What are the most popular essential oil blends? And what makes a great essential oil?

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By David

When it comes to Essential Oils, opinion seems to be divided between the die-hard dedicated users and the dabblers.

Essential oils are more than just a lovely aroma to burn in your essential oil diffuser. They are a natural way to help maintain balance and wellness. Let’s look at some of the more common benefits and ways to use essential oils for the mind, and body.

Blends of several essential oils are a great way to get maximum benefit and are more powerful than just a single oil. Some of the best-selling and most popular essential oil blends target sleep, stress, relaxation and sinus problems. But are all essential oils the same? And how do you choose the right brand and blend for you?

For an everyday user, think of it like wine, if it smells great or better than another then it probably is. Also look for reputable brands and how long they’ve been in business. Don’t look for a bargain, look for quality. Do they offer Australian made products? Where are their products made? We can’t get past our favourite – Australia’s oldest aromatherapy brand, Buckley and Phillips Aromatics, whose humble beginnings started at the St Kilda Markets in 1972.

Ben Phillips from Buckley and Phillips says their most popular essential oil blend is their Gumleaf Essentials Sleep Soundly Pure Essential Oil blend, designed to help relax and relieve mental tension aiding the onset of the sleep cycle. It smells utterly relaxing as it’s made with Essential Oils of Orange Sweet Valencia (Citrus sinensis), Lavender French (Lavandula angustifolia), Ylang Ylang Complete (Cananga odorata) and Marjoram (Origanum marjorana). Blended in Australia from 100% pure, natural & true to botanical essential oils made with no fillers or additives, all Buckley and Phillips products are stringently tested via gas chromatography, optical rotation, refractive index, specific gravity, colour & odour profile. Their essential oils blends are Ideal for use in aromatherapy, diffusers or blended for massage. And true to form, the blend is cruelty free & vegan. It is also perfect for use in candle making and soap making.

Essential oils are a wonderful way to help with everyday wellness on a physiological level. When an aroma is inhaled, the molecules enter the nose and are registered by olfactory nerve cells. These pass the information to the limbic brain. And it is the limbic system which deals with emotions, memories and stimulation. This explains why certain scents have the ability to trigger memories and influence our moods.