Essential Oils 101: How to Use the Top 6 Oils
You’ve bought the Kis Oils Top Six box. Now what? If you’re new to essential oils, you’re about to discover a whole world of possibilities inside these little bottles. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids distilled from plants. Some oils come from the flowers, fruit, or leaves of a plant, while others are extracted from the bark, roots, seeds, or resins. Different oils have different characteristics and uses.
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral properties, in addition to aromatic characteristics that may boost health and general wellbeing. Essential oils can be used around the home in place of commercial products containing artificial fragrances and harsh chemicals.
How do I use essential oils?
Essential oils can be used individually or blended with other oils and can be applied topically to the skin, inhaled, or used in a variety of applications around the home. We do not recommend ingesting any of our oils internally. Some essential oils should be avoided by children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Always check with your doctor before use.
Kis Oils are undiluted with no additives, fillers, bases or carriers added. Our essential oils are highly concentrated and when applied to the skin, undiluted oils may cause skin irritation.
For topical use, we recommend the use of a carrier oil. Sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil are two of the most popular and widely available carrier oils.
Your starter kit of essential oils includes lemongrass, lavender, sweet orange, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Here is a simple beginner’s guide to the properties and uses of each of these oils.
Lemongrass is a medicinal and culinary herb often used in Southeast Asian cuisine and found in many cosmetic and skincare products. It has a pleasant lemony herbal scent and it is naturally antiseptic and astringent. Inhaling the aroma or applying lemongrass oil to the skin may help soothe muscle pain, headache, and stomachache. You can also try adding a few drops of lemongrass oil to warm water for a soothing bath or foot soak.
Lemongrass’ astringent properties may also help with oil production and acne. Add a few drops of lemongrass oil to warm water and apply to affected areas with a cotton ball to help keep breakouts at bay. Lemongrass oil should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Lavender is one of the most widely used essential oils and has been prized for thousands of years for its aromatic and medicinal qualities. Lavender is used in aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain and cramping, headaches, migraines, restlessness, insomnia, stress, and depression. Studies have shown that lavender has a calming effect when inhaled and can help lift mood, improve sleep quality, and promote relaxation. Lavender is also antiviral and antibacterial and may be useful in treating minor skin irritations, scrapes, and infections. It should not be applied to open wounds, however.
To use, try adding lavender essential oil to bathwater, or diffusing it at bedtime. You can also make a calming room or linen spray by mixing 2 oz of distilled water, 1 oz of alcohol (vodka will do), and 30-40 drops of essential oil.
Sweet orange is a versatile oil with a lively and uplifting aroma. It is derived from the peels of the orange fruit. In aromatherapy, orange oil is used for its mood-lifting attributes and may be useful in lowering blood pressure when inhaled. Orange oil may cause skin irritation so use caution if applying topically or using in bathwater.
Orange oil is popular in cleaning products and is mildly antimicrobial. To make a pleasant and effective all-purpose cleaning solution, combine 1 cup distilled water, ½ cup white vinegar, ½ teaspoon liquid soap, and 20 drops sweet orange essential oil. Mix in a spray bottle and use as you would any cleaning spray.
Eucalyptus oil is distilled from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. It’s a popular ingredient in cosmetic products and medicine and is naturally antiseptic. Eucalyptus has been found to relieve symptoms of cold and flu. When inhaled, eucalyptus oil can help clear sinus and chest congestion and loosen phlegm. Many common over the counter products contain eucalyptus for these properties.
Eucalyptus can be applied topically (for instance, as a chest rub) by adding 15-30 drops of eucalyptus oil to ½ cup of carrier oil. Alternatively, inhale eucalyptus by adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to 2 cups of boiling water. Place a towel over the head and breathe in the steam.
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the tea tree. It has been found to be antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, and like eucalyptus, is often used to relieve cough and congestion.
Tea tree oil is often applied topically to treat irritation and infection of the skin or as a topical antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes. Studies have shown it to be effective in treating acne, athlete’s foot, and fungal nail infections.
To use tea tree oil to treat skin issues such as blemishes, apply a drop or two of oil to a damp cotton ball and dab on the affected area.
Tea tree is also an effective cleaner and can discourage mold and mildew. Simply mix an oil and water solution of 2 teaspoons tea tree oil to 2 cups of water and spray on mold or on the bath and shower area and wipe down to inhibit mold growth.
Peppermint is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs and has been used by civilizations dating back to the Egyptians. It has a fresh, energizing fragrance and is often found in commercial muscle salves and liniments to relieve muscle pain and cramping. It has also been found to be effective for stomach issues such as nausea and indigestion.
Peppermint oil can be inhaled or applied with a carrier oil to the chest to help ease congestion. A massage with diluted peppermint oil can help with muscle pain and cramping, and, when applied to the abdominal area may also help ease intestinal issues. It should not be applied to the skin undiluted as it can cause irritation and burning.
We have barely scratched the surface with these ideas – there are many, many more ways to use essential oils! As you experiment with your starter kit and add more oils to your collection, you will no doubt discover your favorite applications, oils, and blends to use in your day to day life.
We’d love to hear from you! How do you use your essential oils? What questions do you have about using your starter kit? Leave us a comment and let us know!
NOTE: All of the above information is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician or other health care provider before undertaking any course of treatment.