In our impression, essential oils are a must-have for elegant upper-class women, a luxury in the hearts of ordinary people, and a symbol of the identity of urban elites, white, rich and beautiful women, and wealthy people.This is a very interesting phenomenon, because essential oils can indeed bring a lot of joy and happiness to life. Today I will share with you how to choose and use the right essential oils?

Ⅰ Choosing the Right Essential Oil

1. Depending on the use of essential oils in aromatherapy, essential oils are usually divided into two categories: oil-soluble essential oils and water-soluble essential oils.

Officially known as 100% pure essential oils (sential oil), they are lipophilic and soluble in oil,they are divided into three types: uniparty oils, compound oils, and expensive base oils.

In the perfume and fragrance industry, various natural and synthetic flavors are dissolved in 40% to 60% ethanol (or other), and perfume essences are dissolved in water to make juice, floral water, perfume, etc. If water-soluble essences are to be made, water-soluble solvents such as propanol, propylene glycol, and glycerin are used, which are cheap.

2. Each essential oil has its own unique effect.Therefore, you first need to understand the effects of different essential oils and choose according to your needs:

Types of essential oilsMain essential oilsefficacy
Floral fragrancerose,jasmine,Lavender,ylang ylang, geranium, chamomile, bitter orange flowerIt makes people feel comfortable and in a happy mood, and also has the effect of promoting sleep.
Citrusbergamot, grapefruit, lemon, red mandarin, orangeIt has the effect of invigorating the spirit and refreshing the mind.
Herbsbasil, clary sage, hyssop, lemon balm, rosemary, and thymePlays a role in soothing the nerves and feeling open and cheerful. 
Woodcedar, cypress, juniper, myrtle, kelp, sandalwood, pineMakes people feel very calm and can help to concentrate and calm down. 

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3. Check the purity of organic silicon

  • High-quality organic silicon contains synthetic substances and other impurities, but it is necessary to be 100% natural. 
  • The purchased accessories are guaranteed to be pure, and you can choose from reliable brands and sub-brands.

4. About the origin of essential oils

  • The efficacy of essential oils is related to the growth environment and close contact of plants. 
  • Knowing the origin of essential oils and how the plants are grown can help you choose higher quality essential oils.

5. Confirmation of labels and certifications

  • Check the labels of essential oils to confirm their ingredients and production dates.
  • High-quality essential oils usually have relevant certification marks, organic certification and other quality certification identification.

Ⅱ Essential oil use

1. Aromatherapy:Add essential oil drops to the aroma diffuser to let the fragrance of the essential oil spread to every corner to achieve the effect of sterilization and air purification.

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2. Steam inhalation:Pour nearly boiling hot water into a container, drip essential oil, cover the back of the neck with a large towel or clothes, lean over the container, and breathe alternately through the mouth and nose until you feel comfortable.

3. Handkerchief method:Drop 3 to 4 drops of essential oil on facial tissue or handkerchiefs, which can be used in meetings, driving, taking airplanes, cars, boats, or classes.

4. Palm rubbing method:Use 1 to 3 drops of blended essential oil to rub your hands to generate heat, which can immediately improve fatigue and boost spirits.

5. Spray method:After filling a 100ml spray container with pure water, add 5 to 30 drops of essential oil and shake evenly before use. When spraying directly on a person, spray from a 45-degree angle from above, in the following order: Ask them to sit down first, relax, and close their eyes. Spray above their heads and let the mist fall to their heads. When they smell the odor, spray other targets, such as hair, face and neck, to avoid entering the eyes.

6. Massage absorption method:Essential oils must be diluted and blended with base oil before use. When massaging, the strength can be different depending on the need. Faster and heavier massages such as rubbing and patting can boost the spirit; while gentle touch and pressing can relieve stress or help sleep.

7. Pressing method:This method can be applied to epidermal problems, such as knife wounds and abrasions. For example, lavender can be used directly on burned skin. Clean the affected area first, wipe it dry, and apply it directly to the affected area. For small scars, cotton swabs can be used (avoid using plastic cotton swabs). Undiluted essential oils should not be applied directly to large areas of skin. When using, be careful to prevent essential oils from entering the eyes.

8. Cold compress:Using essential oils for cold compresses can soothe and relieve pain in injured muscles, tendons and bones. It is usually used in emergency situations, such as when you have just sprained or bruised, and you need to apply cold compresses to slow down inflammation and pain in the affected area.

The method of cold compress with essential oils is to prepare a basin of cold or ice water, drop essential oils into it and soak it in a towel, then pick up the towel, absorb the essential oils floating on the surface, wring the towel dry, and apply it to the injured part to relieve discomfort.

9. Hot compress: Hot compress with essential oils is to accelerate the absorption of essential oil components into the skin and blood by heat, so that pain and stiff muscles and joints are relieved.

10. Apply: Application is mainly absorbed through the skin, so that the skin directly absorbs essential oils; application is divided into pure oil application and diluted massage oil application.

11. Bathing method:Essential oils can be used for bathing or foot soaking, but undiluted essential oils may damage bathtubs made of certain materials, because the chemicals in the essential oils will react with certain materials, so ceramic, stainless steel and wooden basins can be used. Stir the essential oils evenly before soaking.

Ⅲ Precautions for using essential oils

1. Dilution and use

Most essential oils must be diluted before use, especially when applied directly to the skin. This can be done with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil. A typical dilution ratio is 1-2 drops of essential oil per 10 ml of carrier oil.Essential Oil

2. Skin test

Before using essential oils on a large area, it is recommended to perform a skin test first. Apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to the inside of the wrist or behind the ear, and observe for 24 hours whether there is an allergic reaction.

3. Avoid using on wounds

Essential oils should not be used on open wounds to avoid affecting skin recovery.

4. Follow the instructions for use

Different essential oils have different methods of use, such as aromatherapy, massage, bathing, inhalation, etc. Choose the appropriate method of use according to the characteristics of the essential oils to avoid excessive use.

5. Pay attention to taboos

Some people (such as pregnant women, infants and young children, sensitive skin) are not suitable for using certain essential oils. Before using, you should understand the relevant taboos to ensure safety.

6. Storage method

Essential oils should be stored in a dark, dry, cool place and sealed to prevent them from volatilizing and deteriorating. The shelf life of essential oils is generally 1-2 years. Do not use expired essential oils.

The above is a comprehensive and systematic guide I provide for everyone to help you better understand and master the selection and use of essential oils. I hope to give some small suggestions to friends who are just getting started or planning to get started.