As you may have already guessed, essential oils are at the very heart of everything we do. For those who aren’t so familiar with essential oils, you might be wondering: what exactly are essential oils and in what ways are they helpful?
Today, we thought we’d take a look at these two questions and provide an in-depth guide to help you understand the world of essential oils. We hope to share with you the many ways that essential oils can benefit your day-to-day life (and trust us, you may even be a little surprised by these answers!).
What Are Essential Oils?
Put simply, essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of a plant. These oils are obtained from the plant using a process known as distillation (usually by steam or water). This highly concentrated oil contains the distinctive fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted – in other words, it contains the ‘true essence’ of that plant, hence the name ‘essential oils’.
Perhaps what makes essential oils even more interesting is the fact that the structure of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, location, the year grown, weather, and method of distillation. This makes every step of the production process a critical factor in the overall quality of the essential oil product, so it’s important to only buy essential oils from sources you know and trust (like Naturally Made Essentials!).
Why Are Essential Oils Helpful?
We mentioned earlier that there are plenty of benefits that come from using essential oils. This is because the essential oils are made up of teeny-tiny molecules, helping them to be easily absorbed (whether through the skin, ingested, inhaled, etc.).
Each oil contains its own unique chemical composition, and this interacts with our different bodily systems to support various functions (such as easing anxiety, alleviating pain, fighting infection, etc.). If you can think of an ailment, then there is most likely an essential oil blend that is believed to assist with it!
We know that humans have been using natural resources (such as plants and the oils distilled from them) to assist with their mental, emotional, and physical health for centuries now. Prior to modern medicine, essential oils were used for everything from disinfecting wounds and assisting with sleep, to warding off predators and curing common illnesses.
While we truly are blessed with our advancements in medicine, there is no reason why essential oils can’t be used in your day-to-day life too.
How Can Essential Oils Help You?
If you’re wondering exactly where and how you can use essential oils, as well as what for, then you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve rounded up some wonderful options below.
Ease Anxiety and Stress
It doesn’t matter what profession you work in, or where you live – everyone suffers from anxiety or stress from time to time. Thankfully, there are a number of essential oils that can ease these symptoms, helping to boost your mental and emotional health.
These include lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang-ylang, orange, rose, frankincense, and vetiver. We recommend placing a few drops of 1-2 of these essential oils in a diffuser or even in your bath. Inhaling their sweet, calming aromas will soon put you at ease.
Assist with a Good Night’s Sleep
Whether you find yourself constantly waking throughout the night or find it difficult to fall asleep at all, we guarantee there are several essential oils to help you finally have the good night’s sleep you require.
These include lavender, Roman chamomile, vetiver, ylang-ylang, bergamot, marjoram, sandalwood, and cedarwood. You can dab a drop of your selected oil on your pillow cover (being sure to avoid an area too close to your eyes), or you can place a few drops in a diffuser just before you get into bed. Alternatively, people often find it helpful to rub a small amount of oil onto the nape of their neck.
Boost Hair Growth
Did you know that certain essential oils are believed to boost hair growth, making it appear thicker, softer, and less prone to breakage? They also work to increase blood circulation and stimulate the hair follicles, resulting in less dandruff, flaking, and dry scalp.
These essential oils include lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, peppermint, chamomile, clary sage, lemon, tea tree, vetiver, and ylang-ylang. It is advised that you mix a small amount of your chosen essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, as essential oils can be highly potent in their concentrated form.
Relieve Headaches and Migraines
Unfortunately, migraines and headaches have become a very common ailment, however there are also a number of essential oils that have been known to help – either in pain management or from preventing them altogether. Headaches and migraines are sometimes caused by other conditions, so it is always important to have these investigated by a doctor first.
If you’re someone who knows that their headaches or migraines are triggered by stress, hormones, or muscle tension, then you may benefit from using the following essential oils: peppermint, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus. These oils can be applied gently to your temples and the back of your neck. They can also be placed in a diffuser to experience their soothing aromas.
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Now that you understand what essential oils are and how they can help you, we encourage you to think about the specific ways you can incorporate them into your daily life. Do you or your loved ones suffer from ailments that can be alleviated with essential oils? Or do you simply wish to switch to safer and more natural remedies for health, beauty, and cleaning around the home? Whichever your reason, we hope you too can begin to enjoy the many benefits of essential oils!