils For Depression

Essential Oils For Muscles & Joints

Essential Oils For Wrinkles & Scars

Essential Oils For Menopause

Essential Oils For Unrest

Let’s stop beating around the bush now.

And talk about what Aromen can offer you.

We have an amazing collection of essential oils that are just there for the taking.

In my experience, ordering online is much more convenient than buying it in real life, because all the information is right next to it.

And we have a very easy return policy if you’re not satisfied ..

That way, you know exactly what you’re getting.

Plus, it’s free delivery of over €50…

You don’t even need to leave the house!

We’re also super happy to help you choose the right products or answer any of your questions.

As you can tell, we’re quite an encyclopedia when it comes to essential oils!

Because we love sharing our knowledge with you, we’re hosting a free webinar each month with new and exciting topics to inspire you.

You can also download our epic app that holds all the juicy gossip & info about pretty much anything related to wellness.

The Essence of The Guide

So. There. You. Have. It!

If you made it to the end of this comprehensive guide, consider yourself a learned scholar of the magical world of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Introducing EO’s into your life will most certainly benefit you in ways unimaginable:

  • Whenever you’re having a cold, you know what essential oils to grab
  • You can treat your loved one with a relaxing and fragrant massage
  • Using a diffuser and blending oils has never been easier
  • You can have an in-depth conversation about aromatherapy
  • Whenever your furry friend needs some extra attention, you know what to do
  • If you’re nervous about an upcoming interview or exam, you can boost yourself with rosemary

We hope you enjoyed this rollercoaster ride of EO’s as much as we did creating it!

Now, we’d love to hear from you — which oil are you going to try today?

Was there anything in this guide that surprised you?

Research

Buchbauer, G., Jirovetz, L., & Jäger, W. (1991). Aromatherapy: evidence for sedative effects of the essential oil of lavender after inhalation. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 46(11-12), 1067-1072.

Essential Oils: Detailed Essential Oils For Beginners Guide For Physical and Emotional Health – Including FREE 50 DIY Essential Oil Recipes ebook
Cooke, B., & Ernst, E. (2000). Aromatherapy: a systematic review. Br J Gen Pract, 50(455), 493-496.

Ali, B., Al-Wabel, N. A., Shams, S., Ahamad, A., Khan, S. A., & Anwar, F. (2015). Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 5(8), 601-611.

Cseke, L. J., Kaufman, P. B., & Kirakosyan, A. (2007). The biology of essential oils in the pollination of flowers. Natural Product Communications, 2(12), 1934578X0700201225. → used in reproduction (the pollination of flowers)

Reference: Filiptsova, O. V., Gazzavi-Rogozina, L. V., Timoshyna, I. A., Naboka, O. I., Dyomina, Y. V., & Ochkur, A. V. (2017). The essential oil of rosemary and its effect on the human image and numerical short-term memory. Egyptian journal of basic and applied sciences, 4(2), 107-111

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Butnariu, M., & Sarac, I. (2018). Essential oils from plants. Journal of Biotechnology and Biomedical Science, 1(4), 35.

Baydar, H., Schulz, H., Krüger, H., Erbas, S., & Kineci, S. (2008). Influences of fermentation time, hydro-distillation time and fractions on essential oil composition of Damask Rose (Rosa damascena Mill.). Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, 11(3), 224-232.