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Everything You Need To Know About The Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

Posted by Australian Wholesale Oils on 6th Sep 2021

The Uses & Benefits of Pure Essential Oils

What Are Essential Oils?

For every problem there's a good chance that there is an essential oil for it! But what exactly are pure essential oils?

Essential oils are natural and highly concentrated chemical compounds found within plants. Once extracted, these natural compounds maintain the plant’s aroma and overall 'essence', to be bottled up and become what we know as pure essential oils. Whether they are being used for aromatherapy, diffusing or topical application, each essential oil contains an array of benefits that can enhance daily routines and assist in combatting life's unexpected challenges.

Benefits Of Essential Oils

The healing powers of plants, particularly essential oils were first recognised by our ancestors in 1800 BCE, where they were used to strengthen immunity and heal the sick. Nowadays, essential oils are used as a natural alternative to help improve physical and mental health, wellbeing and overall quality of life.

As humans, our sense of smell is the only sense of the five that is connected to the limbic system - the part of the brain that influences emotions, behaviour and memory. Every time an essential oil is inhaled, the limbic system is activated; the brain will respond by sending chemical messengers linked to our nervous system and this will initiate an emotional response. Have you ever heard the saying "nothing is more memorable than a smell", there may be scientific truth to it after all!

Popular Benefits of Essential Oils

  • Wellbeing – Because of the way that essential oils interact with the brain, the uses and benefits of essential oils are known to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Sleep and Relaxation – There are many essential oil uses and benefits that have been seen to promote sleep and relaxation.
  • Skincare – The benefits of essential oils in skincare are quite versatile, from treating acne and balancing oils, to reducing dark circles and wrinkles. Various essential oils are also used to treat eczema, psoriasis, scarring and pigmentation.
  • Headaches & Nausea – Essential oil benefits have also been seen when managing headaches and nausea.
  • Inflammation – Some essential oil uses are beneficial in easing inflammation. You can experience these essential oil benefits by diluting your essential oil in a carrier oil and applying topically.
  • Muscle and Joint Pain – Many essential oils naturally carry anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic (pain relieving) properties, and are commonly used to ease arthritis, muscle and joint pain.
  • Household Cleaning – Because of their antiseptic, disinfecting and deodorizing properties, various essential oils hold many benefits when it comes to cleaning. In addition to their household cleaning capabilities, essential oils are also one of the many ways to keep your home smelling fresh, naturally!

How To Use Essential Oils?

How To Use Essential Oils In Aromatherapy?

For those wondering “what is aromatherapy?”, aromatherapy is the process of using natural plant extracts (essential oils) to receive the therapeutic benefits they offer. Every time we use pure essential oils in the bath, a massage or in an essential oil diffuser, we are practising a form of aromatherapy. When you inhale a natural aroma, its therapeutic properties stimulate part of the brain which encourages an emotional, and quite often a physical response.

  • For instance, because of its anxiolytic (anxiety relieving) and sedative properties, lavender essential oil is known to be one of the best essential oils for anxiety, stress and sleep.

How To Use Essential Oils In A Diffuser?

An aromatherapy diffuser allows you fill an entire space with the therapeutic aroma of an essential oil. Not only does this enhance your environment by creating a pleasant smell, an essential oil diffuser also allows us to safely receive the benefits of essential oils through inhalation.

How To Use Essential Oils Topically? (On The Skin)

When applied topically, some essential oils are known to promote healthy glowing skin, whilst others can ease joint and muscle pain through massage. We receive these essential oil benefits because once applied topically, the oil is absorbed deep into the skin and enters the blood stream. Essential oils also affect the skin cells and underlying muscles they are applied to. In saying this, it is important to remember that these oils are highly concentrated, which is why we always recommend diluting when in direct contact with the skin.

As a general guideline for healthy adults we recommend:

  • 2 - 4% dilution for skin application
  • 1 - 2% dilution for facial application

Here are some ways to use essential oils topically:

  • Add your essential oil to a carrier oil or base massage oil to create a soothing massage oil.
  • For a quick and convenient way to use essential oils topically, add your dilution to a glass roller bottle and apply to your pulse points (temples, wrists, behind your ears and soles of your feet).
  • To ease muscle and joint pain and promote relaxation, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a warm bath.
  • You can also add a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil to a daily moisturizer to boost its existing benefits.

How To Use Essential Oils For Cleaning?

When it comes to cleaning many people are moving away from chemical filled, store-bought products and are opting for natural alternatives, and this is where essential oils for cleaning can become quite useful!
Here are some of our favourite essential oils for cleaning:

  • Peppermint essential oil contains antiseptic and disinfecting properties, making it a great multipurpose cleaner.
  • Because of its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Tea Tree essential oil is commonly used to clean kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Lemon Myrtle essential oil contains disinfecting properties and acts as a natural de-greaser, making it great for cleaning kitchens.
How to dilute essential oils. Essential oils dilution guide.

What Are The Common Uses Of Essential Oils?

Every essential oil has a unique chemical profile comprised of different essential oil properties. Because of this, specific essential oils provide different therapeutic benefits that can assist with specific concerns. Here we have listed some popular uses of essential oils, simply click on the drop downs to discover more!

Essential Oils For Sleep and Insomnia

Essential Oils For Sleep and Insomnia

  • When you need sleep, we say Lavender essential oil! Because of its calming, soothing and sedative properties, Lavender oil is known to relieve stress and enhance sleep quality.
  • Bergamot essential oil is also well valued for its calming effect and is known to prompt psychological change that may decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and aid sleep.

Essential Oils For Hair Growth

Essential Oils For Hair Growth

  • Cedarwood essential oil is known to stimulate hair growth by balancing oil-producing glands and increasing circulation on the scalp.
  • Rosemary essential oil is also known to be effective and this is because of its ability to deliver the nutrients needed for hair follicles to grow. Rosemary essential oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties which assists with reducing dandruff.

Essential Oils For Hair Loss

Essential Oils For Hair Loss

  • Because of its soothing and regenerating abilities, lavender essential oil is known to be one of the best essential oils for hair loss.
  • Peppermint essential oil has also gained traction when it comes to treating hair loss. Its stimulating properties are known to thicken the inner layer of the scalp which in turn, increases hair follicles.

Essential Oils For Inflammation

Essential Oils For Inflammation

  • Ginger essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil are known to be among the best essential oils for reducing inflammation and easing pain.
  • Because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Ginger essential oil can stimulate circulation and ease muscle, joint and arthritis pain.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil is also considered to be an effective pain reliever and is commonly used to ease inflammation, treat headaches and muscle and joint pain. To experience these essential oil benefits simply dilute in a carrier oil and apply topically, or you can also add a few drops to a warm bath.

Essential Oils For Anxiety and Stress

Essential Oils For Anxiety and Stress

  • When trying to find what essential oils are good for anxiety and stress, we recommend Rose essential oil. Because of its natural anti-depressant, sedative, comforting and balancing properties, many have found rose oil to be effective for relieving stress, anxiety and nervous tension.
  • Lavender essential oil is also one of the most popular essential oils for stress and anxiety. This is because it naturally carries anxiolytic (anxiety relieving) and sedative properties.

Essential Oils For Skin

Essential Oils For Skin

Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they can irritate the skin when used incorrectly. That is why we always recommend diluting before using.

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Essential Oils for Acne

  • Tea Tree essential oil has proven to be incredibly beneficial for relieving acne, redness and inflammation. It is also known to sooth dry and irritated skin and encourage speedy wound healing.
  • It has been said that Lavender essential oil is also one of the best essential oils for acne prone skin. This is because its antibacterial and antiseptic properties work together to unclog pores and kill bacteria that can cause acne breakouts.

Essential Oils for Acne Scars & Pigmentation

The Best Essential Oils for Wrinkles

  • When it comes to anti-aging skincare, Lemon essential oil is a powerhouse. Its high vitamin C content makes it a great essential oil for wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Other essential oils that ease wrinkles and promote youthful skin are Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils.

Essential Oils For Headaches & Migraines

Essential Oils For Headaches and Migraines

  • Due to its menthol content, Peppermint essential oil is effective in relaxing muscles and easing pain which in turn, has made it a great essential oil for headaches and migraines.  

Popular Essential Oils

Because there are so many different essential oils, choosing the best essential oil can be overwhelming. So here we have listed some of the most versatile essential oils:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil - Its stimulating and clarifying properties are known to assist with fatigue and support concentration.
  • Lavender Essential Oil - Is known to be one of the best essential oils for stress and anxiety. It is also commonly used to relieve irritability and nervous tension.
  • Lemon Essential Oil - Its antiseptic abilities make lemon oil effective in easing painful insect bites and cold sores, as well as treating cuts and wounds. Lemon is also known to be a great essential oil for acne.
  • Orange Sweet Essential Oil - Not only known to alleviate cold and flu symptoms, Orange Sweet oil also has a relaxing and calming effect.
  • Frankincense Olibanum Essential Oil - Commonly used in meditation because of its ability to clear the mind, it has also been said that frankincense essential oil can help relieve respiratory related illnesses, such as asthma and bronchitis.

How To Choose The Best Essential Oil?

Different essential oils contain different therapeutic benefits therefore, when choosing the best essential oil for you, you could start by asking yourself, "what benefits am I wanting to receive when using this essential oil?” Here are some other things to consider when browsing:

Essential Oil Purity

For those wanting to purchase essential oils, we always recommend finding an essential oil that is 100% pure. When an essential oil is 100% pure, it is free from synthetic fragrances and other nasties that may be harmful to your health. Unfortunately, when it comes to essential oil purity there are a lot of misleading and false claims within the market. So here we have put together some tips on how to decipher whether an essential oil is 100% pure:

  • Find a reputable supplier who is willing to produce product documentation and information.
  • Essential oils that are 100% pure should list the botanica species, this is commonly found in the ingredients list.
  • Always check the ingredients list, 100% pure essential oils should contain only one ingredient, that being the botanical species of the plant.

Essential Oil Quality

Unfortunately, the essential oils industry is highly unregulated. Because of this, various organisations often use marketing terms such as ‘therapeutic grade’ to give the perception of ‘higher quality’, when this is not necessarily the case. At AWO, quality and traceability are of paramount importance. We only supply materials from approved sources because we want to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality every time they purchase.


Where To Buy Essential Oils?

Whilst essential oils are generally available to purchase at health, wellness and retail stores, it is important to keep in mind that the purity and quality of these essential oils will vary. That is why we recommend finding a reputable supplier.

Here at AWO we have a wide selection of 100% pure essential oils and organic essential oils that are sold at reasonable prices. Because our stock is purchased in bulk quantities our costs are significantly less, which allows us to offer our high-quality products at affordable prices. We are also based right here in Australia!

Benefits of essential oils. How to use essential oils.

Are Essential Oils Safe?

Whilst essential oils can have profound benefits to your overall health and wellbeing, they are extremely powerful and concentrated and can be harmful when used incorrectly. It is also important to understand that essential oil safety is dependent on several factors, such as:

  • Age
  • Existing health conditions
  • Medication usage
  • How essential oils are used

Potential Dangers

  • There have been claims made by multilevel organisations stating that essential oils can be safely ingested because they are 'natural' however, this is not necessarily the case. When taken internally, essential oils can poison the body and lead to serious health issues.
  • Because these oils are so potent, we always recommend diluting when diffusing or applying topically.
  • Some essential oils can also be harmful to use around pets and certain age groups. Therefore, it is always important to research prior to using specific oils.

What Essential Oils Are Safe To Diffuse Around Dogs and Pets?

When trying to determine what essential oils are toxic for dogs and pets, it is important to first do your research. Whilst there are many essential oils that are toxic to dogs and pets, here are some of the most common ones:

    • Peppermint
    • Pine Scotch
    • Tea Tree
    • Wintergreen
    • Ylang Ylang

Safe Storage

Essential oils don’t necessarily have a ‘shelf life’, they can last for years. However, to obtain optimum freshness, we recommend using your essential oils within 24 months. It is also best to store your essential oils in a cool and dry place at room temperature, ensuring that they are not directly exposed to sunlight and are out of reach of children or pets.


Resources

Tanu, B & Harpreet, K, 2016, ‘Benefits of essential oils’, Journal Of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 143 – 149

Djilani, A & Dicko, A, 2012, ‘The Therapeutic Benefits of Essential Oils,’ in Bouayed, J & Bohn, T. (ed.) Nutrition, Well-Being and Health. Croatia: InTech, pp. 155 – 177

Lee, B.H, J.s Lee & Y.C, Kim, 2016, ‘Hair growth-promoting effects of lavender oil in C57BL/6 mice,’ Toxicological Research, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 103 108

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness.