We love essential oils because of their plethora of therapeutic effects and the array of scents available. Depending on what the specific benefit you are looking for, mixing and matching scents together is also fun to explore.
What are Essential Oils?
Considered the "essence" of a plant, essential oils are usually extracted from plants but can also be produced synthetically. There are diverse range of essential oil compounds each with their own unique scent.
Essential oils are very concentrated in scent and when they are in skincare products, they are typically combined with a carrier oil (such as grapeseed oil, which we love and include in our formulations) to dilute.
How can Essential Oils Help?
Oils are a great source to treat our health. They are not meant to be ingested orally, but are enjoyed through scent and application on the body.
We also enjoy using essential oils via diffuser to lightly spread scent around the entire room and to create a more uplifting atmosphere.
In this article, we want to focus on lavender, chamomile, tea tree leaf, peppermint, and menthol essential oils. It is important to mention that the effects of essential oils can be different for each individual.
Some may find themselves sensitive to essential oils, so ensure you are doing a patch test first if you are trying out essential oil skincare products for the first time.
We have handpicked the best and highest quality essential oils to include in all of our products, with the exception of our Glow Oil, as we find that the benefits of the essential oils we chose are the perfect compliment to the soothing effects of CBD.
Gentle Jane's Essential Oil Blend
Lavender Essential Oil
Distilled from the plant of Lavandula angustifolia, lavender essential oil is one of the most common and most used essential oil in practical treatments. Its scent relaxing and calming scent makes it one of the most popular essential oils.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Known for its calming effects, Lavender essential oil and its natural scent can help with relaxation and anxiety. A 2005 study tested 200 people waiting at a dentist's office and found that lavender improved mood and lessened anxiety.
Another study conducted in 2015 discovered that college students who used lavender essential oil sleep better at night.
We have a whole bath bomb formulated with Lavender Essential oil and dried Lavender buds designed to uplift and relax. The dried buds help to enhance the scent and experience more. This bath bomb helps transform your bath into a tranquil haven.
Chamomile Essential Oil
The essential oil of chamomile, which means "Earth apple" in Greek, is distilled from the plant of Matricaria recutita. There are two types of chamomile plants: Roman and German.
Benefits of Chamomile Oil
Typically, the soothing effects of chamomile are associated with ingesting chamomile, such as drinking chamomile tea, but there has also been a growing body of research suggesting that chamomile could help with wound healing and be a superior alternative to steroid creams, like a one percent hydrocortisone ointment.
Another small study showed that chamomile helped increase healing for patients suffering from chronic leg ulcers.
More research is needed to confirm the extent of the benefits of chamomile oil for the skin, but studies so far look promising.
Tea Tree Leaf Essential Oil
Tea tree leaf essential oil is produced from a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia, which originates from Australia.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
The natives of Australia used to crush the tea tree leaves to extract the oil and drank it to prevent sickness. There are so many ways that tea tree oil is currently used due to its many beneficial properties.
The strength of tea tree oil's antifungal properties look strong, as in a study published in the Journal of Family Practice, tea tree oil was found to be just as effective as over the counter antifungal products for skin infections.
Other Essential Oils We Love
Menthol Essential Oil
Menthol oil is very often used for aromatherapy due to its cooling scent. The history of Menthol essential oil goes as far as to Japan, first century A.D.
Many classic products are centered around Menthol's cooling properties, such as Vick's Vaporub or Tiger Balm.
Have you tried an Essential Oil?
There are many essential oils out there to try with a multitude of benefits. Why not give one a try?