Essential oils are basically plant extracts obtained via the method of steaming by hot-pressing the plants to extract all its nutrients or via mechanical methods known as cold-pressing. Each essential oil is different in aroma, color, density and so on simply depending upon the kind of plant they were extracted from. These oils capture the plant’s flavor and scent or “essence”, thereby giving it its name. These essential oils are pure extracts from the plants and contains all its nutrients, fatty acids, protein etc which can be used extensively in the field of aromatherapy as a form of alternative medicine. The oil is either inhaled in these aromatherapy sessions or applied to the skin after diluting it with carrier oils.
When directly applied onto skin, essential oils can relax the muscles of the places applied to. Once the oil has been properly absorbed by the body they can act as a stress reliever and an excellent compound to massage your body with. With regular or prolonged use you can see it have positive effects on your body. While inhaling it though, the scent or aroma has to be much stronger and there is no need for the extract to be diluted with carrier oils. Inhaling the essential oil has a direct effect on your limbic system that affects our emotions, brain functions and memory. Not only does the inhaling of these strong aromas affect our memories advantageously but they are also known to have an effect on psychological functions that include heart rate, breathing and heart pressure.
There are a myriad set of essential oils available in the market and they all can be used in various ways for different health benefits. These sweet smelling essential oils not only make you feel good but act as numerous medicines packed into one. Once you incorporate it in your life, you will see a steady progress in your physical and mental health both. You can start out by purchasing only one bottle of your favorite or chosen essential oil, but I can assure you, you will want to stack up on these bottles very soon. Stated below are a list of the best essential oils available and the numerous ways they can promote a healthier lifestyle.
Top essential oils and what they used for:
- Cinnamon oil: Cinnamon is a spice that is often used in many dishes in the Far East. Like the dishes made in the Far East cinnamon has a distinctive spicy, musky smell. Cinnamon oil is one of the oldest and most ancient essential oils that came into existence with its countries such as Sri Lanka and India exporting them to wealthy families abroad. But with time, this hot commodity has reduced in price and has been made available in every country of the world. When put to use in aromatherapy sessions and rubbed onto skin, cinnamon oil can help relax muscles pain, clear up clogged chests and its powerful antioxidants is also likely to benefit patients suffering from heart disease and neurological abnormalities.
- Lavender oil: Lavender oil is probably the most famous and sought after essential oil. The aroma is magical and its uses are manifold, so who can really repel its attraction. The Lavender essential oil is known to be antibacterial, antiviral, anxiety-reliever, anesthetic and a sedative. Lavender oil also helps in soothing the user of to a deep slumber. They can be used in a million beneficial ways. But a very important thing to keep in mind while using this essential oil is you must mix it with carrier oil. People often neglect the usage of carrier oil when it comes to lavender oil because of its weak aroma but the high content of linalool can really have a negative effect on the user’s skin if applied neat.
- Baobab Oil: The baobab oil benefits are abundant. It is an amazing essential oil that is enriched with different minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. It is a hard-pressed oil, obtained mainly from Baobab fruit’s seeds. It has sterols, vitamins A, E, D, F, C, and palmitic acid. It is great for hair & skin.
- Clove oil: Clove is a spicy, musky and strong smelling essential oil that is widely popular for its effective health benefits. Clove oil has been used in the dental industry for decades because of its healing properties. Applying it in some small doses directly onto skin acts as a great pain reliever. Clove oil is added in most toothpastes and mouth-rinses. Because of its strong taste and smell it can also fix cold sores and clear clogged chests. Clove oil can also be used to cure arthritic pain among the elderly. It may also be used to kill bacteria around the house if need be. But most people do not tend to go for the last option as essential oils cost a fair amount and it is a shame to waste them on anything or anyone but yourself.
- Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil is an invigorating compound that when used can help energize the body and mind alike. It acts as a stimulant, antiseptic, antimicrobial substance that can help effectively treat headaches relieving tension from the mind, acts as digestive aid, relieves allergy, it also helps soothe muscle memory, nausea and it numbs and relaxes the pain on skin if any. It can also act as an excellent lip product by not only keeping your lips from getting chapped but also keeps you refreshed through the day as the aroma is present right under your nose.
- Orange oil: With its fresh pulpy aroma and manifold uses, the orange essential oil is very famous oil used extensively for the treatment of cold. The oil’s pure Vitamin C nutrient fixes cold and flu. If you mix the oil with your drink everyday, it will also be sure to help in the prevention of diseases too. It can also be applied onto skin to treat aging. It helps promote circulation, detoxifies and improves skin texture. The orange oil can also be used to treat mouth ulcers, act as a wound disinfectant and as a foot callus softener too.
Each essential oil works differently and has different effects on our body and psyche. But each essential oil is a miracle waiting to happen to you. They maybe a bit pricey but how else will you get the nutritional value of 7-8 medicines packed into one bottle.