Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained through distillation and have the scent and benefits of the plant or source from which it is extracted. They are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy.
They are either inhaled, diluted, or rubbed on the skin. The application method depends on the condition and the desired effects. A qualified aromatherapist can help you choose an application method.
There are several types of essential oils, each with its own unique smell and benefits, but the most popular aroma include
- Peppermint, Lavender, and Rose oils—used to boost energy, relieve stress, and help alleviate anxiety
- Tea Tree—antibacterial and boosts immunity; Chamomile—for relaxation
- Jojoba—improves overall skin appearance; Lemon—aids in digestion
- Sandalwood—promotes calm and focus
- and Jasmine—increases alertness and creates an uplifted mood.
Health benefits of essential oils
Most essential oils have strong antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, properties that help to boost your immune system and fight off infections.
In a world where antibiotic resistance is becoming a major threat in healthcare, essential oils are considered to be one of the few safest and natural ways to combat bacterial infections.
Peppermint, Fennel, Coriander, Cardamom, and Ginger essential oils are few of the oils that play a big role in aiding and relieving digestion. They also have the potential to fight pathogens that become a threat to the immune system.
The oils help to diminish nausea, promote gastrointestinal comfort, neutralise bad breath, and soothe irritable bowel syndrome.
Promote mental health
Many people who suffer from stress, anxiety and depression seek aromatherapy as a form of alternative treatment. Result have shown that through topical massages, they experienced relief and less depressive days.
Frankincense, Lavender, and Bergamot are fresh-smelling oils that are excellent for improving moods and uplifting spirits.
Improve brain function
Essential oils have also been shown to improve learning, memory, and ability to focus. Oils like peppermint can improve and sustain focus over a longer period of time, while oils like lavender can be useful for people doing strenuous activities or going through tough situations.
Both are stimulating and relaxing.
Combat headaches and migraines
Research has shown that Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint oils have positive effects against headaches when applied topically.
They relieve pain and ease tension; and can be used to treat PMS symptoms and hormonal imbalances. It’s also been suggested that applying a mixture of chamomile and sesame oil to the temples could effectively treat headaches and migraines.
Helps to alleviate body pains
There are many essential oils that can be applied topically or used aromatically to reduce body aches, sore muscles, tension, swelling, and general pains.
- Marjoram oil relaxes muscle spasms and tension. It’s known for its ability to ease pain and inflammation.
- Eucalyptus oil has a cooling effect on muscles and reduces pain and inflammation.
- Black pepper alleviates pain by warming up your body.
- Also, Lemongrass oil works quickly to reduce inflammation and swelling.