What Are the Best Essential Oils to Look Out for?
There are tens of thousands of studies online showing that essential oils are one of the world’s most powerful oldest forms of plant-based healing. This ancient medicine continues to have an array of applications in the modern world.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are extracted directly from plants and have tremendous healing power and 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.
Essential oils are used for beauty care, relaxation, and certain skin conditions. For instance, they are have been known to treat oily skin by regulating the amount of sebum produced. Research also suggests that they could be effective as a natural remedy for athlete’s foot.
The therapeutic use of essential oils is referred to as ‘aromatherapy’, a holistic treatment to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Notably, carrier oil is used in aromatherapy as a base to dilute any essential oil before it is applied topically.
The 6 Best Essential Oils on the Market
Essential oils are comprised of a complex network of molecules that each have different impacts on the body and its chemical processes. Essential oils provide amazing health benefits and offer a myriad of therapeutic properties.
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.
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 that it is such an effective essential oil.
Lavender essential oil helps reduce stress and calms the skin. Rub two drops on your upper neck and temple area for headache relief. Also, it is a great remedy for any sort of skin inflammation, including cuts, burns or scrapes. Combine a few drops of lavender with coconut oil for a soothing natural lotion.
Peppermint essential oil is very good for digestive issues. This scent is also one of my favourites! Whilst you can put a drop in your water and drink it, just smelling it is beneficial, especially if you can't breathe out of your nose.
Alternatively, 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. Perhaps 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.The scent is similar to camphor (another essential oil) and slightly minty. It will clear your airways quickly but will take your breath away whilst doing so!
It also works as a pesticide and has the ability to kill fungus, bacteria, insects, mites, and weeds. Additionally, it is believed to kill the drug-resistant parasite that causes malaria.
I like to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil at home. The scent is a little strong, but it really freshens up a room and makes the air feel clean.
Lemon essential oil is extracted from the peel of fresh lemons via stream extraction, or less often, through a “cold-pressing” process. It can then be diluted and applied topically to your skin or diffused into the air and inhaled.
This essential oil has long been considered a home remedy that can clear your skin and promote relaxation. People also claim that it can fight exhaustion, kill harmful viruses and bacteria, and reduce inflammation. With such an array of potential benefits, there is no surprise that it makes our list!
Is CBD an Essential Oil?
Whilst essential oils are loaded with super lightweight scent molecules that can be diffused easily into the air through water vapor, CBD oil is loaded with cannabidiol (CBD), a far heavier molecule than the scent molecules you would typically try to disperse into the air. As a result, if you attempted to diffuse CBD oil, the CBD would be left behind after the diffusion process had been completed!
Essential Oils Offer Many Benefits
Essential oils offer too many therapeutic benefits to ignore, and they can be a valuable addition to your health and wellness practices.
As well as supporting mental wellbeing, there is plenty of evidence that suggests essential oils also promote physical wellbeing. Studies suggest they may be able to support your immune system and contribute to lower blood pressure.
As you are likely to put oils on your skin or ingest them, always use a food-grade essential oil that is safe for internal use.
Valentina (RHHP Practitioner)
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