Top Essential Oils and Their Uses
Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties. When you blend your Essential Oils base make sure you base it on their categories and notes. It’s more for aromatherapy purposes, not so much for therapeutic or medicinal purposes.
Lemongrass is very healing on the skin - it has antiseptic and astringent qualities and is especially useful for fungal infections. It can also enhance wellbeing, relax the body, refresh the mind and ease depression and stress. Lemongrass makes a delightful room –freshener and deodorizer. Lemongrass also repels insects and flies. Use it alone in a burner for effective results.
Although Tea Tree Oil should never be regarded as a cure-all, Tea Tree Oil is effective against all types of infection – from a sore throat to athlete’s foot. Tea Tree has been used successfully in the treatment of many other conditions, including genital herpes, infections of the throat, respiratory tract and sinuses, mouth ulcers, infected gums, acne, dandruff and burns. The oil is also believed to be an immune-stimulant capable of helping the body fight infections. Is good to have Tee Tree oil in your first aid kit all the time.
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to relieve nervous tension and promote restful sleep. It has mild analgesic properties and has been used to treat headaches and relieve stress. A few drops in your bath or to massage oil and rub into your skin.
Native to Australia, the oil of the Eucalyptus tree is a high valued, versatile aromatherapy ingredient. Eucalyptus oils best known as a decongestion inhalation for chesty coughs, colds and catarrh. At the onset of cold or flu systems, inhaling a few drops from a steaming bowl of hot water throughout the day can stop the virus in its tracks. Eucalyptus also, effectively repels or kills insects and for this purpose may be applied diluted to the skin or be used in burners and sprays.
Peppermint is cooling and invigorating. The minty aroma of merely the smallest quantity can help clear the head, cool sundrenched skin and lift a headache. Peppermint can help indigestion, colic, flatulence and nausea. Peppermint can be used in burners or added to massage oil and applied to the skin.
Rosemary is said to improve memory, stimulate the brain and relieve headaches. It is also excellent for hair and scalp problems. In fact Rosemary oil and rosemary teas are used extensively for hair care in shampoos and lotions. Rosemary is also very effective at helping painful & stiff joints and arthritis. When added to a massage oil it has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system and improves circulation. Rosemary can be used in baths, massage, burners and diffusers. It blends well with basil, lavender, lemongrass, orange, lemon, peppermint, petitgrain or pine.
Good-quality Patchouli oil will impart a calming, musky sweetness to a variety of blends. Patchouli has been credited with anti fungal, anti-imflamotary, antibacterial and astringent properties. It also acts as anti-depressant and is used full for relieving anxiety. It has a strong, woody, musky scent and is best used in blends in small amounts.
Frankincense oil is said to promote feelings of positivity and wellbeing. It is prized for it's ability to tone and invigorate the complexion. However it is also reported to have a soothing effect on the mucous membranes, easing coughs and colds. Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser, vaporizer or oil burner. Can also be added to oinments, creams and massage oils.
Clove bud oil is steam distilled from the flower buds and yields a pungent and spicy aroma. The health benefits of Clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulating properties. Add 2-3 drops to a diffuser to clear and cleanse the air. Also can be added to massage oils for it's warming effect on the muscles and analgesic properties.
This popular essential oil has a balancing effect on the body and mind. Bergamot essential oil can be diffused in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high. It blends well with cypress, neroli, lemon balm and black pepper . Mix 2-4 drops of lavender oil and 2 - 4 drops of bergamot oil and add to massage oil to create a refreshing and relaxing oil.
Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the skins of lemons. It is fresh, invigorating and stimulating to the body and mind. Added to massage oil it has a detoxifying effect. It can be put in spray bottles for a fresh aroma in your home. Add a few drops to naturally derived floor, window, and surface cleaning solutions for it's antiseptic properties. Add it to skin care products to reduce the appearance of blemishes or to conditioner and DIY hair masques to give your hair a smoother, shinier look.
Orange essential oil is calming, refreshing and uplifting. Used in skin care products it works to tone the skin and is an effective antiseptic. Added to massage oils, orange essential oil relaxes muscular and nervous spasms and can be used in abdominal massage to relieve mausea and indigestion.
It is important to note that you see medical advise before using essential oils if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and that oils should not be applied directly to the skin without first diluting in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil.