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ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are widely known for their therapeutic benefits. For example, lavender is known for its stress relieving properties and peppermint is known as a natural energy booster. Below is a list of the most popular essential oils and a brief explanation of their benefits.

TEA TREE

If you could only have just one essential oil in your possession, it should be Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil is one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy use. It is widely known to boost the immune system and fight infections. 

Tea Tree’s healing properties are abundant. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights all three kinds of infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts, and also works as an insecticide. In addition, it helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff. Its uses are vast and its healing power is quick.

LAVENDER

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils on the market – and for good reason. It smells great and is an effective stress-relieving oil. The name stems from the Latin word “lavera,” meaning “to wash.” In addition to stress-relieving properties, Lavender is a healing aid against colds, flu and migraine. 

Extraction and Application: Lavender is extracted from the flowers of the plant and steam distilled. Lavender can be used several different ways. Given the origin of its name, it’s a wonderful essential oil to use in a bath. 

In addition to stress-relief, Lavender has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative. Many massage therapists use it to help relax their clients. Add a few drops to a diffuser or even your pillow before bedtime to get a good night’s sleep.

LEMON

It comes as no surprise that lemon is a favorite essential oil. Lemon is widely appreciated for its “clean” smell,” but has numerous therapeutic qualities as well. It improves concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis. 

Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever, and is a quick mood enhancer. Want to boost your immune system? Add some drops to your bathwater.  

CHAMOMILE

Chamomile is widely known for its soothing characteristics (particularly in tea), is extracted as an essential oil from the leaves of the flowering plant of the same name. There are two types of Chamomile plants, the Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. The aromatherapy oil can be extracted from both varieties, but healing properties are slightly different. 

Many of the following properties are consistent in both Roman and German Chamomile, unless noted otherwise. Chamomile is a powerful calming agent, as well as antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and overall mood lifter. The German variety is often better suited to battle inflammation, specifically urinary tract and digestive inflammation. Both also have analgesic properties and can help to eliminate acne. Note that it is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and if allergies to Ragweed are present.  

JASMINE

Sweet-smelling Jasmine is extracted from the Jasminum grandiflorum, an evergreen with origins in China. Jasmine is an expensive oil that has powerful healing properties; it aids with everything from depression to childbirth. It is known most for its relaxing properties. 

Jasmine has been known to ease depression and childbirth. It’s great for respiratory problems, addiction issues, and reducing tension and stress. 

It is noted that Jasmine can cause an allergic reaction and its use is contraindicated for pregnant women.

PEPPERMINT

All you need is a whiff of peppermint to put the pep back in your step. Peppermint has a cooling, refreshing effect and is widely used to enhance mental alertness. Peppermint is a perennial herb that boasts natural energy-boosting properties. 

Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties. It is a cooling agent that enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and aids in digestion.

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus oil comes from the Eucalyptus tree, native to Australia and there are more than 500 varities. It has a powerful scent and is easily recognizable. As an essential oil, Eucalyptus is an effective agent against respiratory diseases. It also has the ability to enhance concentration. 

Eucalyptus is a powerful treatment against respiratory issues. In addition it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant. It also has cooling properties, which gives it deodorizing characteristics; therefore, it helps fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also helps with muscle aches and pains.

It is contraindicated for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding as well as individuals who suffer from epilepsy.  

ROSE

Women should keep Rose oil handy as it’s a powerful aromatherapy treatment for issues targeted mainly at females. Roses are some of the first plants to be distilled for their essential oil. Rose oil is pricier than other aromatherapy oils given the number of roses necessary to distill it.

Rose oil is an ideal essential oil to have on hand. It helps with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as depression, anxiety and digestion issues. It is also helps with circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma. It is a protector of the heart and is also good for your skin. 

Rose oil should be avoided during pregnancy.

BERGAMOT

Bergamot is a citrus-scented essential oil extracted from the Citrus Beragamia tree, a native of Southeast Asia, but can now be found primarily in Italy and along the Ivory Coast. It is a popular aromatherapy oil and widely used in perfumes and cologn

Bergamot is used to minimize stress, depression, anxiety and even anorexia. It may also be used to treat several certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and may also be used to treat skin infections. It is used to stimulate the liver, digestive system and spleen, and provide an overall lift to those suffering from a general malaise. It is advised that it should not be applied directly to the skin as it may burn the skin.

CEDARWOOD

Cedarwood is a woody-scented essential oil that comes from the Juniperus Virginiana tree native to North America. It has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, and is thought to be one of the first essential oils ever extracted. 

Cedarwood oil is often used as a calming agent to help alleviate stress and anxiety and provides the user with a spiritual lift. It also plays a role in aiding respiratory problems as well as skin issues.

ROSEMARY

Rosemary oil is a wonderful mental stimulant and effective at treating brain fog. Add a few drops of Rosemary oil to your humidifier or bath water for a natural lift and memory booster. This essential oil packs a powerful punch when it comes to aromatherapy uses. Throughout history the herb has been thought of as sacred. 

Widely known as a mental stimulant, the antidepressant properties of Rosemary oil make it ideal for enhanced memory, focus and overall brain performance. It also acts as an analgesic, soothing aching, cramping muscles, headaches and migraines. As an antiseptic it helps with digestive and liver infections. It is great for skin issues as well. Rosemary oil in shampoos are excellent for stimulating the scalp, and thus hair growth.

Rosemary oil should be avoided if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy or high blood pressure. Pregnant women should also avoid this essential oil.

SANDALWOOD

An evergreen, Sandalwood is easily recognized by its woody fragrance. It is an expensive oil given the length of time it takes for a tree to reach maturity, the best time to extract and distill the essential oil. It has numerous aromatherapy benefits. 

Sandalwood oil is also used as a relaxing agent for tension relief and is helpful to alleviate chest pain. It is also used as a hydration aid for the skin, as well as for its anti-inflammatory properties.

MARJORAM

Got a hyperactive child? Try adding a few drops of Marjoram to his or her bath or vaporizer. One of this essential oil’s therapeutic properties is to calm hyperactivity and relieve anxiety. Marjoram was a popular plant used by the Greeks in medicines and also helps with digestion issues such as constipation and cramps. 

Marjoram aids in anxiety and stress relief, combats fatigue and depression and alleviates respiratory, circulatory issues and headaches.

Marjoram is not recommended while pregnant.

PATCHOULI

A widely known essential oil, Patchouli is often associated with hippies or “earthy” types who are thought to use it for its mood-lifting properties. Patchouli comes from the plant Pogostemon cablin and actually has powerful skincare properties. 

Aromatherapy Uses: Patchouli serves as a powerful skin care agent; it even promotes skin cell growth when applied directly to the skin (combats skin infections and facilitates the healing of wounds). Patchouli helps to relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, curb addiction, reduce cellulite and bloating.

YLANG-YLANG

Ylang-Ylang is recognizable because of its strong fragrance. Its sweet aroma is excellent for reducing stress and as an aphrodisiac. 

While its calming properties are its most powerful, Ylang-Ylang oil is also used to soothe headaches, nausea, skin conditions, stimulate hair growth, reduce high blood pressure and fight intestinal problems.

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