Essential Oils – Nature’s Gift for Good Health
Essential oils is surely one of the best health solutions provided by Mother Nature to us. Used since time immemorial, across various cultures, essential oils are a living proof that nature has a cure for almost all human maladies. So for the newbies, who have heard a lot about essential oils, but are yet to figure out what exactly these oils are – here is a short brief for you!
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are basically products which are produced after distillation of natural materials. This distillation is done either by water, steam, mechanical processing or by dry distillation. Once the distillation is done the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase. The ingredients which are distilled are flowers, leaves,resin, peels, bark and roots of the plants.
Advantages of essential oils
What makes essential oils so popular across the globe is the fact that they have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory as well as anti-oxidant properties. They can be used for therapeutic purposes, aroma therapy, household cleaning as well as for cosmetic purposes.
How do you use essential oils?
Essential oils can be applied topically, mixed with massage oils, inhaled, diffused and taken internally. But one basic thing which you need to always bear in your mind is that essential oils are highly concentrated in nature, and thus they should always be diluted before being used. Direct use can lead to allergic reactions, cause organ damage and/ or effect critical long term health conditions.
Now that you are have got a basic understanding about essential oils, let us move on to the ways and purpose for which each essential oil can be used:
The euphoric fragrance of eucalyptus essential oil will not only relax your senses, but can be used for a number of purposes due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic and decongestant properties. Topically this essential oil can be used for:
· Sore Muscles
· Insect Bites
· Burns, Cuts and Wounds
· Hair growth
Some of the easy eucalyptus oil recipes are:
1. Mix 12-15 drops of this essential oil with almond or mustard oil for relief from muscle ache
2. Get rid of dandruff by mixing around 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with your shampoo. Within 2 washes you will see visible results
3. The most easy and perhaps the most common use of eucalyptus essential oil is for cold relief. You can sprinkle few drops of this oil on your handkerchief and inhale it for speedy relief from cold.
This is one essential oil which is usually used to add aroma and flavor to your food. But apart from cooking, Basil essential oil can also be used:
· To reduce chronic fatigue
· Soothe Migraines
· Relax muscles and reduce swelling
· Help in intestinal problems
· As an astrigent to get rid of acne
This is one essential oil which has a lot of health benefits. One precaution you need to take while using lemongrass essential oil is that, as this oil can feel very warm on your skin, you need to always dilute it before using it on your skin.
Lemongrass is highly effective in:
· Killing cancer cells
· Regulating the Blood Pressure
· Facilitating weight loss
· Fighting cold and flu
· Keeping the kidneys, liver, pancreas, digestive tract and bladder clean
Lemongrass essential oil can be used as a facial toner for oily and acne prone skin. You can easily prepare the toner at home. For this you will need to:
Take 1/4th cup of distilled water. To this add 3 – 3 drops of lemon grass oil and lavender oil. Now just mix the solution well and store it in a dark glass container. Avoid using plastic containers for storing this solution. Using a cotton pad apply it on your face twice a day.
You can also use this essential oil in a diffuser to eliminate mental and physical fatigue and get over nervousness.
As the name suggests, cedarwood essential oil has a walm, balmy and woody aroma. Since centuries it has been used for its therapeutic properties. Whether you are suffering from hair loss, skin problems like acne and eczema or have kidney disorders, cystitis, ADHA, arthritis – Cedarwood is the one magic essential oil which can cure all these and many other health related issues.
One very easy recipe to use this essential oil for hair growth is:
Take a glass spray bottle. In this add 10 drops of cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oil. Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel oil. Now all you need to do is spray this potion on your scalp two time a day. Within weeks you will notice regrowth and better health of your hair.
Essential oils surely are one of the most effective ways in which you can get rid of many health issues. Not only are they easy to use, but you can also make several recipes with them and gift it to your family and friends. So the next time you have an health issue, or just crave for some tranquility and peace of mind – then instead of heading to a medical store, just pick up some essential oils and experience the magic.
There are high chances that when you shop for essential oils you will find that the same essential oil is available at various rates. While some can be bought at throw away prices, few bottles of pretty expensive. The reason for such a huge difference in the margin of the prices is due to the purity level of the oil and the purpose for which it can be used. For example, a 10 ml bottle of lemon grass essential oil is available for Rs. 10 as well as for Rs. 500. The only difference is that the Rs. 10 bottle has lesser purity level and therefore can not be used for therapeutic purpose. Instead you can use it as air freshener, while the expensive variety can be used for therapeutic purposes.
This way depending on its purpose, you can accordingly choose the oil bottles.
Switch to essential oils and embrace health and wellness for yourself and your near and dear ones.