Essential oils are the extract of the oils from flowers, leaves, bark, and other parts of a plant. The result is the pure essence of the plant, usually in a highly concentrated form.
Essential oils were known in India and China long before research began on their therapeutic qualities in the early nineteenth century. The lovely fragrance emitted by essential oils has had people making much use of it for ages. Some of them have a rich history of application in Ayurveda as a nutritional supplement for targeted physical-mental harmony and well-being.
Aromatherapy Essential oils for physical and mental health
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Essential oils have a role in traditional medicine, such as some creams containing eucalyptus oil. They are natural compounds that occur in different parts of plants (flowers, leaves, roots, fruits, seeds). Their distinctive feature is that they are easily absorbed through the skin due to their chemical structure, then on the walls of the blood vessels, and enter the bloodstream so that they can exert their blessing effect in a short time.
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How to Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils have a diverse role in emotional and physical well-being. They can also be used as a single oil or as a mixture of essential oils. When using essential oils appropriately and safely, they have many beneficial effects.
- Most of them should never be applied directly without diluting them.
- They are flammable, so use extreme caution around flames and heat sources.
- External use only.
It is necessary that you consult a specialist or your doctor before using any essential oil internally, as there are some possible side effects. They are so concentrated that many of them can be poisonous, so it is not recommended to use them internally without expert advice.
Evaporation is one of the most common ways of using them. It is possible for perfuming, disinfecting, insect repelling, or creating a positive atmosphere. Volatile oils evaporate through the air to prevent the spread of pathogens, so this type of application is also useful in respiratory diseases.
Diffusion means the fragrance of essential oil is spread in the air and enter the body through the skin and the lungs with the air. The oil is evaporated using accessories such as electric diffusers, aroma lamps, scent balls, etc. They operate by continuously evaporating a mist of particles of water and essential oils into the air. The mist helps to relax and also loosen tight muscles.
Steam inhalation is another standard method of using essential oils. Mix 5 to 8 drops of essential oil into a pot of steaming hot water, and sit with your face close to the pan, eyes closed and about 10-12 inches above the pan. As the vapor rises, it gets absorbed by the pores on your face and through the nostrils. A humidifier too can be used by adding a few drops of essential oil in it.
The therapeutic effects of essential oil when combined with the power of a touch, enhance your overall wellness. When using essential oil for massage, it is advisable that you dilute with a carrier oil. It is too concentrated to be used in its pure form. Different concentrations need for people of different ages, skin types, sensitivity, and allergy.
An essential oil bath can be quite relaxing. Moreover, this will help in combining the benefits of hydrotherapy as well. Just add a few drops of your desired essential oil to your bathtub or spa, and enjoy that nourishing feeling. Alternatively, you can mix the essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your skin after the morning shower for all day long, refreshing sensation. That keeps skin soft, smooth, and youthful.
You may not know, but the essential oils can be put to household uses as well. For example, a few drops of essential oil will give the clothes a lovely smell all day long when put in the rinse water. Lemon or Eucalyptus oils are useful to get rid of ants in the house. Lavender has long been an aphrodisiac; also, it is the best mosquito repellent. Use it in your wash-up along with essential oils of spearmint and marjoram.
The uses of essential oils are many
Try it out for yourself. You will be surprised by the results, and you will do good for the environment too.