YEOUTH's Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils
We are well aware of the power of scent: when a smell of your meal that makes you reminisce your childhood, how a particular perfume reminds you of your mom. I could go on and on. But did you know that some scents can actually improve your well-being?
What are Essential Oils?
If you’re a fan of natural living like me, you’ve probably already delved into the therapeutic world of essential oils. Essential oils have been around for centuries and have been prized for their immense benefits - they can increases your energy, help you relax and sleep better, and help with digestion to name a few. It doesn’t end there.
Essential oils are natural compounds sourced directly from plants - its the flower, bark, leaf, fruit, root, or seed - that hold fantastic healing properties. These holistic plant oils shield the plant, protecting them from the harsh elements. By using these oils, you are essentially making use of the healing and protective powers of the plant.
Essential oils are normally created through a distillation process, which separates the oil and the water-based compounds of a plant through steaming. Concentrating these plant oils will give you the most potent healing properties of a plant into a single oil.
One drop of an essential oil can give you tremendous benefits. As an example, Aromatherapy is the beneficial use of essential oils for inhalation that helps boost emotional, physical, and mental health.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. You can harness the power of essential oils in a variety of ways, but the most common practices include dietary consumption, topical application, and aromatic diffusion.
Using these methods bring the essence of holistic wellness to your family, life, and home. Today, essential oils are normally used for personal beauty care, relaxation, as a natural medicine, and to purify the home.
Today’s demanding lifestyle leaves so little time for you to get that perfect balance of medicine, exercise, and diet for your optimal wellbeing. The worst part is, today’s synthetic ingredients cause many unwanted side effects - a lot of them as bad as the initial ailment.
Essential oils are holistic solutions that will help you naturally restore balance in mind and body. Feel your best everyday with YEOUTH’s Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Orange essential oils.
YEOUTH Essential Oils are lab tested and guaranteed to be 100% Pure. We have tested leading competitors to only find that they are advertising 100% Pure when in fact they are mixing the essential oils with carrier oils to cut down cost.
We firmly believe in delivering QUALITY product to our customers in everything we do, thus we have ensured the highest quality, Pure Essential Oils are being delivered to our customers.
Top Essential Oils & Their Uses
Each and every essential oil contains compounds with unique healing and therapeutic benefits. Here are some of the most well-known essential oils and how to use them.
Fresh, light, with earthy undertones that is relaxing, balancing, stimulating, yet soothing. That’s lemongrass essential oil. A herb that belongs to the grass family of Poaceae, Lemongrass essential oil is produced using the process of steam distillation of dried lemongrass. It is well-known to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Health Benefits
Lemongrass essential oil is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the most notable health benefits of lemongrass essential oil:
- Alleviates muscle pain
- Relieves headaches
- Acts as an astringent
- Kills germs
- Boosts energy
a. Natural deodorizer - is a safe and natural option to commercial and synthetic air fresheners or deodorizers. Add a few drops to water, use it with a vaporizer, an oil diffuser, or as a mist. Customize your own fragrance by blending it with other essential oils such as peppermint and lavender.
b. Skin health - lemongrass essential oil has wonderful skin healing properties. Add it to conditioners, shampoos, soaps, lotions, and deodorants. Lemongrass essential oil’s astringent and antiseptic properties make it a fantastic cleanser for all skin types. It can strengthen skin tissues, sterilize your pores, and serve as an organic skin toner. Rubbing lemongrass essential oil into your body, hair, and scalp can help alleviate muscle pain or headaches.
c. Hair Health - struggling with itchy, irritated scalp? Suffering from hair loss? Massage a couple of drops of this oil onto your scalp for a few minutes then rinse. Its antibacterial properties will leave you with fresh, shiny hair.
d. Natural Bug Repellent - this is due to lemongrass essential oil’s high geraniol and citral content. Add a few drops to water and create your DIY natural bug repellent. Lemongrass essential oil can eradicate fleas too. Just add about 5 drops to water and spray on your pet’s coat.
e. Stress Reducer & Sleep Aid - the mild, calming scent of lemongrass is known to help with insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. Lemongrass essential oil has a hypnotic and sedative effect, helping improve the quality of sleep. For a natural stress-buster, add a few drops to your body lotion or massage oil.
2. Tea TreeAlso known as melaleuca, tea tree oil is popular for its antiseptic properties. In fact, it is widely used to treat wounds. For decades, it has been documented in scientific studies to eradicate many strains of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Health Benefits
- Used as an acne treatment
- Fungal infections like Candida or Jock Itch
- Head lice
- Sores, sunburns, and insect bites
a. Tea Tree Oil for Hair - Like coconut oil, tea tree oil is beneficial to your hair and scalp. It can help remove dandruff, soothe dry, flaking skin, and is even used as a treatment for head lice. Make your own tea tree oil shampoo by blending several drops of the oil with aloe vera gel or other essential oils.
b. Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning - Possessing potent antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil is a fantastic natural ingredient that can purify your home by killing bad bacteria and molds. Make your DIY cleaner by blending the oil with lemon essential oil, vinegar, and water. Spray it on kitchen appliances, countertops, in the toilet, shower, sinks, and shower curtains.
c. Tea Tree Oil Deodorant - Yes, you can eliminate body odor with tea tree oil! This oil has the ability to eradicate bacteria that causes body odor. Simply mix with baking soda and coconut oil and use as a deodorant.
d. Tea Tree Oil for Infections and Cuts - Tea tree oil is perfect for cleaning wounds. Clean the cut thoroughly with water and hydrogen peroxide, apply a few drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria-causing infections.
Undeniably, lavender is the most popular and most widely used among the essential oils. In fact, it has been used for over two centuries.
Lavender Essential Oil Health Benefits
- Alleviates anxiety and helps with emotional and physical stress
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Helps heal wounds and burns
- Slows skin aging due to its antioxidant properties
- Improves psoriasis and eczema
- Reduces acne
Top Uses of Lavender Essential Oil
a. As a Natural Perfume - Smell good without using toxic chemicals with lavender oil. Apply it directly on the skin, or dilute with water for a more subtle aroma. You can also use lavender to freshen your home. Simply mix a few drops with water or use an air diffuser.
b. As a Natural, Chemical-Free Lip Balm - Lavender is both good for healing and prevention when you have dry, chapped lips. Mix a couple of drops with jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, or any other carrier oil and rub the mixture on your lips.
c. As a Remedy for Stomach Discomfort - Feeling nauseous or carsick? Lavender is soothing to the stomach. Spray some lavender oil on your clothes or rub on your palms and temples.
d. Lavender for Sleep and Insomnia - Lavender is a wonderful sleep aid. Try a soothing bath before bedtime by adding a few drops plus a cup of Epsom salts. Rub some lavender oil directly on your chest, neck, and temples or simply diffuse lavender before sleeping for a relaxing slumber.
Eucalyptus essential oil is derived from an evergreen tree native to Australia. It has potent medicinal and wellness properties.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Health Benefits
- Acts as a stimulant to relieve mental sluggishness and exhaustion
- Helps treat minor wounds
- Natural treatment for lice
- Relieves muscle pain
Top Uses of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
a. Colds & Flu - Cleanse your body of harmful microorganisms and toxins that can make you feel sick with eucalyptus. Add a couple of drops of eucalyptus into your diffuser before bedtime and make the most of its healing benefits throughout the night.
b. Hair Nourishment - Give your hair a nice bounce by adding a few drops of eucalyptus with some olive or coconut oil. Eucalyptus is especially beneficial for those who have dandruff!
c. Natural Home Care - Eucalyptus not only gives a refreshing scent to many home products, its anti-microbial properties also purifies it as well. Put a few drops on any home cleaning product: laundry detergent, soap, window cleaner, mop water… the list is endless!
d. Air Cleanser - Sanitize your home by putting a couple of drops into your clothes dryer filters or vacuum. Eucalyptus is also fantastic for eradicating molds. Try mixing it with other anti-bacterial oils such as tea tree oil or clove for a mold-free home.
Along with lavender, peppermint essential oil may be one of the most versatile essential oils. In fact, there are only a few health concerns that it cannot help.
Peppermint Essential Oil Health Benefits
- Improves mental focus
- Boosts energy
- Relieves headaches
- Releases tight muscles
Top Uses of Peppermint Essential Oil
a. Natural Energizer - Instead of going for unsafe energy drinks, go and take a few whiffs of peppermint. It will surely perk you up!
b. Anti-Itch - Got rash? Mix peppermint oil with lavender to soothe and calm any itch.
c. Natural Bug Repellent - A lot of insects and bugs hate peppermint oil - spiders, ticks, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, lice, and even mice do!
d. Fever Reducer - Peppermint has cooling properties, which makes it a good holistic treatment to help bring down a fever. Simply blend peppermint oil to any carrier oil - coconut is best - and rub on the neck and on the bottom of the feet.
6. OrangeDerived from the Citrus Sinensi fruit, orange oil is widely sought-after for its antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
Orange Essential Oil Health Benefits
- Helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles
- Eases anxiety
- Helps enhance overall complexion
- Kills pathogens and bacteria
Top Uses of Orange Essential Oil
a. Enhances Immunity - Orange essential oil has limonene which helps protect the body from free radical attack.
b. Natural Antibacterial - Orange oil contains natural antimicrobials that help enhance the safety of foods. Research shows that it can inhibit the spread of salmonella bacteria.
c. Kitchen Cleaner - Make the most out of orange oil’s sweet, fresh, clean, citrus scent in your home. Dilute it with water and any carrier oil and spray on countertops, kitchen appliances, and cutting boards.
d. Skin Saver - Orange is one of the best sources of Vitamin C, helping heal and protect skin. Orange is abundant with free radical fighting antioxidants, making it a powerful weapon against aging. Use orange essential oil to combat the signs of aging like fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles.
Essential Oil Dilution
You might be wondering why essential oils come in small bottles. With essential oils, a little goes a long way. It’s because they’re highly concentrated and potent, so adding a few drops to your favorite carrier oil is enough to deliver a multitude of health benefits.
If you are a first time user of essential oils, know that although essential oils can provide limitless benefits, some of them can be dangerous if not properly diluted with a carrier oil.
Another safe practice would be to place a drop of diluted essential oil to a small patch of skin. Be on the lookout for adverse reactions for the first 24 hours after application.
What are carrier oils, anyway?
Carrier oils are vegetable oils - like olive oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil - that you can use to dilute essential oils. They make sure that the topical application of essential oils is comfortable to the skin. Carrier oil diffusion does not lessen the essential oil’s effect, it mainly prevents skin irritation and waste from excessive usage.
Here is a brief guide for essential oil dilution:
.25% dilution (1 drop for every 4 tsp. of carrier oil) - ideal for children 6 months to 6 years.
1% dilution (at least 5 drops/ounce of carrier oil) - ideal for children over 6 years of age, the elderly, those with sensitive skin, pregnant women, and those with preexisting conditions.
2% dilution (at least 10 drops/ounce of carrier oil) - Ideal for adults who are not under a physicians care. Can be used topically or diffused in the air.
3% dilution (at least 15 drops/ounce of carrier oil) - Ideal for treating some health concerns such as injury, muscle pain, or respiratory ailments.
Note: We do not recommend the use of essential oils to children 2 years and below.
Essential Oil Applications
Ready to let essential oils guide you back to health? Below are some of the most common ways these therapeutic oils are used today:
- Topically – Compared to other kinds of oils, Essential oils are much more absorbed in the body because they contain tiny molecules. Applied topically, the body absorbs the benefits of the oils rapidly.
- Aromatically – Essential oils can also be diffused into the air. This process is known as aromatherapy and provides the benefits of the oils as they are inhaled. You can diffuse lavender to reduce stress, orange to improve mood, and peppermint to improve focus and energy.
- Personal Care – Today, essential oils are popularly used in making DIY homemade personal care products. This is a great way to harness the power of essential oils to enhance your home, beauty, as well as your long-term health.
What are your favorite essential oils? How do you use them? Did you learn anything new in this essential oils guide?