Ever dreamt of a magical product that could heal your tired body with a single drop?
Don’t you wish there was some potion out there that could instantly brighten you up and give your body the relaxation it longs for? Well dream no more! Does the name “Essential Oil” ring a bell? If you are oblivious to this term and the wonders that these oils hold, let me enlighten you.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are used for healing purposes and are extracted from plant sources to ensure the health and well being of an individual.
During extraction, these oils carry the aroma or scent of the specific plant; as a result each oil has its own unique scent. These oils are so concentrated and effective; they can help solve many health related problems.
Essential oils are most commonly used in Aroma therapy. It literally means doing your body’s therapy with the aid of different aromas or scents. These oils are not to be swallowed but to be applied on the body in different ways. You can either inhale them or apply to the skin. If the oil is very strong, it needs to be diluted in carrier oil before application.
Now let’s look at a few of the most popular essential oils and their benefits:
Tea tree essential oil:
Tea tree oil comes from the Australian plant known as Melaleuca Alternifolia. This particular oil is loaded with natural chemicals. The most active ingredients in this oil are monoterpenes, hydrocarbons, sesquiterpenes which are responsible for giving this oil its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Now let’s look at some of its uses:
It helps in soothing skin conditions such as acne, eczema psoriasis.
It is applied topically to heal wounds as it has antibacterial properties.
It has antiseptic properties and can be used as a sanitizer. Apply to any surface to rid it of bacteria and germs.
Its antiseptic properties help to prevent periodonto-pathic bacteria.
As a result, it is added by manufacturers in toothpastes and mouthwash.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil:
It is widely used in aromatherapy, as a fabric freshener and as a disinfectant. Due to its antibacterial properties, it is mostly used in balms, inhalers and dental hygiene products.
It has a cooling scent which gives mental relaxation by increasing blood flow to the brain. As a result a person feels refreshed.
It works as an excellent cleaning product in the kitchen as it easily removes dirt and grime.
Add a few drops of this oil in a diffuser in your bedroom throughout the night. It helps to kill airborne bacteria and clears the nasal passages.
It can be used to condition your hair and it helps with an itchy scalp.
Clove is a very healthy spice and its essential oil is not far behind in its benefits.
It is famous for its antiseptic properties.
It is an effective killer of E.Coli bacteria and other harmful microbes.
It is so effective that it’s used in dental products.
Lavender essential oil:
It is a great oil for beginners and is a favorite amongst many due to its floral scent. Even though this oil is very mild and soothing, some people might be allergic to it.
It is the most popular oil used in aromatherapy.
Since it has a calming and soothing effect, it is used to treat anxiety and depression.
It also helps to promote sleep and prevents insomnia.
It is multipurpose oil having many anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and relaxing properties.
Peppermint essential oil:
Peppermint is a hybrid mint that is a cross between water-mint and spearmint. It belongs to the mint family and is an aromatic herb. Peppermint oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and it has a variety of uses.
It is used for a number of digestive issues such as nausea.
You can apply it topically to relieve muscle and body pain. It can also be applied topically to help with itching.
It has mild anti bacterial and anti-fungal properties and works against some bacterial and fungal infections.
It has a cool and refreshing odour which helps with soothing and calming the body.
It is generally safe to use and remember to dilute it before using since it is very strong. Large doses of it can be lethal so be careful while using it.
So there you have it. These are but a few among the many beneficial essential oils. Do give them a try to see if they work for you. My favourite is Lavender oil, what is yours? Leave your answers in the comments below.