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What essential oils should I start with?   

My suggestion is to begin with one to six essential oils. Many of the essential oils have properties that overlap; therefore, a large pharmacy of essential isn’t necessary for the beginner. Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) is one of the first essential oils to begin using. Use it for every application and get to know the essential oil.

Tea tree, peppermint, basil, lemongrass, and lemon may be added to your starter kit. Use Lavender officinalis and tea tree for cuts and wounds; basil, peppermint, and lavender officinalis for digestive conditions; peppermint, lemongrass, lemon, and lavender officinalis to repel insects; and, basil and lavender officinalis for inflammatory conditions. Tea tree is a powerful antifungal. Tea tree and lemon are antiseptic. Lavender officinalis is calming and sedating. Peppermint is calming to the nervous system. Peppermint and lemon are mentally uplifting.

Wintergreen, peppermint, and basil make nice blends for joint and muscle problems. Ravensara and eucalyptus globulus are great additions for respiratory conditions.

Peppermint
EOBBD mentha piperita var. vulgaris, b.s. menthol

Mentha Piperita grows in southern France and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is a vivacious plant with a reddish stem and roots that form runners. It has green leaves tinged with purple, terminal inflorescence, white-pink flowers with almost evenly-sized petals. The whole flowering plant is distilled. Beware of adulteration with peppermint.

Peppermint essential oil helps regulate digestion, relieve travel sickness, and chronic liver disorders. It acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory for digestive related headaches. Peppermint is a vermifuge (expels worms) and anti-parasitic. It is beneficial used in blends for muscular pain. Peppermint aids with emotional fatigue, loss of concentration, and stage-fright.

For children, always use it in a blend with other essential oils. Avoid using peppermint for children under five years of age. Peppermint may be used in a massage blend, or in a small percentage in an electronic diffuser.


Recipe

Energizing blend for the electronic diffuser
5 drops peppermint
95 drops lemon

Put a few drops peppermint essential oil on a tissue and place it in the vent of your car. It will keep you feeling refreshed and awake during travel.

Definitions:
EOBBD – Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined
BS – Biochemical Specificity
Botanical Name of Plant – i.e. Mentha piperita

For your protection, always use essential oils that have been botanically and biochemically defined.

 

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