Your Essential Guide to Essential Oils

A couple of drops of your favourite essential oil can do wonders for your health and well-being. All natural, and with over 90 different types to choose from, these plant- extracted fragrances are a great way to find some zen in your busy life, whilst each supplying their own benefits and there being a scent for every personal preference- whether that be something floral and sweet, or a little more aromatic or musky! Find out more in our guide to essential oils below.

So what exactly is an essential oil?

The different types of essential oils all start as plants. The liquid ‘oils’ are extracted, containing the essence of the plant’s scent. They are then mixed with carrier oils, bottled up and ready to use. As simple, and as pure, as that.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a variety of different ways, which makes them so versatile and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Here are a few ways in which you can add essential oils into your day to day lives…

Step One

Massage / rub into your skin for a full body uplift

Either add a few drops of your essential oil into your moisturiser or put it straight on your body, and massage into the skin in circular motions. Your skin will be left enriched and rejuvenated, plus you will smell divine all over!

Step Two

Practice your own aromatherapy

Add about 10 drops of your chosen essential oil into a water-filled diffuser (you can buy these both online and in health shops). Watch as the room fills with a gorgeous, calming scent. Top tip - pair this with yoga for total relaxation and a wonderfully mindful experience.

Step Three

Add to your bath

For a relaxing evening unwind, add 6- 8 drops of your chosen oil into warm bath water and soak in pure bliss.

Step Four

Sleep tight

Try dabbing a few drops onto your pillow and bed sheets for an idyllic bedtime setting, optimising sleep with dreamy aromas and calming properties.

With unlimited possibilities, you can soon create a luxury spa setting in your own home!

Benefits of Essential Oils

Incorporating these natural oils into your day can be very beneficial over time. Each individual type of oil has its own powerful properties, packed full of goodness. Here are just a few general positives of most essential oils…

  • Calming - Made from only natural ingredients, with both deep and lighter scents, essential oils are very calming and great to use when feeling stressed or anxious.

  • Sleep - Essential oils can have positive effects on sleep habits.

  • Medicinal benefits - essential oils can sometimes be a great alternative for some minor aches and pains. They can be good for pain reduction and some anti-inflammatory conditions, but obviously speak to your doctor to discuss this.

  • Colds, Flu and Viruses - With loss of sense of smell and taste being a symptom of Covid-19, new research is finding that retraining your senses with essential oils can be beneficial in regaining some olfactory sensation. This includes the four essential oils: Rose, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Clove. AbScent is a very useful website with the latest research on this.

A snapshot of some of my favourites!

As part of my guide to essential oils, here are a few of my top ones which are worth giving a go for a therapeutic remedy to any mood.

Chamomile - The perfect essential oil to aid calmness and a state of relaxation, chamomile is a brilliant one to try if suffering from anxiety or depression. It can help relieve your stresses and fears, easing your mindset and finding some peace. It is also frequently used for PMS.

Eucalyptus - Another great one to help prevent stress with its menthol/ minty scent, eucalyptus encourages optimism and concentration. Good to clear your head and have a positive outlook.

Lavender - A few drops of lavender on your pillow at night will increase calmness and tranquillity, and promote cognitive functions.

Lemon - A summery, sweet scent can optimise happiness and create a sense of peace. The lemon notes can also relieve fatigue, fear and confusion.

Rose - A beautiful floral oil which creates peace and happiness. This is a great one to use to relieve loneliness, grief, and anger. Many women use rose essential oil for menopause too.

Tea Tree - Tea Tree is a powerful oil to use to build strength and morale. Its aroma can create a soothing aura, which can help reduce stress levels.

Ylang Ylang - With its slightly fruity fragrance, ylang ylang is a great mood-booster, encouraging positivity and decreasing any anxieties or withdrawal.

Where to get your hands on essential oils?

Essential oils are easily available at most healthcare shops, for example Holland and Barrett and Neal’s Yard, and online on Amazon.

About Cordelia Aspinall

I am a running addict, yoga bunny, Zumba-loving 24-year-old Bristol Spanish Graduate, who is obsessed with shopping, travelling and healthy wellbeing! I love exploring new places- whether that be foreign countries, wine bars, or the best brunch spots, and then writing up a piece to let you all know about them! My ideal writing scene is by the sea in the beaming sun, cocktail in hand!