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Only the Essentials

When it comes to stress-relief during peak midterm season, aromatherapy is my go-to. There are several different ways to practice aromatherapy, one of my faves being essential oils. According to healthline.com, essential oils are a form of alternative medicine involving super concentrated compounds extracted from plants. There are many different ways you can use essential oils: topically, in a diffuser, or even putting them in your bubble bath! If you are a rookie at essential oil usage, don’t worry! I would still consider myself a novice at best, but I have been practicing the use of essential oils for a few years now, and have built up quite the collection. This article is meant for anyone who’s wanting to dip their toes into the world of essential oils, where to get them, which ones to use – all the good stuff. 

1. Where to get them

First things first. Where does one fuel their essential oil addiction? If you’re a newbie and aren’t quite ready yet to drop a ton of cash on some oils, Amazon is a great place to start! You can find starter kits for under $20, and although it might not be the highest quality oils, they do the job! If you are ready to start investing in some higher quality oils, I 100% recommend Saje. If you’ve ever been to their store in person, it’s a truly magical experience. Every time you walk in, it’s like floating on a cloud of heavenly scents. The staff are always super friendly and helpful, and will tell you everything you need to know. They offer a huge selection of products from single oils, blends, and a ton of other awesome essential oil products! It’s definitely up there in price range, but it’s totally worth it.

2. What kinds to get

This part is honestly pretty much up to your personal preference. Pinterest is a great place to find some awesome blend ideas, depending on what you need that day. Different oils have different benefits. Some of my favourite basic oils to work with are: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Orange, and Lemon. Peppermint is great for combating stress, and inducing relaxation, Eucalyptus is really soothing and gives that spa experience, Lavender is really calming and helps with sleep, and Citrus oils are great for uplifting and energizing. When you buy single oils you can mix them to create your own blends, some of my go-to’s are: Peppermint and Lavender, Orange and Grapefruit, and Eucalyptus and Lemon. 

Along with creating your own blends, you can also buy pre-made blends. Saje has some awesome blends, some of my favourites include: Peppermint Halo, Stress Relief, and Rainforest. You can also buy one of their kits, which have all of the essential blends you could need. 

3. How to use them

Now that you know where to get your oils and what kinds to get, you need to know of all of the amazing different ways you can use them. One of my favourite methods is using a diffuser. You simply add water and a few drops of the oils of your choice, and it acts like a humidifier by misting the oils throughout the air. This is a great method to fill your home with aromatherapy, and it can last for hours on end. Another great option is using oils topically. One of my favourite blends to use topically is Saje’s Peppermint Halo, this rollerball is true magic when it comes to headache remedies. The final way I personally use essential oils, is adding them in the bath! Lavender and Eucalyptus are great additions to your bubble bath, and transport you to a luxurious spa. 

There are dozens of more ways to use essential oils, but please do your research beforehand! There are tons of sources out there to figure out which oils are best for you, including this quiz! I hope this article was helpful, whether you’ve never heard of essential oils before, or you are just starting to get into them. Happy hunting!

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Nicola George

U Ottawa '21

2nd year English student at uOttawa. Dreams of becoming either the next Carrie Bradshaw or Elle Woods (or both).
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