The use of essential oils for health traces back many centuries ago. They have multiple uses in preventing health issues in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is way of achieving the health benefits of the oils if topical application is not recommended. Depending on the type of oil, essential oils contain antifungal, antibacterial or antiviral oils.
Essential oils are used for relaxing purposes as well and in this case people can use them without previous knowledge but when talking about preventing illnesses it is not the case. Without medical or therapists recommendation, essential oils should never be applied or used in any way. Good thing about these oils is that people who can not take certain medications can consult their doctors and maybe start treatments with essential oils.With the numerous types of essential oils, here is an overview of the most common oils and their specific uses.
The clear Eucalyptus oil with a thin consistency is one of the oldest essential oils. It has a strong woody/earthy aroma that is often inhaled for its medicinal properties. Eucalyptus oil
is recommended for respiratory infections like coughing, poor circulation, arthritis, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, fever, cold sore, and sinusitis.
Another essential oil for respiratory tract is basil oil. It has antiseptic effects. It also has calming effects suitable for nervousness, anxiety and insomnia.
Peppermint oil has splendid effects on the digestive tract. Its stimulating aroma increases the alertness and is known to reduce headaches. Travelers have effectively used peppermint oil to reduce motion sickness and sea sickness for many years.
Lavender oil has a sweet scent with a calming effect. Its pain reducing effect makes it suitable for burns, insect bites and allergies. It has relaxation effects, which explains its widespread use by people with headaches and sleeping problems.
Despite being basic oil, lemon keeps body’s ph level balanced when inhaled or applied on the skin. It is an antibacterial agent and works wonders for sore throats and mouth sores without the chemical side effects. Its antibacterial effects make it an effective mouthwash too. For skin infections, it is frequently topically applied. Tests have shown that is has many antibacterial and antifungal effects.
It is great for skin infections like acne and for oily skin, dandruff, hair loss.
Chamomile is a strong essential oil with multiple uses. It is a pain reliever suitable for menstrual cramps and headaches rheumatic pains and has strong calming effects suitable for even hypertension. It heals skin infections like dermatitis, wounds, hemorrhoids, burns and dry skin. It works marvelously on the digestive tract.
Fennel oil is distilled from seeds and has strong analgesic effects against menstrual pains. Its antibacterial effects are suitable for managing urinary tract infections like cystitis and kidney stones. It also has diuretic, antispasmodic and reinvigorating properties.
This post was written by Sashka. She is a writer from Brisbane. She writes about lifestyle, decorating, healthy living, kids and loves everything nature related. This post was inspired by health benefits of essential oils.