I am certainly no guru when it comes to essential oils, but since my early teens I have had a fascination with them and the properties they posses. Over the past 9 years of research about essential oils for my business, Peace, Love & Soap, I have gathered some knowledge that may be helpful. This post is only the basics....even shorter than the Reader's Digest version. It is a starting point.
Let's talk about Lavender. Lavender is my favorite go-to oil for many reasons. It is naturally calming, promotes rest & relaxation & improves sleep. Did you know that Lavender can help with acne, repel bugs & promote hair growth. Seriously, what's not to love?
What about Lemongrass? It is naturally uplifting...one sniff and you'll see. It is naturally anti fungal, antibacterial & it relieves muscle soreness. Lemongrass is also a mosquito repellent.
Let's not forget about Peppermint! We all know it is great for breathe but it goes so much deeper than that...like repelling spiders! It aids in digestion, awakens the mind, helps fight headaches and is naturally anti bacterial & anti microbial. It produces a "tingle" when applied to the skin that some people love and others...well, not so much. If you are not a fan of the strong "tingle" sensation, it is helpful to first mix the essential oil with a "carrier" oil such as coconut or olive oil. (**this goes for all essential oils)
Eucalyptus is great for respiratory issues as well as congestion or cold. It opens up the lungs & sinuses. It is also used for muscle pain, exhaustion, acne, cuts, burns, insect bites, even shingles!
Patchouli is another favorite of mine but I can't speak for everyone. It is usually the Love/Hate scent and this is because it is associated with Hippies. For some this is a good thing (love me some hippies) others remember a time when Patchouli was used in the place of deodorant...for days on end. I get it, but don't break my heart, give it a try. Patchouli is a calming oil & a natural aphrodisiac. Yep, that's right. It helps fight depression, soothes inflammation, stops fungal growth & works as a bug repellent.
These are just a FEW properties of a FEW oils. There is so much more to all of them and they truly are incredible! At Peace, Love & Soap we have 2 (for now) blends that are very popular with our customers. These blends are Patchouli Lavender & Lemon Eucalyptus. The great thing about the blends is that you basically combine the goodness of each oil into one.