Think about the products you use in your home every day. It’s likely some, if not most are made from synthetic chemicals. When you use essential oils, you’re bringing natural remedies into your home, thus removing toxic manufactured products that fog your body and mind.
Essential oils have been used for many years, but they continue to gain popularity in personal healthcare communities due to the incredible healing properties they offer your body and mind. Essential oils are highly concentrated natural extracts from the leaves, flowers, bark, roots, seeds and stems of certain plants and trees.
Pure essential oils are known for their amazing scents and their therapeutic properties, so it’s no surprise that the most common way to use essential oils is to inhale them.
While natural essential oils are commonly used in cosmetic products, like soaps and shampoos, you’ll get the most benefit out of your oils by using them on their own, like diluting them with a carrier oil and applying directly to your skin.
The benefits of using essential oils in your everyday life are unlimited, as each individual oil has a wide range of medicinal and therapeutic properties. Some are anti-fungal or antibacterial, that work immediate wonders to the body, while others have more mindful properties that can assist you in calming down or sleeping deeper. Here are the most popular essential oils and their incredible uses and benefits:
Lavender is the most popular essential oil in the world. Known best for its mood-improving and calming effects, lavender oil is ideal for relaxation, improving sleep and preventing insomnia. It also helps with physical tensions like headaches and neck pain.
Frankincense can help alleviate oily and acne-prone skin, while providing lipids for ageing skin.
Sandalwood contains compounds that help reduce inflammation, while promoting moisture in the skin.
Cinnamon essential oil is also considered a powerful anti-inflammatory as it contains antioxidant compounds like cinnamic acid. Helps deal with acne symptoms.
Tea tree derived from the melaleuca tree is one of the most notable antiseptics known in alternative medicine. It helps fight bacteria and inflammation, both of which can contribute to acne breakouts.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. When used in a diffuser, it helps with asthma and sinus infections. When applied directly to the skin, eucalyptus oil helps to soothe muscle pain and repel bugs.
Pomegranate oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can promote healthier and even skin.
Patchouli is known for reducing both pain and inflammation. These help treat eczema rashes.
Rosemary essential oil boosts mental function and helps improve memory. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary oil help soothe and treat dry skin, oily skin, eczema and acne.
Carrot seed oil is used to decrease scarring. It may also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Tangerine oil has a high antioxidant profile, which makes it useful for promoting smoother and toned skin.
Ylang ylang is known for its ability to create balance mentally and physically; it may also help inhibit skin pigmentation.
Peppermint oil is amazing for skin health. Its natural menthol content provides an analgesic effect on the skin and cools down hot rashes.
Geranium is said to help balance out skin oils. Its alkalinity and hydration makes geranium a key addition to soaps.
Neroli is another essential oil that contains citral. It may help balance out sebum without drying your skin.
Jojoba oil repairs the top layer of skin, thanks to its natural fatty acid content. Jojoba is also known for being lightweight, which makes it a good choice for oily skin.
Lemon is universally identified with freshness and cleanliness. Its oil is antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic. Diluted lemon oil is amazing for skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation, and toning the skin.
Myrrh was used by Middle Eastern women for antioxidant, anti-aging skin care. It helps promote circulation, creating brighter, more refined looking skin.
Clary Sage oil is known for controlling excess sebum. Clary sage may also help control acne and reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin.
Lemongrass oil is the perfect cleanser for your skin; it directly targets blocked pores and pimples to reduce the appearance of acne, and helps to balance oily complexions. It can help reduce anxiety and stress.
Wintergreen has similar properties to peppermint. It can soothe painful skin rashes.
Rose With antioxidants like vitamins A and C, rose oil can help promote skin cell turnover, which often slows down with age. In turn, this could create younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles.
Chamomile oil contains azulene, known for increasing moisture and reducing inflammation.
Sweet Orange essential oil is the ultimate beauty enhancer. Citrus oil helps transform dry skin into soft supple radiant skin, helping to reduce acne and reduces the appearance of scars, leaving you with a beautiful, natural glow.
Peppermint oil will get rid of that nasty headache. This oil contains menthol, and it helps soothe tensions in your head and neck, relieving symptoms of headaches and even migraines.
Each pure essential oil is unique, and there are so many more to choose from. Their list of uses and benefits vary, so try a few and find which natural essential oils work best for you. Start with a small diffuser, and a 6-pack of these essential oils.
It will change your life for the better!
By Shlomo R.
Christ & Co.