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A Beginner’s Guide To Aromatherapy
Essential oils carry the physical properties of plants and flowers in a highly concentrated form. In short, they are the extracts and essences of plants. The particles inside essential oils, which come from various parts of plants, such as the flowers, twigs, leaves or even bark, can be inhaled and absorbed into the skin and have been used for thousands of years as a natural antibiotic. In fact, essential oils were even used in ancient Egyptian times and were originally made by soaking plants in an oil base and then filtering the oil out through a linen bag.
Because essential oils can contain potent medicinal and cosmetic properties, they have become a versatile part of any natural medicine cabinet. The oils work to support the body’s own natural healing system, and when used properly, may even be able to replace over-the-counter remedies.
If you are a beginner to the world of aromatherapy and natural remedies, here are five essential oils that are perfect for you, as they can be used for a variety of different ailments.
One of the most well known of the essential oils is lavender, and for quite a good reason. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can reduce the healing time for mild scrapes, bites and bee stings. It is so popular because lavender does not require a carrier oil to be applied beforehand. It can be put directly onto the affected area. Lavender has also been shown to promote healthy sleep and relaxation. Try adding a few drops into your next bubble bath, or spray some on your pillow to help you unwind after a stressful week.
A powerful antiviral, antibacterial oil that is ideal for coughs and colds is eucalyptus. Adding just a few drops to a pot of steaming water or a vaporizer and then inhaling is a great way to disinfect and clear your nasal passages and lungs. If you are looking for an easy way to keep some eucalyptus oil nearby throughout the day, place a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale the powerful oil through the day. Doing this regularly during cold and flu season may even help you prevent catching a virus.
Because peppermint has cooling properties, it can help you beat the heat of a hot summer day or a high temperature fever. Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil, such as tea tree oil, and then rub all over your back, neck and chest for an instant cooling effect, similar to a vapor rub. It has been studied that the smell of peppermint can also help combat feelings of nausea, making it a great choice for those who suffer from motion or morning sickness. As an added bonus, peppermint can also help get rid of an insect invasion without the use of harsh chemicals. Just add a few drops to a hot water towel and wipe down the surfaces of your home with a peppermint infused cloth.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic properties, making it one of the most user friendly essential oils on the market. Adding just a few drops to your skin is all you need to help treat cuts, scrapes, fungal infections, insect bites, warts and even dandruff. It can also be used as a powerful acne treatment when mixed with coconut oil or aloe vera. If you are looking for a natural all-purpose home cleaner, mixing two teaspoons of tea tree oil into two cups of water will give you a safe, all natural alternative.
With its beautiful, mild scent that is known for its ability to help unwind, chamomile is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it the ideal choice for red, inflamed or sensitive, acne-prone skin. Since it is much gentler than tea tree oil, it is the perfect alternative choice for those with delicate skin.
Familiarizing yourself with essential oils and their uses can be very beneficial if you are working toward a more natural and organic lifestyle. Once you become familiar with these basic essential oils, branching out into your own combinations is simple and fun. The beauty of essential oils is that they can easily be incorporated into your daily life, whether is it as a home remedy or even just aromatherapy for a quick mood booster. The uses are endless!