Health and medicine are million dollar industry today. We are so much into chemical products that we overlook the benefits nature can offer. One such natural product which has magical healing power is essential oil.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracted directly from plants and its parts like stem, flowers, roots. They are highly concentrated as all the water molecules are removed from them through distillation. Essential oils have a very strong aroma and are very refreshing. These oils have very small molecules which help them to penetrate our cells easily and provide better healing. The treatment through essential oils is known as aromatherapy.
Health benefits of essential oils
Essential oils are truly versatile in nature. There is hardly any problem which cannot be treated by few drops of essential oils.
Boosts immunity and fights infection
Essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint and frankincense help in fighting bacteria and fungus. These essential oils make our immune system strong as they are known to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial properties. Intake of these essential oils helps the body to fight pathogens.
Helps in proper digestion
One of the most common problem today is improper digestion. Use of essential oils can help you in getting rid of this problem. These oils have the power to stimulate digestion by helping the digestive enzymes. Oils like lavender, ginger oil and black pepper are most effective in indigestion. These oils are effective in the proper breaking of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Increases energy level, reduces stress and anxiety
If you feel tired all the time then essential oils can be your savior. Oils like lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and rose help in relaxing of muscles. These oils are also known to have sedative properties and can uplift your mood instantly. Using these oils while taking bath will help you feel calm and relaxed whole day.
Improves brain functioning
Oils like rosemary and sandalwood have a special power to heal people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Its sedative and calming properties help you to focus and control your aggression.
Skin and hair treatment
Skin and hair problems are the biggest concern amongst the people. Essential oils have anti-aging agents which help in reducing aging signs. Oils like rosemary, frankincense, lavender treats damaged skin. These oils have very small molecules and can easily penetrate the skin and nourish it. These oils are also effective in fighting dandruff and hair fall.
People having trouble falling asleep can try essential oils like lavender and peppermint. These oils help you to relax and calm you. Diffusing essential oils in your room can also help you get better sleep.
How to use essential oils?
One can apply essential oil on the body directly. As it has very small molecules it can penetrate your skin and can get into your blood vessels to provide better healing. This way of the application can be used to treat ache, bruise, and inflammation. Use can also use it by compressing essential oil against your skin. For this take 10 drops of essential oil per 4 ounces of water, soak a towel in it and apply it to the area where you have pain or infection.
If you wish to treat problems in respiratory tract then diffuse 5 drops of essential oil and inhale it. It is also effective in a headache.
To kill intestinal parasites or to treat digestive issues, essential oils can be taken directly by mouth. But never consume more than 3 drops. Before intake dilute it with help of water.
If you have a cut or a bruise then using essential oil as salves can give you instant relief. Two percent dilution is suggested before applying. For dilution, mix 12 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil.
Some common essential oils and its uses
It is antiseptic, antibacterial, kills microbes. It is very effective in fighting pneumonia, oral infection and skin infection.
It has an antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiviral effect. It helps in keeping stress and anxiety at bay.
It is very effective in fighting cancer cells, treats the problem of indigestion, stress, anxiety. Helps in the strengthening of the immune system.
It has soothing and calming properties which help in healing burns, cuts, stings and other wounds. It also strengthens pancreas, helps in curing diabetes and stress.
It helps in cleansing of the body by stimulating lymph drainage. It also acts as the rejuvenating agent and brightens the skin.
It helps in resolving respiratory tract issues like asthma, cough, croup, and bronchitis.
It is beneficial for patients with blood pressure. It also improves brain functions.
Some essential oil recipes
Stress and anxiety
Take a roller bottle of 10ml. Take 5 drops of patchouli and ylang-ylang essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of cedar wood, bergamot, and frankincense essential oil each and put them in a roller bottle. Fill the space left in the bottle with a carrier oil, rub it over your body for 20-30 minutes for results.
Take 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and mix it with honey, massage it oven the acne. After 2 minutes of massage wash your skin. Repeat this twice every week for effective results.
Take 2 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of clary sage essential oil and 1 drop of bergamot essential oil and put it in ultrasonic cool air diffuser. Run it for 45 minutes to 1 hour before going to sleep.
Mix 2 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2 drops of lavender oil with jojoba carrier oil, massage your scalp for at least 10 minutes. Shampoo your hair afterward.