By PAOLA NAVARETTE
In recent years, there has been a growing trend in the use of essential oils. They’ve taken social media by storm and it’s impossible to scroll through your feed and not chance upon one or two posts from your “oilbularyo” friends or some celebrity who’s currently oiling.
But more than just fragrant, these healing plant extracts have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments, and modern research shows they have proven, measurable effects on a range of conditions—from skin irritation to mood disorders.
“Essential oils changed my life,” essential oil educator and Young Living distributor Geri Gil said. “My family struggles with health issues such as asthma and skin allergies so when our doctor advised us to eliminate the triggers found in detergents and bath soaps, I immediately searched for safer and more effective alternatives and decided to do our own cleaning and body care products using essential oils.”
Gil, however, did not limit her passion to simply accepting the gifts of the essences. She, too, explored the depths of aromatherapy in order to spread its benefits to others.
“When I realized that making it was economical for me and yet so effective and pure, I told my friends who, at that time, were also starting to get into the craze of using essential oils, that we need to teach proper usage,” she said. “We created a class that taught people how to use the oils, particularly the oils in the Young Living premium starter kit. And so that grew, and it has developed to the kits that we shipped out, to online classes, and now an essential oil application, The Garden.”
For people who want to address most areas of everyday natural wellbeing, Gil recommends to get lavender and thieves.
“To start, I would recommend you to have lavender in your bag. It’s the most versatile of all essential oils. It can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances and it may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations,” she said. “Another essential is thieves, an oil made of cinnamon bark clove, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary lemon. It’s great for daily defense and for relaxing and winding down before bedtime.”
From oil-infused personal care products to home oil diffusers, essential oils are easy to incorporate into your daily life. If you’re wondering where to begin, Gil shares two quick and easy essential oil recipes:
Pillow and Linen Mist
- 50 ml glass spray bottle
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 5 ml of witch hazel
- 40 ml of distilled water
- In a 50 ml bottle, combine 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Swirl the bottle until well blended.
- Add five ml of witch hazel to disperse the oils evenly.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water, add spray top, and swirl again. Dry the bottle and label your spray.
DIY Makeup Remover
- 100g jar
- 10 pieces of cotton rounds
- 5 drops of lavender oil
- 1 tbsp witch hazel
- 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
- In the 100g jar, combine two tablespoons of sunflower oil, two tablespoons of distilled water, and one tablespoon of witch hazel
- Add five drops of lavender oil.
- Cover and swirl to combine. Do not shake.
- Open the jar and add cotton rounds. Make sure the pads soak up the mixture.
- Label your jar and use nightly to remove dirt or makeup.