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Essential oils, a wonder of nature full of benefits

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True wonders of Nature, essential oils have become an important solution to face the main challenges that the modern lifestyle poses to us, offering a number of restorative properties to our body, mind and spirit. But what makes them so special?

There are oils for almost everything we can imagine: to treat more psychological issues, not so physical, such as anxiety and stress; to eliminate headaches; to stop digestive problems; to cure allergies; to eliminate nasal congestion; to take care of skin and hair. The possibilities are extensive - and that is exactly what makes the world of essential oils even more interesting to explore.

Often used in aromatherapy, and not only, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that capture their aroma and flavor, giving each oil its characteristic essence. Once extracted, the aromatic products are combined with a carrier oil to create a ready-to-use product. Thus, the way the oils are produced is important, as the essential oils obtained by chemical processes are not considered to be true.

Powerful tools to induce relaxation, not only thanks to the calming aromas of bergamot or lavender, for example, these essences also remind us of the importance of knowing how to breathe. And even if you consider it unnecessary for something to remind you of this vital process, the truth is that it deserves our attention and is fundamental to elevating our health to another level.

How do essential oils works?
Essential oils are most often used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled mainly through three methods: through smell, through direct absorption into the skin or through normal digestive processes.

We can breathe in the scent of the oil through an individual inhaler, which usually includes floating drops of essential oil in hot water, but we can also breathe in your scent using a room diffuser to spread it through the air. Putting drops on a tissue or cotton is also another form of direct inhalation of the product.

On the other hand, we can apply the diluted product on the skin. For this, we must dilute it in a carrier oil (coconut, almond or avocado) before applying it on the skin.

Before using your essential oil, keep the following tips in mind:

- Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically;
- Always test before applying the oil to your skin;
- Buy 100% pure essential oils.
- Never take essential oils by mouth, unless requested by a health professional, as many are toxic.


Inhaling the scents of essential oils can stimulate areas of the limbic system (responsible for emotions, behavior, smell and memory), which may explain, in part, why certain smells are familiar to us.

Some studies carried out in the field of aromatherapy have shown that the smell of some essential oils could work in conjunction with traditional therapy to treat issues related to anxiety, insomnia and stress. However, its benefits do not end there, as these can be used inside and outside the home (as natural mosquito repellents, disinfectants or even to make cosmetics), and are also used for typically medicinal purposes.

use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically;
Always test before applying the oil to your skin;
Buy 100% pure essential oils.
Never take essential oils by mouth, unless requested by a health professional, as many are toxic.
Inhaling the scents of essential oils can stimulate areas of the limbic system (responsible for emotions, behavior, smell and memory), which may explain, in part, why certain smells are familiar to us.

Some studies carried out in the field of aromatherapy have shown that the smell of some essential oils could work in conjunction with traditional therapy to treat issues related to anxiety, insomnia and stress. However, its benefits do not end there, as these can be used inside and outside the home (as natural mosquito repellents, disinfectants or even to make cosmetics), and are also used for typically medicinal purposes.


Benefits of some of the best oils nature offers us


Coconut oil
In summer, we are more exposed to the sun and, as such, we can burn our skin. In that case, coconut oil is the most natural after-sun you can find and is very effective. It contains saturated fats, something that has a moisturizing healing effect, soothing burned skin and helping to reduce inflammation.

Coconut oil is also one of the best hair masks. Leaves hair shiny, smooth and healthy. Before washing your hair, apply the oil the night before to the ends. The next morning, wash your hair to remove all traces. You can also give a scalp massage to improve circulation, hair growth and to combat dandruff.

On the skin, you can forget about moisturizers full of chemical ingredients and switch to coconut oil now. It works wonderfully on the skin and can be applied to all types. Its antioxidant properties prevent premature aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and it is also very effective in the treatment of diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. And if you need a good make-up remover, you can also use this product. A true multifunction.

Other properties of coconut oil:

- It is antibacterial and antifungal;
- It is rich in vitamin D, E, proteins and other essential nutrients for skin and health.

Ginger oil
Ginger essential oil is known to have a warm and energizing aroma. Formerly used in India and China, today it is found all over the world, being nicknamed "Oil of Empowerment", thanks to the feeling of confidence that is known to inspire.

Known for its stimulating and warming effects, this oil can increase concentration, while soothing and reducing feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety and fatigue.

Its detoxifying and digestive properties facilitate the elimination of toxins and, thanks to its analgesic character, it is known to calm and reduce pain and inflammation, thus benefiting problems such as headaches, back pain and even menstrual cramps.

Main benefits:

- It is digestive and reduces nausea;
- Relieves muscle and menstrual pain, rheumatism or fatigue;
- It is a natural aphrodisiac;
- For stimulating and improving circulation, it is known to increase hair growth.

Lavender oil
The name «lavender» is believed to be derived from the Latin word «lavare», which means «to wash», as it is often used in baths and clothes, thanks to its perfumed properties. With a calming, physically and emotionally balanced fragrance, it is widely used to provide relaxing effects on the body.

When used in aromatherapy, lavender essential oil reduces stress, relaxing brain waves, while supporting the immune system, providing relief from agitation symptoms that can make health more fragile.

Due to its calming and relaxing properties, it can help insomnia sufferers to have more peaceful nights.

Main benefits:

- Prevents and fights acne, psoriasis and alopecia;
- Powerful antioxidant;
- Very relaxing for the body and mind, reducing anxiety and stress, promoting a more peaceful sleep;
- Relieves headaches and menstrual pain.

Lemon oil
Lemon essential oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems. It is known to relieve mental exhaustion, improving cognitive function and concentration, and for this reason, it is widespread in the workplace, to improve the focus and efficiency of professionals.

Invigorating and purifying, this oil, when used in aromatherapy, can reduce the flu and relieve infections in the throat, promoting easier breathing for people with respiratory problems, when cleaning the nasal passages.

When diffused in closed environments, it eliminates toxins from the air and surfaces, while promoting a feeling of improved mood and revitalization. To relieve allergies, combine it with lavender and peppermint oils and rub the mixture under your feet and behind your neck daily.

Main benefits:

- It is a natural disinfectant;
- Clears nasal passages and increases energy levels;
- Elevates mood and improves concentration.

There are many more oils to list, these are just a few to show how powerful it can be.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Manuela

Comments

Sneha Bhat from India on July 01, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this well written article about essential oil madam. I use most of these essential oils mentioned in the article. This article reminded me about my lemongrass oil and its benefits.. Expecting many more articles from you madam.

Liza from USA on June 28, 2020:

My favorite essential oil is lemon. I use it for aromatherapy and also to eliminate odor or uneasy smell in the house. However, I also have a few other essential oils such as lavender, basil, orange, and coconut. I think when it comes to beauty and health, using natural products is the best to reduce chemical use and application to your body. Thanks for sharing the informative article, Manuela.

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