What Are Essential Oils Used For?
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs. Oils were used for aesthetic pleasure and in the beauty industry. Essential oils have many uses outside of aromatherapy.
Many people use them to scent their homes or freshen up things like laundry.
They are also used as a natural scent in homemade cosmetics and high-quality natural products.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils are believed to help multiple forms of mental well-being and health. It has been estimated that 43% of people who have stress and anxiety use some form of alternative therapy to help relieve their symptoms. Using essential oils during a massage may help relieve stress, although the effects may only last while the massage is taking place. In the 1990s, two small studies found that dabbing a peppermint oil and ethanol mixture on participants’ foreheads and temples relieved headache pain. Recent studies have also observed reduced headache pain after applying peppermint and lavender oil to the skin.
Aromatherapy has an array of benefits. It’s said aromatherapy can help to manage pain, improve sleep quality, soothe sore joints, alleviate side effects of chemotherapy, ease discomforts of labor, fight bacteria, virus, or fungus, improve digestion, improve hospice and palliative care, and boost immunity. Smelling lavender oil has been shown to improve the sleep quality. Studies have shown that smelling oils — mostly lavender oil — had positive effects on sleep habits. It has been suggested that essential oils may help fight inflammatory conditions. Some test-tube studies show that they have anti-inflammatory effects.
Types of Essential Oils
There are hundreds of types of essential oils, some of the most popular ones are: lavender - which can help improve sleep habits, soothes burns and reduce anxiety. Rosemary - which helps reduce tension and fatigue, Chamomile - which helps support the immune system. Peppermint - which can reduce migrane symptoms and illeviate digestive issues. Grapefruit - Grapefruit can reduce blemishes and acne but can sometimes interfere with certain medication.
Buying Essential Oils
The most important thing to consider when shopping for essential oils is product quality. But figuring out which oils are the best is challenging.
Look at the label: It should include the Latin name of the plant, information on purity or other ingredients added to it, and the country in which the plant was grown.
Evaluate the company: Purchase products from a well-known and reputable aromatherapy company that's been around for several years.
Avoid "fragrance oils": Fragrance or perfume oils are made from essential oils combined with chemicals. They are not suitable for aromatherapy.