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Five Uses for Essential Oils



Essential oils, extracted from plants, have been used for centuries by many different cultures all over the world.
Carbon dated cave paintings in France have shown that medicinal plants could have been used as far back as 18 000 B.C.E!
They are now commonly associated with Eastern Medicine, like aromatherapy, and diffusers to keep rooms smelling fresh. But there are many other ways to put aromatic oils to use and that's what I've been exploring this week with Buff & Butter!



Buff & Butter's Essential Oils come in 10, 30, 50 and 100ml bottles and their extensive range includes organic options too, which are 100% pure and natural! The smells of each are very strong and I have to say I'm impressed with the quality considering the low price.
It's advised not to use undiluted essential oils directly on your skin as it may cause irritation and of course, they are only for external use and you should avoid contact with your eyes. For Pregnant women, those that are breast feeding, diabetic, taking medication or under medical supervision, it's best to seek medical advice before using essential oils.


I tried the following five essential oils;

Organic Lavender

Lavender is once of the most popular essential oils. It's great to for relaxation, helping induce sleep and keeping sleep patterns regular. Many people put a few drops on their pillow which is what I did last week. I usually find it quite hard to fall asleep but I felt so relaxed so quickly!
Its calming effects mean it can also be used to treat headaches, migraines and depression, reducing nervous tension and emotional stress.
It can also be used as a bug repellent and can be applied to a bug bite to reduce irritation and inflammation. 
Other uses include: treating acne, muscle pain relief, treating respiratory disorders, hair care, improving blood circulation, improving digestion, general skin care and strengthening the immune system.
It is extracted from the Lavender plant and goes well with cedarwood, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine and orange.


Organic Peppermint

Peppermint is most often used in dental care as it eliminates bad breath and helps teeth and gums fight germs. 
It's also a great help for indigestion, nail care, nausea and headaches, reducing stress, respiratory problems, reducing swelling and pain, blood circulation, hair and skin care.
Due to its anti-bacterial properties, it can help strengthen the immune system.
It is a cross between watermint and spearmint and goes well with benzoin, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and rosemary.


Organic Lemon

Lemon is well known for it's detoxifying properties, people often drink lemon water first thing to wake up their organs and clear out their system. So it makes sense to hear that the Lemon essential oil is great for the immune system, further stimulating white blood cells.
It's also great for both skin and hair care, reducing stress, increasing the ability to concentrate, helping digestion, aiding weight loss as well as being used to treat those suffering from insomnia or asthma.
No only is lemon great for cleansing our bodies, but its disinfecting properties also make for a great surface cleaner which is why is is often found in cleaning products.
It is extracted from the fruit and goes well with chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, geranium, juniper, lavendar, rose and ylang ylang.


Organic Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is mainly praised for it's anti septic properties. Its great for treating wounds, respiratory problems, dental care, fever, skin and hair. It can be effective in treating stress and metal disorders as it helps remove exhaustion and mental sluggishness.
Its anti septic properties also mean it is used in soaps and saunas.
It is extracted from fresh leaves of the Eucalyptus Globulus tree and goes well with cedarwood, chamomile, ginger, juniper, lavender, pine and thyme.


Organic Ylang Ylang III

Ylang Ylang III (pronounced 'ee-lang ee-lang' for those of you wondering ;)) is most often attributed to its anti-depressant properties, relaxing body and soul and relieving from anxiety, sadness and chronic stress. As well as that, it's a great antiseptic, can treat internal infections, can help boost the nervous system, and is actually an aphrodisiac.
It is extracted from from fresh flowers of the ylang ylang tree and goes well with bergamot, jasmine, lavender, orange and sandalwood.





Five Uses for Essential Oils




Body Scrub


Ingredients

1 cup Soft Brown or Molasses Sugar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 tbsp melted Coconut Oil
12 drops of Essential oils

Method

1. Add the Olive Oil and Coconut Oil to the Sugar and mix.
2. Stir in 15 drops of essential oils, combining different scents if you wish.

Apply with your fingers or with a glove.

I went with a mix of lavender and peppermint which smells so good! The sugar isn't hard on your skin like a lot of scrubs can feel. It left my skin feeling noticeably softer and as I practised yoga afterwards, I kept getting wafts of sugar and peppermint!







Dry Shampoo


Ingredients

1/4 cup Arrowroot Flour or Cornstarch
(substitute 2 tbsp Flour for Cocoa Powder for dark hair)
6 drops of Essential oils

Method

1. Mix together the Flour and Cocoa Powder (if using).
2. Stir in 6 drops of essential oils, combining different scents if you wish.

Apply with a make up brush, comb, or simply with your fingers.

I went with a mix of lavender and lemon which was a gorgeous-smelling combination. The flour soaked up the greasiness really well and it wasn't till late evening that my hair started to look greasy again!






Deodorant


Ingredients

1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Arrowroot Flour or Cornstarch
15 drops of Essential oils

Method

1. Add the Baking Soda and Flour to the Coconut Oil
2. Stir in 6 drops of essential oils, combining different scents if you wish.

Apply simply with your fingers. It's best to pat it on rather than rub as the baking soda can be abrasive on the skin.

I went with a mix of lavender and eucalyptus. In the pot this gave a strong smell, almost medical because the eucalyptus overpowered the lavender but when I applied it, the smell was a subtle lavender. It was very effective though!








Steam Inhalation


Ingredients

1 Bowl
Boiling Water
3-6 drops of Essential oils

Method

1. Pour the Water into the Bowl.
2. Stir in your 3-6 drops of essential oils.
3. Cover your head with a towel and lean your face over the bowl, about 10 inches above it.
4. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose for about 1 minute.

Steam from my tea calms me down so this did wonders!




Pot Pourri


Ingredients

Dried petals
15 drops of Essential oils
Other herbs e.g. cloves

Method

1. Place the petals in a container and add your 15 drops of essential oils.
2. Close it and shake so that all the petals are coated.
3. Add in some cloves and various other herbs then store the container somewhere dry for 1-2 weeks so that the petals soak up the oils as much as possible.
4. Then arrange the petals in a dish or gifted in a jar! 

As soon as I opened the container, I was met with a strong citrus smell! The smell of the oils was retained a lot better than I thought it'd be. Now I get a beautiful waft every time I walk over to my windowsill!













Enjoy!









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