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Essential Oils Info
An Introduction To Essential Oils
I am sure you have heard of essential oils. They are very popular in aromatherapy and in homeopathic medicine. These oils are sometimes called volatile oils, ethereal oils, or aetherolea. They are oils extracted from plants, and they are usually named for the plant they came from.
Essential oils have many uses. They are natural and can be used for health reasons, as beauty products, and as a tool to help you relax. That last point brings me back to aromatherapy. This is an ancient source of cognitive, spiritual, physical, and psychological health. There are both physical and mental benefits you can receive from using them. All you have to do is breath them in. Inhale a few drops, use them to luxuriate your bath experience, or spray them around your home.
I have heard of people using essential oils for cleaning, for their aroma, getting rid of mold, and many other household applications. I don't use them for that, but it's always good to know I can if I need to. Use them as a dryer sheet to freshen up your laundry, some are good for pest control, once my daughter made an insect repellent for her dogs using oils. The green side of these oils is they are made without harsh chemicals and harmful additives.
You can find help for gastrointestinal problems, relieve itchy skin, soothe burns, reduce inflammation of your skin, and even rub these essential oils on your tired, over-worked muscles to relieve the soreness. Some of the aromas can be quite uplifting. They can give you a little extra energy when you are tired and calm your mind when you are worried or stressed.
As with any product you decide to use, be sure to read the pros and the cons of any essential oils you might think about using. They won't help if you are not using them for the right purpose.
Essential Oils Can Be Remedies
I don't like to take prescribed drugs for every problem I have. In today's world, this can be difficult. I found that some essential oils work to remedy some of the health problems I have. I am not touting them as cure-alls. I don't think you are going to cure your cancer with them, but I do think they can help you to calm your mind.
Essential oils have the same properties as the plants they were extracted from. That makes it easy for me to understand how they can help with some health issues. I am sure the drugs the doctor prescribes also come from some of these very same plants.
Most essential oils have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic and pain reducing analgesic properties. I use them often for minor health issues because these properties. Don't over use your oils, but that's certainly not as dangerous as it would be to over use your medications.
I mix my essential oils with a carrier oil before I apply it to my skin. I don't want to put something that is too concentrated on my face or neck, so I generally mix my oils with Sweet Almond oil or Jojoba. Coconut is another popular carrier oil. Check out the recipes you will find below.
Essential Oils Health Benefits
Here are some options on how to relieve pain with essential oils:
Chamomile is a popular ingredient for a soothing tea. Doesn't it make sense that Chamomile essential oil would be soothing too? Chamomile oil can help if you have a cold, if you have a back ache or muscle spasms, headaches, and even PMS pain. I find if I massage a couple drops into my temples and on the back of my neck, I begin to relax and the headache pain begins to lessen. The same goes for muscle aches, just massage some of the oils into the area you are feeling discomfort and see if it helps to alleviate some of the pain.
Eucalyptus is another popular essential oil. It makes a great massage oil too, especially for muscle or nerve pain. That's probably because it does have anti-inflammatory properties.
How about Peppermint essential oil? Just thinking about it, I can smell it's strong, peppy aroma. It's fresh scent is more than capable of refreshing you and giving you an extra bit of energy. Peppermint oil can also be used as a massage oil when you have a headache or back pain
Rosemary is another oil that has the same effect on muscle and back pain. Rosemary also has antispasmodic properties, and it's an analgesic too. Sandalwood has the ability to calm your central nervous system. It is great for muscle spasms and muscle pains.
Vetiver essential oil is not as well-known as the others I've mentioned, but it is quite effective for rheumatism, muscle pain and headaches. This woodsy, spicy scented oil is also good for insomnia. That's how I found it.
Do you suffer with allergies? Try some Lavender or Peppermint oils. Lavender happens to be an all natural anti-histamine and it is also has anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint is a great way to relieve that nasal congestion, and it is also an analgesic.
If you ever have itchy skin keep some Lavender or Tea Tree oil around your house. They help with that itchiness. Lavender is also a handy oil to have to treat minor burns, insect bites, and it can soothe eczema. Tea Tree oil is an all round handy essential oil. It naturally has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.
Mix Your Essential Oils With A Carrier Oil Before You Apply It
Since these essential oils are in a concentrated state, I mix them with an oil that is easily absorbed into my skin. These oils are called carrier oils. One of my favorites is Sweet Almond oil, but I also use Jojoba oil or coconut oil. These oils are gentle, easily absorbed, and skin softening. Just mix a Tablespoon or two of the carrier oil with a drop or two of the essential oil to make an effective blend to massage into your skin.
Another way to get the most benefits from essential oils is to add them to your bath. I am a huge fan of soaking in the tub! It is a great way to relax after a long day and get ready for a good night's sleep. Fill the tub, as usual, just add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath water while it's running.
You can also use your oils to make a hot or cold compress. Just add the oils to some water - hot if you need hot, cold if you need cold. Soak a wash cloth in that treated water, squeeze the water out, and lay your compress where you need it. You can also put a drop or two of the essential oil right on your palm, and hold your palm up to your nose to inhale the aroma. Breathe in the goodness.
Essential Oils For Aromatherapy
If you are tired and stressed these aromatherapy ideas will help to relax and un-stress you. It is such a great way to unwind and prepare for a good night's sleep. Use the ideas on this page, add some essential oils to your bath water, mix the oils into a carrier oil and massage them into your skin. It's so refreshing. If time is of the essence you could just put a drop of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma.
Here are some wonderful essential oils to consider when you are trying to decide which oil if for you.
- Lavender - One of the most well-known and popular essential oils is Lavender. It is a fabulous stress reliever and it can help you to get a good, deep night's sleep.
- Peppermint - Get energized with Peppermint. If you are feeling tired or sluggish, this is a great choice for you, it is stimulating.
- Chamomile - If your spirits need a lift, it you need to be soothed, Chamomile is the oil that will help you to relax.
- Jasmine - Jasmine has a powerful, sweet smell. It's an exotic oil that will help to get rid of the funk you are in.
- Bergamot - Bergamot has a sweet smell and it is used to lift the spirits, increase appetite, relieve stress, and anxiety. This oil is a popular ingredient in the perfume industry, doesn't that give you an idea of how wonderful it's aroma is?
- Tea Tree - This oil great for skin problems. Itchy skin, acne, insect bites and it's even good for cold sores.
- Ylang-Ylang - This is a sweet smelling essential oil that will help reduce stress and anxiety in your day. This is another one of my favorites for the bath.
- Rose - Everyone loves the smell of roses, don't they? This essential oil is another stress and anxiety reducer. It's also a nice treat for your hair and skin.
What to Look Out For When Purchasing Essential Oils
Make sure the essential oils you buy are of high quality. The quality makes all the difference in the healing properties of the oil and the pureness of the aroma. There are many fake products out there, so learn how to read the labels and get the best essential oils for yourself and your family.
Here's what you want to look for on the label:
- 100% Essential Oil - Not perfumed oil, fragrant oil, or any other deviation.
- Fresh Aroma - 100% essential oils have a fresh, wonderful scent
- Not A Cheap Price - Essential oils are not cheap. You don't have to pay a fortune, but you are not going to find a quality oil in the dollar store. (You can find lots of other great buys in there though.) These oils are considered "Liquid Gold". You only need a drop or two.
- Dark Glass Jar - Essential oils, reputable ones, come in a dark glass bottle. That's because this is the only way to safely store these oils.
- Living Young - I use Living Young essential oils because I trust the company. There are many reputable companies out there for you to find a good, natural oil.