Life can get a little hectic at times, and it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Regardless, taking care of your mind and body is extremely important to me. With that, I was determined to find the best possible remedy to an exhausting and stressful day. This was when I came across essential oils. For more scientific information about Essential Oils read this article!
Essential oils have actually been used for thousands of years for a plethora of uses that are both healthy and natural. So, what exactly is an essential oil? Essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers, woods, bark, or even seeds in highly concentrated amounts. Some of the most common uses for these oils include aromatherapy, skincare, cleaning products, and medicinal purposes. With so many to try, I’m sure you could find one that you would absolutely love. Each oil is extremely unique in it’s own way and may also provides an array of healthy benefits.
Of course, there are a few extremely common essential oils that are perfect to try when first starting out. Here are a few that I found to be extremely versatile and could be easily added to your daily routines.
Finding natural remedies to help cope with stress is what helped introduce me to essential oils. I found Lavender to be a top contender in my daily routine because of it’s proven calming properties. Lavender is said to help induce sleep when used as an essential oil. You can add a couple drops to your pillow or diffuser before bed. Lavender may help anyone to get a more restful sleep in order to feel a lot less groggy in the morning. Just keep in mind that lavender as an essential oil can be used for almost an infinite amount of uses.
This essential oil has an earthy, lemony smell that is both stimulating and relaxing. It has been studied to have possible anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just like lavender, in aromatherapy, it will help to relieve anxiety and insomnia. However, lemongrass is most likely commonly seen being used to repel insects in the summer months.
As one of the oldest European herbs, peppermint is an extremely versatile oil. It is a mix of spearmint and water mint that provides a refreshing and cooling scent. Although there are only studies published on rats, it has been said that Peppermint, when diffused, may help anyone with a stuffy nose or scratchy throat. It acts as an expectorant because of its active ingredients of menthol and menthone. So, it may not hurt to diffuse some peppermint next time you have a cold or cough. Peppermint can also help aid in muscle pain relief when applied topically.
This zesty oil packs a powering amount of antioxidants that fight free radical damage, reduce inflammation, increase immunity. Orange oil is a natural antibacterial. A great way to introduce this oil into your home, is to add it to your cleaning routine. This oil has a sweet and fresh smell that can help clean any home. You must dilute it by adding a couple of drops to a spray bottle with another cleansing or carrier oil and some water. Why use orange oil to clean your home? It is an excellent natural alternative to harsh chemicals such as bleach. Research shows that orange oil has natural antibacterial properties that may aid in the prevention of salmonella.
The use of essential oils has been around for an extremely long time where in some cases it even dates back to 1000 B.C. Each individual oil carries its own beneficial properties that can aid in improving our overall wellbeing. As always, do your own research before trying anything new!
Some of my other favorites include:
Tea tree oil
However, it is important to take into consideration certain factors when using essential oils. The quality of oils is extremely important. You want to find 100% pure and authentic oils. Essential oils are inhaled, diffused, or applied topically. In some instances you have to dilute the oil first. You can read more about the safety of essential oils here.