Essential oils refer to substances extracted from roots, stems, bark, flowers or any part of a plant. Common essential oils used for cosmetic or healing purposes include eucalyptus, chamomile, frankincense, lemongrass, lavender and more. Some essential oils have been even been associated with treatment for anxiety and depression. While we do not suggest that essential oils can take the place of modern medicine when it comes to fixing all your health problems, we are suggesting that essential oils can help with more minor health issues and problems so that you are not constantly taking medicine, which could be bad for your body.
While there is no conclusive scientific consensus on the benefits of many essential oils, there is certainly no shortage of opinions on the matter. As with anything, you have to give it a chance to work, and you likely will need to do a little experimenting to figure out the specific oil, or combination of oils and ratios needed for whatever your particular needs are. Also, the quality of the oil very much matters! You want to work with essential, therapeutic-grade oils. And just so you know, essential oils are not actually oils. They are highly concentrated plant components. The healing and soothing powers of essential oils are immeasurable. There are many essential oils, each with its own unique health benefits which help you
soothe your body and mind. Finding the right healing essential oil (or combination of!) is simple. Here are the seven most common essential oils and their benefits to help you get started on a healthier you!
Lavender relieves stress, has antidepressant benefits, helps with congestion, promotes sleep, keeps skin healthy, and is even a natural diuretic. Its fresh and floral scent is especially soothing at the end of the long day. Add a few drops in your bath or on your pillow to promote the ultimate relaxation.
With its fragrant scent and many health benefits, Chamomile has antidepressant capabilities and lifts mood overall. It is also a natural antibiotic, can reduce acne, and reduces inflammation. Sip chamomile tea at bedtime to help you have a more restful sleep and sweeter dreams.
Tea Tree oil has many healing capabilities. Not only does it help boost the immune system but it helps with skin-related ailments such as cuts, burns, and dandruff. Tea Tree oil can be found in many hygiene products such as shampoo but applying it in its most condensed form as an essential oil will give you the ultimate results. Apply tea tree oil to bug bites or small cuts or burns to aid in holistic healing.
Sandalwood is growing in popularity for its intriguing scent and many health benefits. It reduces inflammation and muscle aches, helps relieve coughing, and clears nasal mucous. Add a little sandalwood oil to your aching muscles at the end of a long day and feel soothed in minutes!
Peppermint may be recognized as one of winter’s scents, but its healing properties make it an essential oil perfect for any season. Peppermint is known to reduce nausea and aid in digestion. Its cooling nature helps to relieve skin irritations, and its strong smell helps awaken the mind and sharpen focus. Apply a few drops of Peppermint oil to your neck or temples in the morning to help energize your mind and awaken your body.
The fresh and citrusy aroma of Bergamot oil is stimulating and helps to balance emotions. It can also be used for fighting bacterial and viral infections of the mouth. It also helps relieve skin conditions such as oily skin, eczema, psoriasis and acne. When using Bergamot, it is important to remember to stay out of direct sunlight. Next time you’re seeing skin imperfections, mix a few drops of Bergamot with jojoba oil and apply to the affected area for clearer skin and a healthier you!
Eucalyptus is the perfect essential oil for when you’re feeling under the weather! It’s known to relieve cold and flu symptoms and especially helps relieve respiratory issues and migraines. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a vaporizer to help beat the cold or flu; inhaling the aromatic steam will help you to breathe easier.