5 Things you Need to Know about Essential Oils Before You Put Them On

A lot of people don’t take essential oils seriously, they just think they’re something that smells good, like perfume.  Here are 5 things you need to know before you put them on, especially #1.

1.  How to Take off Essential Oils-  Just because Essential Oils are natural doesn’t mean your going to like the smell of all of them.  Sometimes they smell good at first and the as it fades or mixes with your natural oils,  you don’t like it anymore.  Or worse, it gives you a rash, makes you feel sick or heated.
Apply a carrier oil, preferably olive oil.  Then wash off with soap and water.  Only oil attracts oil which helps draw it off your skin.

2. Essential oils can affect medications you are taking.-  If you are taking a medication, Essential Oils, like herbs can affect the the medicines affectiveness.  Don’t use an essential oil that does the same thing as your medication without consulting your doctor.

3.  Just because it smells good doesn’t mean it’s right for you.-  Ayurveda says a body in balance craves things to keep it in balance and a body out of balance, craves things that keep it out of balance.  So test an essential oil before you buy it, and see how you react to it as well as look up what the negatives and positives of the essential oil are.

4.  Not all essentials are created equal.-  Be aware of where your essential oils come from.  Are they Organic, sustainably harvested, and fair trade?  Are there only essential oils in that bottle?  This is important because your skin is your largest digestive organ and what you put on it goes into your blood stream.

5. Some essential oils are on the Endangered and Vulnerable- list, yet are still being sold, a couple are: Sandalwood, Frankincense and Rose Wood.

Essential Oils for Depression

**If you are currently on antidepressants, continue to take them and consult a physician before using these essential oils.
**How to read the Dosha Symbols
V+ Vata increasing
V- Vata decreasing
V= Vata neutral
Essential Oils for Melancholy and Depression 
Depression and Melancholy can show up differently in each Dosha and each individual.  Sometimes during times of change including the seasons changing, child birth, birthdays and moving can increase melancholy and overwhelm.
Vata’s often embody depression and melancholy as overwhelm, anxiety.  Overwhelm can cause Vata’s to feel as though they don’t want to get out of bed, and can’t handle daily tasks.
Essential Oils for Vata Melancholy
Bergamont VK-P+
Lemon PV-K=

Pitta’s can display depression and melancholy as anger, burying themselves in work and over exercising.
Essential Oils for Pitta Melancholy
Neroli PV-K+ also helps with Pitta skin inflammation
Jasmine PK-V+  also helps with anxiety and increasing confidence
Geranium PK-V+ another helpful anti inflammatory

Kapha’s often show depression as lethargy, isolation, dullness and moodiness.
Essential Oils for Kapha Melancholy
Grapefruit KV-P+ also helps with obesity and reducing water retention
Ginger VK-P+  Heating and increases circulation

Most essential oil antidepressants also help the specific Doshas digestion.  Proper digestion is one of the key focuses Ayurveda uses to help with keeping the body in balance, so eating a diet that is calming for your Dosha also increases effectiveness.

Top 3 Essential Oils for Cramping and PMS

PMS can show up as mood swings, fatigue, irritability, tender breasts, food cravings, and depression a week to two weeks before your periodcropped-mp900427759.jpgor during it.  PMS is not something you have to have, it is often caused by toxicity in the liver, which can be eliminated by gentle cleanses (such as increasing greens and decreasing junk food, or stopping eating after dinner is also considered a gentle cleanse). over a month or two.  It is best to stop the cleanse during your menses because it will stress the liver more than necessary.

Moon Cycle Blend:

Geranium (PK-V=) 10 drops Geranium is one of my favorite essential oils.  It is an amazing hormone balancer and can help with Menopause as well.  This amazing oil also helps with minor depression and is an anti-inflamatory.  If you find yourself tending towards anger you can swap this for Rose which is one of the best essential oils for Pitta.

Lemon (PV-K=) 6 drops  Lemon is great for uplifting the mood out of minor depression and anger.

Peppermint (PK-V=) 4 drops   Rubbing peppermint on your stomach, helps relieve the pain of cramping (because of its analgesic qualities), which is a sign of a Vata imbalance.  You can swap out for Wintergreen if you are strongly Vata, tend towards back pain or have a genital infection (gently rub on low back).

Have you worked with these essential oils?  Do you have other suggestions?  Let me know in the comments below.