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Why Essential Oils Can Benefit Your Over-all Health. Find out in this short video below! (and what's the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils too...)
In this video, you’ll discover:
- Which three essential oils Claudia recommends you get started with
- The 20 Second Absorption Rule
- Learn Chris's 3 second trick that stopped his knee pain
- And, much more...
Claudia: Hi, I'm Claudia.
Chris: And I'm Chris, and we're here with scentvana.com. In this video, we're going to answer three of the most commonly asked questions about essential oils.
Claudia: Chris, people want to know what is the difference between using a fragrance oil and an essential oil?
Chris: The basic difference between a fragrance oil and an essential oil, so that most people will know, is a fragrance oil is a chemical, I think it's created in a laboratory. It's basically artificial, and different chemicals are combined together to create different scents. They're made to mimic a essential oil to be almost exactly the fragrance smell, like a lavender fragrance oil will smell like lavender essential oil, except there's no actual aromatherapy benefits of using it. It's just a scent. It's a lot cheaper than essential oil would be, and people that use it have a lot lower costs, and that way you can use it for candles and stuff like that.
Claudia: Okay. All righty. Tell me now, what's an essential oil?
Chris: An essential oil is taking the actual plant or the actual fruit and actually extracting the essence or the oil from that plant or fruit, and that's what you actually get the actual, like rose petals, the oil squeezed out of the petals to create a rose essential oil. Essential oil is natural, of course, and the other thing with the essential oil is it takes a lot more of the product to make a small amount of essential oil, that's why you'll have things like rose oil might cause up to a couple thousand dollars for just a pound of rose essential oil, whereas like I said earlier ...
Claudia: Like an orange ...
Chris: A fragrance oil is very cheap to produce, and so it might cost maybe $10.00 for a pound of fragrance oil versus the same thing in essential oil might be $1,200. That's basically the main difference.
Chris: What are the top three essential oils that you would recommend for somebody just getting started with essential oils?
Claudia: Okay, the first one that I would recommend would probably be lavender because it's very common, and a lot of people are familiar with lavender. Lavender is very good to help relax you, help for sleep in the evening time, calming maybe during the daytime, and it's also good for burns.
Chris: You had mentioned lavender as the first oil you'd recommend, what's the second oil you'd recommend for essential oils, people getting started?
Claudia: One of my favorites to use is the tea tree. Tea tree is very good for a antibacterial, so it's good to clean cuts with, it's good for any type of fungus, and it's also really good just to clean and get rid of the germs in your house. You can make cleaning products with tea tree, you can spray it in the air, and even in the kitchen. People wouldn't think about this, but maybe you cut up some chicken on your cutting board, and you washed it and you thought you got everything really clean, well you don't. There's still going to be bacteria that's going to be in the board, you can take it spray it with just a little bit of tea tree oil and that will finish getting rid of the germs and keeps you from getting any type of sickness because of something not being cleaned really good. Tea tree has a lot of benefits and it's a very good thing to use in a lot of different applications.
Chris: Now tell me about your third choice, in your top three, what's the third oil you'd have?
Claudia: Okay, the third oil that I would recommend for somebody would be the peppermint. Peppermint is really good on sore muscles, on headaches, it's something that you can take and apply with maybe a little bit of a carrier oil, something like a fractionated coconut oil, and rub maybe on an area that is sore. It's also good for digestion. There's many different ways that you can use peppermint oil, so that would be my third one that I would recommend, especially for just getting started with oils.
Chris: So the top three that you recommend, just to make sure I understand, is if you only had three oils to start off with, you would use the lavender essential oil, the tea tree essential oil, and the peppermint, is that right?
Claudia: That's right.
Chris: Okay. Sounds good.
Claudia: Chris, tell me some of the ways to use an essential oil.
Chris: There's three more common ways to use essential oil that most people will be familiar with. The first way is to use it in an essential oil diffuser, that's the thing that mists out the smoke and stuff like that into your room. You'll see them on the market in different places. Another way commonly used essential oils is just to breathe, to inhale, to take the cap off and just inhale the essential oil, that's a way to use it. Of course, the last way people use essential oils normally is topically. Whether you apply a drop directly to your skin or the area, or maybe you might mix it with a coconut oil like an MCT oil, and you used that little blend, or a carrier oil to help kind of cut the effectiveness of the essential oil down. Those are the three most common ways.
There are people out there, companies out there, that tell you to take essential oils internally. Depending on what kind of medications you're on, something you might want to watch out for. We personally don't recommend taking essential oils internally.
Claudia: Ingesting them?
Chris: Ingesting them, normally, unless you've been to a doctor or you've researched a little more on this yourself. That's another thing about essential oils, is they can be very strong, and so you always want to be very careful when you take essential oils, even when you apply them to your skin, especially with young children or older people, or someone else that might ... pregnant women especially. You might want to just be a little careful when you do stuff like that.
Mainly the three ways to use it are to inhale it through a diffuser, to inhale it directly through the bottle, or to apply it to your skin.
Claudia: Okay. I heard that essential oils can travel really fast throughout your body, so that was one of the things to really be careful with. Within 20 seconds you can start getting that benefit of that oil, so you need to be careful ...
Chris: It's always better to be careful on the side of using less than to use more. Like you said, with the bloodstream, usually on average 20 seconds is what it takes for something in your bloodstream, so don't just keep adding and adding and adding thinking it's been 10 seconds, I don't feel a benefit of it. Realize it's going to be a delay, because it's actually absorbing into your skin. There's all kinds of recipes you can look up online of how to use essential oils and stuff like that. Best thing is to check online for different recipes and how to use them, but the main three ways are the three ways I mentioned.
I'd like to know a little bit more about, what are the health benefits of essential oils? Why would I take an essential oil to begin with?
Claudia: Well one of the reasons I think a lot of people are starting to get into the essential oils again are, they get so tired of all the medicines they take. Sometimes they just cannot maybe get over the sickness, what they have. So, instead of taking constant shots or pills, essential oils can be very health benefits. Now, you do need to be, you know, really research the topic. Don't just say all of a sudden that, "I'm not going to take my medicine for anxiety because I can take lavender." You may be able to take that lavender and maybe rub it on your skin or maybe in the shower at night time to help you sleep instead of taking a sleeping pill.
One of the things I like to do with lavender is I put it on a little bath fizzy, I put about three or four drops of lavender which is really plenty. You don't need to do a whole bunch of drops on there. Just before you get into the shower, you've got the water running, throw that little bath fizzy with the lavender in there, or if you don't have a bath fizzy, then put three or four drops, once there's a little bit of water in your tub, put that lavender in there and take your shower. You're going to be really surprised how strong just those few drops are. They do absorb through your skin, our feet is where people a lot of times will put essential oils. Within around 20 seconds, that lavender has started to kind of calm you down and make you less stressed do you can rest peacefully at night. It's just a great idea of doing that instead of taking maybe a sleeping pill that you'd get a little nervous about ...
Chris: So use the essential oil versus using a bunch of pills, like you said.
Chris: That can get pretty expensive to get a bunch of medications too, I imagine.
Claudia: Sometime, you may be allergic to some of those pills, and you might have an adverse effect. Sometimes you can with an essential oil, if you overuse it, but if you're careful with the way you use it, like maybe blending it if you're going to be putting it on your skin. Let's just say, like the tea tree, we talked a little bit about how it helps with burns and cuts and germs. Okay, you put a little bit of an oil on your skin, it could even be a vegetable oil if you just don't happen to have some coconut oil at home. You put a little bit of that on maybe a cotton ball, and a drop of tea tree oil, and then just rub it and clean off that area.
You'd be surprised how much faster that cut will heal by doing that instead of using some cancer-causing antibacterial something, because there are a lot of things that we find out later that these things have caused other issues. Just look at the commercials on television for the pills, all the side effects. If you're careful with what you do, if you have any questions, then just get a doctor and ask them about it because more and more hospitals are even starting to use essential oils.
Chris, tell me about one of the essential oils that you use and why used it, and how do you use it?
Chris: My experience with essential oils actually, my first essential oil I ever used was the peppermint essential oil. I read online that it was good for muscle aches and pains. Over the years as I've gotten older, one of the things that's happened with me is I've gotten the little knee aches and pains, kind of tightness and stiffness in my knees as I get older, or arthritis and something as we get older. It's hard for me to sleep sometimes, I'd have to toss and turn. I read that you can have peppermint oil, along with lavender oil, and if you apply it to that area, you'd be able to not have as much pain issues. Of course during the day I don't have those issues, but at night time I do.
I started by applying two or three drops of peppermint oil on my knee when it seemed like it was acting up. It wasn't that I noticed right away that my knee felt wonderful, but I did notice that when I turned, tossed and turned in bed, I didn't have that pain anymore. Then I would use it a couple nights in a row, then a third or fourth night I wouldn't use it at all, and the pain would come back. My experience with peppermint essential oil has basically been not that it's overall improved, made me feel wonderful like I lost 10 years, but it made me whee I had the absence of pain. That's what I really noticed. That's how I use peppermint oil, and that's what kind of got me hooked on it, because I actually saw some immediate benefit of when I didn't use it and when I did use it.
It's something I've continued to use whenever I have an issue. I don't have it as much anymore, but whenever my knee kind of starts to ache, I always put a little peppermint oil on there, and within 15 or 20 seconds, once it absorbs in the bloodstream like we talked about earlier, I just noticed that I feel like I did before, no pain.
Claudia: Better than taking an aspirin.
Chris: Oh yeah, much better than taking aspirin. Absolutely.
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