Thursday, January 13, 2011

3 Must -Have Essentials Oils in Your Home

With nearly over 100 essential oils available, getting started with aromatherapy can naturally seem overwhelming at first glance. Of course we can’t afford to buy all these oils. But there are some essential oils which you “MUST HAVE” for a basic home care kit.

I have compiled here the Top 3 Essential Oils that will come in useful for various situations in your home. Whenever you are purchasing essential oils, be sure to look out for the Latin name (or specific species of the plant) as well. Here, I have put the latin name in italics for your reference. This step is important to ensure that you are getting the right type of oil that will have the said therapeutic benefits. Oils that are sold without specifying the Latin name of the plant species should be treated with extreme doubt, as these oils may be made from inferior plants or may even be fragrance oils. This means that these oils will most likely not have any therapeutic benefits, and may even be harmful for you and your kids.


Ok... so cautions aside, here's my Top 3 Stars!


1. Lavender Essential Oil ( Lavandula angustifolia)
If you can only have ONE oil, then it MUST be Lavender! As over rated as this oil may seem, it does deserve it's number one spot because it's one of the most calming oils, capable of many important jobs and is truly indispensable! It is great for treating wounds and burns, and can be applied directly to your skin. It has many healing properties that act on both a physical and psychological level. 

Lavender oil is very good in speeding up the healing process of burns, while ensuring as little scarring as possible. It's great for healing sun-burnt skin as well, just dilute about 20 drops of this oil into 30ml of virgin coconut oil and apply directly onto needed areas.


2. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree oil has an impressive range of properties. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and has a powerful antiseptic action. It can be used for treating common ailments such as fungal infections, candida infections, acne etc. It can be applied directly to small cuts and pimples, or it can be diluted in some virgin coconut oil (10 drops in about 30ml of oil) for use on young children and those with sensitive skin.

It has a strongly medicinal, spicy smell, much like 'minyak cap kapak'. I prefer the smell of Tea Tree oil to 'minyak kapak', and it helps me when I feel a headache coming along. Just sniff it straight from the bottle! Also, when it's flu season, it's good to put some Tea Tree oil in an essential oil burner and put that in your kids room or your own to prevent you and them from falling ill, or to ensure a speedy recovery.


3. Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limonum)
This is a good anti-bacterial oil and is helpful for treating wounds and infections. Lemon oil has been known to effectively stop minor bleeding from cuts or small wounds. Just add 1 drop of the oil onto the bleeding site and it should seal up very quickly. You can even use lemon juice for this purpose, but of course it will sting a little!

It's wonderful, when added to water (in a spray bottle ad sprayed around the house), for cleaning and deodorising your house.....especially if you have pets! A very uplifting yet relaxing oil. Great for when you need a quick pick-me-up, just add some of this oil to your essential oil burner, or just sniff the aroma straight from the bottle. 

Do note that some people may be allergic to lemon, and may develop skin sensitivity to it. You can substitute with Lime oil instead.



Note:

These oils can be found in the pharmacy (except Lemon/Lime oil), or you can easily purchase them from 360Beauty instead.

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