Health benefits and uses of essential oils

People have been using these oils for many years mainly for health and medicinal purposes. For instance, essential oils have a wide application in the manufacturing of personal beauty products, house cleaning products. They are also used as natural medicine treatment and in aromatherapy. These oils are extracted or distilled from the different parts of plants such the barks, leaves, roots, flowers, peels, and resin. Their main benefits are attributed to their antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils are also referred to as healing oils.

The common essential oils include lemon, rose, sandalwood, oregano, myrrh, eucalyptus, ginger, clove, grapefruit, cypress, tea tree oil, peppermint, frankincense, and lavender. Heir major benefits and used include alleviating pain, healing skin conditions, fighting the symptoms associated with flu and colds, soothing sore muscles and relaxing the body, improving digestion, reducing wrinkles and cellulite and balancing of the body’s hormones.

How to apply essential oil

The common ways in which these oils are used include the following

Aromatically

Essential oils are light and can be absorbed easily into the bloodstream once they are inhaled. This absorption mainly takes place within the lung’s blood vessels. The absorbed oils are then circulated throughout the body. You can enjoy the benefits of these oils by using a diffuser. For instance, lavender oil is diffused to reduce stress, clean air and improve one’s mood.

 

Ingestion

These oils are used as an alternative form of medicine. They are very safe since they do not have any side effects. Anyone using these oils is advised to mix them with some drop of water because they are very powerful. Oils such as lemon, frankincense, and peppermint have powerful internal health benefits and should also be mixed with water.

Personal care

In the modern days, essential oils are widely used in making homemade personal care products. These products are used in improving beauty. Some of the DIY recipes made using these oils include body butter, bug spray, shampoo, and lip balm, household cleaner, and toothpaste.

Other uses of essential oils

Insect repellent

You can make a natural bug spray by combining citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and lemongrass oil. The product produced should be rubbed on the exposed skin to repel  insects.

Cleaning air

The potent antimicrobial properties of essential oils are helpful in cleansing air. For instance, cinnamon oil is diffused in the air to clean it.

All-purpose cleaner

These oils have potent antiseptic properties. You can apply drops of tree tea oil and lemon oil on your countertops as one way of disinfecting them.

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