Uses of different Essential Oils for common concerns can be confusing for many and that’s not good because it should be fun! There are many different ways you can use essential oils. As well as a vast variety of different essential oils and essential oil blends available in the market. I hope this blog post helps you decipher how easy it is to use them and how each oil has more than one use to offer. Please be aware of the general safety tips when using essential oils, especially if pregnant and/or with young children.
Different ways for Using Essential Oils
You can use essential oils in various ways. Oils can be applied topically to your skin in a cream, lotion, oil, or roll-on. Uses of different essential oils can be done in the shower or bath with bath salts, shower oils and soaps. They are easy to carry with you in a roll-on or as an aroma inhaler. All you have to do is take a deep breath when needed. You can also use them throughout the home in a room spray or diffuser.
When working with emotions, I favor using a diffuser or aroma inhaler. For skin care or muscle soreness, topically works best. Dilution rates are also important when using essential oils. Usually adding 3-4 drops of an essential oil or blend to a diffuser is enough. If you are making a cream or lotion, 10-12 drops per ounce works well. For more dilution rates, check out our downloadable dilution guide.
Essential Oil Basics
Essential Oils capture the energy of the plant and come from various parts of plants (flowers, leaves, stems, bark, wood, etc). It’s this individuality that gives essential oils their therapeutic benefits. Also, since they come from plants, all essential oils have a botanical name. This botanical name is what separates one form of Lavender from another such as lavandula angustifolia or lavandula latifolia. Even though there are several types of Lavender, it is the oil’s botanical name that references its properties.
Not only does an oil have a botanical name, all essential oils also belong to chemical families. An oil can have one or two families or 5 or six chemical families. There are ten different chemical families and they are monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols, sesquiterpenols, esters, aldehydes, phenols, ketones, oxides and ethers. These chemical families as well as the terpenes (constituents) found within these chemical families are what gives the essential oils their properties, aromas and benefits. To summarize, the benefits of an essential oi are often defined by its botanical and chemical family as well as its terpenes.
Uses of Different Essential Oils and the SOQI Products
The SOQI Products include the Chi Machine, SOQI Ceramic FIR Heater, the Electro Reflex Energizer, and the E-Power Machine. Using the SOQI Products on a daily basis in your own home is how they were designed to be used. If you add the uses of different essential oils to your SOQI Routine or your wellness regimen, you can maximize your efforts. If we review the main benefits of the SOQI Products you will begin to see how you can incorporate the essential oils into your daily use from the list below.
The Chi Machine is known for promoting overall circulation, helping to relieve muscular aches and pain, and to help move the lymphatic system and reduce extracellular fluids. The SOQI Ceramic Far Infrared Heater promotes circulation through its gentle warmth engaging the body’s own immune response. The Electro Reflex Energizer offers benefits similar to reflexology helping to relax the body, release muscular aches and tension and promoting circulation. The E-Power Machine has been studied in China and found to help those dealing with Insomnia, painful joints and as an overall tonic to promote vitality. The Electro . Imagine using essential oils with your SOQI Products to enhance their many benefits.
Using Essential Oils for Common Ailments with SOQI Wellness Products
There are lots of essential oils and essential oils blend in today’s marketplace. I am writing this brief article because many people have shared with me that even though there are a lot of oils available, they still don’t how to really use them by themselves or with the SOQI Products. I looked at several company’s essential oil starter kits to get an idea of what essential oils many of you might have at home and found 6 essential oils to be pretty common. The six oils are Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Tea Tree.
Below is a list sharing some common concerns and what uses of different essential oils may be of benefit.
- Abdominal Cramping / Digestive Discomfort – Lavender, Peppermint,
- Muscular Tension, Spasms and Aches – Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree
- Chest and Sinus Congestion – Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree
- Circulation / Lymphatic Congestion – Lemon, Peppermint,
- Painful Joints – Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint
- Immune System Support – Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree
- Headaches – Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint
- Stress and Anxiety – Frankincense, Lavender,
- Sleep – Frankincense, Lavender
- Uplifting / Energizing – Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus has a strong and powerfully fresh and green yet medicinal aroma. It is a cooling oil. Its most dominant chemical family is oxides. Eucalyptus contains a high percentage of 1,8 cineole. This property is what gives Eucalyptus its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic properties. Making it a great oil to use as an expectorant, mucolytic, and for immune system support. It makes a great airborne antimicrobial and promotes cerebral blood flow.
Eucalyptus makes a wonderful oil to use with any type of respiratory illness. You can use it as a steam for several days when you feel a cold coming on or in a diffuser. You can also create a rub for your chest to help break up congestion or help with a cough. Because of its fresh scent it helps with energy as well as mental fatigue.
One word of caution with Eucalyptus is that you need to be careful using with Children under 10 years of age and with people who have asthma.
Frankincense Essential Oil (boswellia carterii)
Frankincense has a woodsy and slightly resin aroma. It’s part of the monoterpene, sesquiterpenol, monoterpenol, and sesquiterpene family and is dominant in the monoterpene family due to its high content of a-pinene. The a-pinene gives Frankincense many of its analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, and gastroprotective properties. It also works wonders for the skin, and overall tonic, and for immune support.
Frankincense is a famous oil dating back to biblical times. Using this oil can help calm stress and improve focus and promote meditation. It works well for tension in the head and neck as well as for joint pain. It is also great for respiratory conditions. When you add Frankincense to any blend you will only need a small amount. It’s wonderful properties and benefits work well.
Lavender Essential Oil (lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender has a wonderful floral and herbal aroma. I love its aroma! This oil belongs to the chemical families of monoterpenols and esters. It contains a high percentage of linalool and linalyl acetate which gives Lavender the properties of being a great airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti anxiety, antibacterial, antifungal (candida), anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, hypotensive, immunostimulant, sedative and vasorelaxant properties. It has so much to offer I am not surprised why so many of us use it.
I call Lavender the feel good oil. If you have physical or emotional discomfort lavender is definitely going to be your friend. Lavender is very calming and helps in reducing anxiety and fear. It also helps calm you when you are having trouble getting to sleep. It works well for headaches, general muscle aches and pain including helping to relieve rheumatic pain. Because of its antimicrobial properties it helps support and protect your immune system. It’s is even a friend of the skin aiding in wound and scar healing.
Lemon Essential Oil (citrus limon)
I love the aroma of lemon. It is fresh, clean and energizing! Lemon belongs to the monoterpene and aldehyde chemical family. It contains a high percentage of d-limonene giving it analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, antiviral, astringent, cooling, diuretic, and immunostimulant properties.
Lemons works well for so many things. Lemon essential oil promotes circulation helping to reduce swelling and pain associated with varicose veins. The aroma of lemon uplifts the mood as well as helps to counteract pain and inflammation. If you use lemon for skin care, it will make a wonderful astringent.
Peppermint Essential Oil (mentha x piperita)
Peppermint definitely has a strong fresh yet menthol scent and is very cooling. It belongs to several chemical families including monoterpenols and ketones. It contains a high percentage of menthol. This gives peppermint its analgesic, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipruritic (itching), antispasmodic, antitussive (coughs), choleretic, cns stimulant, dopaminergic, hypotensive, skin penetration enhancer properties.
Peppermint is widely known for supporting and dealing with a wide range of digestive issues including spasms. Many people drink peppermint tea to soothe and calm their upset stomach. If you have nausea or travel sickness, ginger can help. It is also very energizing and stimulating helping to relieve fatigue and promoting alertness. It also can assist for pain relief and respiratory congestion.
A note of caution with peppermint essential oil. You should not use with children under 5 years of age and avoid applying it near the face of children. Oils high in menthol should not be used by people with clotting disorders and in cases of cardiac fibrillation.
Tea Tree Essential Oil (melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree essential oil definitely has a medicinal aroma. It belongs to several chemical families most prominent in monoterpenes and monoterpenols. It contains a high percentage of terpinen-4-ol and a-terpene making it a great airborne microbial, analgesic, anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, immunostimulant, vasodilator.
Tea Tree essential oil works well to support the immune system and has ability to help fight respiratory infections as well as oral and skin care. It is also uplifting.
If you are interested in purchasing essential oils, I recommend Nature’s Sunshine Essential Oils. Their oils are wonderful, they are pure, potent and very affordable. The kit includes 10, 5 ml bottles. The kit contains 5 of the oils mentioned above as well as 5 essential oil blends that work extremely well and smell amazing!