What are Essential Oils?
Extracted from botanical materials such as herbs, flowers and trees, essential oils are liquids with a strong odor and many uses. Their use has a long history. Many prominent healers have used them for their healing powers. They differ from other oils in that they are volatile and will evaporate if they are left open. They feature therapeutic properties and can be used to promote health.
Essential oils can be used in a number of ways from candle making, to cleaning, to massage. Essential Oils has had rebirth in popularity as a natural remedies for all sorts of ailments, including many mental health related issues. They are also useful for reducing stress, relaxing muscle spasms, fighting the flu, increased concentration, reducing insomnia and more. One example of an essential oil is lavender. Lavender is known to reduce stress and insomnia as well as improve concentration. Another example, peppermint oil can cool the skin during hot weather, ease nausea and help reduce muscle pain.
Most essential oils are high in antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. These properties make them ideal for use in day-to-day cleaning. The ones that make the best cleaning agents include rosemary, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit and lemon.
As with any product, certain safety precautions must be taken. Some oils can be toxic. If you are just starting to experiment with these oils there are some other precautions to consider. For instance, you should never use pure, undiluted oils on the skin. Other precautions include the following:
- Never take them internally unless your doctor advises otherwise
- If you are trying a new oil, do a skin patch test before you use it for the first time
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have other medical ailments such as high blood pressure, epilepsy or cancer, do not use them except under the supervision of an aroma therapist
- Do not use these oils on babies or children without supervision of an aroma therapist. When used properly on babies and children, these oils can help relieve colic, cradle cap and other childhood ailments.
- If you are allergic to it as a food, you will be allergic to the oil. For example, if you have an allergy to peppermint, then do not use peppermint oil or you will have a reaction.
- Never use them in their pure form on the skin. Always dilute them first.
When used properly, essential oils offer many benefits to the user. They are useful for everything from aromatherapy and massage to cleaning. They can help treat many different ailments including insomnia and colic.