ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS!
At an ancient time, there were wise healers accessing the benefits of essential oils by making poultices, salves, and medicinal teas from the raw plants. Plant medicine was the only available and trustable medicine for thousands of years until the pharmaceutical industry began to provide other options. To essential oil fans: discover all their secrets! There are hundreds of reasons to love every drop and fragrances of essential oils. Let your favorite apothecary expert highlight you about what essential oils are, how they’re made, and how to use them in a safe and efficient way. Knowing the history of these ancient and precious oils will make you love them even more!
Essential oil, what is it?
The essential oil is the extraction of a plant’s aromatic essence. At Bodia, we do have 7 essential oils that have become our customers’ favorites all around the world. Each plant has its own benefits, so each essential oil has a different function.
What are the plants’ essences we talk about? Some plants have their essence from the leaves, others from their roots. For example, with a plant like eucalyptus, you have to break open the leaf to access the aromatic compounds. In either case, when it comes to incorporating essential oils into wellness usages, it is more practical and accessible to work with a concentrated essential oil than the raw plant itself.
Extracting essential oils
You may already have heard words like ‘extraction’ and ‘distillation’, but what do they mean and how are they different? The extraction describes the general process of separating essential oils from plant matter, and distillation is one method of extraction. Most of our plant materials are distilled to give us the pure essential oils. By the time you are open a fresh bottle of our essential oils, we ensure you’re getting the products you deserve through our stringent processes. The oldest method to get the pure essential oil is still a very popular method for some. Steam distillation is the most common method of producing essential oils. With this technique, steam is passed through a large hopper (like a steamer basket in your kitchen) containing raw plant material, causing the plants to release their aromatic compounds, which vaporize and rise with water vapor (steam) into a closed cooling system above the steaming chamber. As the combined steam and plant vapor is cooled in another chamber called a condenser, the vapor turns back into liquid. From here, they travel to a separator, where they split into water on the bottom and oil on the top. The water contains the water-soluble (hydrophilic) parts of the plant’s essence, which is why the remaining water is called a floral water, or a hydrosol. The oil-soluble aromatic compounds rise to the top of the hydrosol in a separate layer, which can be decanted off: This is the essential oil of the plant.
To do our essential oils, Bodia chose the best suppliers in Cambodia. At Bodia, we are socially engaged, and we chose our suppliers carefully. This commitment is one of the reasons our essential oils are 100% Natural and provides you the best effects, being also eco-friendly!
What Makes Essential Oils Effective?
Some essential oils are soothing or warming, while others are energizing and tonifying. The variety of essential oils allows you to naturally and effectively address your specific concerns.
With so many essential oils available, you can tailor them to your wants and needs rather than be forced to settle for a generic solution. This makes essential oils a popular choice for those looking for the best natural solutions in the modern era. The versatility of essential oils is part of what has made them so popular in recent years. Isn’t it great to use essential oils for a variety of tasks, without having to buy multiple products?
How to use essential oil in your daily life?
Essential oils are highly concentrated natural extracts from the leaves, flowers, seeds, bark, buds and stems of plants. It’s such a special gift from nature! After knowing how our essential oils are made, then it is time to know how essential oils work and how you can use them in several ways!
#1. Create a fresh environment in your house!
If you come to our Bodia Spa you will be delighted by the aroma of Eucalyptus or Lemongrass. Do you ever imagine having these aromas in your house? How? Get one of our Bodia essential oil diffusers; Let’s add 3 or 4 drops of your favorites essential oils to hot water, and you will be surrounded by the delicious smell of nature!
#2. Floor cleansing!
Aside from its amazing scent, the pure Tea Tree essential oil is so potent that they can destroy some microbias (bacteria, fungus and viruses) with the compounds it contains. Add 5 drops of essential oils to 3 cups of cleaning solution, and enjoy the gentle scent of this aroma, refreshing your home!
#3. Make your perfect hand sanitizer!
Try this gentle and moisturizing (and great smelling) solution to fight against viruses! What you will need is
- ⅔ cup Rubbing alcohol
- ⅓ cup Aloe Vera gel
- 15 drops of your favorite essential oils
Store in a squeeze bottle and keep in your purse, car, diaper bag or wherever you think you’ll need it!
#4. Improve your night sleep with the smell of Ylang Ylang!
The combination of our Ylang Ylang essential oil and distilled water, will help you to sleep better! How? Add some drops of your oil into a spray bottle with clean water and lightly spray onto your linens. Dry for about 20 minutes before getting into bed. Enjoy a peaceful sleep!
#5. Make your own massage oil!
Whether it’s aches or sore muscles, massage is your best ally! And to do the job right you need massage oil. But if you don’t have massage oil at home, and you worry about buying a massage oil that can harm your skin, we are happy to divulgue you the secret of how to make your own massage oil! Choose one of seven essential oils below and add 15-20 drops diluted to 1/2 cup of carrier oil. Give yourself a massage at home to ease tensions and get circulation moving with our 5 tips to massage your shoulder!
#6. Make your bath (and good effects) last
Relax yourself in your bathtub with Ylang Ylang essential oil! Add it in warm water and enjoy its numerous benefits, including making your bath more of a luxurious experience…
#7. Give your hair perfect health!
Dry scalp? Dandruff? Hair fall? Say goodbye to all these problems by changing your hair cleansing routine! Nothing more simple: add a fews drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil to shampoo or conditioner if you have a dry scalp. Use Lemongrass essential oil if you have dandruff, but if your hair falls, try using the Tea Tree essential oil to unclog hair follicles and increase hair growth.
#8. Treat acne with the perfect Tea Tree essential oil!
Tea Tree essential oil is a component of a lot of cosmetics products to treat acne! You can apply directly the oil on the affected area twice a day as part of your morning and evening skin care routine for acne problems!
The antiseptic and antibacterial effect of aromatherapy essential oils can be perfect for freshening the breath and to help maintain healthy gums, Simply add a few drops of an essential oil to a cup of water, and swill around the mouth. Let’s spread freshy words!
#10. Fight cold with the natural essential oils!
Ah! Everyone hates the misery of a cold; and we all go all-out to find remedies. If your go-to cold medicine isn’t providing relief, consider using alternative methods to treat your symptoms, you can try yo add some Eucalyptus essential oil few drops in a towel and smelling it often during a time can help open your airway!
Health benefits of essential oils
For your home, your hair and either for your health, so little is known about the ability of essential oils to treat certain health conditions.
Here’s a look at some regarding some of the common health problems that essential oils and aromatherapy have been used to treat.
Stress and anxiety: are important health issues around the word. Around 43% of people use some form of alternative therapy to help relieve their symptoms. And one of the best essential oils to chase your stress away is Lemongrass! An oil sourced from the lemongrass herb. Inhaling the scent of the oil (or applying it to skin sparingly after combining it with a carrier oil) is thought to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety symptoms.
Headaches and migraines: Migraines mostly happen to adults. Using peppermint essential oil on your skin can help reduce headaches and migraines. As the freshness smell of peppermint will help relax muscle and ease pain.
Reducing inflammation: Another essential oil with potent anti-inflammatory compounds, Eucalyptus is considered an effective pain reliever and is frequently used in formulations for headaches as well as muscle and joint pain. It’s also extremely beneficial when dealing with sickness.
When does essential oil expire?
Essential oils are natural oil, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t expire. Most essential oils can stay good for at least 2 years. As soon as you open a new bottle or container of essential oils and it comes into contact with oxygen, a process called oxidation begins. The oxidation process involves the changes of oxygen bonds between cells into carbon bonds.
When an oil comes into contact with oxygen, light, and heat, its composition begins to change. Over time, it starts to lose its strength and effectiveness. This is why most essential oils are sold in amber-colored bottles — the darker glass provides better protection against ultraviolet light. Essential oils don’t spoil like food does, but they do change over time. Because it’s hard to determine what the oils have changed into, it’s also hard to determine whether or not they’re safe to use. We recommend you to keep track of how long you’ve had it. You can use a marker to write down the date you opened it on the label.
If your oil isn’t dated, here are some other indications that it might be time to toss it:
- The smell of the oil has changed since you first opened the bottle
- The color has changed, or it has become cloudy
- The consistency is thicker or thinner than it was when you opened it