For years, alternative medicine fans have been embracing the power of essential oils. They are now mainstream due to their growing availability and claimed health benefits. Essential oils are amazing. They have many benefits.
This article will provide information about 11 essential oils and their benefits, as well as how to use them.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts.
"Plants are made up of structural materials as well as phytochemicals. These chemicals have properties which not only benefit the plant but also benefit humans," says Dr. Lin.
Essential oils are expensive because they require a lot of plant material. Take this example:
One pound of lavender essential oils is made from approximately 250 pounds of lavender flowers.
One pound of lemon balm or rose petals makes approximately 5,000 pounds of essential oil.
Dr. Lin explains that essential oils are a powerful form of botanical medicine because they require so much plant material to produce them.
Essential oils have many benefits
Aromatherapy is a form of complementary medicine that uses the senses to improve health and to apply essential oils topically to the skin.
Many research has shown that essential oils can help with:
- Boost mood.
- Reducing stress and increasing attention can improve job performance.
- Get better sleep
- You can kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
- Reduce anxiety, pain
- Reduce inflammation.
- Reduce nausea.
- Get rid of your headaches.
These are some of the most common essential oils, and their benefits.
Dr. Lin's favorite oil is lavender. It's mild and offers many benefits.
You can add it to a bath, diffuser, or to water to create aromatherapy. Or, you can combine it with a base oil for body oil.
Lavender is good for stress relief, pain relief, and sleeping. Dr. Lin explains that lavender was used in hospitals before the discovery of antiseptics.
Studies also showed that tea tree oil and lavender oil can disrupt hormones in young boys.
Tea tree oil
Dr. Lin said that most people use Tea Tree Oil as an antiseptic, antibiotic, or antifungal. It can also be used to aid in:
Acne. Dip a cotton swab in tea tree essential oil. Apply the oil directly to your acne. This is one exception where it doesn't need to be diluted, says Dr. Lin. It can speed up the resolution of acne.
Ringworms and athlete's foot. Mix the carrier oil with the oil and apply the mixture to the skin.
Dr. Lin warns that tea tree oil can cause neurotoxicity and should not be diffused if there are small children or pets at home.
Frankincense is known as the "king oil" and can be used to improve mood, sleep, inflammation, and mood. It may also prevent gum disease and improve asthma, according to studies.
Frankincense oil is a woody and spicy scent that can be used for aromatherapy or in skin creams. Before applying frankincense oil to your skin, make sure it is well-diluted.
Peppermint oil has been shown to:
- An anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antimicrobial
- It's easy to get headaches under control.
- Combat fatigue.
- Elevate your mood
- Reduce gut spasms.
- Support digestion.
- Memory support
Dr. Lin adds that peppermint tea can also settle stomach problems if you suffer from IBS or gastric inflammation. It's gentle and simple to use.
Use the oil topically by diluting it.
Essential oils such as Eucalyptus are great to keep on hand in the cold season. It opens your nasal passages to allow you to breathe more easily and soothes a stuffy nose. This can also be helped by peppermint oil.
It has antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
Use eucalyptus oils in moderation. Make sure it is thoroughly diluted before you apply topically. It shouldn't be eaten and can cause side effects in pets and children.
Lemon oil is extracted from the peel of lemons and can be used topically or diffused in the air with a carrier oil.
It is well-known that lemon oil can:
- You can reduce anxiety and depression.
- Reduce pain.
- Ease nausea.
- Kill bacteria.
A study found that essential oils such as lemon oil may improve cognitive function in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Lemon oil can be used topically and as aromatherapy. However, reports have shown that lemon oil can increase sunburn risk and make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight exposure after use. These oils include lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, as well as lemongrass, bergamot, and lemongrass.
Lemongrass oil is known for its strong citrus aroma and ability to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
Its antibacterial qualities make it an excellent natural remedy for wound healing and killing bacteria. It has been proven to stop the growth of fungus in jock itch, ringworm, and athlete's feet.
A study showed that lemongrass oil can reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Before applying oil to your skin, make sure you use carrier oil.
Orange oil is extracted from the rinds and juices of citrus fruits. You can diffuse it into the air, apply it topically to the skin (with a carrier oil), or use it as a natural cleaner inside your home.
It is well-known that orange oil can:
- Kill bacteria.
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce pain
Orange oil can make your skin more sensitive than sunlight. Use it sparingly and don't go outside.
Most likely, you've used rosemary oil to enhance the flavor of some of your recipes. You may have used rosemary oil to enhance your recipes.
Rosemary oil can be used topically or in aromatherapy with a carrier oil. It is best to not use rosemary oil if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, or have high blood pressure.
What is bergamot? You've probably tried bergamot if you like Earl Grey tea. You can diffuse the oil or apply it topically with carrier oils. However, it can cause skin irritation.
Bergamot oil has been known to:
- Reduce anxiety
- Lift mood.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Cedarwood oil
Cedarwood oil is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It's also a popular ingredient in shampoo, deodorant, and shampoo. You can also use cedarwood oil for sleep or anxiety.
Cedarwood oil can be used as an aromatherapy oil or as a topical oil when mixed with carrier oils.
How to use essential oils
Essential oils can be very strong so Dr. Lin suggests being aware of why and how essential oils are used. Use only small quantities, usually a few drops. These are the ways essential oils can be used.
Make them diffuse
Essential oils can be diffused, which is a form of aromatherapy.
It's an easy way to quickly change your mood. Dr. Lin explains that the oil's smell stimulates your central nervous system, which triggers an emotional response. It can quickly reduce anxiety and stress.
Make essential oils by mixing water and essential oils in a diffuser. A diffuser allows you to inhale tiny oil particles throughout the room. For the correct oil-to-water ratio, follow your diffuser's instructions.
You can also use aromatherapy for:
- Old-fashioned way. Deeply inhale the aroma after opening the bottle.
- Avoid evaporation. Use a cotton ball to absorb the essential oil.
- Steam inhalation. In a bowl of warm water, add a few drops of essential oil. Place your head on the bowl and a towel around your neck. Inhale the steam.
Dr. Lin warns that aromatherapy may not be as effective for older adults with dementia and behavior problems. This could be due to the fact that people age and lose their sense of smell.
Apply directly to your skin
Essential oils can be used on your skin to reap their benefits. Dr. Lin warns that you should not apply essential oils directly to your skin.
She says that it is best to dilute essential oils with carrier oils, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil to avoid skin irritation.
For easier application, some people use a small rollerball to store their essential oil blend.
Take them in
Essential oils can be taken orally as teas, supplements, or by putting a few drops on the tongue.
I do not recommend that you use them unless directed by a trained herbalist. They can be dangerous because they are so powerful. Even a few drops of essential oils can take a lot of plant material. You can even have your mucosal lining burnt.
The essential oil may be used in some recipes, such as oranges. However, it is important to double-check the dosing and ensure that you follow all directions.
Essential oils should not be used by children, seniors, pregnant women, or people with compromised immune systems.
When used in excess, essential oils can cause liver damage and nerve system problems. Dr. Lin warns that tea tree oil and eucalyptus oils can also cause seizures. They are toxic to animals, too.