What’s all this talk about essential oils? With so many different names, it can become very overwhelming trying to figure out which ones to purchase. There’s so much more to understanding which ones to buy because of the purity as well. Essential oils are highly concentrated plants and herbs that have been mixed with something called a carrier oil — like jojoba oil or coconut oil — that make them safe to apply to your skin. Essential oils have healing properties that can relieve anxiety, soothe a stressful mind, clear skin, prevent wrinkles, reduce allergy symptoms, and more.
Guide to a beginner buying most popular essential oils
- Rose Hip Oil. Anti-aging, reduces fine lines, correct dark spots.
- Peppermint Oil. Shrinks pores, prevents breakouts, improves digestion.
- Lavender Oil. Improves sleep, reduces stress, anti-aging.
- Manuka Oil. Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, relieves pain.
- Frankincense Oil. Anti-inflammatory, relieves stress, heals skin.
While essential oils have become very popular lately, it’s important to take a closer look before we expect these age-old ingredients to be the cure-all for all types of health conditions.
Top tips you need to shop smart and avoid falling prey to a health scam
- Google while shopping. You should be able to find quality control documents since a claim means nothing if the company cannot back up how they make their product. If you find an oil you want to buy, do a quick Google search while you’re in the store to see what their website offers before you make the purchase.
- Inspect the ingredients. Before you purchase any essential oils to make sure you’re getting the product in its purest form.
- Consider the price. It’s possible that the cheaper version is made with less-than-stellar ingredients which explains why it seems like such an amazing deal. Do your research to make sure you aren’t being scammed.
The 7 essential oils to put in your medicine cabinet
- Witch Hazel. Use on bug bites and hemorrhoids. It reduces inflammation and forces the skin to tighten up. Use twice a day.
- Argon Oil. Great moisturizer for skin.
- Rose Hip Oil. Great for psoriasis and eczema.
- Lavender Oil. Use on your pillow to relieve stress and sleep better.
- Manuka Oil. Heals scrapes and wounds faster.
- Peppermint Oil. Mix with water for indigestion.
- Oil of Oregano. One of nature’s most powerful antibiotics. Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria and can help the immune system take action against viruses, fungi, and parasites.
You can google how to properly use oils or talk to the specialist at your local health food store. Always do your homework and be cautious before applying essential oils on children and pets. Before ingesting, make sure it doesn’t interfere with your medicines.
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