When buying, look for 100% pure and organic, free of fillers, pesticides and synthetic chemicals. Look for labels that say therapeutic grade or steamed distilled. Try a Whole Foods type store or a specialty store or apothecary in your area. They will have knowledgeable staff to help with whatever ails you. Try dripping oil into a steaming hot water and stand a few feet away and breath. A drop onto a cotton ball to sniff for a minute or two is another way to diffuse the scent. Less is more and the helpful staff at the store you are purchasing can give you tips. Here are just a few:
~ Peppermint ~ best for stress relief and reduces both fatigue and chocolate cravings. Breathing peppermint reduces the stress hormone cortisol.~ Orange ~ Reduces anxiety & elevates mood. Helps you stay calm in stressful situations.
~ Lavender ~ Excellent for relaxing, migraine pain, reduces insomnia, controls anxiety, relieves PMS symptoms.~ Cinnamon ~ Improves focus & concentration while reducing frustration.
~ Rosemary ~ Enhances brainpower, boosts energy, lowers fatigue.
~ Sage ~ Reduces blood pressure, helps with memory and attention.I recently visited a lavender farm with my garden club. I came home with a bottle of essential oil & have been using it ever since. My favorite uses are a drop or two in my rinse cycle when washing bedding & a drop in the steamiest shower. Start with one scent then continue to add to your 'collection'. Breath & be healed!