Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils are phytochemicals that are taken from the flowers and other parts of plants such as the bark, leaves, and seeds. Through processes such as distillation and extraction, essential oils have been used for centuries for a variety of purposes. They are most well-known for providing healing and promoting emotional and mental well-being.
Essential oils are utilized in three main ways – inhaling them, applying them to the skin, or taking them internally. However, not all essential oils can be used in the same way; for example, some oils are great for application on the skin, but poisonous if taken internally. It is advised that you thoroughly research the properties and uses of the essential oil(s) you are interested in prior to using them.
Do not be fooled by the unassuming appearance of essential oil, usually packaged in a colored glass bottle, as these small amounts of liquid pack a huge punch and are very potent. Regardless of the purpose for which they are used, you should only use a few drops at a time.
Many essential oils have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can be used on the skin to combat many problems. An important point to note is that, as a general rule, essential oils should never be applied directly on the skin as this may cause irritation. They should be mixed with a vegetable-based carrier oil like almond or jojoba. Here are some essential oils with anti-fungal and/or anti-bacterial properties and others used as beauty aids.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a well-known essential oil derived from the melaleuca plant. It has been used for thousands of years to treat skin problems such as warts, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also well known for treating nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and is proven to prevent the development of infections in cuts and wounds and insect bites.
Lemongrass oil has antimicrobial properties that inhibit bacteria growth both inside and outside of the body. It is used to fight serious conditions like typhoid and malaria and food poisoning, as well as others such as urinary tract infections, body odor, and fungal skin infections.
Oregano oil is a very powerful in treating and preventing viral and bacterial infections. It is more commonly known as an aid when fighting the cold or flu, but oregano oil is also great in protecting from other viruses like chicken pox and mumps.
Lavender oil is known for its calming qualities so it can be used by persons who suffer from panic attacks. It is known to calm the central nervous system so it’s great to use it in a bath before bed. Lavender is also used in skin care applications in lotions and creams.
This essential oils has a variety of benefits. Its beautiful aroma lifts the spirits and the mind and so this oil is used to treat depression. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac, enhancing the libido and promoting feelings of sexual desire.