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My Journey Into Essential Oils

7.24.2017

believing in the power of oils

My latest obsession after Voluspa candles is ESSENTIAL OILS! Blame it on my increasing paranoia to reverse signs of ageing =_= !!! I need to look youthful and healthy too and one of the ways I'm exploring today is using essential oils. So I have been reading online about the benefits, the differences between organic and non-organic essential oils, which essential oils would be good as a start and which could help improve your health and beauty!

types of essential oils & its benefits

What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are concentrated essences extracted from flowers, fruit peel, berries, leaves, plants, etc. Used in aromatherapy, natural remedies and are therapeutic.  The benefits include improving physical ailments, promote emotional well-being and quality of life. Read 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils.

How To Use Essential Oils?
  • Massage
  • Diffuser
  • Shower / Bath
  • Inhalation
You cannot apply it directly on your skin (too potent, might cause an allergic reaction) and must use it with a carrier oil, lotion, bath, or shower gel. Also do not take it internally (make sure u double triple check this with the brand first as we don't know how safe it is!) and if you're thinking of using it for children, please read up the dosage! Essential oils are like medicine, there are dosages to follow so you do not mix and used too much! (allergies, etc).

Essential Oils Facts:
  • highly flammable 
  • stored away from direct light/sun
  • the bottle is either dark/brown/blue
Carrier Oils (base oil/veg oil) are used to dilute essential oils. They help carry the oil into the skin. Applying essential oils directly onto the skin without carrier oil would not help and might instead harm your skin due to its potency. Here are popular carrier oils:
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Rose Hip Oil
What's A Good Brand?
With so many companies out there promoting that they're the best, I had to read up reviews and company information to determine if they indeed what they claim to be:
  • Pure
  • Natural
  • Therapeutic grade/Organic
Of course, essential oils are not cheap depending on how they were produced which could be from seed to seal (from seedlings to farm to processing the oils - Young Living), wildcrafted (means from the wild, which would yield better quality oils compared to farmed ones), organic or not (but essential oils from what I read are generally free of pesticides because the molecules are smaller and able to pass through the process). Be wary of ones that are just synthetic oils, fragrance oils, aroma solubles mostly used for diffusers so they're cheaper than 100% pure organic oils.

Three ways Essential Oils are made:
  • Steam distillation (woody/robust plants e.g lavender)
  • Extraction (delicate flowers e.g jasmine)
  • Expressed (soft fruits e.g lemon/grapefruit)
Best brands I read online, consistently points to:
  • Young Living
  • DoTerra
  • Mountain Rose Herbs


Young Living - How To Use Essential Oils

I do recommend reading this article! I liked how the author has gathered some brands and rate them according to her search, price and reviews. If you're like me diving into the world of essential oils, do some reading, comparison and research on the types of oils you need. Google Popular Essential Oils and you'll find many articles on this topic alone. I'm currently reading Natural Living Ideas this as it provides pictures and how it's made.

To date, I bought many types of essential oils but never really go in depth about the pricing vs use. I think the ones I have are not 100% pure natural essential oils :( but luckily I didn't use it topically for myself, it was just for my diffuser. Some I bought from visiting spas e.g pillow mists, massage oils, headache ointments. I do have two bottles of Melvita's L'Or Bio extraordinary oil, Linden Leave's rose oil and a couple of massage oils (these are blends).

So let's start fresh! Yesterday I bought myself my 1st essential oil Frankincense from Neal's Yard Remedies. It was freaking expensive, 10ml for RM165 (why did I even pay for it argh). Why does imported beauty brands in Malaysia has to be so freaking expensive?

the benefits of Frankincense Oil
(this poster got my attention at Neal's Yard Remedies)

I didn't think it would be that expensive and they didn't even give me the 10% discount (store opening) well maybe because during that time the oil was sold out so I put my details to be updated if the oil was restocked again. According to the BA, it's always sold out which got my attention. Being a hoarder, the word sold out is like magic to my ears. Still regretting I paid so much for an essential oil, I went online to check out prices from Mysale.my and one brand called Art Naturals sold the same essential oil at RM95 for 120ml size (facepalm). I'll put it to comparison when I get my 2nd Frankincense oil.

art natural essential oils

Now I tried looking up information for this brand but couldn't find much. A site did review that they sell 100% pure natural essential oil so for me, I guess why not. I bought the following essential oils for my diffuser which I'm proud to say not bad for the price!
  • 100% Pure Essential Oil - Frankincense 4oz/120ml @ RM95
  • Pure & Natural Magnesium Oil 12oz/355ml @ RM59
  • Top 16 Essential Oil Set 10ml each @ RM89
Now the reason why I decided to start off with Frankincense Essential Oil is that besides being linked as a natural cancer healing remedy, it's also to said useful to reduce wrinkles, pigmentations, moles, warts, boost the immune system, relieve chronic stress, and many more health benefits. Read here.


it's said Frankincense Oil is the King of Essential Oils

Then, of course, I wanted to explore more so I got the top 16 essential oil set from Art Naturals. At RM89 why not! It's a bargain that I can explore with my trusty diffuser. The set is comes with the following essential oils 10ml each - Bergamot, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, and Tea Tree oils. Use these pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to help tackle common ailments, boost mood and scent your home and office with aromatherapy. Create your own nontoxic household cleaners, skin, hair and body care products. The possibilities are endless with this carefully-selected, signature collection.

an example of Magnesium Oil Benefit

Then I got the Magnesium Oil because I read that topical use of Magnesium is better than pill popping. Magnesium was one of the supplements recommended to me by Blackmores during my health check for stress management. It's from vegetables and bananas which I rarely eat so I am going to find another way to have Magnesium in my body.

When my haul comes next month (it takes a month from Mysale) I'll do an unboxing review okay! Sigh does this post sound long winded? I tried to make it as simple as it can be already. Still, a newbie here so whoever who has any info to share please do leave a comment!

11 comments:

  1. I'm actually thinking of getting myself a diffuser... Simply because I love how Thai Odyssey or spa centres have this calming n therapeutic environment n I really wish to recreate that... Hopefully I can become more Zen by then.. Lols

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