What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are usually removed from plants, they are processed by a process known as distillation. The Essential Oils are essential for the plant to grow and prosper. Essential oils, are really concentrated liquid form.
Why are the called ‘essential‘?
Essential Oils, are just as good and beneficial to humans as they are to the plants that have them. Their value is hidden in their properties that help in relieving pain, stress, infections and to prevent and cure diseases.
Essential Oils are mainly used because of the following properties:
- The essential oils kill bacteria, fungus and other viral infections.
- They heal wounds and reduce inflammation.
- They stimulate and strengthens the immune system.
- They are natural insect repellent
- They help in keeping a proper digestion, and enhance the nervous and circulatory systems of our bodies.
- The repair and revitalize skin tissues.
- They promote hair growth.
- They promote over all health and wellbeing.
History of Essential Oils
Essential Oils have had their history dating back to 1500 B.C. this is largely due to their appeal to the masses. Thus, essential oils enjoy a colorful history and have always been in demand ever since.
The Egyptian Discovered The Science and Art of Essential Oils: They used essential oils as remedies and the credit is usually given to the Egyptians to have instigated the use of plant extracts and derivatives, herbs and oils to treat and cure diseases.
Use of Essential Oils has been mentioned in the Bible itself: Even the bible mentions essential oils being used in temples as fragrance, and also mentions Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils.
It was a major commodity of trade: During 500 B.C. the Arabs were the leaders in the trade of Frankincense essential oil. It was so popular that there was a trade route named after this oil. It was called the “Frankincense Trail”.
Avicenna, a renowned medical practitioner in Arab used these essential oils and even discovered a new process of their purification during his time.
The Decline of Essential Oils in The 19th Century
The 19th Century witnessed a major decline in the use and demand of essential oils. People were taken aback, by the idea of ‘laboratories’ and new found ‘technology’ then the demand of cosmetics and synthesized products flooded the market. These demands completely pushed aside and ignored the demand of natural and organic products.
A come-back of Essential Oils
Late 19th Century saw the come back of natural remedies, and the demand of essential oils. As it is with things of inherent value, people began to see their innumerable uses. Modern day hospitals have started using it too.
Top 15 Essential Oil to Incorporate in Your Daily Life For Wellbeing
- Peppermint Essential Oil: It is pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, and offers a wide range of medicinal benefits such as curing indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, mosquito repellent, soothes allergy rashes etc.
- Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil: Really good for application on skin and hair as it gives healthy looking hair and skin. Also reduces dandruff. Many of it’s properties are, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, good for the nervous system, as well as anti-septic.
- Rosemary Essential Oil: It is anti-bacterial, helps reduce inflammations, helps cure dandruff and pre-mature greying of hair. It is also antiseptic. Increases blood circulation.
- Lavender Essential Oil: It is well known for it’s effects on the skin. It makes the skin soft, smooth and supple. It cure normal skin infections and irritations, itchiness and is anti-bacterial. Apart from that, the lavender essential oil is also very potent for treating acne, and respiratory disorders. It helps inducing sleep thus, it is a good cure for insomnia. It also increases blood circulation.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: It is considered best for people with oily or combination skin. Otherwise, it is great for treating skin conditions such as acne, itching, warts and corns along with dandruff. It also helps cure diseases like ring worms, athletes foot and chicken pox.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: It is great for pain relief, it boosts the immune system, promote dental health and has anti-bacterial properties. It is also good for treating common skin conditions.
- Grapefruit Essential Oil: It is good for relieving stress and is widely used an an aromatherapy oil. It is also known for it’s properties to aid weight loss and cuts off cellulite. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
- Sandalwood Essential Oil: Sandalwood essential oil is great for fighting skin aging, and giving soft, smooth and supple skin. It helps in lowering blood pressure, it is a natural sedative and helps in relieving stress and pain. It also aids in weight loss, promotes dental health and can be used as a natural deodorant.
- Rose Essential Oil: Helps in improving the texture of your skin and making it look and be healthy. It is a potent stress reliever and helps strengthening hair roots and also promotes dental health. Other than that, it even boosts immunity. It is anti-bacterial and antiseptic.
- Chamomile Essential Oil: It is a good stress and pain reliever. It helps aid patients suffering from arthritis. Provides relief from blood pressure and is it also helps in reducing scars, spots and blemishes. It is potent in anti-bacterial properties and also has antibiotic properties.
- Frankincense Essential Oil: It improves digestion, has anti-bacterial properties, helps prevent premature loss of hair and promotes dental health. It helps heal wounds faster and lowers blood pressure. The Frankincense oil is really effective in fading away stretch marks as well. It also boosts immunity. And is naturally anti-depressant.
- Neroli Essential Oil: This essential oil is a very effective antidepressant, it it good for treating spots, pimple marks and blemishes. It can also be used to treat diseases like typhoid and the common flu. It has great antiseptic properties.
- Geranium Essential Oil: It can be used for cuts, burns and rashes due to its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. It is a great astringent, and helps aid normal skin conditions. It has a able property of revitalizing body tissues and is thus great for skin. It is a good insect repellent. This essential oil is good for the circulatory and the nervous systems of our bodies.
- Myrrh Essential Oil: It helps boost immunity and is good for the circulatory system as well. It prevents microbial infections and helps prevent hair loss.
- Patchouli Essential Oil: It is good for its anti-aging properties. It also helps eliminate body odor. It prevents loss of libido and is good for treating impotency. It is also good for soothing inflammation and is a natural astringent. Also prevents sagging of the skin.
So, this was our pick of the top 15 essential oils you must have in your house and put in daily use, remember you don’t have to use all 15 of them on regular basis, no no. All you have to do is pick one area of problem and an essential oil that goes with it and see the results in due time. The reason essential oils rose back to demand was after all because their benefits appealed to the large masses. So go ahead take your pick, get crafty with them, and start reaping the benefits.
**Disclaimer: This article was thoroughly researched upon and has undergone several revision to make it as accurate as possible. And to the best of my knowledge it is — accurate. Many of the essential oils mentioned here have been used by me under safe conditions and I was not allergic to even one of them. This article is purely for reference purposes, if you are trying out any of these oils for the first time then always try the patch test to see if you are allergic or not. Also not all essential oils can be blended with each other or carrier oils, do perform research before you try out something new.**
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