Essential Oils Cheat Sheet

Choose:

You can choose your essential oil based on need, or based on aroma.  In many cases, it will be a combination of both.

Consider:

Oils are very personal.  An oil that smells amazing to you may smell terrible to someone else.  You may find that you often gravitate towards the one you need.

Use:

There are basically 3 ways to use essential oils.

Aromatic:  Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link via the olfactory nerve to the part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including emotions, behavior, and memory.   In this way, essential oils can have a powerful effect.  Certain essential oils can be uplifting and invigorating, while others can be calming and soothing.  They can also clean and purify the air of unwanted odors.  Diffusers are a great vehicle for aromatic application, but essential oils can be used aromatically through cotton ball placed in front of air vents, in laundry, on dry bed linens, and in household surface cleaners.

Topical:  Essential oils easily penetrate the skin due to their low molecular weights and lipid solubility.  Topical application methods include direct application, massage, reflexology, auricular therapy, compresses and baths.  Since essential oils are potent, they are often diluted with a carrier oil (any kind of pure vegetable oil).  Avoid eyes, inner ears, broken or injured skin.

Internal:  Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history for offering flavoring and aromatic qualities to food.  Many pure essential oils can also be taken internally for their health supporting properties.  When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body for absorption.  Antibacterial and antiviral properties of certain plants have been well documented and can help to support the immune function.  Some methods of internal application are:  use in cooking in place of fresh or dried herbs and spices; add to water, smoothies, and other drinks; place in veggie capsules; mix in foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, and oatmeal; dab under your tongue. 
 

When You Need A Little....

Focus & Clarity:  rosemary, peppermint, frankincense

Serenity & Restful Sleep:  lavender, roman chamomile, vetiver, cedarwood

Hormonal Balance:  clary sage, thyme, sandalwood

Gut Help:  ginger, peppermint, fennel, chamomile

Immune Boost:  oregano, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, frankincense, ginger, lemon

Joy:  wild orange, bergamot, ylang ylang, frankincense, rose

Skin Boost:  geranium, myrrh, lavender, frankincense, sandalwood

Anti-inflammatory Support:  frankincense, tumeric, helichrysum

Spiritual Support:  frankincense, myrrh, cypress

Pay Attention:

This is how you start to discover your personal favorite scents, remedies and applications.

Enjoy the journey!