There are certain things that all of us have to do every day. Some things are relatively easy: breathing, reading, eating (for the most part). But sometimes a lot of the basic things that we have to do every day can also be a struggle to get through, like waking up early and getting our exercise in. Happily, nature has given us some remedies to make things easier – essential oils that can “grease our wheels” (pun intended). Check out a few of these ways essential oils can make your routine easier than ever.
1. Waking Up
Our poor alarm clocks. They listen to us at bedtime tiredly talk about the many things we need to do in the morning. They willingly agree to sing anything from guitar music to a rooster crowing. Each morning our “sleep zombie” pummels every nine minutes. Then, an hour later, we apologize and it agrees to do it all over again the next day! When you are feeling groggy in the morning, lemon should be your first go-to. Known for its energizing, invigorating properties, several deep breaths of this stuff coupled with rosemary and basil are sure to get your blood circulating and your mind humming. You can even create a blend that you spray into your shower as part of your morning routine. Your alarm with thank you.
After getting ready a few minutes earlier than normal, you head down to the kitchen and try to decide what to have for breakfast. You know you should probably make a green smoothie and grab a few boiled eggs, but there’s also your ever-so-comforting chocolate and marshmallow cereal. Normally you’d say, “What the heck,” and grab the leftover doughnuts, but then you notice some grapefruit and lavender essential oils on your counter. Grapefruit is the number one essential oil that aromatherapists turn to when it comes to established good eating habits. Grapefruit helps prevent overeating, ease cravings, and helps your body detox and slim down. Peppermint, a great companion to grapefruit, is known for its ability to ease digestion and prevent overeating. Just a drop or two of these essential oils and you will feel empowered to make the right nutrition choices for your body. Take a whiff of each. Perhaps you will decide to boil some eggs and make a green smoothie after-all.
Whether at a job or at school, everybody has to study. Sometimes those pages and charts can be a blur, and the fact that you’ve been doing it for hours isn’t making it any easier. Happily for you, you remembered to grab some wintergreen and frankincense. Wintergreen has an invigorating effect with a sweet and pleasant smell. Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to help clarify and focus thoughts. Put a drop of each into your palms. Breathe deep. Or rub the mixture across the back of your neck. Feel yourself get another burst of energy to help you get the job done. This is also a wonderful blend to keep in your car. When you are on a road trip or even your evening commute and you start to feel drowsy, this is a great way to give yourself a pick-me-up. Couple this treatment with a cup of ice chips to suck on, and you’ve got a great substitute for an energy shot to get you through your day.
We know exercise is good for us, but when it’s been an exhausting day, in an exhausting week, during an exhausting month, it can be a little difficult to make it a priority. Happily for you, when you woke up early and took a refreshing shower, you remembered to do a little prep work. Sitting next to your remote is your car keys, water bottle, and vial of peppermint and sweet orange oil mixed in some fractionated coconut oil. Peppermint is an invigorator. It increases your blood flow and stimulates your mental performance. Sweet orange uplifts your mood while simultaneously calming your raw nerves. Put a dab of each on your wrists. Grab your gear, and carpe diem. You are now energized and ready to go!
Even more certain than death or taxes, each day is going to have its stresses. It’s important to help your body calm down. When your body is under stress for a prolonged period of time you may experience adrenal fatigue, which includes symptoms of exhaustion, irritability, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, you have cedarwood and cypress oils to help you out. Cedarwood promotes the release of serotonin in your brain, which gives you a feeling of peace. Cypress has a similar effect and is used in emotional healing to help with grounding. Keeping these two handy will help you remember to approach problems with calmness and not to internalize them.
6. Going to Sleep
After a long and eventful day, there is a lot going on in your mind. You are thinking of how great some things went, how difficult other things turned out. You are also plagued with events the next day will bring. You set your alarm, promising not to let the sleep zombie hit snooze again. With your brain all a-buzz, you look next to your bed and see some lavender and chamomile essential oils. Lavender, the star child of all essential oil-dom, is one of those magical oils we call an “adaptogenic” – it adapts to what your body needs. It is calming when your body needs calming; stimulating when your body needs stimulated, as well as promotes healing and prevents infection all-in-one. Blend it with the ever-so-soothing chamomile. Put a few drops of each and massage it into your neck, forehead, and chest. Your breathing will slow down, your eyes will close, and you’ll drift off into a pleasant sleep. Think of it as a bottled up version of a lullaby and a bedtime story.
1. Essential oils aren’t really oils
There are in fact two different kinds of oils: fixed and volatile. If you zoom in and look at
the molecules of “fixed oils” like almond oil or coconut oil are made up of long, heavy fatty acid chains – so heavy that they don’t evaporate easily. Essential oils, on other other hand, are more volatile – they have tiny molecules that contain the fragrance, or essence of a plant, which allows them to easily evaporate and be quickly absorbed.
2. Some essential oils can kill you
While most essential oils Don’t cause lasting damage if used externally, especially if they’re diluted, some highly toxic oils taken internally can be extremely dangerous, and for
some there are no antidotes. One example is pennyroyal, a member of the mint family. It has been used in folk medicine to help induce menstruation, but a half ounce dose taken by a young
woman trying to abort a fetus proved to be fatal. Other highly toxic oils when taken internally
include camphor, tansy, wormwood, and wintergreen.
3. Clary Sage Intoxication
Clary sage oil is known for its calming and sedative capabilities, but be careful when mixing it with alcohol. Clary sage will actually amplify the intoxicating effect of alcohol, giving you a higher high and a lower low. In the past, old German merchants would mix clary sage into their wine to give it that calming, floral note that mimicked a good Muscatel wine, which gave clary sage its German name: muscatel sage.
4. Essential Oils Can Affect Your Mood
Essential oils have the power to affect your mood, and we’re not talking about just the placebo effect. When inhaled, the essential oil’s molecules travel through your nose and into your
olfactory system, which then are quickly absorbed into your body.
This is actually one of the fastest ways our bodies assimilate chemicals. Once the molecules are absorbed, they begin to communicate with your limbic system – the part of your brain responsible for emotion, motivation, learning, behavior, and memory. Certain types of chemicals can stimulate different responses, such as confidence, romance, relaxation, or focus. Doctors practicing medicine
in the 18th century knew about this process and would suggest sniffing opium to treat nervous conditions for this very reason, although we suggest a whiff of lavender and chamomile to calm you down instead.
5. Dandelion May Not Help Your Grass, But it can do wonders for your skin and digestion.
Yep, those pesky weeds ruining your lawn actually have been distilled and bottled to treat skin issues and help with digestion. Other weird essential oils out there include tomato leaf, tobacco, clover, and even arctic stinkweed. Essential oils can actually be extracted from most plants, but the usefulness and safety of these oils varies widely. The most healing and potent oils are the ones that are sold on health store shelves and have been harvested and purified to give you the highest and safest quality available.
6. Lavender – the superhealer that started it all.
Lavender is the most popularly used essential oil, and for good reason. It can be used as a sedative, an immune booster, an antibacterial, an anti-inflammatory, or an antispasmodic. The best part, however, is that it is effective while being mild – it’s very difficult to overdose, and gentle when misused. When writing the pivotal book “Aromatherapie” in 1928, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefossé was researching in his laboratory when a small explosion burned his hand. Quickly, he immersed his hand in the nearest container of liquid, which happened to be a large amount of lavender essential oil. To his surprise, his burn healed quickly with no scarring or infection. He wrote his observations in his book and caught the attention of many medical practitioners, and thus began the modern day aromatherapy movement.
7. The Bible has a recipe for an essential oil blend.
The Bible mentions essential oils almost 200 times. While the distilling process we use today gives us more concentrated oils than were used at that time, God revealed to Moses a recipe
for a Holy Anointing oil in Exodus 30:22 that included myrrh, calamus, cinnamon, and olive oil. This oil was considered sacred and was used to anoint the priests that worked in the
8. Some plants can produce two or more essential oils
Essential oils can be extracted from the roots, the stems, the fruits, the leaves, the flowers, or
the bark of plants, and sometimes from more than one part. One example of this is the orange tree: petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the leaves, neroli from the blossoms, and orange from the peel of the fruit.
9. Essential Oils Have been used medicinally for thousands of years
For thousands of years essential oils were used usually ground, mashed, steamed or preserved still intact with their plant form. However, if you lived in Persia in the early eleventh century, you would have known about a man by the name of Avicenna, a literary, mathematical, and medicinal genius. Much like Leonardo DaVinci in his ability to master and understand many
different areas of study, Avicenna turned some of his expertise towards chemistry. Avicenna saw the potential of essential oils, and invented steam distillery, which allowed us to extract much more concentrated forms of essential oils for using medicinally. He also wrote several books about treating people medicinally, and began what would be the formation of our modern day aromatherapy.
10. One drop of oil can pack a powerful punch
Fruits, flowers, leaves, and roots are all made up of different materials, and a lot of that is water and fiber. Each plant contains only a small amount of essential oil. One drop of lemon essential oil contains an entire lemon. In one drop of peppermint you get the same amount as 28 cups of peppermint tea. One drop of rose oil is the same as 25 roses, and 63 pounds of lemon balm to make one 5mL bottle of Melissa oil. Just imagine smelling an entire bushel of lemons, a large bouquet of roses, or a large bathtub of lemon balm, all in one little bottle. That’s what makes an essential oil so potent!
How to preserve, protect and store your precious essential oils
Spills, leaks, and loss of potency. Misplaced and cluttered oil containers. These are the enemies of every essential oil lover. Here some tried and true tips for extending essential oil life from the Crazy Oil Lady. These tips will answer your questions about how to store essential oils best.
- Does temperature affect my Essential Oils?
- Is light bad for my Essential Oils?
- Store Essential Oils in plastic or glass?
- Do Essential Oils expire?
- How Should Essential Oils be Stored and Organized?
- What’s the best way to travel with my essential oils?
We’re believers in the natural healing power of essential oils. We know the value of our essential oils. (They’re not cheap). Maintaining optimal health and well-being are priorities in our lives. Using our troves of essential oils to benefit ourselves and those we love is indeed “essential”.
Getting the most from our investment requires some basic knowledge and good practices. Let’s answer the question: How should essential oils be stored?
Does temperature affect my essential oils?
The short answer is yes. Elevated temperature will negatively affect the shelf life of essential oils.
The longer answer is this: While every oil is different in its chemical makeup, heat is never positive. Once you’ve opened a container of essential oil, excessive heat will lead to more rapid oxidation and deterioration. Oxidation alters the oil’s properties. The oxidation process can cause the loss of potency and even increase the risk of unwanted sensitivities.
On the other hand, cold temperatures generally do not cause any negative effects. So, can you freeze essential oils? Yes. Keeping them cool and dry will keep them potent longer.
A little care in storing your oils will extend and preserve their effectiveness. Keep you oils out of direct sources of heat. Never place them too near your stove of other heat producing appliances. Experts (yes, the proverbial experts) recommend storing your oils where temperatures will not rise about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler the better.
Is light bad for my essential oils?
What causes essential oils to break down besides heat? Light. Light will increase the rate at which oxidation and the loss of fragrance takes place. And, it doesn’t matter whether it’s sunlight or artificial light. Avoid bright lights. Never place essential oils in a window or in direct sunlight.
If you purchase your oils from one of the many reputable essential oil companies, your oils sill likely will come to you in either amber or colbalt blue glass bottles. Both will protect from the sun’s ultraviolet light or artificial light’s damaging effects. Always store your oils in dark bottles. And, make sure the caps are airtight.
Store Essential Oils in Plastic or glass?
As a general rule, glass or stainless steel are always best. Some varieties of essential oils such as cinnamon, lemongrass, oregano and thyme, and even lemon and orange oils, are acidic and caustic and should never be stored in plastic. Be extra cautious with these oils.
Can you store diluted oils in plastic bottles? Yes,, diluted oils can often be safely kept in plastic containers. Containers made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), #1 plastic, and #2 plastic are usually safe for diluted oils.
Never use diluted oils (or any other form of essential oil) in water bottles, plastic cups, plastic drinking straws, styrofoam or thin plastic containers like zip closure bags. Never drink your essential oil beverages from a plastic cup or you’ll be drinking the cup along with whatever is in it.
Do Essential Oils Expire?
Essential oils containing lots of phenols may last up to 3 years when properly stored. (Phenols are also known as phenolic acid. They are organic compounds that have a disinfectant character.) Varieties containing ketones, monoterpenols and/or esters may have a shelf life of 4 to 5 years. The longest lasting essential oils contain lots of sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenols and can last up to 6 years. Examples of long-lasting oils are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree.
How Should Essential Oils be Stored and Organized?
We’ve already discussed the effects of temperature and light on essential oils. But what’s the best way to organize them. How can you make them easily accessible and organized?
When I first started using essential oils, I plopped all my bottles in a drawer. It wasn’t long before they were all jumbled up and turned on their sides with some leaking. It was a big mess.
If they weren’t in my oil drawer, they were strewn randomly throughout the house on counter tops or in a pile at the bottom of my purse. I needed organization. These are the solutions I found super helpful.
Drawer storage. Drawers are handy places to store essential oils. To make the most of an available drawer(s) whether in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, you need something to make organization easy. SHELF is a beautifully designed and durable drawer storage innovation. The SHELF system makes essential oil organization both simple and easy. These storage systems store and display you oils at an angle that makes it easy to see get at your favorite oils when you need them. You won’t have to scan a drawer full of bottle tops with faded or missing lid labels to find what you want.
Counter top storage. If you’re going to have at least some of your oils on a kitchen or bathroom counter, you’ll want something to put them in or on. Again, the SHELF system works nicely. But, there are many other solutions too. NOOK is a counter top storage system that will uniquely show off your oils as well as store and organize them.
Essential Oil Boxes. Many essential oil users purchase wooden boxes that hold and organize their oils. They come in configurations of from 6 to over 60 oils. Hinged lids that close and latch make it easy to move collections of oils from place to place. You’ll find cheap ones made from pine and more expensive ones made with exotic woods like bamboo or walnut. The boxes made from pine are generally unfinished and will become easily stained if you have any kind of a leak or spill.
What’s the best way to travel with my essential oils?
Traveling can present a challenge for those of us who must have our oils with us wherever we go. There are purse-friendly essential oil travel cases that will hold 6 to 12 small 5 ml bottles. You can carry them everywhere, whether traveling or not. That way you’ll always have your go-to oils. If you’re going to be on the move for longer than a couple of weeks, you can buy a much larger soft case that will hold 40 or so 15 ml bottles. You’ll have an oil for every situation but lugging around a larger and heavier case might get a little tiring. You’re best off taking the oils you’re most likely to use in the smallest possible soft, zippered case.
In the End
Caring for, protecting and preserving your precious essential oils will secure your investment. Knowing how safeguard and store them will assure that you’ll enjoy the benefits of their therapeutic properties for a long time to come.
Imagine walking through a lush forest. The pine needle trees enveloping around you and the soft forest floor beneath your feet, wet from recent rainfall. Now breathe deeply. Notice the woodsy scents, the citrusy notes, and the overall freshness of the air.
These soothing and calm-inducing scents you are experiencing are plant-derived essential oils.
Through varying processes of extraction and distillation, we can capture these essential oils in order to benefit from their myriad of uses including reduced stress, uplifted moods, and clearer minds.
Yet some essential oils are more difficult than others to obtain. The combination of short harvesting seasons, rare botanicals, and complex extraction processes make it harder to acquire certain oils, and this will undoubtedly be reflected in their price.
Below are some of the most expensive essential oils used in aromatherapy as well as their impressive range of benefits. While some prices may certainly be surprising, keep reading to learn what makes them such coveted products in the natural health world.
8. Frankincense Essential Oil
Nicknamed the “King of Oils,” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, grounding, and overall wellness with an earthy and uplifting aroma.
Frankincense is derived from the resin of a small, woody tree. In order to obtain this resin, the tree is slashed to make an incision, which causes the tree to exude a whitish-yellowish resin that hardens. When hardened, the resin can be collected and is graded by color, the whitest being most prized. The essential oil is then distilled from the hardened resin.
Frankincense is often used during yoga, prayer, or meditation to enhance concentration and offer a sense of spiritual connectedness.
7. Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum essential oil is steam distilled from tiny, delicate, golden yellow blossoms of the perennial herb, Helichrysum italicum, offering a sweet and earthy aroma. There are hundreds of Helichrysum varieties, but only a few produce essential oil.
When diffused, Helichrysum creates an invigorating scent that promotes stimulating and refreshing surroundings.
Also known as the Immortal Flower, Helichrysum can be applied topically as well to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes and provide a glowing complexion.
6. Jasmine Essential Oil
Regarded as the “King of Flowers,” Jasmine is a highly fragrant aroma that uplifts mood and provides a positive outlook.
The oil is extracted from the flowering Jasmine plant, but the flower must be hand-picked at night before sunrise when their aroma is most intense. Then they are processed to produce a solid material from which their absolute is obtained. It requires more than 10 pounds of flowers to create one 5-ml bottle. This is a very labor-intensive process, which accounts for the high price of jasmine.
Nonetheless, Jasmine is a very versatile essential oil. It can be added to your evening bath for a calming, aromatic experience, or applied directly to skin to promote the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin. It can even be used as a personal fragrance, boosting self-confidence and energy.
5. Sacred Sandalwood Essential Oil
Native to India, Sacred Sandalwood essential oil is recognized for its woodsy, uplifting and sweet aroma. Sandalwood has been steadily increasing in cost in part due to growing demand and scarce resources. It takes as long as 30 years for a tree to mature in order to harvest sandalwood properly.
It is commonly diffused during yoga, meditation, or prayer for an immersive and focused experience.
Sacred Sandalwood can also be applied topically to enhance the natural radiance of healthy-looking skin.
4. Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Blue Tansy essential oil is harvested from a rare yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant found in northern Morocco, offering a sweet and herbaceous aroma.
When applied topically, Blue Tansy helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and soothe skin irritation. For this reason, it is often used in high-end luxury beauty products.
Blue Tansy can also be used aromatically to uplift mood and reduce stress.
3. Neroli Essential Oil
Carefully extracted from orange blossoms, Neroli has a citrusy, floral scent that instills mental clarity, emotional balance, and relaxation. It takes 220 pounds of flowers to produce just 2 ½ fluid ounces of Neroli oil.
When applied topically, Neroli helps to soothe the skin and offers an aromatic massage experience. It also combines well with other essential oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Marjoram.
2. Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa, also known as lemon balm, is a rare essential oil that offers a sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance. Steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves of Melissa officinalis, it can be used aromatically, topically, and internally. Although the fragrance is easily released, a considerable amount of plant material is needed to create this essential oil.
It is known for reducing tense feelings, promoting relaxation, and calming feelings of nervousness. Melissa can be diffused at night to encourage peaceful sleep or massaged onto the forehead, shoulders, or chest to help reduce stress. Or add a few drops to moisturizer as a refreshing way to rejuvenate the skin.
1. Rose Essential Oil
Rose oil is one of the most expensive and valuable essential oils, with a history dating back as early as the eleventh century with Persian writings describing the process of rose distillation.
Roses must be hand-picked very early in the morning and distilled immediately. Harvesting season is short, lasting only between May and June. It requires 22 pounds of rose petals to create 5-ml of essential oil.
With a fresh, soothing aroma, rose oil is excellent for inducing a spa-like feeling when used in aromatherapy, helping to reduce feelings of emotional anxiety, stress, and nervous tension. It can also be applied topically to dehydrated skin and to help prevent premature aging.
Do you have any of these special oils in your cabinet? We would love to know! Share your favorite essential oils and how you use them in the comments below.
What if there was an apocalypse tomorrow morning, would you be prepared? That really gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?
See the thing is, you never know when it’s going to happen or IF it’s going to happen. But you know what they say… better safe than sorry. And it’s always a good idea to be prepared for an emergency.
My theory is that it’s better to have your “apocalypse kit” ready-to-go when the SHTF. This way you can get your crucial supplies together while you still have plenty of time, and access to all your favorite specialty stores and online shops.
Lord only knows what you might grab in a last minute mad dash out the front door… a loofah, a fly swatter, and a copy of Us magazine? Actually those might come in handy too. But chances are you’ll want the important stuff — like a good sharp knife, a cooking pot, and some water purification tablets. And you should probably throw in some protein bars and a well-supplied first aid kit, and as my grandma Ada would say “don’t forget your sweater!”
Now please don’t be embarrassed if you’re considering taking this advice, and going the extra mile to prepare your own apocalypse survival kit. Sure it may seem a little melodramatic, and people may laugh at you now — but who are they going to run to when it all goes down? You guessed it!
I can think of some must-haves for an awesome apocalypse kit. It would definitely contain a few magical and powerful elixirs. You know, those secret potions that can cure everything from skin diseases, to inflammation and infections.
I’m talking about the top ten essential oils that are a MUST have in any survival situation. These 10 essential oils are known to have mystical healing powers, which is why they have been used for thousands of years, perhaps before the word pharmacy was even invented.
Let’s check out just what these mystical powers might be, and why these 10 essential oils are a crucial part to an apocalypse survival kit:
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
It’s safe to say, nature’s medicine cabinet has tea tree oil front and center.
It’s the go-to oil when anyone asks “is there a doctor in the house?” When antibiotics aren’t an option, this extraordinary medicinal plant is a deuce in your bag.
The oil cultivated from the punchy and powerful Australian tea tree has an excellent reputation amongst people in-the-know for it’s antimicrobial properties, among many other benefits.
Basically antimicrobials kill lots of harmful organisms that aren’t visible to the naked eye, yet are the culprit in many diseases and infections. The natural terpinene found in tea tree oil is extremely powerful, and useful for healing many ailments that might pop up in a cataclysm such as staph infections, lice, scabies, and fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
And let’s face it… you’re definitely going to need healthy feet if zombies show up at your door! So be sure to pack a bottle of tea tree oil in your apocalypse survival kit.
2. Frankincense essential oil
Speaking of zombies, did you know that one of the best ways to beat Frankenstein is with a splash of frankincense, it’s like Kryptonite to the walking dead.
Frankincense essential oil has been used for thousands of years all over the world, and is especially prized in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for it’s healing properties.
This powerful elixir is a crucial component to your apocalypse kit thanks to it’s well-documented anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s a fact that inflammation can damage your body on a cellular level, causing everything from a bout of hay fever to crippling arthritis or even cancer.
The main healing agent in frankincense that reduces inflammation and makes it such a potent potion is alpha-pinene. It gives off a strong piney scent, and is scientifically proven to heal your body at a cellular level.
Frankincense can also be used to ward off little inconveniences, like wrinkles and flatulence. And it does a great job of healing the kind of knee-scrapes you might get while running for your life.
3. Patchouli essential oil
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again. However, they could cheer him up quite nicely with a little patchouli oil.
Patchouli has sedative qualities and has been used for centuries to relax anyone caught in hysterical fits. That’s because it’s earthy/musky scent triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, aka “the happy hormones”, which sets a person at ease.
Patchouli is an anti-septic too, so if you’ve been wounded by a rusty nail or perhaps a stake that you didn’t see coming, no need for a tetanus shot — just patch yourself up with a dash of patchouli.
And here’s a little trivia for you… did you know that the great King Tut was buried with a large jug of patchouli oil by his side? Apparently he took it with him to the great-beyond as assurance that he would wake from the dead in good condition. That’s because patchouli is a powerful bug repellant. Patchouli keeps the creepy-crawlies away, even King Tut can attest to that.
4. Oregano essential oil
Oregano oil is a wonderful cleansing agent thanks to the presence of thymol, which kills bacteria and makes oregano oil such a great housecleaner.
Homeowners and squatters alike can use it to de-contaminate even the most cobwebbed corners. Just combine 10 drops of oregano oil with 6 ounces of water and 4 ounces of vinegar to bring your dusty abode back to it’s former glory.
Oregano can really clean up your intestinal tract too, it heals all sorts of gut-wrenching maladies and digestive disorders quite nicely. Oregano oil also works very effectively when combined with patchouli oil as a bug spray.
Just add 10 drops each of oregano and patchouli oil to 6 ounces of a carrier oil such as coconut for an effective bug-repellant that won’t harm your delicate skin, but will leave even the most pre-historic sized mosquitos begging for mercy.
5. Ginger essential oil
Known to heal all sorts of stomach disorders, ginger is the go-to oil for tummy aches. It will keep your stomach from turning, and help settle things down in choppy waters — plus it tastes pretty good!
Try applying 3 or 4 drops of ginger oil to any boring bowl of gruel and turn it into a tantalizing feast. And of course ginger is a mainstay in Asian cooking, so be sure to add some to your long-life noodles to extend your life by at least ten years.
Oh and BTW, ginger essential oil is also a great treatment for menstrual cramps. So no Midol, no problem if you’ve got your ginger oil handy!
6. Lavender essential oil
Ah yes, the powerful and relaxing scent of lavender. Really no essential oil kit is complete without lavender oil. Even though it’s known for having a truly relaxing and pretty scent, it also has lots of excellent medicinal qualities.
The reason every spa worth it’s salt has plenty of lavender oil splashing about is that it’s an important healer when it comes to getting your skin in tip-top shape. Lavender oil is a highly effective antibacterial agent that just happens to have a lovely floral scent.
You can use it as an antidote for all sorts of skin ailments such as rashes, cuts, and bruises, and it also makes a really great dandruff shampoo.
*Warning* — used in ancient Egyptian times to mummify bodies, the scent of lavender in the wind may be a forewarning of mummies in your midst.
If that’s the case just say this incantation 3 times to protect yourself — Lavendulie lavendula, this place is sacred, my personal spa. Lavendulie lavendula, halt you scoundrel, stay right where you are!
7. CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL
You might be surprised that clove is crucial to your survival, but it has many excellent benefits. First of all it has a lovely autumn scent that will remind even the most homesick traveler of the holidays, and it’s loving memories that keep us going in hard times. Second of all it’s a natural anesthetic.
Clove is often found in a variety of oral health products. The healing power of clove is due to it’s active ingredient eugenol, which numbs pain and sanitizes the body.
You can use clove to relieve a toothache, improve gum health, or rid yourself of dragon breath. Of course dragon breath might be useful as a weapon in a pinch, but generally it’s disdainful and to be avoided.
For a daily mouth rinse, mix a tablespoonful of coconut oil with 3 or 4 drops of clove oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. This technique is known as “oil pulling”, an ancient method in Ayurvedic medicine used to pull out oral toxins.
8. COCONUT ESSENTIAL OIL
You’d have to be a nut not to appreciate all the benefits of coconut oil. It’s mild enough to make an excellent carrier for other oils that are too potent to go undiluted. Coconut oil won’t irritate your skin or interfere with the beneficial effects of other essential oils.
“What’s a carrier oil?” you ask. A lot of essential oils are too astringent to put directly on your skin, so a part of ANY good essential oil kit is a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, and there several others such as grape seed oil.
I am recommending coconut oil because of it’s diversity and bountiful health benefits. It can be taken orally or rubbed onto your skin.
Coconut oil is a great cleansing agent for your mouth and hair, and has anti-fungal properties, which is always a good thing. Be sure to use it with your favorite scented essential oil for a relaxing massage after a hard day of running from an angry hoard, or as a daily moisturizer.
Coconut oil is known to reduce wrinkles too, so combine it with a skin-friendly essential oil like lavender to turn that frown upside down. You can even use it as a cooking oil.
Coconut oil bypasses your fat cells when consumed and goes straight to your liver, quickly giving you energy without making you fat. It reduces cholesterol and keeps you light on your feet, so you can run like the wind should the need arise.
9. BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
Sweet-smelling bergamot is sure to give you a joyful burst of happiness. It’s used in many perfumes because it has such a pleasing aroma, and bergamot makes a great deodorant.
A citrus-based oil with the active ingredient limonene, bergamot oil is a mood-booster that also effectively treats neurological disorders.
So ward off those nervous ticks and mini-breakdowns with a few drops of bergamot at the wrist and behind the ears. Bergamot oil has other beneficial highlights too, such as helping to balance insulin levels in the body.
And one more thing… it’s a remedy for intestinal worms. Gross yes, but good to know in an apocalypse.
10. EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Ah the final essential oil on this list, but certainly not the least. You can breathe more easily knowing you have eucalyptus in your back pocket. Eucalyptus oil has such a soothing effect on the respiratory system, it’s a must-have for your kit.
Inhaling the vapor of eucalyptus works wonders on the common cold, and it’s a great decongestant. Eucalyptus opens up your lungs and breathing passageways so effectively that it is often used to treat bronchitis. You can also gargle with eucalyptus to soothe a sore throat.
Plus eucalyptus is known to exude a sort of gum which can be quite useful in sticky situations. Aborigines have used it for centuries to fasten spears and fishing lures to poles — so if you have to hunt for your food, you’ll have some tricks up your sleeves.
Wrapping It Up
Well, there you have it my friends! The top 10 essential oils for an apocalypse. So now you have no excuse but to be prepared… just be sure to have your apocalypse kit properly stocked and ready-to-go right by the front door in an emergency.
Oh… and one more thing — please do store your precious cargo in dark and sturdy glass containers. Light, heat, and air spoils the potency of these powerful potions.
Okay, so now you can say you’re thoroughly prepared for even the most cataclysmic calamity. Of course nothing may actually happen… but just in case.
Since the dawn of the Internet, people have enjoyed instant access to endless information about anything and everything their heart desired. The Internet is undoubtedly a great resource and power, but because anyone with a brain and a computer can contribute to it, its wealth of information is a little, well, muddy.
This is especially true when it comes to information about topics that are misunderstood or understudied, like essential oils. Any person with a blog, theory, and personal experiment under their belt can make claims about essential oils—bad or good—and pose them as fact.
Needless to say, if you’re perusing the Internet looking to get some solid information about essential oils, it can be tough to sift through the hooey and get to the facts. That’s why we’re debunking some of the most widespread myths about essential oils, so you can arm yourself with the truth—and ensure you’re using them safely.
MYTH: “Therapeutic grade,” “pure,” or “medical grade” essential oils are best.
Many companies claim that their oils are “therapeutic grade,” “pure,” or “medical grade.” While the terms may sound nice, these labels aren’t universally defined—there’s no regulatory agency that grades or certifies essential oils.
These terms hold very little weight, unlike other well-known regulated terms, such as “organic.” If something says it’s “organic” it must meet certain standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, there’s no such certification (yet!) to regulate essential oils, so most of the terms on essential oil bottles are fluff. This also means that because the essential oil industry is unregulated, the quality of products can vary greatly.
To get the highest-quality oils, a good rule of thumb is to stick to products that are chemical-free and extracted through mechanical cold pressing or distillation. Stick with a brand you trust and avoid oils that have been diluted with synthetic fragrances, chemicals, or oils.
MYTH: Essential oils don’t expire.
Essential oils can last a long time … as long as they’re not exposed to air.
Essential oils are complex mixtures that contain multiple compounds—many of which have oxygen atoms attached to them. When these compounds are exposed to air, they undergo an oxidation process that eventually affects the oils’ quality.
If you’re a wine drinker, this may sound familiar. This is the same process that’s responsible for spoiling that 1994 Pinot Noir that you opened three weeks ago.
Oxidation not only degrades essential oils’ therapeutic and aromatic quality, but using spoiled oils may also increase your risk of skin irritation or other allergic reactions.
If the aroma or consistency of your oil (or wine!) has changed drastically, it may be wise to toss it.
MYTH: A burn or rash on the skin after applying essential oils means your skin is detoxing.
If anything you put on your skin causes a rash or burn to develop, it should NOT be put on the skin again. A rash is a sign of a skin irritation caused by an allergic reaction. It’s your immune system basically saying, “Invader! Invader!” and doing its best to fight off the foreign substance.
What’s more, the body has its own detoxification system, and doesn’t need much help (you know, besides feeding it with lots of fruits, veggies, and fiber, and hydrating it with water). Our bodies process toxins that we come in contact with every day through the liver, kidneys, and skin, and eliminates them via our sweat, urine, and feces.
If you have a skin rash that doesn’t go away on its own or you begin to feel other symptoms, such as a general ill feeling, see a doctor.
MYTH: Essential oils are safe because they’re natural.
Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent safe. Think about it: Arsenic, poison oak, and mountain lions are natural, but it’s in your best interest to stay away from them.
Now, we’re not saying essential oils are on the same level as arsenic. When inhaled or combined with a base to use on the skin, most essential oils are safe. Still, it’s important to know that even though they’re derived from plants, they can still cause adverse reactions—so it’s important to use them wisely.
Some common side effects include:
- Asthma attacks
- Allergic reactions
Essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin or ingested. Eating essential oils could be extremely harmful, and in some cases, fatal.
MYTH: Essential oils can treat health conditions.
Essential oils have many benefits, including temporary stress relief, and helping people with insomnia sleep better. But despite how popular and loved essential oils are by many, there’s not much scientific evidence proving that essential oils are an effective way to treat health conditions.
Research has shown that essential oils have positive effects on certain conditions—like applying chamomile and sesame oil to the temples to relieve headaches, or fighting inflammatory conditions with thyme and oregano oils—but most of the studies are small and often conducted on animals.
Essential oils are safe if used properly, but if you’re facing a health condition, be sure to check with your doctor first to ensure you’re getting the right treatment. It’s also wise to disclose that you’re using essential oils to your doctor, because they may interact with other treatments or make your condition worse.
MYTH: Essential oils are safe for people of all ages.
The safeness of essential oils depends greatly on who’s using them and how they’re being used.
Children are more sensitive to the effects of essential oils, because their skin is thinner so they can absorb dangerous amounts. If left unattended, children may also be intrigued by the oil’s smell and ingest it. Some oils specifically, like birch and wintergreen may be especially harmful to children 6 years or younger, because it contains a chemical called methyl salicylate which may be fatal.
It is possible to use essential oils on children, but it’s critical to check with your pediatrician first. It’s also wise to check with your doctor before using essential oils if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, because some can harm your unborn or newly born baby.
To keep your kids safe, be sure to store your oils in a place where little hands can’t reach or get into.
Essential oils are all the rage. Thanks to big brands like Young Living, doTERRA and other essential oil suppliers, oils are growing in popularity every day. Lavender, peppermint, and frankincense are household names there seems to be an oil for everything.
No matter your essential oil expertise, you’ll definitely want to have a few accessories to enhance your oil experience. A few of the more popular aromatherapy accessories include…
- Essential oil organizers
- Essential oil holders
- Essential oil storage cases
- Essential oil wooden boxes
- Essential oil diffusers
- Carrier oils like coconut oil
- Vegetable capsuls for making your own oil blend supplements
- Essential oil roller bottles
- Essential Oil bottle openers
- Essential oil books and guides
Once you purchase a few essential oils you’re going to wonder, “What’s the best way to store my essential oils?” You’ll find that storing them in ways that display clearly and easily will enhance your enjoyment. And, you’ll use them more often. That’s a good thing.
Let’s take a look at some of the most innovative and beautiful ways to store, organize and display your precious essential oils.
Essential oil drawer organizer
Storing essential oils in a drawer is a popular storage solution. The trouble is, if you don’t have a system, essential oils plopped randomly in drawer are a mess. Bottles get turned every which way, labels are hard or impossible to read and expensive oils can leak. Ugly, confusing and expensive.
We think the best in-drawer solution is a modular system that stores oils at an angle. These will easily connect and display your assortment of essential oils at the perfect viewing angle. They are available in wood and light metals. The essential oil storage systems made of metal are better because they resist staining and corrosion. Oils such as peppermint, lemon, orange and many others can stain and corrode the finish on many storage systems made of wood.
Essential oil holder
You’ll may find that you want your go-to essential oils within reach and in view all the time. If so, a countertop or table top essential oil organizer will fulfill the need. There are many to choose from. You’ll find them made from wood, stone, metal and plastic. They come in configurations ranging from carousel-style and boxes to innovative cascading arrays.
When choosing one for a kitchen, bathroom or bedside table surface, the way it looks is important. You want it to be beautiful. You want it to show off your favorites. You want warm fuzzies every time you look at it. Organizing and displaying essential oils can be so satisfying when done tastefully.
Essential oil storage cases for travel
When traveling, you’ll want take along a travel case you can stuff in a purse or backpack. A wallet-sized zip pouch holds can hold most of the essential oils you’ll want when traveling.
Here are six of the most popular:
1. Lavender. Lavender is good for healing burns and skin irritations including eczema and psoriasis.
2. Frankincense. Frankincense helps reduce stress, headache and is good for immune support. It can also help get rid of toxins in the liver and kidneys.
3. Tea tree. Tea tree oil is good for soothing insect bites. It’s a powerful antiseptic and helps heal canker sores.
4. Peppermint. Peppermint oil can help with digestion and relieving an upset stomach. Many people like to inhale peppermint oil from cupped hands after rubbing a couple of drops on the palms.
5. Antibacterial blend. Blends of Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary leaf oils can kill germs. Blends such as this are great for sanitizing hands and objects. Taken internally, they help support the immune system.
6. Citrus oil. A perennial favorite is lemon oil. It’s good for deodorizing a smelly room. Most of all, a drop or two in a glass of cool water is refreshing and healthy.
Take along your travel oils in 2ml or 5ml bottles and you’re good to go and prepared for just about any need. It’s a great first aid essential oil kit.
Essential oil box
An essential oil wooden storage box is a standard accessory for many essential oil lovers. The majority of the ones you’ll find on the internet are made of pine. The more expensive varieties are made from bamboo or a variety of hard wood. They range in capacity from just a few to 15 ml containers to almost a hundred.
Essential oil diffuser
Essential oil diffusers create fine, airborne essential oil particles than can be inhaled. They combine essential oils with water to create a continuous mist. Depending on the oil, diffusing can help reduce stress, improve mental acuity, improve mood, help clear congestion and calm and purify the air.
Room diffusers come in hundreds of form factors and materials. Plastic varieties cost just a few dollars while those with bamboo or stone will cost much.
Car diffusers are great too. Just put a few drops of the desired essential oil on a pad that goes in the diffuser and attach to a vent.
Coconut oil for essential oil users
Fractionated coconut oil is light, clear and free of scent. It’s perfect as an essential oil base or carrier. You can mix a drop of essential oil with 5 x fractionated coconut oil and use the blend to apply on the skin. Dilution ratios will vary with the type of essential oil. Dilution charts are available online.
Fractionated coconut oil is easily absorbed and won’t clog skin pores.
Vegetable capsules for essential oil users
Many essential oils are consumable and are helpful as nutritional supplements, weight loss aids and for fighting infections. Using clear vegetable capsules is an excellent way to ingest helpful essential oils.
Capsules made from vegetable material can be purchased online or from your preferred essential oil provider.
Roller bottles for essential oils
Once you get into essential oils, it’s likely you’ll want to mark your own blends and essential oil products. Glass roller bottles makes it easy to mix and apply your essential oil blends using roller applicators. The 10ml size is popular and can be found and purchased online and from essential oil accessory stores.
Essential Oil Tool Key
The essential oil key tool is one of the most underrating essential oil accessories. With it roller bottle tops and plastic orifice caps can be easily removed. This tool will save your fingernails and searching through your kitchen drawer for a screwdriver. They’re normally sold in 3’s and can be purchased anywhere essential oil accessories are sold.
Essential oil reference guide
You’re going to need an essential oil reference guide. Knowing what each oil is for and how to use it is basic. Many essential oil guides are available at no cost on the Internet or from your preferred supplier. Other, more detailed, guides and essential oil books are available for purchase online and in accessory stores.
And, is that all?
No, there are many more useful accessories. These 10 will get you going. As you progress along the essential oil path, you’ll find dozens more accessories that will help you get the most from your essential oils. We’ll talk about those in subsequent blogs.
Enjoy your essential oils.