Benefits of Essential Oils – How They Can Improve Your Life
We’ve all been affected by the everyday power of aromas. You know, how a particular scent reminds you of your grandmother, or the restaurant you were at when your spouse proposed to you? What you may not realize is that essential oils can improve your health. That’s right, their benefits go far beyond a pleasing scent. Following are a few of the benefits of these oils and how they can enhance your life.
by Greg Montoya
Essential oils that include lemon, lavender, ylang ylang, pine, bergamot, vetiver, peppermint and pine can help reduce stress.
Lemon essential oil can be used to detoxify the body and help treat acne among other things.
Ylang ylang, lavender, jasmine, chamomile, benzoin, rose, neroli, sweet marjoram essential oils can help treat insomnia.
Treat anxiety with one of these essential oils; bergamot, lavender, lemon, rose, clary sage, orange, Roman chamomile, pine, rose scented geranium and sandalwood.
As pain relievers, lavender, clary sage, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper and peppermint work great. Green apple essential oil works especially well for migraines.
Nausea and Vomiting
The essential oils for nausea and vomiting include ginger, mint, orange, lemon, nutmeg, fennel, dill, clary sage, lavender and chamomile.
If you need an energy boost these essential oils will help; citrus, tea tree, rosemary, sage, angelica, clove, jasmine, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.
Memory and Focus
Sage, peppermint, cinnamon, basil, lavender and rosemary essential oils help improve memory and focus, giving your brain a little jump start.
Colds, Flu and Allergies
Eucalyptus is a great essential oil to have on hand if you suffer from allergies or frequently get colds. Oil of oregano is a great flu fighter thanks to its natural antibacterial qualities
How the Terpenes found Essential Oils Benefit Your Health
Essential oils contain three types of terpenes, each providing its own unique benefits:
Phenylpropanoids have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal abilities and cleanse the receptor sites of the cells. Cells can’t communicate without clean receptor sites, causing the body to malfunction which results in disease. Oils that contain phenylpropanoids include basil, cassia, clove, cinnamon, anise, oregano and peppermint.
By helping deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues, sesquiterpenes help make it more difficult for bacteria, viruses and cancer cells to survive. Frankincense, myrrh, ginger, cedarwood, spikenard, black pepper, vetiver, patchouli are some of the essential oils that contain sesquiterpenes.
Monoterpenes are known for their antiviral, antiseptic and bactericidal properties.
Found in most essential oils, monoterpenes help reprogram miswritten information within the cellular memory. In addition, aromatherapists frequently use monoterpenes in mucus membrane tonics as decongestants.
Essential Oil Scents and the Nervous System
Your nervous system helps control and coordinate body functions, including breathing and digestion. The nervous system is what makes it possible for you to comprehend, perceive and respond to everything around you. Research has shown that essential oils that include cedarwood, frankincense, orange, valerian root and lavender have a healthy effect on the biochemistry of the nervous system.
Look for Purity in Essential Oils
The quality is of the essential oils used is critical. Look for 100% pure (never diluted), therapeutic grade oils from plants, never synthetic fragrance, perfumes or oils that can be toxic and often contain allergenic chemical compounds. Price is a good sign of quality – if it’s extremely cheap, you can bet that it isn’t pure, therapeutic grade oil.
Because essential oils are highly concentrated plant derivatives, they can trigger a powerful reaction if they’re applied directly to the skin. The key to safely using essential oils is to dilute the oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba, grapeseed oil or shea butter. Experiment with different carrier and essential oil combinations to find one that suits you best. How much carrier oil should be used will vary depending on the recipe you’re making (for a face mask, lotion, healing aid, rub, etc.).
Essential oils have become a hot topic over the years. If you’ve been skeptical about their many positive qualities, give them a try to find out for yourself just how beneficial they can be.