First, every oil has one or more unique and specific functions related to our health where they are more effective. Like, seriously, just type “best essential oil for” in Google and you’ll see what I mean. Sleep, acne, cough, headache, colds, anxiety, sore throat, skin, dry skin, whitening teeth… That’s what showed up in my search. I’ve even seen an oil being touted as the Best Essential Oil for Potty Training. (Come on…really?)
Now, if you open up one of these links, (let’s take best essential oil for sleep), you’ll see that not everyone agrees on just one. Again, in the search that I did, I found responses everywhere from the top 6 to the top 12 oils. Why is that?
Because of one thing. Us.
Not every person responds to the same oil in the same way. Our bodies are different. The chemical compounds that make us up are in different ratios. Why? Because we all have different DNA, environment, food sources, etc. Someone experiencing high levels of stress will have a vastly different mixture of adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine in their blood than someone who is in a state of peace and calm. And it’s those chemicals in our body that the essential oils are interacting with. So, too much adrenaline, for example, and the calming effects of the oils simply have to work harder to bring your anxiety down.
Now, again, please note, as I’ve said before, I am not a health professional. I’m not a licensed holistic medical practitioner, or a massage therapist, or any of that. I’m a guy who deals with anxiety. A lot. Like, stay-at-home-and-don’t-even-want-to-go-get-the-mail-today kind of stress. And though I’ve dealt with it since grade school, it’s only recently reached the point of being debilitating for the past two years or so. During which time, I’ve had many, many free hours to do research. Everything you’re reading I found through books, or documentaries, or verified sources on the internet. Please do your own research. Don’t just blindly trust what anyone says – including me.
Now, that being said, here are a few essential oils that I think everyone should at least take a look at.
I talked about which oils you can use in Part 2 of this series. Find the one you like best, and then decide on the ratio you want to use. If you have sensitive skin, or aren’t sure how you will react, use a lower ratio, then build it up. For each 1% ratio, you would use 6 drops of Essential Oil to 1 fluid ounce of Carrier Oil. So for a 5% solution, it would be 30 drops of Essential Oil to 1 fluid once Carrier Oil.
If you’re not worried about sensitivity, but just don’t want to use 100% pure Essential Oil, then try a 1:1 (1 drop Essential Oil to 1 drop Carrier Oil) or 1:2 ratio (1 drop Essential Oil to 2 drops Carrier Oil). The best is always to start lower and work up. The last thing you want is to put your system into shock, develop a rash, etc.
Finally, there are quite a few pre-mixed blends on the market. Blends are, as you probably guessed, a mixture of several essential oils together for a specific purpose. I’ll talk about some of those in upcoming blogs down the road, or feel free to do some research on your own.
Until next time – Be Well Always!!!