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A Guide to Essential Oils

Introducing essential oils into daily life can be easy and offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Below are a few tips and ways to help inspire you to get started. Always remember to take safety precautions and dilute with a carrier oil before topical use.

A Little Background

For centuries, aromatic plants have been used in traditional medical systems as well as households to enhance well-being, bring forth spiritual awakening, and assist with cleansing and purification rituals.

With the advent of steam distillation as an efficient way to extract these concentrated aromatic compounds, essential oils have continued to be researched and slowly integrated into daily life. We are learning more and more each day about these potent plant extracts, and the myriad of ways they can support our wellness and enhance our quality of life.

Essential oils are extracted from precious plant material that required land, air, water, and lots of energy, care, and hard work to create. As more and more people are using and loving essential oils, sustainability is an issue to be mindful of. When it comes to essential oils, use what you need — for your own health as well as that of our planet, less is more.

Essential Oils to Help Promote Mental Clarity

By simply using many essential oils aromatically, such as in an aromatherapy diffuser or by direct palm inhalation, one’s mental clarity and focus can be enhanced.

Studies have shown that many essential oils can be energizing, increase alertness, stimulate motivation, and even improve memory.

Ellia Essential Oils to use for mental clarity:
Pay Attention
Basil
Lemon
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage

Suggested Uses:
Clear Mind Diffuser Blend 3 drops Lemon
1 drop Rosemary
1 drop Basil
3 drops Peppermint

Awake and Alert Shower Melt
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp water
30 drops Ellia Pay Attention Blend
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Peppermint
Ice cube tray
Place cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Add water a little at a time until a thick paste forms. Transfer to ice cube tray and freeze (about an hour). Remove from tray and place in airtight container. Makes approx. 4-5 melts.

Essential Oils to Aid in Rest and Relaxation

Now more than ever, many people find it hard to unwind from a long day of work, or to let go of the day’s pressures and strains. Some of the most widely researched essential oils and chemical components contained therein have been shown to have a powerful impact on the body’s ability to restore and relax.

Ellia Essential oils to use for rest and relaxation:
Wind Down
Bergamot
Lavender
Sandalwood
Vetiver
Ylang Ylang

Suggested Uses:
Sweet Slumber Diffuser Blend
5 drops Lavender
1 drop Sandalwood
1 drop Vetiver

Before Bed Foot Rub
2oz. bottle of unscented body lotion
20 drops Ellia Wind Down Blend
Pour Wind Down drops into lotion bottle and shake well. Massage a small amount into feet before bed.

Essential Oils to Help Boost Energy

Smell is the only one of our senses linked directly to the emotional control centers of our brain. This means that what we smell can have a direct impact on our emotions. Many essential oils can actually be used to help create a positive emotional outlook and give us extra pep in our step.

Ellia Essential Oils to use to help boost energy:

Orange
Grapefruit
Mandarin
Peppermint
Get Going

Suggested Uses:
Get Up and Go Diffuser Blend:
2 drops Orange
2 drops Mandarin
2 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Peppermint

Energize Me Room Mist 2oz. spray bottle
5 drops Get Going™ essential oil blend
5 drops Orange
5 drops Peppermint
Place essential oil drops into bottle and top with water. Place cap on the bottle. Shake well before use.

Essential Oils Can Support Clear Breathing

Essential oils can be powerful tools to help with seasonal challenges. They can also help encourage us to take deep, revitalizing, full breaths when needed. This is a great example of how the plant part from which the essential oil is extracted can help reveal that particular oil’s usage. Trees provide excellent help with clear breathing, while citrus fruits can cleanse and purify the air.

Ellia Essential Oils to use to support clear breathing:
Open Up
Eucalyptus
Juniper
Lemon
Siberian Fir
Spruce

Suggested Uses:
Diffuser Blend:
2 drops Siberian Fir
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Spruce
1 drop Juniper

Chest Rub for Respiratory Support 2x 2oz. tins
4oz. almond oil
1 tbsp beeswax pellets
10 drops Siberian Fir
5 drops Spruce 3 drops Eucalyptus 5 drops Lemon
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Once melted, stir in the almond oil. Once all mixed and melted, remove from heat. Stir in the essential oils and pour into tins. Let sit for an hour or two to harden.

Essential Oils Can Inspire Inner Balance and Aid in Meditation

Certain precious plants, such as frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood, have been used since ancient times as incense, spiritual offerings, and meditation tools. It is then not surprising to see the research affirming the grounding, focusing, and centering qualities of these essential oils that have been known for ages.

Ellia Essential Oils to use to assist inner balance and aid meditation:
Be Centered
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Myrrh
Patchouli
Vetiver

Suggested Uses
Mediation Diffuser Blend 4 drops Be Centered™ 2 drops Sandalwood 1 drop Frankincense

Quiet Mind Roll-On
10ml roll-on bottle
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Bergamot
Jojoba oil
Place drops of essential oil in bottle and top with jojoba oil, then insert rollerball and tighten lid. Shake well, apply to pulse points, and inhale deeply.

Essential Oils can Cleanse and Purify the Home

Most conventional home cleaners are filled with harsh chemicals. Many essential oils are excellent for home use, as they have powerful cleansing properties and can be easily integrated into cleaning regimens. Essential oils can be diffused into water and baking soda or mild soap for general surface cleansing.

Elllia Essential Oils to help cleanse and purify the home:
Fight It
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Tea Tree
Pine

Suggested Uses
Clean Air Diffuser Blend 3 drops Pine 3 drops Tea Tree 2 drops Lime

All-Purpose Counter Spray
3 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar
25 drops Ellia Fight It Blend
15 drops Lemon

Essential Oils Can Enhance Your Beauty Regimen

Many essential oils have been shown to have restorative and rejuvenating properties for the skin, as well as cleansing abilities that can help balance out problem skin.

Throughout history, botanical extracts have been used to support healthy, glowing hair, as well as to nourish the skin to preserve its youthful glow.

When using essential oils on skin, hair, or the scalp, it is always important to dilute in your favorite carrier oil. Carrier oils are vegetable oils that are derived from the fatty portion of plants, such as jojoba, almond, and avocado.

Essential oils to help maintain and support natural beauty:
Tea Tree
Rosemary
Frankincense
Rose
Jasmine

Suggested Uses:
Healthy Hair Oil
1oz. bottle + lid
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Cedarwood
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp avocado oil
Place essential oils in bottle. Top with carrier oils (jojoba, almond, and avocado oils). Cap and shake well. Apply to hair and/or massage into scalp as needed.

Facial Beauty Serum 0.5oz. bottle with dropper
1 drop Rose
1 drop Jasmine
1 drop Frankincense
Jojoba oil
Place essential oils in bottle and top with jojoba oil; cap and shake well. Gently press 3-5 drops of serum into damp, freshly cleaned skin. Use as needed.