When you’re in your mid twenties, you start to get serious over the things you really need to invest on. This would matter a lot especially when you reminisce the days when you used to spend your money on unimportant stuff (vices, etc.). Such good investments include the right skin care routine (the only possible way to get close to the fountain of youth), a healthy diet and proper exercise, savings & insurance, and activities to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. One of the things we might have taken for granted the most is our health and wellness. Our nine to five jobs might have driven us nuts to the point we spend too much on junk food, forget to workout, or stay up late and experience headaches. Stress comes into the picture and slowly kills your desire of having a perfectly balanced life.
How do you manage your stress, or better yet, how do you fight stress? As much as I would love to run away from everything that causes me heavy stress, the harsh truth is that it’s unavoidable but manageable! Some of my go-to stress busters are listening to my cherry-picked Spotify playlist (mostly indie songs!) and drinking green tea in the office. There are also times that my boss would open a tiny bottle of her peppermint essential oil then there goes the aroma entering my system and waking up my senses. As a kid, I used to hate essential oils ‘cause I didn’t want to smell like a granny but now I’m kind of craving for it.
Good thing that Manila Workshops held an Essential Oils 101 Workshop in Cath Kidston Active Fun BGC last June 16 with Kinney Palma as the resource speaker & owner of Essentially KP and a Young Living member. Kinney shared the benefits and blends of essential oils that suits your wellness needs. Note that essential oils don’t intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are essence (scent and flavour) extracted from plants. These are obtained by means of steam or/and water distillation or mechanical methods. The essential oils are combined with carrier oils (grape seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, etc.) after the extraction of aromatic chemicals. Once combined with carrier oil, it’s now ready to use!
How to use essential oils?
There are three ways to use essential oils – Aromatically, Topically, and Internally.
- Aromatic/Inhalation – AKA German method. This is the favourite method of most people because you may either just put a few drops in your palm or you can pour a few in a diffuser.
- Topical – AKA English method. Mostly used in massage therapy so that it’s absorbed in the skin (be sure to dilute it with carrier oil).
- Internal – AKA French method. Common in culinary use. Popular essential oils for ingestion are cinnamon, lemon, and oregano.
How fast do oils work?
The molecules reach the brain for 22 seconds then in 2 minutes they’ll be in the bloodstream. After 20 minutes, they’ll affect every cell in the body.
Where do essential oils come from?
- Steam Distillation – Used to extract delicate materials in heat and pressure controlled environment.
- Cold Pressing – Used to extract fatty oils and citrus essential oils.
- Resin Tapping – Resin is tapped directly from a tree and the essential oil is extracted from the resin.
- Absolute Oils – When oils are very delicate material, solvents must be used to extract oils.
Different grades of essential oils
- Grade A (Therapeutic Grade) – Safe for internal use (pure & unadulterated)
- Grade B (Natural/Food Grade) – Natural oils (organic) and certified oils (can still have chemicals)
- Grade C (Perfume Grade) – Extended or altered oils (contain chemicals & solvents)
- Grade D (Low Quality) – Synthetic or nature-identical oils (used in skin & hair products)
These are the most used essential oils and the benefits you can gain:
- Lavender – One of the most versatile essential oils. It’s ideal for creating a soothing and calming environment and can be diffused for a fresh, clean scent and to eliminate odours. It also supports healthy skin.
- Peppermint – It supports gastrointestinal system, healthy bowl movement, healthy gut function, normal digestion, and digestive tract. It can also boost your energy level and focus before a workout or before you start your day. In addition, it helps ease nausea, headache & fever.
- Lemon – It’s known to be a natural cleanser and has sweet and clean fragrance to clean the air. It also brightens complexion, smoothens calluses, corns & bunions, and improves circulations.
- Copaiba – It’s used for pain and inflammation, Chiropractic Adjustments, Sciatica, and respiratory issues. Also, it’s used as an amplifier to intensify the strength of other essential oils mixed with it.
- Frankincense – An essential oil that promotes feelings of peace, grounding, and relaxation. Used in churches because of its calming properties that can support spirituality and inner strength. This can also be applied in the skin because it helps even the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tone associated with the normal aging process. It also helps reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Ms. Kinney shared her wellness formula using the essential oils mentioned. We filled the roll-on bottle with Grapeseed Oil (carrier oil) then added drops of essential oils.
- Wakey Wakey – 5 drops Lemon & 5 drops Peppermint (alternative to coffee)
- Seasonal Support – 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Lavender, & 5 drops Peppermint (allergies, colds, sniffles)
- Clear & Focused – 5 drops Lemon, 5 drops Peppermint, & 5 drops Frankincense
- Headache – 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Frankincense, & 5 drops Copaiba
- Tension Relief – 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Frankincense, & 3 drops Copaiba
- Good Sleep – 5 drops Frankincense, 5 drops Copaiba, 5 drops Lavender (we didn’t make this though)
Now, I carry the essential oils with me wherever I go. They’re kind of addicting especially the Peppermint and Lemon.
The most popular brands are Doterra Oils and Young Living. There are resellers on Shopee and Instagram. Ms. Kinney also sells her blends on Shopee.