Best Essential Oils for Beginners

Getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming. To help you out I have listed 10 of the best essential oils for beginners. But what exactly are essential oils? For those new to this topic, these oils are extracted from fruits and plants to capture their flavors, scents, and overall beneficial properties. They make for a great addition to your skin-care and health routine.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before getting started, there are a few basics to remember when working with essential oils:

  • When applying oils topically, always use a carrier oil. These are oils used to dilute essential oils, like coconut, argan oil or jojoba oil.
  • Always do a patch test before applying anything to larger areas of your skin.
  • Make sure you only ingest essential oils that are meant to be eaten.
  • Buy “pure” essential oils. There are all kinds of knock-off versions and perfume oils that don’t contain the same benefits. Check for example the brand Physalis.

Here is my list:

1. Cedarwood

Cedarwood tonifies the skin and boosts the blood circulation. It helps to clean the skin and makes it smoother. It also helps towards a healthy scalp.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of cedarwood oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of cedarwood, 1 drop of cypress, 1 drop of rosemary and 2 drops of grapefruit on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries to soothe the airways and to breathe more freely. Eucalyptus oil is used for its warming effect in massages for muscles and joints. The scent also helps to repel insects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.
  • For in the bath: mix 5 to 10 drops per 10 ml of vegetable oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a spray bottle, diluted in water and spray in the room.

DIY respiratory inhalation recipe
Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil, 1 drop of red thyme and add it to a bowl of warm water. Inhale the steam through the nose and mouth (5 to 10 minutes).

3. Lemon

Lemon oil is used for refreshing and promotes concentration. It has stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. The vapors of lemon oil purify the air and promote alertness.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lemon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lemon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil and 2 drops of rosemary oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon Essential Oil helps to calm dry skin, alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints, address acne, rashes, and infections, enhance circulation, nourish the skin and revive the skin tone. Many associates the sweet spicy scent of cinnamon with the cold Christmas season.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture only on a small area of your skin.
  • Put 2 to 5 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY Christmas atmosphere mix
Add 1 drop of cinnamon oil, 1 drop of scots pine oil, 1 drop of cypress oil and 3 drops of orange oil into a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

5. Lavender

Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It has relaxing properties, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and has sedative effects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY insect repellent spray
Mix 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of geranium oil, 5 drops of peppermint oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice. Apply to the bites.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil soothes the airways, stimulates digestion and relieves bloating. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties. The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take once per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil. For example, form the brand Physalis.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY digestion recipe
Add 2 drops of peppermint oil into a spoon of honey. Take it after every meal to promote digestion.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of rosemary oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of rosemary oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY legs massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 1 drop of strawflower oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

8. Orange

Orange oil has a positive influence on the mind and ensures a good and healthy night’s sleep. Orange oil refreshes and purifies the air and, also the scent promotes appetite.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of orange oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of orange oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sleep well drink
Add 2 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil and 2 drops of cinnamon oil into a herbal infusion. Drink in the evening before going to bed.

9. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY feet massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil, 1 drop of palmarosa oil and 1 drop of geranium oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

10. Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang has stimulating and relaxing properties. It has soothing, sedative, antidepressant, beautifying, and aphrodisiac properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of ylang-ylang oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sensual massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of ylang-ylang oil, 2 drops of geranium oil and 1 drop of sandalwood oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

With Love,
Alisson

The Perfect Goodie Bag

Who doesn’t love presents? And even better; who doesn’t love a goodie bag!
Last weekend I had my best friends flying from Germany to The Netherlands, to celebrate my baby shower. A baby shower is a celebration for expecting mothers. The idea of the party is to help the mother-to-be to get the things she still needs for the baby. And of course to celebrate the coming birth of the baby. Before living in The Netherlands, I lived in Germany. That is where my best friends live as well. When I told them I was pregnant, they started organizing the shower for me. I felt really honored and special, and as a way to thank them for all they did for me, I decided to give them a goodie bag. These are the products I gathered for them:


This canvas bag is from the shop Kado Design. The bag is fairly made and from 100% cotton. It has the perfect size to fit a 15” laptop plus all the stuff you need for work and it is also great to use it for groceries.
See more of Kado Design.

4 IMG_9141Bee’s Wrap is a natural alternative to wrap food in plastic. The ones in the picture are from the shop ‘Eco Warehouse’. They make it with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. How to use it: you have to fold a piece of Bee’s wrap around a piece of food or over a bowl and use the warmth of your hands to shape and seal it. Bee’s wrap is washable, reusable and compostable.
See more of Eco warehouse.

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Marbles By MG (Marit Groen) makes jewelry that cherishes moments. From communion, wedding, to grief processing, you can give your own meaning to it. This helps you to capture, cherish and remember the most special moments of your life. Marit makes all the jewelry herself. To celebrate the baby shower I got a pink bracelet that is called ‘The milestone thread’. It has a rutilated quartz on a very soft pink thread in silver.
See more of Marit’s unique collection.

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Zoya Goes Pretty is a brand based in Bulgaria that makes organic skin care products. They use 100% raw, unrefined and organic butters. All of their blends are as simple as possible with cold-pressed Shea butter and are melted below 40° to keep all essential nutrients. In the process, there are no toxic chemicals used. All the products are cruelty-free and vegan as well.
See more of Zoya Goes Pretty.

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On The Rocks notebook. The specialty of this book is that the sheets are made from stone paper instead of normal paper. The stones they used for the paper come from mines. The color of the stones is the color that the paper will take on. In the production of this paper, there is no water needed!
See more of On The Rocks.

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These cool socks are from the webshop ‘ToffeSokken.nl’. They sell a different kind of motives and a couple of different brands. Leonieke and Stijn started selling socks as a hobby, and now the webshop has grown to a place where you can look for the coolest and craziest socks you can’t imagine.
See more of ToffeSokken.nl.

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Weleda is a Swiss company that makes organic skin care products. They are free from synthetic compounds or toxic chemicals. Instead, they use flowers, fruits, roots extracts, minerals and essential oils. All the products are cruelty-free. Weleda has the NATRUE certification, which means they make 100% natural and organic products.
See more of Weleda.

Here is the whole goodie bag:
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Did you like the products I chose for my girlfriends? What would you add?

With Love,

Alisson

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