What comes to mind when someone mentions essential oils is that these oils are used to add fragrance to foods or as a fragrance for body products. But they are so much more than that.
Essential oils are compounds that are found in leaves, barks, flowers, roots, or other parts of a plant that makes the aroma, as well as help promote a healthy body and mind.
Here are some of my favourite natural essential oils and their benefits.
1. Lavender Oil –
derived from the lavender flower, it is probably the best known and one of the most versatile oils.
Lavender is good for a host of illnesses and is also an aromatic, meaning that it freshens the air. Lavender Oil is great for soothing rashes, minor burns, acne as well as insect bites.
Aside from working as an anti-inflammatory, it is also an anti-depressant and anti-bacterial. It is very helpful in treating insomnia, hair care as a rinse for dandruff or irritated scalp, increase blood circulation, and increases urine flow. This is my first aid oil when it comes to minor burns
2. Tea Tree Oil –
must be one of the most used essential oil, it has so many uses that it is unbelievable. It has been called by many the medicine in a bottle because of its uses. Tea Tree Oil can be used to treat almost all common ailments from the cold sores to warts, athlete’s foot. Other than working on the body it can be used as a household disinfectant and as an insecticide for your pets. If there is no other essential oil in your home this one is a must have.
3. Peppermint Oil –
this oil is also one of the better-known essential oils. Peppermint oil has been used for many years as a cure for bad breath as well as to relieve colic and indigestion. The oil comes from the peppermint plant which is a cross between the watermint and the spearmint plants. It can be used topically as an ointment or can be ingested as a dietary supplement. Some of the wonderful uses of this oil are helping to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, eliminate fatigue, ease sinus pressure, ward off insects, reduce a fever, ease nausea, and can be used as to eliminate odours.
4. Lemon Oil –
is another great essential oil to have at home.
Wonderful for the household as well as being an antiseptic, astringent, and a disinfectant.
Lemon oil can also be used to stop hair loss, ease dandruff, alleviate anxiety, cures fever, fights infections, reduce cellulite and brighten skin. It is important to note that you do not go in direct sunlight after applying lemon oil because it makes the skin photosensitive. Use lemon oil to clean your cutting board, clean counter tops, or add to olive or coconut oil to make an all-natural furniture polish.
5. Chamomile Oil –
like Lavender this is a soothing oil. It has healing properties for curing spasms, decreases anxiety thus uplifting moods, aids in digestion, reduces inflammation, visibly reduce the appearance of scars, and eliminate gas, kills bacteria as well as cure acne, eczema, dermatitis, and boils.
6. Eucalyptus Oil – Best known for its use in curing colds, this very common essential oil has many benefits. The oil has been used most often to relieve congestion from a cough or cold but has also been known to help relieve symptoms of diabetes, fibromyalgia pain, diffused to kill bacteria and freshen the air, strengthen teeth as well as ease pain associated with shingles.
7. Oregano Oil – although not a very common oil, it is a very good oil to add to the collection because of its uses. Oregano, especially dried, has been used in the kitchen to add flavour to meat but the essential oil can be used to promote healthy organs and cells, as it destroys free radicals.
Uses include the improvement of digestion and improving menstrual flow. Oregano is also said to get rid of harmful organisms in the body. Its antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties make it, like most oils, very versatile. When used topically, add oregano oil to a carrier oil such as almond oil, as it may be too strong for sensitive skin. Never use on broken or damaged skin.
8. Frankincense – this oil has been around for centuries, was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, and was one of the gifts Jesus got as a baby in the manger. Frankincense oil can be added to your cleanser or lotion to prevent acne. It has also been used to help the healing process with burns, bruises, scrapes, and cuts. It can be used to help reduce menstrual pain, keep cells healthy and improves cell regeneration.
9. Clove Oil –
its most common use is in dental care to relieve toothaches and lessen cavities. Clove oil can also be used to relieve headaches, for respiratory problems, blood purification, lessening diabetes symptoms, to treat premature ejaculation, treat cholera and fungal infections. When applying clove oil directly to the body (topically), it must always be diluted for sensitive skin.
10. Rosemary Oil- many people know rosemary for use in cooking but the woody, light and airy aroma of this oil makes it a great oil for aromatherapy. Aside from these two main uses, rosemary oil can be used for improving memory, relieving muscle pains, healing damaged nerve tissues, stimulating hair growth and as a disinfectant.
There are dozens of essential oils available. Many of us are not even aware of their many healing properties and household uses.
When buying oils look for good quality oils and avoid synthetic products. It might also be a good idea to research and find oils that work best for you. Not all oils which say they are organic are genuine. Similar articles to this one could form the basis for your research.
Nature has provided us with so many wonderful natural remedies. We would be doing ourselves a favour by integrating them into our daily lives more often.
I hope this has provided you with some useful and helpful information.
Do you have a favourite oil you like to use at home? Have you discovered any out of the ordinary uses you would like to share? Feel free to do so and to leave any comments you would like.
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Disclaimer:The information provided here does not in any way substitute visiting a physician. It is provided for your information and you are advised to use it at your discretion.