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THE A-Z GUIDE TO VEDAEARTH ESSENTIAL OILS

essential oil

/ɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)l ɔɪl/

“An essential oil is the concentrated liquid fragrance essence”

(hence the term ‘essential’) of a plant. Simply put, it’s the unadulterated ingredient that forms a major part of the off-the-shelf soaps, shower gels and body care products you use. Essential oils are usually extracted through the process of distillation. Essential oils have therapeutic properties that work on your mood to give you a lift. The treatment is as simple as enjoying the oil’s aroma, infused with therapeutic molecules.

Using our essential oils isn’t rocket science! Continue reading this blog to learn all about it’s how to use, where to use, how not to use and how it helps beat depression.

How-To-Use

  1. Carrier Oils

    A carrier oil is the oil that ‘carries’ the essential oil to your skin. It dilutes the concentrated properties of the essential oil and at the same time retains its healing properties. The carrier oil you choose depends on the body part or area upon which it is being applied. For any kind of skin condition, almond oil is the best carrier oil to use. For hair, you can choose between coconut oil and olive oil. For the lips, combine the essential oil with shea butter (this is classified as a carrier oil since butter is the solid form of oil).

  2. Diffusers

    A diffuser, also known as an aroma lamp, is the device used to distill the essential oil as an aroma for a home or an office. The best place to keep a diffuser is the bedroom, since quite a few of Vedaearth’s essential oils aid in insomnia and achieving a good night’s sleep. Each diffuser has a different kind of functioning. The most cost-effective one you can buy is a heat diffuser, which consists of a bowl sitting slightly above a slot meant for a small tealight candle. Combine the essential oil with water in the bowl, light the candle and place it in the slot. The heat will help spread the aroma of the essential oil.
    The other effective diffuser is an ultrasonic diffuser, which also works as a humidifier. The essential oil combines with water in the diffuser to create a mist or vapour that spreads through the room. Other options in diffusers are the nebuliser and the evaporative diffuser.
    However, these have clear disadvantages in their functioning. The heat diffuser and ultrasonic diffuser run on two separate types of energy. Do not forget to switch off the ultrasonic diffuser and snuff out the candle in the heat diffuser after an hour. In case you require these to help with sleep, turn them on an hour before you sleep, close your bedroom door and windows, and turn them off before you go to bed. While all our oils are suited for a diffuser, the most ideal ones for a diffuser are our lavender essential oil , geranium essential oil and lemon essential oil . These oils contain properties that help with uplifting your mood, calming your stress levels, aiding your sleep and helping with insomnia.

  3. Tissues and Cotton Pads

    Using tissues and cotton pads for essential oils is especially effective when you have sinus, nasal and throat problems. Simply dab a few drops of the essential directly onto the tissue or cotton pad (the latter being more useful) and keep inhaling for instant and consistent relief.

  4. Other Products

    Essential oils can also be paired with soy wax to make paraffin-free candles and with plant-based milks like almond milk, coconut milk and soy milk to make natural face and body cleansers and toners. Our oils can also be added to your laundry (just a few drops) and to vinegar to clean dirty surfaces in and around your home.

Where-to-Use

  1. Hair

    When it comes to hair, all the different combinations of our essential oils would work (when added to a carrier oil). However, the most optimal pairings would be lavender and geranium essential oils (to help your hair become soft) and tea tree and lemon essential oils (to cure dandruff and oily scalp). Choose between one of the two pairings and add both oils to coconut or olive oil and apply to hair.

  2. Skin

    The most common skin issues we face (mostly due to climate) are acne, dry skin and insect bites. The pairing of tea tree and peppermint essential oils are optimal for maintaining skin quality (when combating acne and skin issues like psoriasis and rosacea). Combining lavender and geranium essential oils helps in soothing the skin and healing insect bites.

  3. Lips

    For chapped and dry lips, the most ideal pairing would be our lavender and peppermint essential oils. These need to be added to coconut oil or liquified shea butter, left to solidify, and then used as a lip balm. Make sure not to lick the balm off your lips though!

Our Vedaearth essential oils have been tested and guaranteed to produce positive results. And over the course of the last three blogs, we have meticulously researched and presented ways to use them properly. However, there are certain things to remember and not do with essential oils.

How-Not-To-Use

  1. Apply directly to your body

    We spoke about how essential oils need to be combined with carrier oils like almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil in order to be applied to any part of the body. Remember that essential oils are concentrated ‘essences’ of the plant and using them directly on your body can lead to rashes or burns.

  2. Use when pregnant

    Essential Oils are concentrated in nature and the impact they have on babies are not fully known. We recommend you avoid using Essential oils during pregnancy and to be extra sure, please check with your OB-GYN.

  3. Use essential oils on children

    Diluted or undiluted, using essential oils on young children for skin and hair can be a risk. While it may be safe beyond a certain age (perhaps after the age of 13 or post-puberty), please check with a medical professional about whether our essential oils can be used for your children.

  4. Use for consumption or in food

    Since these oils are extracted directly from the plant, our essential oils are strictly for external use. Consuming essential oils, which are potent in their natural form, is poisonous and can lead to renal failure. So please be sure not to add them to your food! To use any kind of plant-based essence in food, please check and ensure that the product specifies that it is edible.

Essential oils have therapeutic properties that work on your mood to give you a lift. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate a firing of mental response in the complex system of nerves and networks of the brain. These stimulants regulate stress or calming responses, such as heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones and blood pressure.

Roman Chamomile is one the best medicinal herbs for fighting stress and promoting relaxation. This is why you see chamomile as a popular ingredient in candles, tea, tincture or essential oil form. According to research inhaling chamomile vapors is often recommended as a natural remedy for anxiety and general depression.

Lavender is a mood booster. Several investigations suggest anxiolytic (something that reduces anxiety), mood stabilizer, sedative, and neuroprotective properties of lavender. Studies done on people suffering from post-traumatic and post-natal depression have shown the positive mood-enhancing effects of lavender vapor.

Ylang Ylang sounds fun and it has amazing benefits for fighting depression. Put a Ylang Ylang diffuser by your bedside or massage it into your skin for happy results.

Vetiver has a tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy, often used in trauma helping with self-awareness, calmness, and stabilization.

Frankincense is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy. It also gives you a spiritual lift.

Ashwagandha with its calming, relaxing, and sedative effects helps beat anxiety. A 2009 study published in the medical journal “PLoS One,” shows that ashwagandha is an effective and safe naturopathic option to help reduce anxiety.

Ashwagandha with its calming, relaxing, and sedative effects helps beat anxiety. A 2009 study published in the medical journal “PLoS One,” shows that ashwagandha is an effective and safe naturopathic option to help reduce anxiety.

Now that you know all there is to know about essential oils, visit our online store to select the best match for you.

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