My Top 5 Essential Oils

And a few bath soak blends

I love aromatherapy oils and I believe that they work for you, sometimes better than chemical items. I haven’t studied aromatherapy oils, but I have been reading up on it in articles and bought books about it for years now. You need to always be careful with the amount of essential oil that you use because it could also do harm, if you use too much.

If you going to use the oils to massage someone, then you should do the following:

  • 5ml of Base Oil (like Almond Oil)
  • 3 drops of Essential Oil

Mix together and use as massage oil. Do not use without the base oil or use more drops because it could ‘burn’ the skin or make the person nauseous.

Each oil has it’s own uses and things that it helps for. Below is the breakdown of the oils.

#1 Tea Tree Oil

I love this oil and I run out of it quite quickly. It has also become quite popular which has resulted in in becoming a lot more expensive now. I even use this oil on my dogs in order to keep fleas away and if they have any allergic reactions to anything. I use it for the same reason on the humans in the house.

Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.

Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa. Some people add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.

#2 Peppermint Oil

This is another oil that I use on both the dogs and the humans in the house. I usually mix it with the Tea Tree oil.

Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant — a cross between water mint and spearmint — that thrives in Europe and North America.

Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavouring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Peppermint oil also is used for a variety of health conditions and can be taken orally in dietary supplements or topically as a skin cream or ointment.

Clinical evidence suggests that peppermint oil likely can help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It may also help indigestion and prevent spasms in the GI tract caused by endoscopy or barium enema. Some studies show that used topically it may help sooth tension headaches and cracked nipples from breastfeeding—but more research is needed to confirm these studies.

When used as directed, dietary supplements and skin preparations containing peppermint oil are likely safe for most adults. Peppermint oil may cause side effects such as heartburn and it may interact with certain medications. Talk to your health care provider before using peppermint oil.

#3 Eucalyptus Oil

This oil is wonderful for when you have flu or you feel that you’re struggling to breath. It opens up the airways quite nicely. We have a Pekingese dog and sometimes he struggles to breath due to a phlegm build up in his nasal area. I then take the bottle and hold it in front on his nose for a few seconds and after that he starts breathing properly again.

Eucalyptus is a tree. The dried leaves and oil are used to make medicine.

People use eucalyptus for many conditions including asthma, bronchitis, plaque and gingivitis, head lice, toe nail fungus, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Eucalyptus leaf contains chemicals that might help control blood sugar. It also contains chemicals that might have activity against bacteria and fungi. Eucalyptus oil contains chemicals that might help pain and inflammation. It might also block chemicals that cause asthma.

#4 Lemon Grass Oil

I love the smell of lemon grass. This oil helps to relax me and makes me feel fresh and revived.

Lemongrass is an herb that belongs to the grass family of PoaceaeLemongrass is also known by Cymbopogon; it is a genus of about 55 species of grasses.

Lemongrass grows in dense clumps that can grow six feet in height and four feet in width. It is native to warm and tropical regions, such as India, Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is used as a medicinal herb in India and it is common in Asian cuisine. In African and South American countries, it is popularly used for making tea.

Lemongrass oil comes from the leaves or grasses of the lemongrass plant, most often the Cymbopogon flexuosus or Cymbopogon citratus plants. The oil has a light and fresh lemony smell with earthy undertones. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing and balancing.

#5 Lavender Oil

I use lavender when I want to have to relax and make sure that I’m going to sleep. I usually add it to my bath.

Lavender is an herb. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine.

Lavender is commonly used for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, headache and pain.

In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavour component.

In manufacturing, lavender is used in pharmaceutical products and as a fragrance ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, potpourri, and decorations.

Lavender (scientific name Lavandula angustifolia) is commonly contaminated with related species, including Lavandula hybrida, which is a cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia, from which lavandin oil is obtained.

Lavender contains an oil that seems to have sedating effects and might relax certain muscles. It also seems to have antibacterial and antifungal effects.

That is a little info on the oils and some of their uses. Below I have created a short ‘infographic’ for you to share some of my bath soak blends with you. I hope it helps.

Osa-Belia Essential Oils Infographic

I would also love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

Keep your crystal on and your sparkle strong

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