Essential oils- benefits and uses

essential oil uses

Not everyone is aware of the benefits and uses of essential oils. Essential oils are used to overcome various types of health, skin, and hair related problems. Essential oils have been used since ancient times in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, and foods. If these oils are used regularly they can reduce the chances of many health problems. So let's know more about the various advantages and disadvantages of essential oils.

What is essential oil?

We often hear and read about essential oils. The benefits of these oils are immense for our health. Essential oils or volatile oils are obtained from plants by different extraction methods. Different parts of plants are used for this, generally, flowers are used to obtain the most aromatic oils. Apart from flowers, other parts like leaves, bark, roots, fruit peels etc, are also used.
Essential oils are considered useful because they are 75% more effective and powerful than herbs. Essential oils are completely natural hence believed to be very effective. This does not mean that they do not have any side-effects. If not used properly, they can also be harmful and can cause some damage as they are quite potent.

How to use essential oil?

The question which often arises in the mind of people is how to use essential oils. Can we use an essential oil as a normal oil(carrier oil)? Can we use essential oils directly on our skin? The answer to all the question is NO. Never apply any essential oil directly on the skin as it can damage your skin. Always dilute it with any carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil before applying it anywhere on the skin.

Various essential oils

The list of essential oils is very long. These oils are very useful for us but some essential oils are not available everywhere depending on production, environment, and utility. Let’s know what the other essential oils are.

  1. Rosemary essential oil
  2. Lavender essential oil
  3. Lemongrass essential oil
  4. Tea tree essential oil
  5. Peppermint essential oil
  6. Frankincense essential oil
  7. Neem essential oil
  8. Clove essential oil
  9. Ylang-ylang essential oil
  10. Goodnight essential oil

Benefits of essential oils

If essential oils are used correctly, they give us many benefits. However, if precautions are not taken while using these oils then it can have some side-effects as well. Some essential oils help to overcome our serious health problems and solve our hair and skin problems. On the other hand, some essential oils help to improve our mood and increase the efficiency of the brain. Let’s get into detail about the advantages of these oils.

Benefits of rosemary essential oil.

  • Lowers stress, anxiety and enhances memory
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Acts as a mosquito repellant
  • Used as a natural air freshener

Benefits of lavender essential oil

  • Treats hair loss
  • Helps with sunburn and wrinkles
  • Improves overall quality of sleep
  • Used as a natural room freshener
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Helps with headaches and migraines

Benefits of lemongrass essential oil

  • Helps with dandruff
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Helps in fungal infections like athlete’s foot
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Cures upset stomach
  • Relieves in muscle aches

Benefits of tea tree essential oil

  • Helps with acne, pimples
  • Fights dandruff, head lice
  • Eliminates body odour
  • Reduces cold sores
  • Helps with psoriasis and eczema
  • Used in aromatherapy

Benefits of peppermint essential oil

  • Relieves pain
  • Used to make natural toothpaste
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Helps in hair growth
  • Used as a mosquito repellant
  • Boosts energy

Benefits of frankincense essential oil

  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Soothes inflamed skin
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves asthma
  • Maintains oral health

Benefits of neem essential oil

  • Boosts immunity
  • Reduces aging
  • Eliminates dandruff
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Exhibits anti-oxidant properties
  • Used in aromatherapy

Benefits of clove essential oil

  • Soothes irritation
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Used as an insect repellant
  • Reduces foul cooking odours
  • Increases libido
  • Reduces stomach ache

Benefits of ylang-ylang essential oil

  • Reduces stress
  • enhances mood
  • Nourishes hair and skin
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Used in aromatherapy
  • Helps in sleep

Benefits of goodnight essential oils

• Goodnight essential oil is a blend of 5 essential oils such as lavender, ylang-ylang, wild orange, vetiver, and frankincense.
• This oil is specially formulated to relieve anxiety and aid in a sound sleep.

The bottom line.

Essential oils combined with a carrier oil, are considered safe when applied to the skin or inhaled. One can use essential oil as a complementary therapy for minor health problems. However, in case of any serious health condition, it is better to consult a doctor before the usage of any essential oil.

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