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Most Popular Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Oils For The Body

Updated on December 26, 2015

Popularity of Aromatherapy Oils

Essential oils are natural oil substances present in various parts of a specific plant, whether the leaves, stem, bark, flowers, or root. These oils are said to contain therapeutic and medicinal properties that make them ideal form of alternative medicine. This process is known as aromatherapy.

Since essential oils are the leading substances used in aromatherapy treatment, it is also now commonly referred to as aromatherapy oils. Aside from being popular among patients for its non-invasive and safe approach that lacks side effects, it is also approved by medical professionals as an alternative medicine. Of course, you still need to take certain precautionary measures such as knowing how to properly use them to avoid complications.

If you are new to aromatherapy, then you can begin by educating yourself of the most popular essential oil choices used in aromatherapy for treating common health conditions.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is produced from the leaves and branches of a eucalyptus tree through a steam distillation process. Eucalyptol is the principal ingredient present in this oil that is responsible for producing its disinfectant and germicidal properties.

Here are some methods of using eucalyptus essential oil in treating various ailments:

*For dandruff treatment: You can make your own eucalyptus oil shampoo, which will need at least ten drops of eucalyptus oil. When applying the oil as shampoo, make sure to thoroughly massage the scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

*For cold treatment: Directly add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your handkerchief to inhale the aroma.

*For aches and pains: Mix 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil into two ounces of carrier oil. Use this as a massage on the affected area of the body.

*For chest congestion: Combine a few drops of eucalyptus oil with a drop of peppermint oil. Add a few crushed herbs into the mixture and stick it onto a cotton stock. Place that inside your pillow so you can inhale it as you sleep for immediate relief from chest congestion.

Roman Chamomile Oil

Roman chamomile is best known as flowering plant but it is also famous as an aromatherapy oil. The remarkable calming effects produced by its uplifting scent is one of the reasons why it is one of the most sought after aromatherapy oils in the market. Unlike other types of oil that possess strong aroma, that produced by roman chamomile is more subtle but just as effective.

For medicinal purposes, Roman Chamomile essential oil is ideal for relaxation and relieving anxiety. Plus, it is gentle enough to use in children. This type of oil is also useful in for hair and skin care. Different types of skin condition that can be treated with Roman Chamomile oil include dermatitis, eczema,irritation, and other types of skin inflammation.

Peppermint Oil

When talking about aromatherapy oils, peppermint will always be present on the list. It is extracted from a plant specif called Mentha Piperita and produces a rather strong aroma. Hence, it is not advised to use in children (especially infants) and pregnant women as it is known to induce labor.

However, peppermint essential oil does have its share of benefits. Its aromatic essences is known to uplift one's emotion to treat shock and other form of emotional trauma. Therapeutically speaking, it can be used to treat various ailments including headaches, sore throat, coughs, throat infections, and digestive problems like flatulence, indigestion, and slow digestion.

Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is taken from a plant known as Lavandula officinalis and its essences create a soothing effect. It is also one of those gentle essential oils that make it safe for use in children.

Lavender oil contributes to the renewal of skin cells, which is why it is commonly used in skin care products. Aside from that, lavender essential oil is used in treating wounds, burns, and skin inflammation. Psychologically, it helps combat stress and anxiety.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as melaleuca oil, Tea Tree Oil is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils in the market. It is a natural anti-fungal and antiseptic. Hence, it is used for treatment on various type of bacterial and fungal infections such as jock itch, vaginal yeast infection, ringworm, and other skin infections. For this same property, Tea Tree Oil is widely used as skin care and effectively prevents acne formation.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is not just a famous herb in cooking but also as an essential oil used in aromatherapy. One reason why it is suitable for cooking is that it possesses a pungent aroma that enlivens the dish. It does the same effect to an individual when used in aromatherapy.

The scent produced by rosemary oil stimulates your brain and sharpens your memory while keeping your senses awake and in full vitality. Its scent also create a stimulating effect on your central nervous system that helps cure a wide range of digestive and immune problems.

Other Popular Aromatherapy Oils

There are several types of aromatherapy oils currently available in the market. Some of them are effective on their own, while others are used in combination with other types of oil to gain effectiveness in curing various diseases.

Aside from the ones listed below, here are some more popular choices of essential oils used in aromatherapy:

*Sandalwood – Extracted from plant variety known as Santalum album, this type of oil consist of relaxing and sedative properties. Hence, it makes an ideal remedy for various conditions such as sore throat, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, and dandruff.

*Myrrh – Its therapeutic properties that make it ideal in toothpowders can also be utilized in aromatherapy. Myrrh essential oils are typically used to fight bad-breath causing bacteria in the mouth and is often used as mouthwash to relieve sore throat.

*Clary Sage – Aside from balancing your hormones, Clary Sage essential oil contain properties of a natural pain killer. Thus, it is popularly used to treat muscle aches and pains.

*Ylang Ylang – The floral scent and antidepressant properties of this essential oil makes it ideal for relieving muscle tension and relaxation.

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