Essential oils or volatile oils are the scented oils that are essentially extracted from plants. They have been used in medicines, perfumes, cosmetics, food, aromatherapy and many other things since ages. Essential oils are known so because they have the essence of the plants. Essential oils are widely used today for their legitimate therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits. Some essential oils can have beneficial effects on the cognitive functions, memory, and mood. Some can aid in alleviating sore and stiff muscles and ease joint pain. Essential oils can be taken orally while others are applied to the skin and used for massage. But one should be certain whether an oil has to be applied topically or is to be ingested because not all oils are safe to be ingested. Make it a habit to search about its effects and benefits before using it for any purpose.
The best essential oil and their incredible uses
Essentially derived from lavender flowers, it is one of the most famous essential oils. It is known to slow the CNS (central nervous system) and to improve the quality of sleep. It is also known to improve concentration levels and encourage the growth of the hair (especially for those who suffer from a hair loss ailments). It is also known to fight anxiety and to cure generalized anxiety disorders without the use of sedatives.
It can help in alleviating headache, nausea, upset stomach, bloating, anxiety, and indigestion. It boosts up metabolism. Peppermint oil is known for its effects in calming down the involuntary smooth muscles in the stomach, which in turn produces antispasmodic effects and promotes a smooth flow of bile. It helps in soothing discomfort related to the irritable bowel movement. Encapsulated peppermint oil reduces the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. In addition to the digestive help, it also helps in relieving Herpes simplex.
Derived from Eucalyptus leaves, Eucalyptus oil is a powerful and effective biocide. It is known for its antimicrobial, herbicidal, and insecticidal effects. If it particularly effective against the bacterial strains such as Haemophilus influenza, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia, and Staphylococcus agalactiae.
Eucalyptus oil has great healing effects when it comes to respiratory health. Inhaling steam from eucalyptus leaves has been a long practiced home remedy to alleviate chest congestion and cough. The aroma of this oil helps in losing phlegm and opening up nasal passages. The combination of peppermint and eucalyptus oil reduces headaches and relaxes muscles.
It is derived from the seeds of a shrub called wild jojoba. It is small and woody desert plant, which is native to California, Arizona, and northwestern Mexico. If we look at this history, Native Americans have been using jojoba oil in order to heal wounds. Most of the essential oils are volatile, but jojoba oil is an exception. It is known to provide many benefits to the skin. It accelerates the healing and closure of critical wounds at the cellular level. Incorporating jojoba oil in your skincare regimen can effectively reduce acne and improve the appearance of the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Also known with the name Melaleuca oil, it is known for its strong and effective antimicrobial properties. It comes from the paperbark or tea of trees. Historically, it has been used as an antiseptic in Australia. Natives inhale the aroma of the crushed tea tree leaves to effectively relieve a cough.
Today, tea tree oil is known for its antifungal, antibacterial, antiprotozoal and antiviral effects. It also inhibits the division, sporulation, and growth of fungus and yeast. In order to discourage infection, apply the oil topically to the cuts. The oil also has an effect on HSV-1.
It is a floral-scented oil derived from rose petals. Different species of roses are used for deriving this oil. Just like other essential oils, this oil helps in calming the mood, anxiety, and depression. It also fights harmful bacteria and organisms. It also has many skin benefits. It can make your skin permeable and is added to other skin care products.
A little lesser known in the list of essential oils, Bergamot oil is famous for its soothing and calming effects. It also encourages in achieving a healthy body weight, heart, and vascular health. It is also known to normalize blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
These were just a few instances of essential oils. There is no doubt that they have incredible effects, yet, knowing those effects thoroughly is important. Do not use any oil without knowing its effects and uses. You will be enlightened about the effects of all the essential oils.
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