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What are Essential Oils? - Benefits & Uses in Aromatherapy

It the clear from the name that essential oil is somewhat related to “essence.” The essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained through steam distillation and cold expression containing the plant’s fragrance.

The essential oil extracted through mechanical means is useful and beneficial, whereas those derived through the chemical process are of no use and are not considered pure essential oils. 

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How Essential Oil Works in Aromatherapy?

You would be amazed to know how essential oils work. Have you ever heard about Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic materials in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. The advantage of using alternative medicine is that there are no side effects of it as compared to pharmacological medication.

The essential oils are used in the practice of Aromatherapy. Also, essential oils are used in pharmaceuticals, soaps, candles, and domestic cleaning products too. It can interact with the human body in many ways by applying on skin, inhaling, diluting, and ingesting. The essential oils are interlinked with the limbic system as it is involved in making memories.

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These oils stimulate the sense of smell and have a positive effect on breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. 

Benefits of Essential Oils

Many essential oils have different benefits and treat specific health conditions. Worldwide, 43% of people use essential oil to eradicate stress and anxiety, as the smell of some oil relieves stress symptoms. One can reduce stress while massaging with such oil, but it could only last until the massage is taking place.

Moreover, when the essential oil is inhaled, it gives a soothing effect to the body, and one feels relaxed. When we smell a pleasant thing, our brain is stimulated, causing a positive emotional response. Like this, essential oil carries out the same work, which triggers the mind and relieves anxiety.

Interestingly, the oil that is inhaled, balanced at hormone level, and reduces stress, leaves you feeling energized, hopeful, and optimistic. Essential oils can also be applied to the emotional trigger points e.g the neck, elbows, behind the ear, and back of the knees.

The positive atmosphere also plays a fundamental role in a good mood; therefore, the essential oil can be used with a hot bath or added to a diffuser to create a positive environment in your home. Here are some essential oils affecting your mood.

  • The Eucalyptus and Jasmine essential oils stimulate and improve your mood. Apart from improving your mood, it makes you alert and vigilant.
  • The Orange, Sandalwood, and Vanilla essential oil promote the feeling of being optimistic.
  • When you are lazy and lethargic, Grapefruit essential oil will boost up your energy. You have a job interview or an exam the next day.
  • Rosemary essential oil is highly recommended as it enhances positivity and relieves stress and improves cognitive brain function. 

Essential Oils As Pain Relievers

For the ones suffering from headaches and migraines, just like me, essential oils are beneficial for them. When essential oils are applied topically, it gives a soothing effect and relieves pain. In comparison, inhaling gives a faster effect as it quickly stimulates the brain to relieve pain.

The Peppermint oil and ethanol, when dabbed on the forehead and temples, reduce headache. Other oils useful in migraine are Chamomile and Sesame, which can be topically applied to temples to relieve pain.

The Rosemary and Lavender oils are used directly to temples to get rid of headaches and migraines. The essential oils are also taken in the note for various body pains.

Arthritis and muscle pain are prevalent nowadays. The Ginger, Frankincense, and Myrrh essential oils give quick relief and comfort in muscle, tendon, and arthritis pains.

The damaged muscle tissue can be healed through Helichrysum essential oil. Chamomile oil is very beneficial in treating menstrual cramps and pain related to the digestive system.

Last but not least, peppermint is helpful in indigestion, so Peppermint essential oil relieves nausea and indigestion.

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Essential Oils Treating Insomnia And Other Sleep Problems

Are you sleep-deprived? Here’s the solution. The essential oils are proven effective in treating insomnia and other sleep problems by promoting a mental and physical sense of calm and relaxation.

You would think that how essential oils are used as a treatment for insomnia. Actually, inhalation of essential oils activates brain chemicals involved in controlling sleep and encourages sounder sleep. Here are some essential oils which you will find effectual in treating insomnia.

The lavender oil is useful for many problems also plays an active role in promoting powerful sleep by relaxing the mind. Clary Sage oil is a mild natural sedative that allows drowsiness and sleep.

Some of the oils, such as Rose and Ylang-Ylang, can also be smoothed onto bedding, such as pillow covers, which will promote sleep through inhaling it overnight. 

Essential Oils As Anti Inflammatory

The essential oils serve as an anti-inflammatory in terms of medicine. Some of the essential oils are required to alleviate inflammation and irritation caused by any infection. These oils can be applied topically or used with a carrier oil to reduce inflammation.

Tea Tree essential oil is beneficial for treating skin inflammation and redness. The intestinal inflammation can be reduced through Peppermint essential oil, which may be caused by a digestive disorder. 

Rosemary and Eucalyptus essential oils can open up blocked sinuses, reduce inflammation of sinus and throat caused by cold and flu. Thyme oil reduces respiratory inflammation by inhaling it.

Essential Oil As Antimicrobial and AntiBacterial

Many essential oils have antimicrobial and anti-bacterial effects, from which some are used as preventative measures. It serves as medicine because these are inhaled, entered into lungs and moves to bloodstream for the initiation of proper effect.

Cold and flu can also be treated as essential oils prevent spread and proliferation of bacteria. It also boost up immunity in body such as Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Clove, Oregano, Sage and Frankincense.

Antimicrobial essential oils molded-in air fresheners can be useful in the elimination of airborne spread of germs. In order to promote easy breathing, Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils can be rubbed onto chest in the form of ointment.

One can prevent severe infections by using Tea Tree and Oregano oil, as it is considered as powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal.

Essential Oils Can Heal Skin Problems

As essential oils have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial effects, it promotes fast skin healing by absorbing the deeper layers of skin tissue. Some essential oils rejuvenate damaged skin, such as Frankincense.

Dry skin is widespread and irritating for some people, but no need to worry about it. Some essential oils are relieving dry skin completely.

Do you have acne problems? Tea Tree and Lemongrass are two of the essential oils treating acne as well as pimples and blemishes by killing the bacteria. Lavender oil is mostly prescribed to heal cuts quickly. The Basil, Tea Tree, and Carrot Seeds oil treat eczema, insect bite, and sunburns.

As essential oils are used to treat physical and emotional issues, you can take full advantage of it without harming yourself. The pharmaceutical drugs have their side effects, but the essential oil is free from it.  

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