Learn about some of the most popular essential oils and their benefits
Have you ever walked into a room and are basked in a scent that enlivens your senses like a warm embrace? Maybe you have a favorite childhood scent that every time you smell it it takes you back to a memorable time. Or maybe you feel a sense of warmth when you smell fresh coffee grounds or relaxing lavender. Smell is one of our five senses and contribute to how we react to our environment. A smell can relax us, invigorate us, inspire us. There is a reason essential oils are used heavily in spa treatments. Besides improving and inspiring our mood, aroma and essential oils can also be beneficial to our body. Essential oils can root us to the earth or take us to the skies. In this article we will be discussing aroma and essential oils in depth, from what the different oils can do for the occasion to how to properly use them.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are pure extracted oils from botanicals. They are aromatic, concentrated botanical extracts that are carefully obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. There are a vast amount of essential oils with different purposes and many can be used on the skin and even taken internally. It is important to note that essential oils are to be treated with care like you would a medicine. You should only use 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils, understand their purpose and if they are right for you to use, and learn how to dilute them essential oils if you are getting oils that haven’t been diluted yet.
Essential oils come in their purest form and though they are manufactured (You can’t just go into a field of oregano and bam! you have oregano essential oil!) you don’t have to be wary of the term. Manufactured simply means someone else took the time to either press, distill or tap the botanical oils and bottled for you to use as you desire! A word of note: some oils come diluted already for you in a carrier oil, while some are safe to use in without a carrier oil. Also known as a fixed or base oil, we will be discussing carrier oils and how to use them with essential oils in our next article, as well as ways you can use essential oils.
Let’s dive in on some popular essential oils and their benefits:
Peppermint oil (Mentha × piperita, also known as Mentha balsamea Wild) can be used in a variety of ways. It can focus the mind, clear your air passageways, provide pain relief and even be applied to fend off mosquitoes or soothe a sunburn! Great for wanting to clear your head when focusing on a project or when you have the sniffles.
Lavender (Lavandula) oil is actually a species of the mint family and is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to help treat wounds and fungal infections. Lavender oil is great when you are feeling anxious, need to calm your mind, needing to relax after a stressful day, or wanting to drift off to sleep.
Lemongrass oil, also known as Cymbopogon Flexuosus oil, has astringent properties. Great for giving an emotional boost, alleviating stress, soothing aching feet, and clearing the mind depending on the use.
Lemon trees are a species of a small evergreen tree. Not only can you make lemonade, lemon pie, and cleaning products out of lemon, you can also use lemon essential oil! Lemon essential oil can help with alleviating anxiety, can be taken as an immune boost, promote weight loss, and alleviate pain.
Oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare) has great properties and can be taken internally and topically. Oregano essential oil has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects. Great to help with migraines, fatigue, arthritis and even the flu and sinusitis.
Though some cold-pressed citrus essential oils are phototoxic, Sweet orange (and other varieties) essential oil is not. This essential oil brings about a sense of happiness, helps rid toxins from the body, and can help with digestive problems
Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca or Melaleuca Alternifolia oil, is probably one of the most popular essential oils you can use, along with lavender and peppermint. It is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It has been used to treat acne, dandruff, reduce swelling and inflammation, and wound-healing. It has a potent scent that is unique and can be invigorating.