Scent has a mystic hold over human emotion and health. Ever smell something that reminded you of that one special moment, of a parent, or beloved location? Of course, you have. Some scents even go as far as having miraculous health benefits. Essential oils take these aromas and turn them into beneficial aromatherapy and other all-natural remedies that go beyond just having a dazzling scent.
What is an essential oil?
Oddly, essential oils are not “oil” at all, because they all lack fatty acids. Essential oils are actually comprised of plant compounds–bark, roots, petals, seeds, fruits, and the like.
It takes heaps to make a single vial. For example, it takes 4,000 pounds of roses to get a single pound of essential rose oil.
But, when those healthful components are packed into a single droplet, the effects are amplified immensely.
So if you ever wondered why certain essential oils are worth more than what you make per day, now you know why.
Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
Different essential oils have different benefits. Some work mainly as aromatherapy while others can be present in various DIY recipes, cleaners, and health tonics.
To use essential oils (or apply them), always dilate a few drops in water. Some can be applied without dilution directly to the skin, but when in doubt, apply to the heel of the foot to make sure you do not have a reaction.
These five essential oils are the best for aiding in health and wellness:
One of the most versatile oils, lavender may be used as aromatherapy to calm the nerves or for accelerating healing.
When lavender is applied topically to bruises, cuts, and skin irritation (like blemishes and sunburn), it will soothe the painful or irritating sensation.
Even bug bites and stings can be treated with a touch of lavender, (being an ardent traveler, I can attest to this working wonders!)
How to Use
Works best when used topically (rubbed on skin) but as previously started; it must be diluted in water first.
However, this oil also works very well using the palm rubbing methods whereby you put a few drops into your palms and rub them together. Then you can inhale the wonderful smell.
The purifying abilities of peppermint are prized.
Not only does taking a whiff of peppermint increase mental acuity, it can also be ingested (just a few drops into water) and applied topically for a plethora of benefits.
For example, drinking peppermint will relieve you of digestive issues, reduce fevers (also when applied topically), and relieve headaches.
When applied to swollen joints or to the nose, it can soothe arthritis and sinusitis. Peppermint oil also suppresses food cravings, aiding people in losing weight.
How to Use
This is a great one to actually ingest. However it must be diluted and you must make sure to only use it sparingly.
I like to put a few drops into some detox water to really get a fabulous stomach healing and mind freshening boost!
Because of the healing properties, frankincense is a must-have essential oil.
This oil has been used for thousands of years by apothecaries and in ancient healing techniques.
For the skin, frankincense will reduce the visibility of age spots and scars. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory, heals bruising, boosts the immune system, and supports emotional and spiritual wellness.
How to Use
If you might be aware of the 3 wise men of Biblical fame, you might also recognize them wafting their incense around.
Therefore you should also do the same, by slowly heating the oil up with a small tea light candle and then let it diffuse around the room.
When you are looking shed some pounds while dealing with issues caused by chronic inflammation, consider adding some ginger essential oil to your life. This oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Ginger also increases thermogenesis, which accelerates your metabolism.
How to Use
You can also ingest this oil.
I have actually added a drop or 2 of (diluted) ginger essential oil to my green tea in the morning to get a nice energy bump without resorting to coffee.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
You may find this in many “all-natural” or “organic” skincare and medicinal products. When you rub tea tree oil on your skin, you get a safe and effective way to deal with fungus and other blemishes.
How to use
Dab a little bit of tea tree oil onto your skin at night to help heal acne, pimples, and other inflamed regions of the skin.
Tea tree essential oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so while it can be a part of your First Aid kit, you can also use it to treat Athlete’s Foot.
There you have it!
The advantages of using essential oils are too many to list, but you get the idea. Whether essential oils are used topically, diluted and used as aromatherapy, or even added to a beverage, you gain a lot of healthy benefits.
If over-the-counter medication is not doing the trick for your sinuses, skin problems, or your aching joints, it may be time to go all-natural with essential oils.
Harry decided a long time ago that he would rather get fit and healthy in a slow but sure way and not get wrapped up with unattainable health goals. To that end he also runs healthform.com to help others do the same