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Benefits of Essential Oil

By Aromafloria May 16, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal, health purposes, cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy products, household cleaning products, insect repellents, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels.

We all know about the everyday power of scent: how a particular perfume reminds you of your grandmother, or when the smell of your favorite restaurant brings you back to your first date there. But did you know that some scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.

Essential oils have their place secured in a natural beauty routine: They're natural, chemical-free alternatives to everything from traditional cosmetics to synthetic fragrances.

But, aromatherapy isn’t just about appealing smells; it also offers many health benefits including the following:
• Relaxation and stress relief
• Mood enhancement, balance and well being
• Relief of minor discomforts
• Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems

Aromatherapy can be a great, natural, complementary health treatment in a variety of situations. It’s certainly not a replacement for traditional medical treatments or prescription medications because it doesn’t cure major illnesses, but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them.

Although essential oils may seem expensive when you see them standing on the shelf in a very tiny bottle, you simply need to know the effectiveness and potency of what is inside to know that they are worth every penny. Little goes a long way.

Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.

There are certain oils which have proven their value and are a great baseline for those who are just learning about the health benefits of essential oils. Peppermint, lavender and lemon are considered power oils, and when in doubt one of these three will give you some relief for whatever your need is from cleansing to soothing to invigorating.

Topical Use
Essential oils contain tiny molecules that are much more easily absorbed into the body than other types of oils, so when an oil is used on the skin, the body rapidly obtains the benefit of the oil. Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond. Essential oils and their use in aromatherapy are invaluable to people in terms of health and relaxation.

Aromatic Use
Essential oils can also be diffused into the air. This process is known as aromatherapy and provides the benefits of the oils as they are inhaled. There is evidence that the oils are absorbed into the blood stream when inhaled.

Essential oils are extremely potent and it is important to use as little as needed, not as much as possible. When a few drops of an oil used topically or aromatically will work, using more or consuming it internally is not only unnecessary, but may actually be harmful.

Essential Oil Dilution
Once you have chosen your essential oil, you can add it to base products, to enhance your favorite health and beauty items. To dilute essential oils, simply add them to unscented massage oil, hand and body lotion, bath salts, scrubs or shower gel.

Massage.......................... 5 drops per tsp. of base oil or lotion
Inhalation....................... 1-2 drops in boiling water or on a tissue
Bath................................ 8-10 drops in bath water
Facial............................... 2-3 drops in base product
Foot Soak........................ 8 drops in bowl of water
Cleanser.......................... 20 drops in 4 ounces of base product
Body................................ 5-15 drops in base product
Chest Rub....................... 10-20 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil

Our Mixology Essential Oils
When getting started the vast spectrum of available essential oils can be overwhelming. So ask yourself these questions:

• What benefit am I looking for?
• What scents do I enjoy?

Each essential oil contain properties that offer a specific wellness benefit. So take time to research what those benefits are.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Eucalyptus stimulates the mind, aids concentration, and relieves muscle & joint pain. Eucalyptus essential oil is useful in treating colds and sinus complaints.

Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender Essential Oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. Lavender Essential Oil a wonderful oil to help relax, fight stress and to promote sleep. It is anti-bacterial and is a must-have for your first-aid kit.

Orange Essential Oil - The orange promotes a feeling of happiness and warmth when used in aromatherapy. It also helps in the elimination of toxins in the body and deals well with digestive problems.

Patchouli Essential Oil - Patchouli is balancing, relaxing, calming and sensual and exotic. Unlike most essential oils that oxidize and diminish in therapeutic and aromatic quality over time, Patchouli Essential Oil improves with age like a fine wine.

Peppermint Essential Oil - Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles. Peppermint Oil is stimulating and is intended to help enhance alertness and stamina.

Rosemary Essential Oil - Rosemary essential oil is most widely used in aromatherapy as it is great for stimulating the brain, improving memory and mental clarity. Rosemary has an excellent reputation for oily skin/acne, scalp and hair care.

Spearmint Essential Oil - Spearmint Essential Oil is refreshing, mood-elevating which promotes a calming effect and is an alternative to the intensity of peppermint. Help relax nerves and muscle spasms due to its menthol content.

Tea Tree Essential Oil - The antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of tea tree essential oil are beneficial for the treatment of a number of topical conditions. Tea tree essential oil can be diluted into a mouthwash to help with gingivitis or bad breath.
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Rockford Johnson July 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM Reply
I learned a lot about essential oils by reading this article. I really like how you explained that "Aromatherapy can be a great, natural, complementary health treatment in a variety of situations. It’s certainly not a replacement for traditional medical treatments or prescription medications because it doesn’t cure major illnesses, but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them." I have never done aromatherapy before but I can imagine how helpful it can be when it comes to relieving stress and relaxing.
Lillian Schaeffer September 9, 2016 at 1:23 PM Reply
This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that lavender oil promotes relaxation and sleep. I've been under a lot of stress at work recently, and that has been carrying over into the night and making it hard for me to sleep. I'll definitely look into getting an oil warmer and using lavender to help me relax. Thanks for the great post!
David albert January 23, 2017 at 3:52 AM Reply
Great post to share and read.. Thank you so much for sharing these uses. I really appreciate your information. Esssential oils are very beneficial in improving the overall health of the body.Thanks for the great post!
John February 7, 2017 at 1:17 PM Reply
Wow, I didn't realize just how many benefits can come from essential oils! I like how the article states that aromatherapy is a good natural health treatment that can be used for a variety of situations. My sister-in-law is constantly stressed due to her work so I think she could benefit from aromatherapy from some quality essential oils.