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How to Use Essential Oils for Wellness

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are powerful plant extracts, harvested from all kinds of sources like wood, herbs, flowers and more. These oils have various super benefits for skincare, body care, haircare and aromatherapy.

How To Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are often diffused to enjoy their benefits through aromatherapy. They can also be blended into various skincare and body care products to keep your skin nourished. Simply add 2–3 drops of essential oil into a diffuser or skincare product to see the results for yourself.

Essential Oils For Aroma Diffuser

Diffusers come in a few variations so you can definitely find one that’s just right for you. Here are common diffusers types and how to use your essential oils with them.

Ultrasonic Diffusers:

These diffusers spread a fine, scented mist around rooms. Simply blend 5–10 drops of essential oils with water and turn on the diffuser to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.

Heat Diffusers:

Heat diffusers gently warm up oils to disperse them across the room. Add 3–5 drops of oil and water in the heating “bowl” on top of the diffuser. Then light a candle under the diffuser to begin the warming process.

Nebulizers:

Nebulizers are made of glass and diffuse by releasing pressurized mist. Simply add 3–4 drops of pure, undiluted essential oils into these diffusers and turn on the diffuser to convert the oil into mist.

Reed diffusers:

Reed diffusers rely on the wind to disperse scents. You’ll need to drip 30–50 drops of oils into the base of these diffusers and place the diffuser outdoors or in a room with good air circulation to ensure the scents will be carried by the wind.

Benefits Of Essential Oils

Essential oils can boost moods, ease stress, improve sleep quality, ease pain and more. There are also specific oils that can repel insects and deodorize households to give you a sparkling clean home.

 

Essential Oils To Relieve Stress And Promote Sleep

Good sleep is hard to get. From stress to minor insomnia, all these distractions prevent you from getting your full 8 hours of rest. Thankfully, there are some calming essential oils that can save you from a sleepless night!

  • Lavender Oil
    With its peaceful, herbaceous scent, lavender oil lulls you into a calm mental state before bedtime. Drip 2–3 drops of lavender oil onto your pillow to experience a good night’s rest.
  • Roman Chamomile Oil
    Roman chamomile oil is packed with a calming floral aroma to transform your room ambiance. Diffuse 2–3 drops to create a stress-free haven for deeper sleep and relaxation.
  • Patchouli Oil
    Earthy and herbaceous, patchouli oil naturally combats stress and insomnia. All you have to do is simply Inhale patchouli straight from the bottle for undisturbed rest.

 

Essential Oils For Inhalation

What essential oils are safe for inhalation?
All essential oils are perfectly safe for inhalation. If you’re experiencing breathing difficulties, certain scents have clarifying properties that relieve congestions and clear up airways.

  • Eucalyptus Oil
    A purifying oil, the antibacterial properties of eucalyptus cleans the air to safeguard your living space. Diffuse 2–3 drops of eucalyptus oil to refresh the air at home and keep your loved ones protected too.
  • Peppermint Oil
    This sharp, minty scent instantly clears up stuffy noses and airways for worry-free breathing. You can breathe in the scent of peppermint oil straight from the bottle to experience its clarifying benefits.
  • Oregano Oil
    This earthy herb encourages smooth breathing, perfect for combatting morning colds and developing better cardio. You can inhale oregano oil directly before running, hiking or taking on other physically challenging activities.

 

Essential Oils For Crafts And DIY Projects

Have some fun with essential oils for self-care. Essential oils can help you customize bath bombs, scented candles and more for your needs. Just select your favourite aroma and enjoy the process of creating self-care products.

  • Vanilla Oil
    This essential oil has a creamy, cookie-like scent, the perfect aroma for satisfying self-scare. Blend 2–4 drops of essential oils, 2 cups of raw cane sugar and ½ a cup of coconut oil for a blissfully sweet sugar scrub.
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
    Sweet and exotic, ylang ylang releases your inhibitions for passionate moments together. Craft a romantic scented candle for the perfect date night at home with 20–30 drops of essential oils added to 2 cups of melted soy wax.
  • Rose Otto Oil
    Light and floral, this fresh rose scent makes baths feel absolutely luxurious. Pamper your senses and your skin by blending 6–8 drops of rose otto essential oil, a tablespoon of carrier oil and a handful of epsom salt to create a rosy DIY bath salt.

 

Essential Oils To Eliminate Odors

Essential oils are great for covering up bad odors. These scents can instantly freshen up a room and purify the air for a safer home. These oils are perfect for preparing your room with before dates or family members come over!

  • Sweet Orange Oil
    Bright and refreshing, this tropical oil replaces bad odors with an unforgettably fruity scent. Simple diffuse 2–3 drops around living spaces to freshen the air.
  • Lemongrass Oil
    This potent citrusy oil can mask strong odors from cooking with a potent, zesty scent. Diffuse 2–3 drops of this aroma around your kitchen and dining area to ward off pungent odors.
  • Lemon Oil This zesty oil can cover up bad odors with a fresh, energizing aroma. It also clears the air of bacteria for a clean space. Mix 2–3 drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle and spritz around rooms for a clean and welcoming space.

 

Essential Oils To Boost Energy And Mental Clarity

Having trouble concentrating? Get focused to stay in the zone with calming oils that sharpen mental clarity and citrusy oils that energize to keep you going.

  • Myrrh Oil
    Earthy and calming, this scent has been used in Buddhist traditions to enable clear focus during meditation. Diffusing 2–3 drops of myrrh oil enables you to quiet mental chatter for better mindfulness when you’re on the mat.
  • Bergamot Oil
    Feeling drained from a busy day? Energizing bergamot oil gives you a quick boost to get through your day without a hitch! Just carry one of our compact bergamot hydrosols with you to enjoy its revitalizing, citrusy scent.
  • Neroli Oil
    Need a clear headspace? Neroli oil calms tension and negativity, helping your mind unwind when you’re feeling overwhelmed at the office. Diffuse 2–3 drops of neroli oil to stay calm when work piles up.

 

Essential Oils To Improve Skin Conditions And Inflammation

Suffering from chapped skin or acne? These essential oils contain healing, soothing and moisturizing properties that restore your skin back to its former beauty.

  • Rose Geranium Oil
    Glow up with this sweet skin moisturizer! It nourishes dry and chapped skin for a silky-smooth complexion. Just add 2–3 drops to your favourite skincare product to see results in a jiffy.
  • Tea Tree Oil
    This popular acne treatment cleanses the skin, keeps sebum levels in check and soothes skin from within. Add 2–3 drops of tea tree oil into any skincare product to clear breakouts for spot-free skin.
  • Vetiver Oil
    Packed with skin-soothing goodness, vetiver keeps skin naturally calm and prevents eczema, body breakouts and rashes. You can add 2–3 drops of vetiver oil into body care products for comfortable skin all day.

 

Essential Oils For Pain Relief

Essential oils are good natural remedies for headaches, muscle aches and more. These oils also have cooling or warming effects which can provide great relief when applied topically.

  • Ginger Oil
    Popular for lymphatic massages, this oil leaves you feeling renewed and free from body aches. Add 2–3 drops of ginger oil into your favourite massage oil and rub all over to experience great relief.
  • Peppermint Oil
    This minty oil soothes headaches and migraines, leaving behind a cooling sensation after application. Dab 2–3 drops of peppermint oil on your fingertips and gently massage your temples to ease away pain.
  • Cinnamon Bark Oil
    This warming oil is packed with anti-inflammatories, easing joint pain in a snap. Add 2–3 drops of cinnamon oil into a carrier oil of your choice and apply topically to soothe any achy, creaky joints.

How To Dilute Essential Oils With Carrier Oils

The general rule dilution ratio is one tablespoon of carrier oil for every drop of essential oil. However, the ratio may vary depending on your skin sensitivity or how powerful you want your fragrance to be.

Why Do You Need To Dilute Essential Oils?

It is crucial to dilute essential oils to avoid skin reactions caused by the powerful properties within essential oils. Aromatherapists cite that the most common mistake made by people is using essential oils undiluted. Yikes!

Essential oils are completely natural and nourishing for the skin. However, the high concentration of plants that go into essential oils make it unsuitable for direct topical application. A single pound of essential oil is only derived from as much as 250 pounds of lavender, 1,500 lemons and 10,000 pounds of rose petals! The resulting potency of essential oils can be too overwhelming for skin, which is why professionals are trained to dilute them to prevent adverse and sometimes even toxic reactions.

 

What Types Of Carrier Oils Are Best?

There’s no carrier oil that is technically better than the rest as all carrier oils have various benefits that can support your skincare, body care or hair care needs.

What we’d recommend is using a carrier oil that complements your essential oil: for example, you could combine a carrier oil for skin protection with a moisturizing essential oil to keep skin from dryness on sunny days. Here are some carrier oils that are renowned for their powerful benefits.

  • Jojoba Oil
    Pronounced ‘hohoba’, this oil is deeply moisturizing and glides smoothly across skin when applied. We recommend this for healing dry and chapped skin back to perfection.
  • Argan Oil
    Prized for its nourishing properties, argan oil promotes stronger hair and restores glowing, healthy skin.
  • Carrot Seed Carrier Oil
    Moisturizing and packed with antioxidants, this oil is great for keeping your skin safe from free radicals on sunny, summer days.

Safety Tips

Essential oils are great for self-care routines. However, we should also take care and caution when using them to keep ourselves and loved ones safe! Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  1. Read the label and instructions to make sure you’re using the oil correctly.
  2. Make sure to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil for safe application.
  3. Avoid using essential oils of sensitive areas like the eyes and nose.
  4. Don’t apply it on broken skin either unless it’s mentioned on the bottle or label.
  5. Keep it out of reach of kids and furkids.
  6. Some oils may make you sensitive to sun damage, so be sure to load up on SPF.
  7. If you show signs of irritation, stop use and consult a health professional.

Where To Buy Essential Oils For Aroma Diffusers

Most essential oils are suitable for diffusion. You can find them in any store that sells aromatherapy products. To find pure oils that release a natural scent make sure you shop for 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils. Our Gya Labs single essential oils are all 100% pure for your aromatherapy needs and are conveniently available on our online store.

Recommended Essential Oil Products

Shop our 100% pure essential oils that are suitable for aromatherapy. You can choose from earthy and woody scents to floral and herbaceous. They also help with stress relief, sleep, migraines and other everyday concerns.

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