How essential oils can improve your everyday life
From beauty and wellbeing to their use in jewellery, cleaning and even as spider deterrents, just a drop of these all-natural oils can have huge benefits for you and your home .
As society trends away from the unnatural and mass-produced, there has been considerable interest in using essential oils to promote health and wellbeing.
Nothing new here, as essential oils have been extracted from various plant materials and enjoyed since time immemorial. The Egyptians used them for embalming bodies, where the antibacterial and fragrant properties must certainly have helped; religious practitioners have deployed them for centuries for their aesthetic and mystical appeal; and, of course, the wealthy and powerful have always sought out the most precious oils for personal pleasure.
In recent years, essential oils have really come into their own, as more and more of us have begun to appreciate the difference they can make to our physical and mental enjoyment of life.
Interested but not sure where to start? Here are a few ways you can use essential oils in your daily life to make a positive difference:
The scent of pure essential oils is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and one that is now available in abundance with a huge variety of room diffusers, humidifiers, and oil-infused candles.
Of course, everyone has personal likes, dislikes, and associations. I’m not a huge fan of jasmine as I find it rather cloying and overly sweet, but there are plenty who love it. On the other hand, I adore the scent of rose; it’s one of the most precious and expensive of oils, as you need so many petals, hand-picked at the break of dawn, to produce a really good rose absolute.
Blended essential oils elevate the scent of individual oils to another level entirely. Just as with cooking and most artistic endeavours, it takes many hours, years in fact, to get a good grasp on how oils blend together to produce the most compelling fragrance. If you get it wrong, it can cost you dearly – with the most precious oils retailing at over £60 for 10ml, making a single drop worth around 30p.
Find a reputable supplier, or experiment yourself in a controlled fashion, and then sit back and enjoy the scent as it diffuses into the room.
Beauty and wellbeing
Beauty and wellbeing applications abound when essential oils are diluted with a carrier oil such as almond and jojoba, enabling them to then be applied to the skin as massage oils, cleansers, exfoliators and rubs. These products are heavily regulated for a very good reason, as pure essential oils can be incredibly strong and may harm you if you put directly them onto your skin. This is particularly the case with certain citrus oils which are highly active, with astringent properties and photosensitivity that activates under direct sunlight and can cause chemical burns.
This is where experts have an important role to play in providing a variety of naturally-derived products that have gone through a very detailed process of Cosmetic Compliance and Safety Assessment.
If you want the enjoyment of the fragrance of essential oils without putting anything on your skin, then try Perfino natural scent jewellery. These have been created specifically so you can wear them and enjoy some expertly-blended pure essential oils, without having to put any chemicals on your skin.
This is uniquely achieved by a single drop of oil on a porous lava stone, which sits inside the jewellery: giving you aromatic pleasure all day long, with none of the possible pitfalls.
Aromatherapy, or the therapeutic use of oils, has really grown its audience in the last decade as increasing scientific evidence supports the use of oils, often in ways that have been used and studied empirically for centuries.
Neal’s Yard, which started in business 40 years ago and continues to sell from its shop in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, has for years provided treatments using their oils supported by great credentials and a wealth of expertise.
Niche expertise and know-how has further developed over the last few decades, catering for the use of aromatherapy and essential oils for very specific purposes. Anatome produces signature sleep blends as well as a range of oils to support immunity, heart health, and mental wellbeing, and they all smell great.
CBD oil has also filtered into this specialist arena in recent years. Again, charlatans and false claims abound, so make sure you do your research before you believe the headlines.
In the home
Cleaning and even disinfecting done with the less expensive oils – particularly the citrus oils and, especially, lemon – can be effective. A small drop of lemon oil in the dishwasher makes for a clean machine and a wonderful smell in the kitchen. And then there is the loo…
Fabric refreshment can be achieved with the tiniest drop of lavender or another of your favourite essential oils. This is far more natural and minimal in terms of packaging than some of the products on the market, which are 100% synthetic and come in large plastic containers.
And finally, spiders! There are certain insects, particularly spiders, which really don’t like peppermint. So, if you would like to control who, or what, comes into your home (and you like the smell of peppermint), then put this around your windowsills and conduct your own little experiment. This is also great for ladybirds, who do like to come into the house when we would rather they were eating the aphids on our roses.
So, there you have it. Essential oils are fascinating and powerful biomaterials which have their own properties and uses, but which most certainly warrant bringing into your daily life for various purposes, but mainly just for sheer pleasure, and to celebrate the wonders of nature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Brookes is the founder of Perfino, an innovative natural scent jewellery brand. Perfino combines expertly-blended, 100% natural, pure essential oils with exquisite jewellery, so you can wear a scent all day long without any chemicals touching your skin.
The solid recycled silver and 18ct gold vermeil, artisan-designed pendant comes with six lava stones and 10ml of carefully blended natural essential oils, all sourced from sustainable growers. One drop of oil on the stone in the pendant will give you a delicate fragrance that can last for days.