A short guide to Essential Oils

As I have said before, I find aromatherapy and essential oils to be fascinating. Here is a short guide to essential oils.

I have mentioned this before but I really consider studying aromatherapy as I really wanted to work in a spa. When I was going through my options of what to study at uni I did put down aromatherapy, but I also put down fashion journalism and PR. And we all know which one eventually won. (If you haven’t guessed or if you are new here, I eventually studied fashion journalism.)

However, I never gave up my interest in aromatherapy and I would love to one-day work in a spa. I love reading about it and all the amazing benefit aromatherapy can have.

After reading Neal’s Yard Essential Oils book, the interest has grown even more and I felt like I have learnt a lot. If you find the subject as fascinating as I do, then I have put together a short guide to essential oils.

I will be going through the very basic of the more popular essential oils and how it can have a benefits to you. For more in-depth knowledge then I do recommend you to read Neal’s Yard Essential Oils book.

Here is a short guide to essential oils.

Rosewood

What is it good for?

  • Conditions Skin
  • Act a hair tonic
  • Balance emotions
  • Acts as a mild pain reliever

Best uses

  • As a bath oil
  • In a diffuser

Rosewood is a grounding and centering oil, it works on the mind and emotions.

 Frankincense

What is it good for?

  • Soothes aches and pain
  • Tones skin
  • Fight colds
  • Relieves anxiety

Best uses

  • In an ointment
  • As a toner
  • In a massage oil

Frankincense is an important oil for toning and invigorating the complexion. Particularly sun damaged skin.

Ylang Ylang

What is it good for?

  • Improves complexion
  • Tones skin
  • Aids relaxation
  • Treats depressions

Best uses

  • As a skin toner
  • In a massage oil
  • As a bath oil

With it exotic aroma, ylang ylang is uplifting and arousing. A key constituent of the traditional hair preparation. Its balancing properties make it suitable for all skin types

Cinnamon

What is it good for?

  • Soothes aches and pains
  • Aids digestions
  • Balance emotions

Best uses

  • As a foot bath
  • In a diffuser

This spicy, warming oil was used by the ancient Egyptians as an aromatic foot massage.

Lime

What is it good for?

  • Aids detox
  • Balance oily skin and hair
  • Has a cooling effect
  • A stress reliever

Best uses

  • As a lotion
  • In a diffuser

Lime is stimulating and refreshing. Like it relatives, grapefruit and lemon, it’s a key oil for reducing water retention and puffiness.

Lemon

What is it good for?

  • Tones skin
  • Aids detox
  • Eases digestion
  • Lifts moods

Best uses

  • As a massage oil
  • In a compress

Fresh and invigorating, lemon stimulates the senses and clears the mind. Its citrus properties make it a natural deodorizer.

Orange

What is it good for?

  • Aids detox
  • Tones skin
  • Revitalize and brightens skin
  • Relieves anxiety

Best uses

  • As a bath oil
  • As a massage oil
  • In a diffuser

This orange oil is widely used for it uplifting and detoxifying effects. This aromatic aoil acts a reviving tonic.

Eucalyptus

What is it food for?

  • Acts as an antiseptic
  • Tones skin
  • Improves focus

Best uses

  • As a massage oil
  • In an inhalation
  • In a diffuser

This warming oil is great for relieving aches and pains. It also balances the skin and help increase concentration and moods.

Lavender

What is it good for?

  • Soothes skin
  • Heals skin
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Acts a pain killer

Best uses

  • As a bath oil
  • As a massage oil

A very popular essential oil. Lavender make it an effective skin treatment and a good skin healer.

Tea Tree

What is it good for?

  • Boost immunity
  • Fights skin infections
  • Acts a hair tonic
  • Fight body odour

Best uses

  • As a first aid
  • In a foot bath

Tea tree oil a great all-rounder to keep in your first aids box. It also has a strong deodorizing action that combat body odour.

Peppermint

What is it good for?

  • Fights odour
  • Soothes skin
  • Fights cold symptoms
  • Relives headaches

Best uses

  • As a massage oil
  • In an inhalation

Applied to the skin, peppermint oil feels initially cooling and refreshing. It’s a first class antiseptic and a popular addition to beauty products.

And that was a short guide to essential oils. If you want to learn more than I do recommend you to buy Neal’s yard Essential oils book.

Let me know if you found this short guide helpful.

a short guide to essential oils

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24 Comments
  • Jennifer
    May 22, 2017

    We love diffusing EO’s and carry our diffuser and YL oils with us on vacation!

  • Eva Katona
    May 22, 2017

    I love essential oils, using a nebuliser currently, this is a great guide to the different scents!

  • Hey Sharonoox
    May 22, 2017

    These are great tips! I really enjoyed the eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils. They smells amazing and calming.

  • Tam May
    May 22, 2017

    Really helpful guide! I suffer from migraines and I’ve heard essential oils might help but never knew which one. I have to try this!

    Tam

  • SeekAndRead
    May 22, 2017

    This article is very helpful, very good guide .

  • Stacy Russell
    May 22, 2017

    Great information. I’ve been using oils for years but I didn’t know the facts about Rosewood or Life.
    I’ll be pinning this for later.

  • Amy
    May 22, 2017

    Hi there!
    Thanks for sharing this great guide. A few of my friends have jumped on the essential oil bandwagon and I have been starting to gain an interest myself! I can definitely see a few that you mentioned being beneficial in my everyday life.

  • Madeeha
    May 22, 2017

    Very informative post. I love essential oils. I used to mix lemon oil with any other oil to massage scalp. It is best for oily hair and also dandruff. I need to do that again now

  • Rosewood is a new one on me. I like the sound of it. Will seek it out. Elinor x

  • Samantha
    May 23, 2017

    This is real helpful. I’ve tried some of these oils, but I want to Frankincense & Ylang Ylang.

  • StressedMum
    May 23, 2017

    I have a huge fascination for essential oils, I found this post very helpful x

  • Mummy Times Two
    May 23, 2017

    This was really interesting, you’ve intrigued me to try out some essential oils.

  • Kapp's Kitchen
    May 23, 2017

    Great resource!

  • Arlene
    May 23, 2017

    Love essential oil in the bath. This guide is helpful. I saved to pinterest so I can refer to it later, Love all the oil ideas and tips.

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 23, 2017

    These are some really interesting tips, I have to admit I do love using essential oils but I don’t think I use them to their full potential.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    May 23, 2017

    I had no idea you were interested in aromotherapy and it is great that despite choosing a degree in fashion journalism you managed to still keep your passion for essential oils x

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    May 23, 2017

    I love essential oils they are great for so many different things. I was trained years ago in both external and internal use and use them at home on myself and my family.

  • Sarah
    May 23, 2017

    This is really interesting, thank you! I only have a few essential oils but my favourites are definitely Lavender & Ylang Ylang xx

  • Melanie
    May 24, 2017

    This guide is actually fantastic! To the point yet informative. Sometimes im not 100% on which oils are for what, so this is fab thanks 🙂 x

  • Rhian Westbury
    May 24, 2017

    It’s amazing how many benefits essential oils have. You should try a short course or something in it to get you back into it x

  • Stephanie Merry
    May 24, 2017

    What an insightful post, I’m really not that clued up on essential oils at all, so I’ll have to get the book x

  • Jemma
    May 25, 2017

    Really interesting information, essential oils have so many great benefits 🙂

  • Leslie Hernandez
    May 25, 2017

    Really interesting, I don’t really use essential oils, but I would like to really look into it more. These are some really great tips and I really love lavender so I might just give this a try 🙂

  • Annie B
    May 30, 2017

    My mum used to aromatherapy parties, so I absolutely love the various combinations you can do to help certain things.

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