Aromatherapy oils, also called essential oils, are made from plants and flowers. Twigs, leaves, bark and other plant parts are crushed and distilled into oils. The oils contain the essence of the plant or flower, and can be used as homeopathic remedies for anxiety, depression, respiratory problems and other ailments. Aromatherapy oils are rubbed into the skin or inhaled to prompt pain relief or healing. Some hospitals now use essential oils to relieve patients' anxiety, depression or pain. A study conducted at Oxford Brooks University in the UK showed that women who use aromatherapy oil during childbirth experienced less pain. Looking for a safe, sweet-smelling way to feel better? Here are 7 aromatherapy oils for better health.
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, or tea tree plant, which is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is used in many over the counter skin care products and is highly regarded as a safe treatment for acne. A recent study showed that tea tree aromatherapy oil has fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide, another popular acne treatment. Tea tree oil can also be used to treat fungal and bacterial infections, athlete’s foot and dandruff. All stuffed up? You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to a steam inhaler to relieve head and chest congestion from colds.
Clove oil has antifungal, antiseptic and stimulating properties. You’ll find clove in toothpaste and other dental products. Clove comes from a particular type of evergreen tree and it’s used for medicinal purposes and as an ingredient in several Indian and Chinese foods. Clove oil can be used to treat toothaches and sore gums. It contains eugenol, a compound commonly used in dentistry. You can gargle with diluted clove oil to reduce throat irritation, or use it to eliminate bad breath. Apply diluted clove oil to wounds, athlete’s foot insect bites and fungal infections to accelerate healing.
Peppermint oil, like clove oil, is used to treat bad breath and fight harmful germs in the mouth and gums. Applying peppermint oil to your nails can prevent fungal infections and rubbing it onto your forehead can reduce headache pain. Peppermint oil can help clear up congestion in the respiratory tract and is often used in balms applied to the chest and the nose.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties are excellent for soothing a troubled digestive system. Massage a drop or two of ginger essential oil into your abdomen to control motion sickness, nausea, constipation, flatulence and indigestion. You can use it as a massage oil (mixed with carrier oil) to treat arthritis, muscle pain, and stimulate circulation. Ginger is a powerful decongestant, so add one or two drops of ginger oil into a vaporizer to treat coughs, colds and asthma.
One of the most popular aromatherapy oils for better health, lavender oil has been used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for over 2500 years. The ancient Persians, Greeks and Romans first added lavender flowers to their bathwater to purify their skin. You can add lavender oil to your bath or shower to sooth aching muscles or relieve stress. For sprains, dip a towel into water containing lavender oil, and apply the compress to the affected area. Lavender can open up a congested respiratory system (apply it to the neck or chest, or use a vaporizer) and it can help kill lice and nits in the hair.
Sandalwood, one of the richest aromatherapy oils for better health, is derived from the roots and woods of the Santalum album, a small tropical tree found in India and China. Sandalwood essential oil can increase alertness, according to one Austrian study. It boosts memory and keeps you calm and focused. Sandalwood protects your skin from infections and helps scars heal faster. It is effective for coughs, laryngitis and other respiratory ailments due to its expectorant qualities.
Ginseng essential oil offers a variety of health benefits. Inhaling ginseng oil can reduce congestion from colds and may reduce fever. Ginseng oil, like ginseng supplements and energy drinks containing ginseng, is used to fight fatigue and improve mental clarity. It has been shown to aid diabetes management by regulating the absorption and intake of glucose. Ginseng may suppress appetite, preventing between meal snacking and increasing weight loss.
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