How to Harness Essential Oils for Your Health

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Ephantus, fondly known as Ephy, is a seasoned freelance writer with a passion for alternative cures and natural medicine.

Essential Oils Have Multiple Uses

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For generations, essential oils have been used for cosmetic purposes and to treat various conditions. So, every time you hold a bottle of these oils, you are not just holding a cosmetic product, but also pure health. These health-enhancing oils can be applied topically, inhaled, taken internally, or incorporated into a massage to deal with ailments such as anxiety, gut problems, aches, and acne.

Technically, essential oils are not really oils, since they do not have fatty acids. Instead, they are highly concentrated plant components. Unknown to most people, it may take several plants to get a small amount of these oils. Here is a perfect example: you need 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to get one pound of oil. This explains why most of these oils are so expensive. Here are some of the best essential oils that will give your health a lift:

Peppermint Oil

If you need a clear mind, reach out for peppermint. It is known to enhance mental alertness and accuracy by about 28 percent. Peppermint oil is also one of the few oils that can be taken internally as it helps with indigestion.

The oil is derived from the peppermint plant, a native of North America and Europe. For years, it has been used to flavor food and drinks. Recent studies show that the oil helps to soothe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal tract spasms caused by barium enema. The oil is also great for calming tension headaches.

Lavender Oil

This is one of the most versatile oils. It is commonly used in soaps and shampoos due to its sweet fragrance. Ancient civilizations used lavender oil for years to soothe frayed nerves, induce sleep, and help with depression. The oil is also known to work wonders for bruises and cuts. Recent studies have confirmed that lavender the scent of lavender reduces stress hormones in the blood and produce sedative effects when inhaled. So, next time you feel anxious and strung out, consider putting several drops in your bath water and allow the scent to help you relax.

Lavender plants in bloom

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Eucalyptus Oil

The oil is derived from fresh or partially-dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree, a fast-growing tree native to Australia. In its pure form, the oil is colorless with a sweet, woody smell.

If you suffer from colds or allergies, you need to have eucalyptus oil at hand. The oil is also great for relieving sore muscles and clearing sinuses. In addition, eucalyptus contains antibacterial compounds that are known to boost the immune system. You can use it in a vaporizer to decongest your chest. You can also dilute and apply it inside your nose to relieve nasal congestion. Though it is a great compound to have around, it is not advisable to ingest or use on the skin without diluting since it can be irritating.

Eucalyptus oil is derived from eucalyptus leaves

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Tea Tree Oil

Derived from the Australian plant Melaleuca Alternifloria, tea tree oil is one of the essentials oils known to have antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The oil is so powerful that it is has been shown to kill pathogens in laboratory settings. To use it for topical purposes, you can mix it with a carrier oil to fight off acne, dandruff, and athlete’s foot. If I were to choose one essential oil for my medicine cabinet, I would choose tea tree oil any day.

Studies published in the U.S National Library of Medicine indicate that tea tree oil can heal:

  • Acne
  • Fungal infections
  • Bad breath
  • Chickenpox
  • Bacterial infections
  • Cold sores

Lemon Fruits

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Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is derived from lemon fruits which are popular citrus fruits due to their culinary purposes. Lemon fruits are not only good for helping to relieve indigestion, but they are great for adding a pleasant taste to food. In addition, the lemon juice is one of the most famous beverages in the world since it is delicious and healthy.

Lemon oil is a powerful detox agent, but it can also help in dealing with skin disorders including acne. It relieves stress, helps with insomnia, and is an effective disinfectant. When mixed in equal proportions with a carrier, the oil can be used to enhance mental alertness and focus due to its uplifting properties. Studies show that the oil can also be used to keep bugs away from your pets.

I have used lemon oil countless times to help calm my nerves, induce sleep, or as a disinfectant. With lemon oil, you can never go wrong.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most famous essential oils. While most people are familiar with chamomile tea for its calming abilities, the oil is also great for its soothing and relaxing effects. To calm frayed nerves and help with insomnia, put a few drops on your pillow as you go to sleep, or take it as a tea before retiring to bed.

The benefits of essential oils stipulated above are just the basics showing that these oils are not just good for their pleasant smell but also great for your health. So, next time you feel low, anxious or need to enhance your immune system, reach out for one of these oils and harness their health benefits.

© 2017 Ephantus

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