The Good Use of Essential Oils

Erika Becerril, Staff Writer

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 Essential Oils are a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. To sum up the many years of my understanding on essential oils, I would also define essential oils as highly concentrated natural oils extracted from different plant species. 

 

Essential oils have many uses to them, some essential oils contain antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, they are able to improve your immune system and also fight infections naturally, mostly in the form of combination therapy with modern treatments. One way these oils fight infection is to stimulate the production of white cells, which are akin to the soldiers of your immune system, while other oils can encourage new cell growth to promote faster healing. 

 

Essential oils are also a good use for relieving body aches and pains. Some pains are an overreaction of your body’s alarm system, and hence irritating and debilitating, both fibromyalgia and postherpetic neuralgia are typical examples of such pain. This is where essential oils come into play. Essential oils reduce pain by reducing inflammation and pain-related cytokines (or you could call them “pain molecules”). Two common essential oils for pain would be Peppermint and Lavender.  peppermint essential oil, it contains “Menthol”, which acts as an antispasmodic and a mild analgesic, which helps to reduce pain, pressure and tension, this is a gospel to many of us who suffer from frequent muscle aches. On the other hand, Lavender essential oil contains mildly but active sedative compounds that has been used for pain and pressure relief for centuries. It also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic property when used topically. Basically, besides taking away the “pain molecules”, it stimulates the production of “happy molecules” – dopamine in your brain. In summary, the best essential oils for relieving aches and pains are lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, frankincense, turmeric, ginger and myrrh. 

 

These oils are very common for improving skincare, With the antibacterial and anti anti-inflammatory benefits many essential oils possess, coupled with their superiority in regulating oil production and reducing acne breakouts, acne can be easily controlled. Some also help improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Besides that, some oils promote blood circulation to the applied area, which helps to heal bruises, burns, cuts, broken capillaries, ringworm, eczema and other skin conditions. The best essential oils for skincare include; frankincense, geranium, lavender, rose, tea tree and ylang ylang. 

There are many other benefits of essential oils such as, improving hair growth, supporting digestion, reducing emotional stress and anxiety level, relieving headaches and migraines, better sleep, detoxifying your body, improving energy levels, balancing hormones and many more.