Author: Jessica | June 28th, 2018 9:38 AM
Can you imagine something to have an antidepressant, antibacterial, detoxifier and calming properties all at the same time? Well, there is something and the ‘something’ is nothing but the natural essential oils, that we obtain from various plant sources. The terpenes or terpenoids present in the essential oils are responsible for giving them a pleasant smell and flavour. Now, you must be wondering what health benefit a bottle of nice smelling oil could provide?
Then let me tell you my friends, these have been used for thousands of years for medicinal as well as health purposes. They are a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy solution for a number of health conditions, probably your doctor won’t ever tell you.
Let us look at 25 healing benefits of essential oils that would take you by surprise:
Yes. Various essential oils, like that of clove, can be used as an antiseptic for oral infections. They are very helpful in killing off many microbes that may cause diseases. Also, using a mixture of clove oil and tea tree oil, while brushing teeth, can help strengthen gums.
Many essential oils, like that of cinnamon or thyme, have antibacterial properties. These oils fight against harmful bacteria in the body. They can also be used as antimicrobial preservatives for food. They reduce the cell density leading to cell disruption.
Some essential oils have sedative properties that help to calm and soothe the mind. They reduce stress, anxiety, depression and drop in emotions. Such results can be obtained merely by inhaling the scents of these oils, which is popularly known as ‘Aromatherapy’. Eg, Frankincense.
Essential oils are considered as natural pain relievers. They show analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat pain. They can be applied topically or used aromatically to reduce the duration and intensity of the pain. Eg, Peppermint oil.
Improves Brain Function
Essential oils are said to have a neuroprotective effect. Due to the presence of antioxidants, they help to naturally improve brain function, learning, memory and focusing abilities. Also, they can help people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s to a large extent. Eg, Lavender oil
Some essential oils have been observed to have a stimulating effect on the body. This helps to increase the oxygen levels in your brain. More amount of oxygen reduces exhaustion and leaves you feeling refreshed and energized. Eg, Lemongrass oil
Keeps the gut happy
Various essential oils aid in the digestion process. Some help to relieve spasms, diarrhea, and indigestion. They help by stimulating digestive enzymes, which makes it easier to break down and absorb the required nutrients. Eg, Ginger essential oil
The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties of some essential oils help to boost the immune system. They effectively destroy various harmful microbes, thus, strengthening the immunity of a person. Eg, Eucalyptus oil
Keeps the Hormones in check
Some essential oils help in balancing progesterone and estrogen levels in the body that can improve problems of infertility as well as PMS & menopause symptoms. Some are known to increase testosterone levels (in men) that can help to elevate libido. Eg, Geranium oil
Keeps Skin problems at bay
A natural and cost-effective way to take care of your skin is by using essential oils. They can fight against dermatological infection-causing organisms and also protect the skin from sun damage. Eg, Myrrh oil
Various essential oils are said to have properties of improving hair health. They can help in wound healing and itching in the scalp. Also, they help in avoiding hair loss and thus, thicken your hair. Eg, Rosemary oil
Due to their sedative properties, some essential oils can prove to be really helpful for those who face trouble while sleeping. They help to relax and calm your mind and body that promotes a restful sleep. Eg, Roman chamomile oil
Some essential oils work as natural headache relievers. They can even reduce migraine symptoms by improving circulation and reducing stress. They open the nasal airways, reducing the inflammation and promoting circulation to provide a calming effect. Eg, Eucalyptus oil
Some of the essential oils act as mild diuretics that leads to increase in the urine production and improving detoxification of toxins that have been taken from outside. Some aid in digestion, thus detoxifying the body of toxins, built up inside the body. Eg, Fennel oil
Strengthens the immune system
The vitamins in some essential oils are useful in strengthening the immune system of the body. This, in turn, helps to fight various respiratory illnesses like asthma, pneumonia etc. They also expel the phlegm produced in the body due to infections. Eg, Peppermint oil
Relaxes musclesMassage is a natural way of getting relieved of tight and sore muscles. Essential oils are largely used in massage therapies across the globe. A great remedy for lower back pain relief, the presence of nerve and muscle relaxing properties make them ideal for such use. Eg, Rose oil
Few essential oils have shown the property of fighting the side effects of cancer treatment and medicines. They have also been proven to be effective in helping in the growth of white blood cells and prevention of cancer. Eg, Citrus Oils
The refreshing aroma of some oils can be used to alleviate nausea and vomiting. They can be used as a diffuser to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness and abdominal pain. Eg, Roman chamomile oil
The heart is one of the most important organs of the body and any discomfort in it can prove to be fatal if not taken care. Some essential oils have been found to be a great remedy for serious heart issues like Coronary Heart Disease. Eg, Helichrysum oil
Regenerates the skin
Essential oils have been found to have an exceptional ability to help regenerate the skin at a cellular level. A new group of cells grows which replaces the old scarred ones. Eg, Emu oil
Some oils have a mixture of properties that contribute towards the healing of the blisters. The most important properties out of these are to be antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic, antipruritic, astringent and soothing and are shown by most of the essential oils. Eg, Tea Tree oil
Essential oils have the property of moisturization. When applied to infected feet, these oils help to fight the infection, owing to their antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Also, they keep the feet moisturized and soft. Eg, Patchouli oil
Essential oils have moisturizing and antioxidant properties. These properties help to reduce wrinkles on the face and provide a more soft and elastic skin. Due to such properties, they are great for use in place of anti-aging products. Eg, Grapefruit essential oil
As discussed above, essential oils have moisturizing and hydrating properties. These help to repair cracked and dry lips by restoring the moisture balance in them. Also, the vitamin E content helps to provide nourishment to the lips. Eg, Jasmine oil
Allergy attack can be really miserable if not attended to on time. Essential oils help by reducing the pain & inflammation and boost your immune system. Also, they block the allergens from entering your body and thus, provide relief. Eg, Eucalyptus oilNow you know the things that your pain doctor definitely hasn’t discussed with you. So, why not go and get some ‘me’ time and have an amazing time pampering yourself!
About the Author:
Jessica, a registered dietitian, a wellness guru who loves to read, research and write. A fitness freak who believes in healthy living and doesn’t like to miss her yoga. When not reading she can be found relishing her favorite foods transforming leftovers into makeovers.
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom