So, how do I choose an essential oil that’s right for me?
There are a few ways to choose an essential oil and all are valuable.
- We can look at the properties of the oils
Physically an oil may help us with cold and flu relief, a headache or migraine.
Emotionally an oil may help us feel less sad, calm our anxiety, slow down reactions.
Mentally we may be feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, distracted.
Spiritually we may be disconnected, unaware, indifferent.
2. We can also choose from the aroma families
Citrus – tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, lime. They are cold pressed from the fruit rind. Citrus essential oils are energising and help to uplift the soul. I increase my use of citrus oils during the colder months and perfectly compliment blends that fight off the winter blues. They also work wonderfully in natural fragrance perfume roller blends.
Important: Some citrus oils can cause a skin reaction when exposed to the sun. This is called photosensitivity or phototoxicity.
It’s a reaction to essential oils that may cause blistering of the skin where the oil had been applied, severe sunburn, or a long-lasting change to the color of your skin. Definitely, something to be avoided.
According to the research done by Robert Tisserand in his book, Essential Oil Safety Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime are phototoxic.
Floral – Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Jasmine
Herbaceous – Melissa (Lemon Balm), Hyssop, Basil, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary,
Woody – Buddha Wood, Sandalwood, Vertiver, Cedarwood, Cypress Pine, Cypress Blue, Juniper Berry, Rosewood
Spicy – Aniseed Myrtle, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Carraway,
Resinous – Myrrh, Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Frankincense, Elemi
But then how do we chose from here, considering there are many oils that could serve each of these situations?
For example with a cold or flu, how do we choose between clove, chamomile, lemon, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lime, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, niaouli, lavender, kunzea?
I suggest purchasing a 3 – 5 essential oils and exploring these, before building onto your collection. Their is such a thing as ‘odor fatigue’ – but that’s a subject for another blog post!
The best way to get to know your precious essential oils is to familiarise yourself with them – follow your nose and let your nose direct you, not your head!
Our olfactory sense is intimately in tune with both nature and our deeper body knowing.
Trust your intuition and your sense of smell.
If you love the smell – guess what? It means YES, it’s good for you in that moment and it may very well be good for you for a long time, or another oil may come in.
TRUST YOUR BODY
Take the top off the bottle and take a gentle breath through the tip of your nose, inhale the aroma gently and see which one/s your resonating with today . Be intuitive – Intune –
Did you know that a new scent can break old neural pathways. This is great if you are feeling stuck, or suffer from a chronic condition, or need to make sa shift or change.
Look for creative ways to enjoy essential oils in a personal blend and trust what you like in that moment.
You can access the mini series ‘Exercise with Essential Oils’ to learn about different individual essential oils, or how accessing movement with essential oils can open the body to change and transformation and how to make a few simple blends in personal products – here on YouTube.