You may be aware of the term ‘essential oils’ and ‘aromatherapy’, but what actually is it? What are the main drives behind it? What essential oils should we use?
Aromatherapy is designed to be a healing process triggered by the scent of plaint oils – it aims to bring together our physiological, psychological and spiritual processes. Aromatherapy has been linked to a number of health benefits including fending off cold and flu symptoms, improving the digestive system, treating skin conditions, maintaining skin soothing muscles, and relaxing muscles.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the result of a distillation process performed on a flower, seed or root which pulls apart and isolates the oil from the water-based parts of the plant so that the purest oil remains. This purity is the reason behind their potent aromas.
Essential oils have been used in many cultural, spiritual and traditional practices throughout history for medicinal purposes and perfumes.
Here are 5 Essential Oils to get you started
Eucalyptus oil has been associated with the assistance of many areas in wellbeing and health including the soothing of sore muscles and oral hygiene; it’s been found to help fight off dental infections including gingivitis, cavities and plaque. It’s intense and incredibly pure substance is testament to these health and wellbeing offerings.
Peppermint oil could potentially hold a huge range of health benefits. It’s a natural relaxant and can therefore be used to treat sore muscles after intense workouts; it’s particularly useful when you wish to loosen tight muscles when administered to the desired area. It has been linked to clearing our respiratory system when we have cold and flu symptoms and has also been claimed to enhance focus and boost energy.
Lavender oil has been used in a wide range of cultures throughout history which is why it’s one of the most familiar entries on this list. Lavender oil is used mostly as a sleeping aid but has been known for other uses such as maintain skin complexion, relieving headaches and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
Fresh and citrusy in scent, and incredibly useful when it comes to reducing muscle pain, aches and can be consumed in food to aid the normal process of the digestive system. Others have claimed it harnesses antibacterial qualities and antioxidants too. The oil is a fantastic asset to anybody taking up a heavy workout and exercise routine with its plethora of soothing qualities.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been commonly linked to the improving and maintenance of healthy skin, particularly when it comes to treating acne – the substance can be applied straight on to the skin in moderation (it’s pretty strong stuff!) or can be consumed when soaked up through a diffuser or after being mixed with hot water. It also has its uses when it comes to washing and cleaning hair. Please note that tea tree oil should not be consumed internally – it has been found to be poisonous when consumed.
How to use Essential Oils
Aromatic – Essential oils can evoke a powerful response from individuals when consumed in the aromatic style. This can be carried out by adding the oil to water in a spray bottle – to pick up the scent, sprat it in rooms and onto furniture. You could also add a few drops to the vents in your car or you can add some to laundry.
Topical – Most essential oils can be applied directly on the skin. This style of application should be administered in smaller doses throughout the day, maybe 1-2 drops every 3-4 hours rather than one huge application. Avoid eyes, ears and damaged skin when consuming oils topically. You can also do this by adding a couple of drops to a water-soaked towel or a bath.
Internal – Some oils can be consumed internally but only in incredibly small volumes. Before even thinking about using an essential oil internally, read the guidelines in full on the label to avoid ingestion of toxic substances. For the oils you can consume, the best way to enjoy them is by adding it to refreshments such as water, smoothies and tea.
The aromatic form of using essential oils can be a great everyday mindfulness and stress relief. Check out our article which outlines 6 stress relief tips for conquering pressure and daily mindfulness techniques for more. For more wellbeing tips, head to our Healthy Living section which uncovers a bunch of different activities, topics and dietary tips.