Top 3 Essential Oils

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three essential oils, which ones would you choose? Every oil has multiple benefits, and if you spread that across all of the oils available, well, the choice can be a bit overwhelming! There's an old saying in the herbalist community that goes something like: The best herb to use for what you have is the same herb that you happen to have. That might not sound like completely useful advice, but it isn't that far from the truth. Natural therapies that are based on botanicals rely on the synergistic action of the multitude of constituents that the herb or, in this case, the essential oil contains. Often the body seems to hone in on the constituent/benefit that it needs. This phenomenon has led to many herbs/oils being described as adaptagenic in their action.

The two most sought after benefits that essential oils provide to the practice of aromatherapy are calming/ relaxing and uplifting/ energizing. It seems that we are always either too tense or too tired. A third very important benefit is purifying/ cleansing. Like it or not, in this age of flu pandemics and super bugs, it's important to be something of a germaphobe.

There are many different oils that provide the benefits of calm, energy and purity, so choosing the best three is a rather arbitrary exercise. After you focus in on a particular desired benefit, it's mainly a matter of which oils providing those benefits you find most appealing aromatically.

calming oilsHere are some easy ways to achieve the three key benefits we've discussed:

Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, geranium, clary sage, rose

Place 3 to 5 drops of a calming essential oil on your pillow before bedtime.

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Peppermint, lemon, rosemary, spearmint, ginger, lavandin

Place 1 to 2 drops of an energizing essential oil in the palm of one hand. Rub palms together briefly and cup hands over face and inhale. Instant invigoration!

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Tea tree, eucalyptus, thyme, spike lavender, camphor

Create your own natural cleansing wipes:

2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol
12 drops of two or more purifying essential oils

Blend ingredients together in a small measuring cup. Individually stack and fold up to 24 paper towels. Saturate the paper towels with the mixture and store in a small, heavy duty zip lock type freezer bag. Retrieve them one at a time and use them as hand wipes.

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With all these good candidates, choosing the "top" oils is basically a matter of personal preference — what works best for each of us as an individual and which aromas we prefer. For the majority, the choices seem to be lavender for calming, peppermint for energizing, and tea tree for purifying. Experiment and see if you agree.

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Bergamot essential oilBergamot is a special essential oil that's expressed from the peel of a unique type of citrus fruit that isn't really quite an orange, or a lime, or a lemon. The tangy, fresh oil contains a constituent known as bergaptene which makes the skin particularly susceptible to the burning ultraviolet radiation in the suns rays. For this reason the oil is often distilled to selectively remove the bergaptene. The resulting oil is known as bergamot bergaptene free and carries the BF designation attached. The BF oil is more appropriate for application in personal care and natural perfumery while the non BF oil is more appropriate for diffusion and natural room fragrancing.

In the days before machine extraction of the oil, workers sat in dark basements out of the sunshine and squeezed the oil from the fruit peel into sea sponges to safely recover the oil.

Along with rosemary, bergamot BF is an integral component of the traditional, original fragrance known as cologne. Bergamot is refreshing, inspiring, uplifting and cheering. Another of its principle constituents is linalool which can also be found in the similarly scented spice coriander seed.

Bergamot Creative Inspiration Diffusion
1 ounce water
7 drops bergamot essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Place ingredients in the bowl of a candle lamp diffuser. Light candle.

Bergamot BF Complexion Mist
4 ounces purified water
12 drops carrot seed essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
14 drops bergamot BF essential oil
Bottle with spray-mist cap attachment

Directions: mix ingredients in the bottle. Shake well and then apply 2-3 spritzes to finish your skincare regime.

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