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An Introduction to Essential Oil Scents

Let your senses take you through the aromas and feelings of essential oils.

| March 2018

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    Find the right essential oil for you by holding and smelling the individual oils.
    Photo by Pixabay/Mareefe
  • introduction to essential oils, essential oil blending, essential oil senses
    “Nature’s Essential Oils, by Cher Kaufmann, invites readers into the world of essential oils and guides them through the retrieval and blending of scents.
    Courtesy of Countryman Press

  • essential oil basics, essential oil safety, essential oil introduction
  • introduction to essential oils, essential oil blending, essential oil senses

Nature’s Essential Oils (Countryman Press, 2018), by Cher Kaufmann, is a necessary read for an essential oil beginner. Kaufmann teaches readers about oil safety as well as the uses for many oils. Learn which essential oils are right for you and your needs. Find this excerpt in Chapter 7, “Essential Oils to Have in Your Home.”

You do not need every oil discussed here. It is fine to begin with just a few and then add more from there (it can be helpful to have a few options according to your needs). But please read this first before proceeding to the individual oils.

Allow an Introduction

When many people first open a bottle of oil, they take a big sniff and decide immediately whether they like it or not. But remember, an oil is an accumulation of ancient wisdom within the plant as well as a concentrated version of that plant’s protective and attractive properties. You need to engage your senses more fully from the start:

1. Feel: Hold the bottle, cap closed, for a moment and be still. Very sensitive people can feel the vibration of the essence of the oil as it connects with them simply by holding it. Others may not feel anything at first, and that’s okay. But if you are sensitive, it is important to trust even the smallest responses of your body.

2. Smell: Open the bottle and hold it down by your waist, the core of your body, with your eyes closed if possible, rather than near your nose. See whether you can smell the oil from there. Slowly move the bottle upward and notice when you first begin to smell the aroma as it approaches your nose. This exercise can help you understand the potency of how “big” an aroma is with a certain oil. Let the aroma find its way to you. A secondary exercise is to wave just the cap, beneath your nose, which may sometimes share deeper notes than the lovely top notes that first leave a bottle.

3. Taste: Inhale with your mouth slightly open, to allow your taste buds to participate. (Caution: This is about breathing; do not put the essential oil in your mouth!) They have systematic responses that can help you smell better, the same way your sense of smell can help foods taste better. Some oils, especially those that help support digestion, may stimulate your taste buds. For example, you might notice your saliva production increases just by your smelling a warm, spicy oil. You might also notice right away that smelling an adulterated or synthetic oil will leave a chemical taste in your mouth.

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