There are tens of thousands of studies online showing that essential oils are one of the world’s most powerful, and oldest forms of plant based healing. But what exactly are essential oils and what are the most powerful essential oils to look out for?
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracted directly from plants and have tremendous healing properties. They protect plants, against insects and harsh environments.
These precious oils are highly concentrated and made of very small molecules which, differently from oils coming from vegetables or nuts, can penetrate your cells and even in some cases cross the blood-brain barrier.
For this reason the most powerful essential oils are used for their therapeutic properties and have been for over 5000 years. Oils are used for beauty care, relaxation, natural medicine and to clean your home in a safe and effective way.
The therapeutic use of essential oils is referred to as ‘aromatherapy’, a holistic treatment to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
The 5 most powerful essential oils that work.
The most powerful essential oils for healing are comprised of a complex network of molecules that each carry different effects to the body. Essential oils offer a myriad of therapeutic properties and can be seen as a staple to all wellness practices.
These are my top 5 favourite essential oils:
Frankincense, sometimes referred to as olibanum, is a common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity.
Frankincense is one of the most powerful essential oils and has been used to raise spiritual awareness for a very long time. Try diffusing it when praying or meditating. Also frankincense oil is great for evening out skin tone. If you have uneven skin tone or scarring, rub one or two drops directly on the area.
First of all, what we call lavender is actually Lavandula angustifolia, one type of lavender among 39 total species. Different species have different properties, but all types contain large proportions of linalool, linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and camphor. That’s a lot of components to have in high quantities, and it’s the reason it’s such a powerhouse essential oil.
Lavender oil helps reduce stress and calms the skin. Rub two drops on your upper neck and temple area for headache relief. Also a great remedy for any sort of skin inflammation including cut, burn or scrape. Combine a few drops of lavender to coconut oil for the most soothing natural lotion.
Peppermint oil is everything energising to the body and so if you have any sort of digestive issues try using peppermint oil to experience its great benefits. This scent is also one of my favorites! Just put a drop in your water and drink it. Or just smelling it is beneficial especially if you can't breath out of your nose. Use a couple of drops in water as an effective natural mouthwash. if at any point during the day you need a quick energy boost, just take three deep breaths of peppermint oil to wake you up - great to try before your next workout.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It kills oral bacteria for up to two weeks, can be used for gingivitis, heals mild to moderate dandruff and kills the influenza virus.
I put tea tree oil in virtually all of my DIY products; I recommend diluting to a 5 percent concentration, which is about 14 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil. One of my favourite ways to use it is to add a couple of drops to my shop-bought mouthwash.
Eucalyptus essential oil is definitely not for the weak. Even if you’ve never smelled it directly, you’ve probably smelled something that contains it - like Vicks VapoRub, maybe? The scent is similar to camphor (another essential oil) and slightly minty. It will clear your airways quickly and can take your breath away.
Eucalyptus oil also works as a pesticide and has the ability to kill fungus, bacteria, insects, mites, and weeds - and it has been believed to kill the drug-resistant parasite that causes malaria.
I like to diffuse eucalyptus oil at home. The scent is a little strong, but it really freshens up a room and makes the air feel clean.
Essential oils offer many benefits
The most powerful essential oils offer too many therapeutic benefits to ignore, and they can be a valuable addition to your health and wellness practices. There are plenty of benefits associated with using essential oils for health and happiness.
As you are likely to put oils on your skin or ingest them, always use food grade which are safe for internal use.
Yours in Health, Valentina (RHHP Practitioner)
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