With the trend of going back the basics of nature, aromatherapy is becoming a popular alternative in the world of holistic healing and optimal wellness. In fact, more and more people are using essential oils as a natural way of improving health and having a better quality of life.
There are three ways to use essential oils. Essential oils can be diffused using an essential oil diffuser for aromatherapy, used topically on the skin with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and used internally in capsule form or adding drops to water or in cooking. (Make sure to read labels on essential oils prior to consuming them as some essential oils are not meant to be taken internally.)
The many uses for essential oils
There are as many ways to use essential oils as there are essential oils. It takes some practice and education to be familiar with their properties, benefits and applications, but there are basic uses that anyone can try, which include:
- Improve respiratory function
- Aid in digestion and reduce gastric reflux
- Purify the air
- Protect during seasonal illnesses
- Flavor foods and water with healthy benefits
- Clean surfaces
- Freshen the air
- Add to laundry detergent and clothes dryer balls for a clean fresh scent in clothes
- Add to shampoo and conditioners
- Add to skin care products and toothpaste
- Use in hand soap
- Diffuse during meditation and Reiki
- Relax before bedtime
- Soothe achy muscles, cuts, and scrapes
- Ease tension headaches and migraines
- Focus during lengthy projects
- Repel insects
- Maintain a sense peace and calm in stressful situations
- Benefit emotional strength during times of grief and loss
- Curb appetite
- Reduce the appearance of aging
- Replace perfume and cologne
- Invigorate during long working hours
- And many, many more ways
Essential oils everyone should have
There are hundreds of essential oils, and several company brands available. To ensure quality, make sure your essential oils are from a reputable transparent company that offers pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Beware of oils that are diluted and from companies that do not make their quality reports available to the general public.
There are certain essential oils that every household should have on hand. They have many uses and benefits to improving health and wellbeing.
- Lavender:This oil is truly essential as it has many properties such as sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic. Lavender can be used for allergies, arthritic pain, asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu, depression, insomnia, migraines, nausea, stress, and sore throat.
- Lemon: This essential oil has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, diuretic, and disinfectant properties. Lemon can be used for allergies, asthma, cold and flu, a sore throat, hypertension, stress, and as an insect repellant.
- Peppermint: This oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, astringent, and expectorant properties. Peppermint can be used for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, cold and flu, fever, headaches, indigestion, mental acuity, migraines, motion sickness, nausea, stomach aches, and toothaches.
- Oregano: This oil has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiparasitic, antiviral, and disinfectant properties. Oregano oil can be used for cold and flu, diarrhea, immune support, a sore throat, throat infections, and yeast infections.
- Frankincense: This essential oil has analgesic, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, and sedative properties. Frankincense can be used for asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu, immune support, indigestion, neurological disorders, migraines, skin disorders, stress, stomach aches, and tumor reduction.
- Eucalyptus: This oil has analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant, and expectorant properties. Eucalyptus can be used for arthritis pain, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, coughs, cuts, and migraines.
- Melaleuca: Also known as tea tree oil, this oil has antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent, and disinfectant properties. Melaleuca can be used for acne, cold and flu, cuts and wounds, gum disease, and skin disorders.
These are just a few of the many essential oils available. It is worth the investment to have the primary essential oils in your home. If you cannot purchase them all at one time, start at the top of the list and work your way down, and you will soon find why they are call “essential” oils.