What are the benefits of essential oils?
Two the most popular reasons people use essential oils are for relaxation and balance. The essential oils perform effectively not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Many essential oils have components that offer a deep sense of relaxation. One of them is linalool which is present in lavender essential oil. Research shows that linalool has profound effects on the nervous system and can help people relax.
It is very important to use the essential oils with aromas you like. It is very personal. Since oils work holistically, they can ease stress in your body, mind, and emotions. You can use essential oils for relaxation, immune support, for sleep, for lifting mood, calming your mind and much more.
Essential oils are extracted from plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, seeds, roots, resins and grasses. They contain the essential life force of the plants. Aromatic oils promote plant growth, aid in reproduction by attracting pollinating insects, repel predators, and protect against disease.
Blended oils create the most enjoyable and effective products. They are tremendously versatile and can be beneficial for massage, skin, and hair care. You can indulge into the pleasures of relaxation in a bath, foot bath, and sauna. You can enjoy a naturally fragrant home with scented candles, closets, drawers, laundry, and carpets. Besides, blended with carrier oils (jojoba oil) essential oils can moisturise and protect your skin.
Scientists learnt to produce synthetic versions of essential oils, replacing these pure and precious natural oils that have been treasured for centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century people rediscovered what ancients knew so well – the important value of plants and their valuable oils.
Essential oils can be extremely beneficial when used properly. There are some safety guidelines.
Since essential oils are highly concentrated substances, always dilute them in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba, before using them on the skin. If any skin irritation occurs, quickly soothe the area by immediately applying a drop of lavender oil, neat, or a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond.
Newcomers to aromatherapy are often surprised and sometimes sceptical about the many therapeutic properties which may be attributed to one essential oil, but this diversity reflects the complicated chemistry of the oil (how many constituents act together and balance each other’s effect).
When two or more oils are mixed together, the chemicals make each essential oil recombine with each other. The synergistic blends are more active than any of the oils when used alone. Lavender is known to increase the activity of other oils it is blended with. Blending essential oils is the art of a certified aroma therapist to select and blend to meet different needs, however, you can still mix some oils at home for personal use.
Regular use of essential oils is a gentle, effective way of maintaining good health. In old Eastern medicine people believed in old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’.
Today we can help our bodies to function more efficiently, and alleviate the effects of stress and tension, by using essential oils in a number of different ways: bathing, steam inhalation, compresses, diffusing synergies, and massage.
All essential oils are antiseptic and are useful addition to your first aid kit.
Only pure essential oils extracted from the whole plants provide therapeutic properties and bring relief from pain, stress, digestive disorders, skin conditions, colds and flu and get rid of viruses. They are especially beneficial for circulatory, digestive, muscular, nervous, respiratory systems, and skin.