We all know that a particular smell can evoke a strong memory, such as your father’s cologne, the aroma of meat roasting in the oven, or even the comforting scent of freshly washed towels, but essential oils take it one step further. Not only do they each have their own aroma which offers health benefits, they can also treat skin problems, assist with digestion, help you to have a better night’s sleep and even help you to relax and feel more positive about life and certain situations.
It is said that Mother Nature always provides a cure for any diseases she also creates, so if you are troubled with dry flaky skin, a fungal infection, or even the common cold, there are essential oils which can help by applying them to the skin, combining them with a carrier oil to give yourself a massage, or warming them to fragrance the air so you can breathe them in…and in some cases you can even consume low amounts.
Although essential oils may seem expensive when you see them standing on the shelf in a very tiny bottle, you simply need to know the effectiveness and potency of what is inside to know that they are worth every penny.
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Essential oils are taken from certain plants cells or glands. The smell you breathe from a flower is the essence of the plant that is removed and placed into that little bottle you can buy. Of course, only a small amount of oil can be found in any one plant, therefore it can take a lot of plants to obtain enough oil to fill a small bottle with essential oils. In fact, it takes roughly 50 roses to create just one single drop of essential oil.
The result is a highly potent extract with a powerful aroma and many health benefits. Due to the potency, only a small amount should be used at any one time. That being said, you will likely keep that little bottle of essential oil around for a long time!
Most people add to their essential oil collection over time, since buying every single oil at once would be expensive and probably unnecessary. You will discover your favorites as you experiment with them.
Lavender is perhaps the most versatile oil. The aroma is relaxing and it also helps heal skin irritation, cuts and bruises. Placing a few drops in your bath or on your pillow can help you to sleep.
Tea tree oil can be used topically and is great for blemishes and fungus. You can use it on athlete’s foot or dab it on acne or spots to aid healing.
Peppermint is stimulating and purifying and it can increase mental alertness when inhaled. You can also mix a drop or two into water and drink to help ease indigestion.
Clove oil is well known to help with toothaches. Use an earbud to dab small amounts of clove oil onto the tooth causing discomfort, doing your best not to get any oil onto your gums.
Oregano oil has natural antibacterial properties and some people like to place a few drops on the tongue to fight the flu.
Grapefruit oil is great for dealing with jet lag and it is also a natural antiseptic, so you can use it not only on yourself but also in homemade household cleansers.
A detailed list of all the benefits of essential oils is far too long for this short introductory article on the subject. However, it definitely is a subject worth reading more into, as after all, we are all seeking optimal health throughout our lifetime and who better to help heal us and give our body strength than Mother Nature?