Essential Oil Benefits
|Essential oils are often used for their healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser."
Essential oils aren't really oils at all because they lack fatty acids. Actually, they're highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.
Always look for signs of a high-quality therapeutic-grade oil: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba or almond. Most essential oils should not be ingested, although there are some exceptions so make sure you know what you have. If you have concerns about your health, always seek advise from a medical professional.
Eucalyptus: This is a great oil to have on hand if you get frequent colds or suffer from allergies as it helps with your breathing and congestion. Eucalyptus is often used to relieve sore muscles and help clear sinuses. Because of it's antibacterial properties, it helps to stimulate the immune system. Consider using it in a vaporizer to loosen up a congested chest or apply it diluted to the inside of your nose to relieve nasal congestion. But never ingest it or use it on your skin undiluted, as it can be irritating.
Common Uses: Open sinuses, Relieve lung congestion, Disinfectant
This oil is frequently used as a fragrance. As for other areas it is not easily absorbed by the skin on its own so it’s used mixed with other essential oils. It is a great ingredient for skin care.
Lemon oil has uplifiting properties, good for increasing focus and concentration. Mix lemon oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil, 50/50, to boost alertness. Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also help with acne. As a bonus, it can help keep fleas away when used on your pets.
Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. It is commonly known for its relaxing effects but it also works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. According to Dr. Oz, the scent of lavender can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your blood. Try putting a few drops in your bath to help you relax at night. You can also try putting a couple of drops of the oil on your hands, rubbing them together and inhaling, and sprinkle a few more on your pillow before you hop in bed.
The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas. The chemicals in tea tree oil may kill bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions.
Tea Tree is one of the oils that can be used topically and is great for treating skin problems like fungus and blemishes. You can dab it on acne blemishes with a cotton swab to help clear your skin, or apply it to skin fungal infections like athlete's foot. It's also found in many skin care products.
Common Uses: Soaps, Shampoos, Lotions, Skin Care, Insect repellent. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree.