Using essential oils as a natural way for improving good health has become more and more popular in the US. Several ancient cultures have been know to use essential oils due to their belief in their healing powers, but now there is a renewed interest in essential oils use because of their positive effect on physical, mental, and emotional health.
What Are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is the part of a plant in its highest concentration. How much of the oil is distracted will vary depending on the plant being used. Some oils require a lot of the plant material to extract even the smallest amounts of oil. The more plant material needed to create the oil, the more costly it will be to purchase.
Using essential oils as a part of aromatherapy really goes a long way to improve your overall mood and health. Even the smell of certain essential oils can help to reduce stress, calm mood swings, and ensure better sleep.
You need to remember not to apply the essential oils directly onto your skin. They are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritations and even burns. Be sure to mix the oil with a “carrier oil” such as almond or coconut oil. That will provide a safer method for skin application. You essential oils can also be mixed with your favorite body lotion; just add 15-20 drops of oil for every ounce of lotion. If you’re looking for a relaxing massage, add 10-20 drops of essential oils to a massage oil. You can also add it directly to your bath water, using 8-10 drops of oil.
Essential Oils For Emotional Health
Some essential oils rely on the inhalation of the scent to provide sought after health benefits. These oils can be used on a cotton ball or tissue, from which the scent can be inhaled. You can use a diffuser which plugs directly into your wall outlet, and that will provide a constant scent of the oil.
Here is a short list of how some Essential Oils can improve your mental/ emotional health:
- Lavender Oil
Relaxing the overall mind and body. Research shows the lavender scent reduces stress hormone levels in the blood stream. It can be used in a relaxing bath or inhaling the scent through a diffuser.
- Chamomile Oil
Effective at relaxing the mind and body, chamomile is also known as a warm tea used before bedtime to help with a good night’s sleep. A few drops of chamomile oil on a pillowcase is also recommended so the scent can be inhaled throughout the night.
- Peppermint Oil
This essential oil has been found to improve mental alertness.
- Lemon Oil
The essential oil of a lemon rind has been shown to boost alertness, focus, and concentration.
- Basil Oil
Provides mental clarity, increased concentration, decrease anxiety, and may be used as an anti-depressant.
- Frankincense Oil
This has been used since ancient times as a treatment for depression.
- Juniper Oil
This has been used for generations as a treatment for a number of mental and emotional health ailments including paranoia, anxiety, paralysis, and mental confusion.
- Clary Sage Oil
Effective for the treatment of insomnia, paranoia, hysteria, and panic, working like a sedative.
- Bergamot Oil
Popular choice for treatment depressive symptoms and works as a natural sedative for anxiety issues.
Essential Oils For Physical Health
Here is a short list of how some Essential Oils can improve your physical health:
Tea tree, Lavender, Peppermint, and Juniper oils
Ginger, Lavender, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus oils
- Asthma/ Breathing Problems
Peppermint, Marjoram, and Eucalyptus oils
- Common Colds
- Diabetes/ Sugar Control
Sandalwood, Peppermint and grapefruit oil
- Migraine Headaches
Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Green Apple oils
- Muscle & Joint Pain
Peppermint and Eucalyptus, and Frankincense oils
Mint, Lemon, Orange, Ginger and chamomile oils
Essential oils should not be considered a cure for your medical problems, but there are proven benefits to reducing the amount or severity of symptoms while using essential oils.
If you are planning to start using essential oils to treat medical problems please consult with your doctor first.