Things You didn’t Know about Essential Oils

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First things first, in case you are not aware of what essential oils are exactly- in the simplest, most basic terms, Essential Oils are the ‘oils of’ the plant that they have been obtained from and are generally known for their volatile aromatic properties. Essential oils are sometimes also known as Ethereal Oils or Volatile Oils and are usually, most easily extracted through the process of steam distillation. According to a lot of historical pretexts, essential oils are also known to have had many medicinal benefits. What most people might quite possibly know about essential oils is that they are used in a wide array of products ranging from perfumes, cosmetics and soaps to food and drinks. However, what a lot of people on the other hand, might not know about essential oils is that they also have a huge variety of properties that could prove useful in staying healthy, both mentally and physically.

As human beings and therefore, inhabitants of planet Earth, we are invariably dependent upon plants and plant life for our survival – be it for food, for shelter, for clothes or even the oxygen in the air that we breathe. Similarly, essential oils extracted from plants have many great and beneficial qualities that most of us are probably unaware of. As the name itself suggests, essential oils carry the ‘essence’ of the plant that they are being obtained from in a much more overwhelming and dynamic form than that which is present in the products. It is no wonder that these essential oils obtained from different plants obtain various antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Also, since essential oils are known for their aromatic characteristics, their fragrances can have an incredible influence on the chemistry of the functioning of the brain and can also promote emotional and spiritual well-being. Listed below are a couple of essential oils with their health benefits mentioned alongside.

 

Lavender Essential Oil

On any list of essential oils, no matter how big or how small, you will perpetually find lavender among the top five, undoubtedly!

Lavender is not only known but it is also highly regarded for its calming and relaxing effects on the mind. It provides the right amount of balance between one’s physical and mental functioning. All you need to do is rub about two or three drops of lavender essential oil in your palms, inhale, and let the magic blow you away! Other than its soothing effects on the brain, lavender is also a safe and natural cure for minor scrapes, cuts and bruised and can also help in healing minor burns; all you need is a drop or two and you’re good to go. The good news about this essential oil is that it is absolutely, a hundred percent children-friendly.

A few drops of lavender essential oil behind the ears, quite literally, can also be used to alleviate motion sickness and the feeling of nausea.

 

Holy Basil Essential Oil

This one is the Superman of all the essential oils, in every which way. Holy basil, commonly known as the sacred Tulsi plant, is known to have major medicinal benefits and Ayurvedic properties. When inhaled, holy basil essential oil will leave you feeling calm and relaxed with a warm, comforting effect; when blended with a face cream or a moisturizer, it will leave you with a healthy glow on your skin and a clear complexion.

Holy basil essential oil is also highly regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties. When this essential oil is diffused, it clears the air off environmental toxins and promotes nervous, digestive and respiratory well-being. What you have to remember before using this essential oil is that you must absolutely not use it directly on your skin; make sure you blend it with a cream or a moisturizer or use a slightly diluted version of the oil.

 

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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a personal favourite. It belongs to the citrus family and is obtained from the rind of the fruit. A work of sheer magic, bergamot essential oil is highly regarded for not only is physical benefits but also the positive effects that it has on one’s emotional wellness. It has been found that when it comes to mood swings or depression, bergamot essential oil has effects that are as good as any strong pharmaceutical drug. The properties of this essential oil are known to improve blood circulation and keep your heart healthy.

For people who are looking at shedding those extra few kilos, bergamot is your go-to. Some studies show that bergamot essential oil helps in improving metabolic rates and promoting healthy digestion. Other than that, bergamot oil also helps in controlling blood sugar levels and getting rid of ‘bad cholesterol’ by dilating blood vessels.

 

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Now this one, despite its…well, not-so-aromatic aroma is highly appreciated for its amazing like effective healing properties since the time of the ancient Greeks. Carrot seed essential oil is extracted from the seeds of the carrot plant and is known for repairing damaged skin. Not only that, Carrot seed essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing muscle pains and muscle soreness. The best way to use this essential oil is to blend with another carrier-oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.

 

Myrrh Essential Oil

This one is the last of my boys; but it’s certainly not the least.

One of the most powerful and beneficial essential oils, myrrh has been treasured as an essential oil for more than five thousand years. The advantageous properties of this essential are not merely limited to skin but are also highly effective on the nervous, immune and hormonal systems of the body. As if that was not enough, myrrh essential oil is highly regarded for its effects on vaginal infections and cancer.

Leaving the physical benefits of this essential oils aside, Myrrh is known for its impact on one’s emotional and spiritual enhancement; generating a sensation of connectivity, trust, safety and attachment.