Essential Oils 101 – Part One

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Have you discovered the many benefits of essential oils?

Essential oils are made of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even cross the blood-brain barrier. This means they act fast! Within 4 seconds of inhaling an aroma the body responds via the brain and central nervous system by releasing certain chemicals and endorphins.

What are they?

Essential oils can be extracted from bark, grass, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree. The process of extraction (usually distillation) separates the oil from the water based compounds. You are left with a highly concentrated oil that has a very strong aroma (at least 70 times more concentrated than the plant itself). This oil is what protects the plant from the harsh environment, and the extraction harnesses the protective and healing powers of a plant.

A quick word on quality

There are four grades of essential oils:

  1. Synthetic and altered oils
  2. Natural oils
  3. Wellness grade essential oils
  4. Therapeutic grade essential oils

The method of extraction is also important. Look for steam distillation or cold pressed. These different grades are responsible for the fluctuation in price.

I personally use the Twenty8 range, which is both organic and therapeutic grade.

Twenty8 was created by Kim Morrison, who I first knew of as one of the hosts of the podcast Up For A Chat. I’ve listened to Kim speak live at the Wellness Summit in 2014. She is a wonderful motivational speaker with a background in fitness and health.  Her love for aromatherapy was discussed on Up For A Chat  and I thought I would give it a try. I’m now a convert!

I also purchase from DoTerra as they have a larger range of pure essential oils that includes some that Twenty8 don’t stock.

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Effects
Hormonal issues
  • Geranium – PMT
  • Jasmine – period pain
  • Roman Chamomile – period pain

From my personal experience, I use the Twenty8 Balance & Harmony Synergy Blend, which is a combination of Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli and Rose. I use it to balance my hormones, but in particular:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Adrenal fatigue
Stress, headaches and fatigue

Twenty8 De-Stress and Revive Synergy Blend, which is a combination of Petitgrain, Bergamot, Rosewood, Grapefruit Pink, Sandalwood and Neroli.

Lavender is also wonderful for alleviating headaches!

Meditation

Twenty8 Peace and Meditation Synergy Blend, which is a combination of Lavender, Frankincense, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Myrrh.

Skin Issues
  • Geranium – all rounder
  • Lavender – all rounder (promotes healing), wonderful for eczema when mixed with coconut oil
  • Frankincense – great for age spots, heals bruising
  • Roman chamomile – rosacea
  • Tea tree oil – blemishes and acne
  • Neroli – dry skin

You can purchase these single oils here.

Cracked heels

I am personally on a quest to heal my heels! I have one large crack that was bleeding and extremely sore. Enter Lavender Oil! I have been mixing almond oil with a few drops of lavender oil and massaging into my feet nightly. I apply a few drops of lavender oil directly on the large crack and then cover up with socks. I’ve been doing this for a week now and have noticed huge changes! My only regret is not taking a before photo….

Immunity and cold/flu
Digestion, travel sickness and nausea
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
Wounds and burns
  • Lavender

To relieve sunburn,  I first tone my skin with some warm water and a dash of apple cider vinegar. When this has dried, I mix coconut oil with lavender oil and peppermint oil and massage into the skin.

Fever
  • Peppermint
  • Roman chamomile
My all-time favourite essential oil

Frankincense has recently been found to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells better than chemotherapy, according to recent research in the Journal of Oncology. WOW!

Aside for the pleasant aroma, this powerful oil assist healing of skin scarring, sun spots and acne; boosts immunity; strengthen nails and reduces inflammation.

As it is safe to apply topically, I mix 2-3 drops with rosehip oil and use as a base underneath my moisturiser nightly.

You can purchase these single oils here.
How to use essential oils?

Read Part 2 here. 

 

Sources:

This post is a combination of my own knowledge and experience, plus I recommend the following resources:

The King’s Medicine Cabinet – Dr Josh Axe

<==== Like Chocolate for Women – Guide to Aromatherapy – by Kim Morrison and Fleur Whelligan

An inspirational, insightful and easy-to-read book about making your self-care a priority from two of Australia’s leading self-care experts. In a fast paced busy world where self-care is often at the bottom of the list Kim and Fleur draw on personal experiences as health professionals to show other women how to successfully achieve optimum health, beauty and wellbeing.

 

Please note, in the spirit of honesty, I am an affiliate for Twenty8. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your costs will be the same but Coach Kate will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. I really appreciate your support!

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