Updated: Jan 19
Essential oils are concentrated compounds that are extracted from plants and capture the essence or the scent/flavour of the plant. Each essential oil has a distinct aroma that makes it unique. Essential oils are formulated by obtaining extracts from plants through steam distillation or cold pressing and mixing them with a carrier oil.
Essential oils have been used for centuries in aromatherapy and healing, and to this day they remain a popular method for treatment of different kinds of illnesses. They are generally inhaled through various methods such as through diffusers or mixed into body care products for not only scenting them but to also reap the various benefits essential oils offer. Some commonly used essential oils are:
- Lavender Essential Oil is known for its stress relieving and anti-depressant benefits. It may also help promote sleep, relieve congestion and the floral fragrance may be especially soothing after a long tiring day.
- Chamomile is known for many health benefits such as its anti-depressant and rejuvenating properties. It is also a natural antibiotic, can help reduce acne as well as inflammation. A cup of chamomile tea before bed may be a good idea for those who have distressed sleep or sour dreams.
- Sandalwood is growing in popularity for its intriguing scent and many health benefits. It reduces inflammation and muscle aches, helps relieve coughing, and clears nasal mucous. Add a little sandalwood oil to your aching muscles at the end of a long day and feel soothed in minutes!
- Peppermint is commonly recognized as a winter scent, but its healing properties perfect for any season. Peppermint is known to reduce nausea and aid in digestion. Its cooling nature helps to relieve skin irritations, and its strong smell helps awaken the mind and sharpen focus.
- Bergamot: The fresh and citrusy aroma of Bergamot can help balance emotions. It also helps relieve skin conditions such as oily skin, eczema, psoriasis and acne. When using Bergamot, it is important to remember to stay out of direct sunlight.