What are Essential Oils, Its Uses, and Its Benefits

What are Essential Oils, Its Uses, and Its Benefits

In this blog post you'll learn about what are essential oils, its uses, and its benefits for your skin.

Remember before using any essential oil on your skin it is recommended to blend with a carrier oil.  You can check this article on 6 Best Carrier Oils & Its Benefits for Your Skin At Home to get a list of carriers oils that the aromatherapy industry experts recommend.

 

What are Essential Oils:

Essentials oils are the plants’ complex compound extracts taken from a plants flower, root, seed/kernel, bark, leaves, or fruit. Because they are taken directly from the plant by steaming or pressing them, essential oils have highly concentrated fragrance or plant essence that must be blended or mixed with a carrier oil in order to apply to your skin.

 

Although there are a limited few essential oils that can be consumed, it is highly recommended that you do not consume any essential oils as they can be very toxic to people and animals.

 

Essential oils are natural plant products that are made for a particular purpose or need for the consumer, you. Not all plants produce essential oils and not all essential oils are good for everyone. People with scent or skin sensitivity should be very careful when using oils infused with essential oils.

 

30ml amber bottle on a bed of rose petals

 

 Essential Oil Uses and Benefits For Your Skin:

 

Essential oils are unique in that it can trigger emotions, memories, calm, tranquility, relaxation, remedy some ailments, and alleviate discomfort.

Many essential oils would overlap in its uses and benefits for your skin. 

1. Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus): aids to reduce stress and tension while boosting mental activity.

2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): promotes calmness, reduces anxiety, stress, and mild pains.

3. Lemongrass (East Indian Cymbopogon flexuosus): treats digestion and high blood pressure, relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.

4. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): helps support respiration, soothes muscles, and relieves inflammation, chest congestions, and joint pains.

5. Spearmint (Mentha spicata L.): hormonal imbalances, reduces facial hair, and aids in nausea.

6. Basil (Ocimum basilicum): stimulate calm, energize, and uplift the mind.

7. Sage (Salvia officinalis L.): regulates the menstrual cycle, calms mood swings, weakness, and headaches.

8. Lemon (Citrus limonum): stimulates wakefulness, detoxifies, has anti-fungal properties.

9. Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia): protects the body from infections, is considered an aphrodisiac, and stimulates hormone secretion.

10. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): contains antibacterial, anti-inflammation, and anti-fungal properties. It also treats athletes’ foot, aches, and dermatitis.

11. Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata): can be used as a mild sedative, promotes relaxation, and fights anxiety.

12. Chamomile (German Matricaria chamomilla): used for upset stomachs, wound healing, and easing eczema and sores.

13. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): kills staph bacteria and yeast infections and can relieve skin irritation caused by excessive scratching.

14. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): boosts digestion, eases bowel movement, and increases your appetite.

 

row of multiple 10ml essential oils on aa shelf

 

15. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var): protects wound from infection, relieves constipation, relief from indigestion, increases milk production in women, and prevents malnourishment.

16. Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana): treats inflammation, is an anaphrodisiac (decreases extreme sexual urges), aids women with irregular, painful, or obstructed menstruation. 

17. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): can treat oral infections, oral pains, and oral sores. It also was used in ancient Egypt to embalm mummies since its oils slow down the process of decay.

18. Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis L.): Great source of vitamin C, collagen synthesis, anti-oxidant, and anti-diabetic properties.

19. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): treats bronchitis and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or taken as a supplement. 

20. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): used to calm the mind, ease anxiety, alleviate stress, and induce a sense of well-being.

21. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): treats acne, its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation, and it makes for a great spot treatment.

22. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): treats dermatitis, acne, dry skin, and eases symptoms of the common cold, headaches, and upset stomach.

23. Peppermint (Mentha piperita): treats irritable bowel movement, itching, muscle pain, nausea, and headaches.

24. Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora): relieves irritation and itchiness, heals burns, and enhances the appearance of your skin.

25. Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana): can be used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and insecticidal. 

26. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): fighting acne, dermatitis, skin inflammation, and eases sores, dry skin, and nasal bleeding.

27. Benzoin (Styrax benzoin): antidepressant, carminative, cordial, deodorant, disinfectant, relaxant, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and a sedative substance.

28. Black pepper (Piper nigrum): soothes pain, eases anxiety, improves circulation, stimulates appetite, fights germs, aids in digestion, and improves skin because of its antioxidant properties.    

29. Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): Immune-boosting protection, reduces inflammation, promotes anti-aging, kills and repels bacteria, parasites, and bugs, reduces food cravings, promotes stress relief, improves mood and can help relieve depressive symptoms, improves blood circulation, oxygenation, and metabolism, and alleviates nausea as well as diarrhea

30. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): improves appetite, tone stomach, inhibits fungal infections, regulates endocrinal secretions, cures nausea, purifies blood, reduce pain, acts as a deodorant, and eliminates vomiting 

31. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens): antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal, cough suppressant, alleviates hemorrhoids, a common treatment for warts, clean and heal, cuts, improves body odor, and helps to relieve back and neck pain.

32. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis):  anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, uplifting benefits, alleviates symptoms associated with the common cold, and is a purifying boost in aromatherapy.

33. Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum): antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, treats muscle spasms, heals wounds and prevents scar tissue, decreases menopause symptoms, promotes lactation, and increases alertness 

34. Melissa (lemon balm oil M. officinalis): used in traditional medicine to treat a number of health concerns, including insomnia, anxiety, migraines, hypertension, diabetes, herpes, and dementia. Improves inflammation, prevents and treats infections, and improves acne and minor wounds.

35. Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara): assists with decreasing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, seizures, and menopause and reduces acne breakouts.

36. Niaouli (Melaleuca Viridiflora): analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrizant, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, stimulant, and vermifuge and vulnerary substance. 

37. Pine (Pinus sylvestris): soothe itchiness, inflammation, and dryness, control excessive perspiration, prevent fungal infections, protect minor abrasions from developing infections, slow the appearance of signs of aging, and enhance circulation. Impacts the mood by clearing the mind of stresses, energizing the body to help eliminate fatigue, enhancing concentration, and promoting a positive outlook.

38. Sandalwood (Santalum album): helps to manage the common cold, urinary tract infections, liver and gallbladder problems, digestive problems, muscle problems, mental disorders, hemorrhoids, scabies, and fights bacteria.

39. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It’s commonly used as a preservative in foods, cosmetics, and toiletries. It can also be found as an ingredient in mouthwash.

 

 

expensive essential oils

 

Some essential oils are more expensive to purchase than others since some plants takes more time to produce in large quantities in order to extract the right amount for purchase. While other essential oils might be more expensive because those plants are only planted, grown, and harvested in certain time of the year. Another reason why those essential oils might also be expensive to purchase might be because not all plants can be grown anywhere and thus transporting plants or its essence may be costly while going through customs.

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