Navigating the world of essential oils can leave people with more questions than answers. How do you use them? Do they actually work? And most importantly, are they safe? We know you’re curious, so allow us to A your most burning Qs. Here’s everything you need to know before you decide on becoming an oilbolaryo. Scroll!

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?


First things first: what exactly are essential oils? Basically, they’re concentrated extracts made from herbs, flowers, spices, and other plants. They’re purported to have therapeutic properties, and can solve a myriad of maladies. From acne and depression to headaches and PMS, there’s an oil out there for every need.
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DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?


Although essential oils have amassed a cult-like following, they aren’t without its fair share of skeptics. Lucky for those looking to hop the bandwagon, more and more research has found that they indeed “work.” Studies, for example, have shown that tea tree oil can really kill bacteria and fungi. And clove oil has numbing properties that are similar to anesthesia. What’s more, smell in general—an important component in essential oils—has been proven to have an effect on our mood, emotions, and behavior. But as with all things, these oils should always be used with care.

ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE?

Because essential oils are a byproduct of nature, it’s easy to assume they’re gentle or largely ineffective. But our misconceptions about them often lead to accidents and jeopardizing results. Essential oils are extremely potent substances. In other words: safety precautions must be taken to prevent misuse or misapplication. (More on that here.)

Now that you know the whats, whys, and hows of essential oils, it’s time you learn more about the oils themselves. Below are some of the biggest names in the game. They’re not only versatile, they’re also super effective. Who knows, you might be even using some of these already! Scroll to find out what should be in your essential oil starter kit, why they’re so great, plus some need-to-know information on these blends.

THE ESSENTIAL OIL STARTER KIT


PEPPERMINT
This cooling essential oil is one of the most popular ingredients in the market. It’s super easy to grow the plant in your own home, too.

BENEFITS:

  • Alleviates headaches
  • Aids in better mental clarity and focus
  • Reduces feelings of nausea

DID YOU KNOW: Peppermint is a natural body deodorizer! Choose products with peppermint oil for your deo, or better yet, DIY one using this essential oil.

TRY: Beryl Essentials Peppermint Essential Oil (5ml), P199

LAVENDER
Second on the list is the calming lavender. Chances are, you know exactly what it’s good for. It’s suitable for relaxation or sleeping, and can help reduce stress and soothe our senses.

BENEFITS:

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Reduces feelings of stress
  • Naturally relieves pain

DID YOU KNOW: While us humans love with the scent of lavender, bugs and insects do NOT. This makes it an excellent natural insect repellant. Spray some on your clothes or on your skin, and kiss those creepy-crawlies bye-bye.

TRY: doTERRA Lavender Touch, P1,090

LEMON
If you’re a fan of citrusy scents, lemon essential oil will be right up your alley.

BENEFITS:

  • Instantly boosts moods
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Nourishes skin

DID YOU KNOW: You can undoubtedly knock yourself out with the many uses of lemon essential oil. But perhaps one of its most notable benefits is that it can be used as a natural cleanser. Use it to wipe your countertops and mop your floors clean.

TRY: Pure Bliss Lemon Essential Oil (18ml), P275

TEA TREE
If you think of tea tree oil as earth’s natural acne fighter, you wouldn’t be wrong. This potent EO has anti-fungal properties which have been proven to help cure yeast infections and itchiness.

BENEFITS:

  • Clears acne
  • Heals common bacteria and fungi
  • Fights dandruff and head lices

DID YOU KNOW: Tea tree oil is such an excellent antimicrobial that is can actually help put a stop to mold infestation in your homes! Simply use a diffuser for this, and the area will be disinfected.

TRY: Human Nature 100% Natural Tea Tree Oil (30ml), P295

ROSE
The smell of roses has always been associated with love and romance, so it’s no surprise that some of its benefits help in that department, too. But besides looking (and smelling) good, rose essential oil has tons of therapeutic benefits for the ladies.

BENEFITS:

  • Improves skin radiances
  • Increases libido
  • Alleviates feelings of anxiety and depression

DID YOU KNOW: Rose oil is one of the most soothing natural treatments for those suffering from period pains. Besides the soothing scent of the flower, it can help balance hormones and reduce cramping. It’s an antispasmodic too—good for calming down the abdominal area.

TRY: Beryl Essentials Rose Essential Oil (5ml), P180

Feeling inspired to dive into essential oils? Let us know which essential oil you’re most curious to try in the comments section below!

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