Think of any plant with beneficial properties, and you have an essential oil that can be extracted from it. The flower, the bark, the fruit, the leaf, the root – whichever part of a plant is aromatic, an essential oil can be extracted from it and each oil as myriad uses. Here are ten often used essential oils.
Rose Essential Oil
The smell of a rose is intoxicating, to say the least – and in a concentrated essential oil, it works all that more, as studies show, in relaxing and calming the emotional response in humans.
Other than reducing dental pain or infection, clove oil can reduce inflammation, nausea and is also a great breath freshener.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has even proven effective in reducing the stress and is anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial so it goes a long way in promoting healing of skin conditions.
Bergamot Essential Oil
From reducing the heart rate to soothing the nervous system, studies show that Bergamot essential oil works quickly to calm the human mind and can also be used for pain relief, soothing a chest congestion and treating digestive problems.
Lemon Essential Oil
Who doesn’t find the fresh lemony scent of lemon and other citrus fruits invigorating? With its anti-microbial properties, lemon essential oil can be used in diffusers as an air freshener and a few drops of it mixed with water can also be used as a household cleanser. Topical application of lemon essential oil (mixed with a carrier oil) can relieve pain and is an anti-fungal remedy as well.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Can’t sleep? A few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil on the pillow will promote better sleep and its use can also treat depression as well as anxiety and reduce stress as well.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Mixed with body oil, rosemary oil can detoxify the skin and improve scalp health as well as eliminate dandruff. In aromatherapy, it can help boost the immune system and ward off seasonal cold and flu.
Chamomile Essential Oi
Period problems? Sipping chamomile tea can alleviate mood swings in PMS due to inhalation of its aromas as is a great relaxer and gives you a breather in high-stress situations.
Peppermint Essential Oil
According to many aromatherapy experts, peppermint oil can improve digestion, relieve nausea and eliminate gas or bloat. Plus it also has anti-microbial properties so works great for the skin in the summer heat and as a cleansing agent as well.
Vetiver Essential Oil
Have an important meet and need to calm those nerves now? Try taking a big sniff of vetiver essential oil, which can also increase concentration levels and soothe any nervousness or anxiety.
Remember if you are allergic to a particular plant product, you will be allergic to the essential oil derived from it too. Never ingest essential oils for they could be toxic, and always source them from certified organic sellers – cheaper is more often than not, not better! And store your essential oils in a cool, dry place like you would medicine – sunlight can alter their properties and they are oil, ergo flammable…