9 Essential Oils That Benefit Your Lifestyle
Essential oils have become commonplace in beauty routines for their natural, chemical free fragrances but are capable of so much more than just smelling good. Essential oils have been used for centuries to successfully cure ailments and make homes and bodies germ free and armed with a little knowledge you can use them to reduce your carbon footprint, but also the strain on your budget.
Here are 9 Essential oils that are great to keep in as a stand by.
Although a very strong scent, peppermint works wonders on the digestion and can calm upset stomachs and nausea. It also helps in decongesting, stopping itching, cool tired muscles, fight PMS and calm headaches. For decongesting add a few drops of oil into a bowl of hot water and breathe in with a towel over your head. IF you have a stomach problem, breathe in the fresh vapour from the bottle and if you want to stop itching add ten or fifteen drops to your bath.
One of the most versatile oils, lavender needs to be an active part in any home. It is one of the only oils that is gentle enough that it can be used undiluted, and is perfect for burns, grazes, nervous episodes, headaches, tiredness, insomnia, acne, high blood pressure, – well, just about anything. It is antibacterial and antifungal, and can be used SPARINGLY neat, in oil, baths or compresses to relieve most aches, pains and skin damage.
If you have dry skin then sesame is the oil for you. IT has a great SPF factor, lowers stress and high blood pressure and has been shown to help slow the growth of cancer cells. Use mixed in a massage oil for the best results.
Although this may be one of the most costly oils to produce, it is often known as the ultimate woman’s oil as it improves hormone imbalance, treats PMS and menopause, improves libido and makes your skin look radiant. It can also be labelled as Rose Otto, but make sure it is pure essential oil as it often comes blended to keep the cost down. The highest quality essential oil is from Bulgaria and Turkey and does not have a strong rose smell, but has all the natural benefits.
Like Rose, geranium is an EXCELLENT hormone balancer. It decreases that bloated feeling, boosts circulation and is wonderful as a skin toner. It is very refreshing to the skin, helps diminish scars and blemishes, great for acne, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and gets rid of body odor.
The smell of Pine may be associated with Christmas and aftershave, but pine essential oil also offers offer antiseptic, antibacterial, and analgesic properties that make it a favorite of aromatherapists everywhere. Pine oil is used to help treat skin issues including psoriasis, eczema, and pimples; speed up metabolism; act as an antidote to food poisoning; ease joint pain and arthritis; kill germs; and battle respiratory problems that go along with cough and cold season.
Clove has a heavy, unmistakeable scent but is the perfect oil for mouth and teeth issues. It relieves tooth and gum pain and it’s antiseptic properties are great for bad breath, nasal congestion and headaches. It also helps in ear aches, digestion problems and is a natural aphrodisiac, so excellent for stress relief too.
Another strong oil that is wonderful to have in, but should be used with caution is Black pepper. It might not be as sweet-smelling as the more floral entries on this list, but still has its place in your natural medication cabinet. Pepper is one world’s most versatile spices, in part because of its healing properties, which include aiding digestion, undoing cramps and convulsions, warming muscles to ease joint pain and arthritis, and curing bacterial infections.
Also known as Melissa essential oil after the plant’s Latin name, Melissa officinalis, doesn’t look like much, but it has plenty of benefits. It’s an antidepressant, it keeps your nervous system working smoothly, it calms anxiety and inflammation, it counteracts insomnia, it heals ulcers, it fights bacterial infections, and has been credited with treating herpes, headaches, and high blood pressure. It can also ward off mosquitoes!
Learn how to use these oils and treat them with respect. You only need one or two drops in an application, appropriately diluted in a carrier, but once you integrate them into your life you will find your body will help to heal itself and depends less upon chemical based medication.