Essential oils have been used for religious and healing reasons all over the world. Records show that the Egyptians have been using them as early as 450 B.C.E. It is no secret that using aromatic oil has tremendous benefits on our health and wellbeing so let me break down for you the most beneficial essential oils, how to use them and the best DIY tips and tricks.
First of all, how do essential oils work?
Research has shown that the fragrance of the oil stimulates nerves inside the nose. Those nerves sent impulses to the brain. Depending on the scent of the oil it can rather have stimulating or calming effects on the body.
Essential oils can be used directly by inhaling or applying on the skin. I recommend using a carrier oil (for example coconut oil) since it evaporates quickly. Or you can use a diffuser to get a nice smell all over the room. Be careful using a diffuser if you are pregnant or own dogs.
Which essential oil works best for me?
I have already mentioned that the effects of essential oils can rather be calming or stimulating.
Let us start with the calming ones:
Sweet orange to fight anxiety
Sweet orange oil is one of the most popular oils used in aromatherapy. That is due to its relaxing effects. It can help with depression and anxiety and works as a natural mood lifter. It is also used to reduce inflammation, prevent infection and has been shown to decrease pain. Last but not least orange essential oil works as an aphrodisiac and can be beneficial to people with erectile problems, libido loss, and impotence.
Tea tree oil to kill infections
Tea tree oil, with its cooling effects, is perfect to cool you down on hot summer days or after a workout. It also shows antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial effects. A couple drops of tea tree oil mixed with a carrier has shown amazing effects on acne, athletes foot and any kind of fungus. An experiment in a lab has shown that this oil can even kill MRSA and staph bacteria.
Lemongrass oil to get rid of bugs
Africans and Asians use lemongrass oil to keep mosquitos away. It also works on ants, flies and any other kind of insects. It can also be used to reduce high fever and battle infections. Another amazing benefit of lemongrass oil is that it can help with nervous disorders like nervousness, vertigo, and shaky hands.
Lavender oil for better sleep
Lavender has shown benefits for people with insomnia. Simply drop some lavender oil on your pillow and inhale while falling asleep. It can also be used for nervous tension, anxiety, and controlling panic attacks. Research has shown that lavender oil increases brain alpha waves in the brain associated with relaxation and sleep.
Stimulating essential oils:
Eucalyptus oil to fight the cold
No wonder Koala bears love these healthy leaves. Eucalyptus oil is perfect for fighting the cold, sore throat, runny nose and bronchitis. Which is why Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cold medicine. It can also increase the blood flow and stimulates mental activity which can help with depression, chronic fatigue, and exhaustion.
Rosemary oil for students
Rosemary oil is by far my favorite essential oil. It has shown to increase brain function and boosts memory. A study at Northumbria University in England tested probands by letting them smell on rosemary oil before completing speed and accuracy mental tasks. The rosemary group has shown far better results than the placebo group.
DIY Tips and Tricks for your home!
- Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil and rub on sore muscles and painful joints.
- Mix 10 drops of peppermint oil, 1 tsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of baking powder for a natural, fluoride free toothpaste. Store in a jar for multiple uses.
- Add 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl with hot water. Inhale the hot steam, preferably covering your head and bowl with a towel, to relief your congested sinus and nose.
- Mix 1 liter of warm water, 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 15 drops of orange oil for a natural cleaning agent. Can be used for any room in the house.
- Boil hot water with lemon oil to get rid of stuck burned food.
- Before spending time in the forest or grass use 2-3 drops of lemongrass oil on your shoes to keep bugs away.
- Lemongrass oil can also be used to keep mice, ants, and mosquitos away.
- Before studying fill a small bowl with cotton balls and drop 5 drops of rosemary oil on it. Keep on your desk while studying for better concentration and memorizing.
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