Essential oils are used every day by Canadians looking to address a cause of some discomfort. Some may come to essential oils to release them from the restrictions of daily headaches, the limitations of chronic pain, the restlessness of insomnia, or the overwhelming burden of anxiety. Choosing the right essential oils suitable for you starts with identifying your cause and why you want to begin using them.
For thousands of years, essential oils have been used in aromatherapy with a variety of benefits confirmed in scientific studies of the past century. Essential oils can be used in a number of ways however inhaled seems to be the preferred method of essential oil therapy. For a lot of people, they may be recommended a few different essential oils. This is common and you may need to experiment a little with different ones to see how you react to them.
In terms of where to start in how to choose essential oils, sticking to the basics is probably a good start. Lavender, for example, is a very, very popular essential oil known for its soothing qualities. Lavender’s used in numerous health, wellness, skincare, and beauty products, even some marketed for use on infants. It’s a very safe essential oil, derived from a beautiful, purple plant.
Many people will start with lavender before venturing out into more adventurous territory. That said, again, it does vary depending on what you want to treat. If you want an organic essential oil that’s going to help you focus, lavender has more calming properties so that isn’t going to necessarily work. Comparatively, vetiver may be an option. This essential oil has antioxidant properties, may help fight free radicals and eliminate toxins, boost one’s sense of well-being, and yes, help with focus and concentration.
When trying essential oils, it’s imperative to ensure you’re doing it right. Though there are topical essential oil creams and such, the most effective way to get them into the body is probably via an ultrasonic diffuser. All you need to do is set it with some water and a few drops of an essential oil, and the diffuser does the rest. Chances are you’ve probably run into a diffuser somewhere along the line as they’re used all over the country in homes and businesses. For an essential oil such as bergamot which is commonly used in Earl Grey tea, these are the sorts of smells you can expect to find from a diffuser which will spread it all across the room.
Choosing essential oils and how to find a suitable one involves research, testing, and ultimately openness to finding something that works. There are also many academic studies available researching different essential oils for all sorts of different conditions. If you’re really struggling, consider consulting with some of these academic studies to find out what’s worked for others in your position. The world of essential oils is fun and expansive so be sure to enjoy it!