Essential oils have been used for thousand years in various cultures for health and medicinal purposes. The benefits of essential oils come from their antimicrobial, Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. Their uses vary from aromatherapy to cleaning products to beauty products and medicinal uses.
Sweet almond oil – Skin
This pale yellow coloured oil is one of the most favourites amongst massage therapist. It is great for dry and rough skin and is quickly absorbed. 100% pure Almond oil is also used in hail fall problems. It can be taken with warm milk before sleeping in the night to nourish brain.
Lavender Oil –Sound sleep
The lovely scent of lavender gently soothes stress, tension and depression. This is calming oil which also helps in sound sleep. Inhaling lavender oil is as effective as some commonly prescribed sleeping medicines. Its extracts are also used in fragrances for bath and perfumes. Putting 1 or two drops of lavender oil in night crèmes or moisturizers help eliminate all stress and gives a peaceful sleep.
Peppermint oil – Energy
This oil has a signature minty fresh aroma. It is distilled from the fresh leaves of Mentha piperita plant. Its minty aroma awakens the mind and revitalises the body. Aroma therapists recommends peppermint oil’s invigorating scent to enhance mental focus and concentration. It enhances the mood and motivation and energises the spirit. This oil is also used to promote healthy digestion and soothing stomach problems. It also detoxifies the air.
Juniper berry oil – Pains
This oil is recorded in history for using in massage therapies for joint pains. It soothes back and muscle discomforts. It has a woodsy pine like aroma which evokes images of the rustic outdoors. The penetrating essence of this oil also enhances the breathing passages and supports healthy respiratory function.
Lemongrass and citronella oil – Natural disinfectant.
This can be used as diffusion oil in the air for its anti microbial properties. A natural spay bug and disinfectant. This can be used in the washing machine for a fresh aroma in the clothes and they will also act as a disinfectant.
Different ways of using these essential oils:
• Ambient diffusion
• Facial oil
• Facial steam bath
• Used in facial masks
• In bathing water
• Chest rub
• Direct and steam inhalation
• Direct application