Essential oils seem to be all the rage lately.  You can buy them almost anywhere, use them for almost every malady or mood, and be as casual or passionate of a user as you want.  This all is with good reason-essential oils are a relatively low-risk, fairly inexpensive, and a thoroughly pleasant remedy.  It does get tricky though.  There are SO. MANY. OILS.  Seriously, there are millions (that number may be slightly exaggerated) of companies that sell millions (that number is not exaggerated) of different options.  For example, a universal favorite, lavender.  On my favorite supplier’s wholesale list, there are eight different types, not counting two different kinds of lavandin (a hybrid species of lavender).  How does the average person determine the best oil for their needs?

When Innovative Aesthetics decided to start carrying essential oils, we knew that with our signature commitment to the highest quality, we would need to be extra diligent in finding the perfect brand.  We found it in Amrita, a small company run out of Fairfield, IA.  Dr. Christoph Streicher, the founder and owner, has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D.  in Physiology, which he puts into use by ensuring that the oils haven’t been diluted, industrially processed or chemically manipulated, thus keeping their authenticity and therapeutic value.  Using their own gas chromatograph, they are able to make sure that the oils (mostly sourced from small, organic farms) have the necessary chemical profile to ensure its therapeutic usefulness.

It’s incredible to think that a little oil, diluted in a carrier (oil, lotion, or water), or diffused (we don’t recommend ingesting essential oils) can offer such great health benefits, but it can be confusing to know where to start.  Here, at our spa, we have a modest selection of our best-selling and most commonly asked about oils.  We have roll-on blends that are all set to apply topically (and fit perfectly in a purse, carry on, or diaper bag, just saying), and single note bottles of essential oil that you can  customize.  I’m going to list our favorites, along with the uses.  Keep in mind that these are basic descriptions.  There are usually more uses than what they can be known for!  Another basic rule of thumb with essential oils is that just because it’s a natural treatment doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.  It’s definitely a low risk option to try, but adverse reactions can pop up anywhere in nature!  Always ask about or research any contraindications before using.

1.) Lavender!  A perfect oil for beginners and experts alike, lavender harmonizes your nervous system, and is healing, rejuvenating, and cleansing for the skin. I have put it on small burns before (think curling iron burn!), and here at Innovative, we have applied to the skin after waxing.

2.) Peppermint.  Produces clear thinking and the ability to focus.  It’s great for headaches and neck pain, and also can help with dizziness or general weakness.

3.) Eucalyptus.  This is helpful in soothing sore throats and breathing passages.  It’s also antiseptic, not only on surfaces, but for airborn germs as well.  Try it as an insect repellant!

4.) Lemon.  A delicious, spirit-uplifting fragrance that is an immune booster, digestion aid, and disinfectant for the home.

5.) Headache Relief Roll On.  This is a pleasant-smelling way to relieve pain from migraines, and tension and sinus headaches.  Simply roll it onto the temples, forehead, and any other pulse points that you wish.  This combination of Peppermint, Yellow Birch, and Sweet Lavendin will be your new headache go to!

6.) Muscle Tension Roll On.  I use this one all the time in my massages.  It is a blend of Birch, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Lemongrass, and it is wonderful for an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for sore muscles.

I could go on, and continue listing our entire stock of essential oils, but we do have a word space limit.  Are there any oils that you love, and wish we would carry?  Any questions about benefits of other oils, or questions about Amrita?  Let us know, and we’ll do our best to answer!