Essential oils are highly concentrated phytochemicals that are distilled from plants, flowers and fruits. Herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years to address illness and disease in the body, and while essential oils have gained incredible popularity in recent years, they exist as an age-old remedy that has been passed down through generations.
Our sense of smell is an incredibly potent and powerful tool. Scent pervades the deepest levels of our psyche, which is why essential oils can be deeply healing, mood-lifting and cleansing.
Essential oils are extremely potent and a small dose goes a very long way. Purity is important when it comes to essential oils so be sure that your essential oils are pure, organic, and free from harsh chemical solvents. This is especially if you are filling the air in your home with these oils, or even applying them topically on your body, or taking them internally. Essential oils are commonly used these days to improve immunity and quicken recovery, deal with infection, balance hormones, reduce stress, or even for homemade cleaning or beauty products.
Not all essential oils are created equal and each one has very unique properties, uses and benefits. Depending on your lifestyle and your needs, you may find yourself drawn to just a few scents. While there are literally dozens of different oils available, there is no need to stock up on every single one! You can start your own aromatherapy practice by creating a small collection to target your specific self-care needs. Whether you’re looking to de-stress, boost your creativity or clear your mind, just inhaling an essential oil has the power to instantly transform your energy.
A little aromatherapy goes a long way. A few drops in a diffuser spreads the oil into the air, creating a beautiful aroma that is not only a delight to the senses, but also supports you on an emotional level. Incorporating essential oils into your daily routine is an incredibly easy yet powerful way to elevate or balance your mood and create a healing, restorative environment. Yoga studios or spas often utilize essential oils to help you drop into a space of bliss. At home, using essential oils in your bath, having a diffuser at your desk, or having oils on hand to turn to for medical assistance can be incredibly helpful, empowering and life-changing.
On our Bali yoga retreat, we love treating guests to special essential oil infused flower baths. We also utilise oils such as lavender for guests who may be having trouble sleeping. A drop of lavender on a cool face towel is also highly appreciated by our female guests when they are collected from the airport after a long day of travel!
If you are looking to dabble in the exciting world of essential oils and experience their unique benefits for yourself, here are our top suggestions for oils that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine with great benefits.
Benefits of Frankincense Oil
The beautiful musky scent and powerful properties of this oil are quite remarkable and have made it a treasured oil all over the world for centuries. Simply inhaling frankincense can induce an overall sense of peace and vitality to the system, ushering in a state of calm no matter the surrounding chaos.
Prized for its health benefits, frankincense immediately affects the body upon application as its warming and soothing effects penetrate from the outside in. It offers rejuvenating skin benefits, especially for skin symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or inflammation. It helps to relieve dry skin that is often associated with windburn or sunburn- simply mix a drop or two of oil with a carrier oil and rub this into the affected area. It alleviates stress, headaches and fatigue and is a great immune support. You can place a drop under the tongue for instant focus and support.
Its anti-inflammatory effects have even been noted in recent cancer research where frankincense has proved effective in reducing tumor growth and destroying cancerous cells. Frankincense also helps to discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, making it a helpful hangover cure! In addition, it also offers antimicrobial effects against a variety of hair, nail, and skin issues. It is a terrific addition to your daily skincare regime- try adding a drop to coconut or sweet almond oil and massaging over your face and neck.
You can apply frankincense to the bottoms of your feet for immune support or directly to areas of inflammation or pain. Using it daily can help to keep your body sustained and healthy throughout the roughest of seasons.
The name, frankincense, is derived from French meaning ‘pure incense.’ Once considered more valuable than gold, this all-around healer is also known as a spiritual oil that can help to cultivate meditative states, making it a terrific oil to diffuse during yoga or meditation.
Benefits of Lavender Oil
Lavender has a vast variety of uses. During the Middle Ages, Lavender was used to ward off the plague and has been traditionally used to relieve headaches and insomnia. Many aromatherapists assert that there is no health condition for which lavender does not provide some relief—it helps muscle aches, acne, psoriasis, poorly healing wounds and helps to relieve inflammatory conditions.
Different species of lavender have different properties, but all types contain large proportions of linalool, linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and camphor, which is the reason why it’s such a powerhouse essential oil. Lavender is sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic, immune-boosting, and antiviral.
This versatile oil is perfect for an instant mood boost or sleep support, and is a great addition to any skincare routine. The aroma of lavender eases tension and soothes piqued emotions, while its intense impact on the nervous system makes it an oil to try for almost every need. It has proven to be a powerful tool against depression, anxiety, and insomnia in even the most agitated of patients.
For women suffering from symptoms caused by hormonal imbalance or issues with menstruation, lavender’s analgesic and calming properties are paramount in relieving pain. Try mixing a few drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil for a gentle self- massage that will help alleviate symptoms of menstrual discomfort.
In times of anxiety or mood imbalances, lavender oil can be both inhaled and also applied to pulse points for immediate relief. For sleep support, diffusing lavender throughout the night in addition to applying it to the bottom of your feet can help ease you into a restful slumber.
Try a drop of oil on your palm and rub your hands together before inhaling the scent anytime you feel nervous, exhausted, or are seeking inner peace.
Benefits of Lemon Oil
Historically, lemon was a prominent purifying agent. Today, lemon oil is commonly used in all kinds of commercial products from household cleaners to hand soap to flavored sparkling water. As is the case with many citrus oils, the scent closely mimics that of the fruit from which it’s derived: bright, light, zesty, and clean. These days, of course, a lot of those flavors and smells are made artificially, but still, there’s a reason that lemon has become so universally identified with freshness and cleanliness: cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, lemon oil is a notable antiseptic, astringent, and mood enhancer.
Its sharp citrus scent is wonderful for creating focus and clarity. The scent of lemon oil has also been shown to have a powerful effect on depression. Studies suggest that lemon oil vapor has antidepressant qualities and has the power to boost participants’ moods both immediately and when used over long durations.
A go-to oil for detox and stimulating circulation, you can make your own lemon detoxifying body scrub by mixing 10 drops of oil with a cup each of sea salt and sugar and a dollop of jojoba oil, and then use generously on the body. Diluted lemon oil can be wonderfully effective when it comes to skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene, a compound that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation and toning the skin.
Lemon and other citrus essential oils are wonderful used aromatically by diffusing them into the air. You can also add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil to any homemade cleaning products for a fresh and clean smell without the chemicals.
Lemon has natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antihistamine properties and it is great for dabbing on insect bites or in salves used on wounds. It is the perfect oil to have on hand in any home.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is made up mostly of menthol and menthone. It is a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant. Peppermint is a wonderful way to naturally treat tension headaches, muscle cramps, digestive issues, or if you need a burst of alertness to increase focus. Its menthol content enables it to pervade your respiratory system, opening airways and allowing stress-reducing deep-breathing exercises to be more beneficial. If you get common colds or congestion, put a few drops of peppermint in a bowl with hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the aroma for instant relief!
Studies have found increased uses for peppermint in alleviating symptoms from simple digestive issues to more serious issues like irritable bowel syndrome. If you’re prone to travel or motion sickness, it is a great natural way to reduce nausea. As for alertness, it awakens senses and focuses the brain on the task at hand, even when fatigue threatens. It is the perfect oil to diffuse to help increase mental clarity and invigorate a sleepy body or mind.
Tension headaches often lead to migraine issues, which cause a multitude of unbearable symptoms; peppermint essential oil has been shown to reduce the onset of these symptoms. Try adding a drop of peppermint oil to a cotton ball or tissue and simply inhaling the aroma when you feel a headache coming on. The immediate cooling effect of peppermint is also beneficial when diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into muscle cramps. Peppermint mixed with water and spritzed onto the body as a mist can also help keep the body cooler and more comfortable. There are really so many ways to utilise this versatile oil and it is worthwhile having both at home and anytime you travel.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is native to Australia where it was traditionally used in indigenous medicine to heal skin infections, treat coughs and colds, heal wounds, and alleviate sore throats. It’s balsamic, spicy scent soothes respiratory ailments and is gentle enough to use undiluted in small amounts on healthy, adult skin. It’s a must-have oil thanks to its immune enhancing properties as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial.
Tea-tree soothes itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns, acts as a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial and acts as an effective insect repellent. You can also use tea-tree as a hand sanitiser either neat or mixed with water in a spray bottle.
Tea tree oil has also gained popularity in the natural-beauty-world. It is wonderful to treat acne and also commonly used in natural toothpaste and mouthwash products. Try diluting a drop of tea tree with some water and applying to a blemish for quick relief.
Essential oils make a terrific addition to any home and can also be incredibly easy and helpful to carry with you on the road. Make sure to read all instructions carefully and never ingest any oils without a professionals recommendation.
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