How essential are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are everywhere nowadays. There are so many promises of guaranteed relaxation, or elimination of this and that, or a cure for anything under the moon. Do they really work? Can they heal all of the ailments? Here is more information that will help answer any questions you may have about these wonderful oils.
Essential oils are a holistic way to help with stress, anxiety, beauty care, household products, and so much more. Oils are removed from the plant, tree, bark, flower, leaf and so forth, through a steaming process and then separated from the water-based compounds. The remaining oil can be used topically, taken orally (usually with an alcohol compound), or heated (sometimes with water). From this process, you get the pure benefit of the starting plant. After the distillation process, the oils are the concentrated version of their mother plant. The molecules in the oils are also so small that they can penetrate the skin, making oils efficient for a variety of uses. For generations, oils have been used across so many different cultures. Through the years, the use of oils has varied but the effect has been the same. That they work!
Different plants, trees, flowers, roots, etc., offer a variety of uses and benefits. Here are our four favorite oils and what they are used for:
Tea Tree Oil:
- Natural anti-bacterial
- Anti- fungal
- Reduces bad odors
- Can help stimulate the immune system
- House cleaner
Eucalyptus: derived from the leaves of a small Eucalyptus tree
- Improves respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis, and allergies.
- Invigorating and purifies the body
- Reduces headaches
Lavender: Derived from the lavender flower
- Helps with relaxation
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves mood
- Encourages hair regrowth
- Heals burns and cuts
- Skin care
- House cleaners
- Supports digestion, reduce nausea
- Improves focus
- Boosts energy
- Fever reducer
- Headache and muscle pain relief
- Use in homemade cleaners and soaps
- Fights skin outbreaks
These are just a few of our faves. If you’re looking for a specific ailment, check out a variety of awesome books that can point you in the right direction. Check out the link below!
(I went to Powell Books because Amazon doesn’t give the authors royalties. Powell supports the authors and is a great company!)