Education, Health & Beauty
A huge thank you for those of you who came out for our Essential Oils 101 class with Basking Ridge's Nutritionist, Megan Maguire. Meg has been studying aromatherapy for over 20 years, and her expertise is inspiring! Missed the class? We have you covered with these key takeaways:   What Are Essential Oils? They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They give plants their distinctive smells and are produced as a survival mechanism.  The 10 Most Common Essential Oils 1. Lavender
  • The most commonly used essential oil
  • Comes from the flower of the plant
  • Is calming - most people use it to relax or induce sleep
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response
2. Peppermint
  • Frequently used in mainstream items such as toothpaste and chewing gum
  • Helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function
3. Rose
  • Most widely used essential oil in perfumery
  • Has a beautiful aroma that encourages positive emotions
  • It's one of Meg's favorites!
4. Rosemary
  • Often used in the culinary industry
  • Known as the "herb of remembrance"
  • Used in many formulas for brain performance
  • Is high in antioxidants
5. Oregano
  • Popular as an internal supplement when diluted with olive oil
  • Has anti-yeast & anti-fungal properties
  • Can be used to treat nail fungus
6. Ylang Ylang
  • Euphoric
  • Used to increase empathy towards others
  • A heady floral
7. Tea Tree
  • Has anti-yeast & anti-fungal properties
  • Often used to treat breakouts and other skin irritations
  • Can help fight bacteria in cuts & wounds
  • Often combined with oregano oil
  • Smells very anti-septic
8. Vetiver
  • Grounding--often used in meditation
  • Can also be used to address scars and stretch marks
  • Oil is sourced from the roots of the plant
9. Eucalyptus
  • Support for upper-respiratory conditions
  • Great for sore muscles
10. Lemon
  • Bright & joyful
  • Can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home
Carrier OilsCarrier oils are oils that go directly on the skin and are mixed with the essential oil. A few of the most common are: 1. Olive Oil
  • Rich in essential fats
  • Great for massage
  • Common in the household
2. Coconut Oil
  • Has anti-yeast & anti-fungal properties
  • Contains MCT'S - fatty triglycerides -> used as a source of energy
  • Normally solid at room temperature but can purchase in liquid form – or fractionated
Application Carrier Oils 1. Rose-hip Seed Oil
  • One of Meg's favorites
  • An amazing source of Vitamin C
  • Can be used as a light facial oil
  • Can be used to stimulate collagen production
2. Argan Oil
  • Also known as Moroccan oil
  • Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants
3. Almond Oil
  • Suited for all skin types
4. Other Carrier Oils Meg mentioned:
  • Avocado Oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
DilutionLet your nose guide you!  1. For the Skin: 1 oz. oil = 3 to 6 drops of oil.2. For Room Sprays and Diffusing: 1 ounce  water = 18 Drops of oils.  Watch the entire class here: