Pure Essential Oils: Start with 5

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But aren’t there like 5 million?

For people who are new to essential oils, everything about them seems overwhelming. You might as well be speaking a foreign language when you start rambling on about extraction methods and botanical names. Absoluteum grandiflorum? Pogostemon cablin? T36-C5? T40-C3? C-3PO…ok, the last one is a Star Wars character but you get the point. Foreign.

So, how do you use them?

Essential oils can be used both aromatically and topically…

  • Armomatically means that you inhale them, either by opening the bottle and sniffing them, putting a few drops on a pillowcase or article of clothing, OR you can diffuse them into the air using a diffuser.
  • Topically means that you apply them directly to your skin, some neat (full strength) and others by diluting them with a carrier oil (such as coconut or almond oil).

Ok, so which 5?

If you’re new to essential oils and want to know which of them would be good to start with, here are a list of the 5 oils that would make a great “starter pack”…

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FRANKINSENSE 

Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Country of Origin: Somalia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, spicy, balsamic with a citrus top note
Application: Neat: Can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • This treasured ancient oil is highly versatile
  • Rub into palms and inhale or apply on temples for rejuvenation
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin
  • Apply to the bottom of the feet
  • Diffuse to help elevate mood and focus

Blends well with: Bergamot, cinnamon bark, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

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LAVENDER

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Country of Origin: France, Bulgaria
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Sweet, floral, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Wonderfully calming and versatile
  • Add a few drops to warm bath or to your pillow at night
  • Can help condition skin and be used as a skin fragrance
  • Massage on temples, scalp and forehead
  • Diffuse for a light, but luxurious aromatic experience

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, melaleuca, patchouli, peppermint, and rosemary.

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LEMON

Botanical Name: Citrus limon
Country of Origin: Argentina
Extraction method: Cold pressed
Aromatic Notes: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

*Photosensitive: May increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after application.

How to use it:

  • Apply on chest or massage over the stomach
  • Use in your dishwasher or laundry for added freshness
  • Known for its natural cleansing and purifying properties
  • Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

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PEPPERMINT

Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Country of Origin: USA
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note
Application: Sensitive (dilute as needed for young or those with sensitive skin)

How to use it:

  • Dilute this extremely versatile oil with PURE™ Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil before use as needed
  • Dilute and apply to the abdomen
  • Dilute and rub on temples, forehead and bridge of the nose
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a clean, cool, exhilarating aroma
  • Approved for use in natural insect repellants

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, melaleuca, and rosemary.

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TEA TREE (MELALEUCA)

Botanical Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia
Country of Origin: Australia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, earthy, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Apply to the skin as a gentle antiseptic
  • Apply to the skin to penetrate and soothe burns, bites, and minor wounds
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a refreshing, comfortingly aromatic aroma
  • Use the 100 or so Melaleuca products containing tea tree oil

Blends well with: Lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, and rosemary.

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