27, 07, 2017
As many of us gear towards for more natural methods in anything, essential oils are those that have been around since the beginning and are always a favourite to those who experiment with them and use them to their fullest potential. No one really knows about their power and what they bring to the table until they’re added into our daily lives. Not only are they wonderful for a relaxing inhalation, but they’re perfect for your skincare, concocting your own perfumes, deodorizing and cleaning your home, and so much more.
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong and therapeutic aroma. They’re extracted from flowers, leafs, fruits, seeds, and roots of trees and plants. Simply one drop is very powerful since they are composed of very small molecules that penetrate your cells and bloodstream, whether it be topical or by inhaling it’s therapeutic properties to circulate throughout the body. Studies have shown that essential oils help with the treatment of anxiety, depression, infections, and a few other medical conditions. When these oils are massaged into the skin they can help treat and heal certain skin conditions such as cuts, muscle aches, burns, and even small bug bites.
The Blackstone Essential Oil Gift Set I received includes 6 aromatherapy oils: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass and Sweet Orange. There aren’t any synthetic chemicals, dilution, no additives, fillers, making them 100% pure ingredients that are sourced in my home country of Canada. I absolutely love this set since it gives you the option to mix and match your favourites to create the perfect aromatic experience. Essential oils are best used with diffusers, humidifiers, but are also used in cleaning products, perfumes, and for topical use when properly diluted with water or mixed with a carrier oil. Let’s go through each of the oils in the Blackstone set.
“A fresh and cooling herbaceous scent that can relieve congestion and improve breathing. It can be used topically when diluted with a carrier oil or during steam inhalation.” – Whether I get a stuffy nose from a humid summer day, or fighting off a cold and need extra relief from a congested nose (especially in the winter), Eucalyptus never fails to help out whenever I need it the most. I used to always turn to Vapor rub before, but Eucalyptus works much faster and it is a lot more soothing while being extremely effective.
“A rich, floral scent that’s calming and healing. Add a few drops to your bath, bed sheets or diffuser to promote relaxation and create an uplifting mood, free of tension and anxiety. Perfect for skincare when diluted.” – As someone such as myself whose experienced and continues to experience a lot of anxiety, Lavender oil has always been a must in my household. It helps to relax the mind and ease off any worrying thoughts. When I meditate I like to dilute this and spray a bit around my space for a more calming sensation.
“A refreshing and sweet aroma whose high menthol content helps relieve symptoms of cold and cough when inhaled. When used topically, peppermint oil is effective in relieving headaches as well as muscle and joint pain.” – Of all the oils I could ever own, Peppermint is by far my favourite since it has many great uses. I love to add a few drops of this into my shampoo every now and then, but another favourite way to use this powerful oil is to ward off insects, especially with spiders since I love them so much. I mix a few drops with water and dish wash soap (to help break down the oil) in a spray bottle and spritz it around the areas in my home that are most bug prone.
“A grassy, citrus scent that is uplifting and smoothing when added to a warm bath. Often used in cleaning products due to its bacteria-eliminating properties. Lemongrass oil has a reputation for being a natural deodorizer and insect repellent.” – I’m not going to lie, but Lemongrass oil is my least favourite oil. The only time I seem to be able to tolerate it is when it’s mixed within beauty products. To be fair though, I haven’t really played around with Lemongrass until now to see what possibilities it can bring. I’ve realized that when added into a bath with a pinch of Sweet Orange oil as well it’s the ultimately gateway into relaxation heaven.
“A fresh earthy, medicinal scent with anti-infectious and anti-fungal properties Commonly used in homemade cleaning products and shampoos. Adding a few drops into a diffuser can be effective in killing mold.” – Tea Tree oil is a very important and key part in my daily skincare routine since it’s the only spot treatment that my skin can always relay on. I can’t recall it ever not working for my oily and acne-prone skin. It’s always the oil I go back to when all else fails and I’m having a skin-emergency. It’s important to note that when using pure Tea Tree oil you must always dilute it with water, or else you will learn the hard way like I have in the past!
“A clean and comforting citrus aroma like the orange peels from which it’s derived. It has a refreshing scent that can help ease tension, serve as a natural air freshener, and can be used as a cleaning agent.” – This was honestly my first time with this oil, and I absolutely didn’t think I had any need for it, but since getting more acquainted with it I can officially say that I love Sweet Orange. There’s a lot of similarities to how Lavender oil can make you feel. It’s very calming and relaxing to inhale deeply. Prior to receiving these essential oils, the diffuser that I already own broke, which is a shame since I see myself using this oil often while I write.