What are Essential Oils?
An Essential Oil is simply the natural oil of a plant which is in the form of concentrated hydrophobic liquid obtained by the distillation process and contains the essence of aroma, odor and even flavor of that specific plant, they are extracted from( those plants and herbs which all were been used as ayurvedic medicines for all kinds of ailments in our history for centuries).
Essential oils are often been used as Aromatherapy treatment which helps in improving a person’s health and wellness, by enhancing and supporting their physical( body functions) and psychological well-being.
They help in balancing the psychological health in our daily life by scooping out the stress, anxiety, depression, neck pains, headaches, hence keeping us calm and relax.
Some essential oils are used as a flavoring agent in dishes to provide the flavor.
Some essential oils are used as scent agents in perfumes, soaps, cosmetics for their amazing natural aroma.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are basically used by inhaling and by applying/rubbing on the skin.
The process of inhalation is safe and will help provide all the desired effects of it. The presence of their scent helps in stimulating the brain’s limbic system( a part of the brain that plays a major role with your emotions, and memory) by calming and balancing your thoughts and emotions. The inhalation process triggers the brain’s nerve, helping the brain to perform and respond better.
Taking steam is the best inhalation method or you can also add in your hot bathtub while taking a bath.
For steaming, boil a pot of water and mix 8-10 drops of the desired essential oil.
Essential oils work magically as natural skin care, they promote healthy and radiant skin.
Essential oils are advised to dilute with a carrier/base oil( almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil etc) or any moisturizer before applying on the skin to avoid any skin irritation or itching and also to help absorb better into the skin.
There are several essential oils each having their own effective health benefits. These are The Top Five Essential Oils and their benefits that address different ailments and can be chosen accordingly for your specific treatments.
1 LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL :
The lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile which contains powerful anti-oxidants. The presence of anti-oxidants helps in slowing down the aging process.
Inhaling the aroma of this oil helps in reducing stress, anxiety, headaches, neck pains and also provides better night sleeps.
Mix a few drops this oil with any carrier oil and apply it to the wounds and cuts to reduce the pain and to provide faster healing.
Applying the mixture on the skin reduces acne scares or any dark spots, reduces skin complexion by calming the skin inflammation, making the skin texture smooth and clear.
Massage your scalp by diluting a few drops of lavender oil in your regular hair oil to prevent dandruff.
2. TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL :
Tea Tree Essential Oil serves many benefits in our daily life and provides a wide range of effective treatments for our skin, nails, and hair.
Tea Tree is advised to dilute with any carrier oil or a moisturizer before applying on the skin to avoid redness or skin irritation.
This oil is extremely beneficial for acne and for oily skin texture. The presence of antiseptic and anti-microbial properties helps in treating acne, reduces the acne scars and the oily texture of the skin. It also reduces any redness, swelling, and inflammation of the skin. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in your toner and moisturizer while you follow your daily skincare routine.
The presence of anti-inflammatory properties helps in healing and eliminating any skin infection or itching, making it calm and smooth.
Massage your scalp by mixing a few drops of this essential oil with your regular hair oil for treating severe dandruff and eliminating the dead skin cells from the scalp.
Diluting a few drops of the oil in your bathtub can help get rid of psoriasis( a chronic skin condition in which skin cells build up and form red patches that are dry and itchy).
3. JASMINE ESSENTIAL OIL :
Jasmine essential oil has properties that have several benefits with health purpose.
It is often used as an antidepressant in the aromatherapy for releasing depression and calming the mood swings. It offers effective mental health benefits when used as a massage oil or by inhaling the aroma of the oil.
The inhalation process strongly triggers the central nervous system, stimulates the brain’s activity making you more alert, energetic and positive. It effectively improves the blood pressure level and breathing rate.
The presence of antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties treats and prevents any skin infections. It also fights against bacterias and helps to heal minor wounds or cuts faster.
It works great as a skin healer, it has effective properties that hydrates your skin making it radiant and healthy especially during the winter season. Mix a few drops of this oil in your moisturizer and apply it to your cracked and flaky skin to get rid of the dryness.
Inhaling the scent of the Jasmine oil treats insomnia by promoting proper and better sleeps at night.
4. SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL :
Sandalwood oil offers numerous health benefits and is one of the most expensive essential oil because of its high demand and of its amazing healing properties.
It offers overall effective mental health treatment. It is often used in aromatherapy because of its fragrance to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, fear, and restlessness, making you calm and relax.
The presence of antiseptic properties works remarkably to treat any infection, wards, wounds, ulcers, and cuts. It prevents acne to get septic and from spreading the infection.
The presence of anti-oxidants has the most natural anti-aging ingredients which help in slowing down your signs of aging, keeping your skin healthy and youthful.
Sandalwood oil works effectively as an anti-inflammation agent. Its cooling effects helps treat and provide relief to any kind of inflammation, such as- infection or skin irritation, insect bites, wounds, side effects of antibiotics or any other skin condition.
The anti-viral properties can help treat your sore throat, mix a few drops of this oil in a cup of lukewarm water and gargle.
The presence of astringent properties works great as facial toners. Using it as facial toners, tones up your skin, keeping it tight and rejuvenate. Its primary ingredients and cleansing properties cleanse your skin and helps in reducing any ugly dark spots and blemishes.
People having dry skin texture can use this oil in their daily skin care routine to keep their skin alive, healthy and hydrated. Mix a few drops of the sandalwood oil in your toner and moisturizer before applying.
can use this oil in their daily skin care routine to keep their skin alive, healthy and hydrated. Mix a few drops of the sandalwood oil in your toner and moisturizer before applying.
Inhaling the aroma of this oil provides mental clarity and stimulates concentration, making you alert and more focused. It also improves memory and mental power.
Mix a few drops of this oil in your regular hair oil and massage your scalp to prevent dandruff and to provide conditioning to your hair and scalp.
This oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics, room fresheners, deodorants, soaps, lotion, incense sticks and in many more because of the presence of its sweet aroma. They are also used in meditation and spiritual rituals.
5. ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL :
The queen of all essential oil is the rose oil as it is richest of all which contains a wide range of health benefits and also promotes positive psychological and emotional effects to your health.
Rose essential oil works great as an antidepressant agent. Inhaling the aroma of this oil reduces stress, anxiety, headaches, and depression. It also boosts mood by enhancing confidence, mental strength, and libido.
Inhaling the aroma of the oil before sleeping at night promotes better quality sleep.
Applying a mixture of few drops of rose oil with any moisturizer on your skin, hydrates the dry skin, reduces early signs of aging, clear acne and also fades the acne scars. It also treats any skin infection, wounds or cuts and protects them from becoming septic.
Mix a few drops rose oil with lavender, clove or cinnamon oil and gently do an abdominal massage to treat menstrual cramps and pain.