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The Chemistry of Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils and Its Benefits

Aromatherapy Consultation stands distinctive when it comes to anything related to essential oils. It perfectly help us acquire the right knowledge unlike other sources. This blog is about one of the important chemicals of essential oils and its benefits.

As previously discussed, Essential Oils are composed of many chemical components. These components make up chemical families. In a previous post, monoterpene rich oils were discussed. Today we will discuss monoterpenol rich oils also known as monoterpene alcohols. These compounds contain a hydroxyl group attached to one of the carbon atoms of a monoterpene. Monoterpene alcohol components usually end in ol. For example, Lavender consists of the chemical component linalool or Geranium consists of the chemical component geraniol. Most monoterpene alcohols are nourishing to the skin with the exception of Peppermint, which has the component menthol.

The application of a high dilution of peppermint will first have a cooling sensation and then it will start to have more of a burning sensation. Monoterpene alcohols are considered tonics for the body. They bring balance to the nervous system which in turn is beneficial for health. No wonder these alcohols form an important part of aromatherapy consultation.

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Essential oils that comprise mostly of monoterpenols may have immune stimulating, anti-viral, sedative and anti-bacterial properties to name a few. Listed below are the names of a few major monoterpene alcohol rich essential oils. Monoterpene alcohol rich oils are more prone to oxidation as compared to sesquiterpenes. It is recommended that you purchase these oils in small quantities to support sustainability. Better opt for an Aromatherapy consultation before you purchase these oils off the shelves of any store. This will help you understand which one to buy and in what amount. You can also opt for a certified aromatherapist to know anything regarding this in detail.

8 Monoterpenol Rich Essential Oils And Their Uses:

Basil ct linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct linalol):
This oil is derived through steam distillation using the flowers and leaves. The chemical component linalool makes up a big percentage of this essential oil. This oil is analgesic and antiviral to name a few of its benefits. Basil essential oil is emotionally uplifting and useful in supporting stress and anxiety. Like most spice oils it is useful for treating digestive issues and nausea. However, before applying the same it would be better to go through an aromatherapy consultation or read ebooks on aromatherapy to know the correct dosage.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum):
This oil is great when used as a part of a massage blend to alleviate painful conditions. This essential oil is great when used in a blend to support stress and anxiety. Coriander is steam distilled using the seeds. Seed oils are beneficial to use in a blend when a person is stuck in a mental rut. It allows for growth and expansion.

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia):
Lavender essential oil is famous for supporting rest and relaxation. The chemical family Ester also contributes to the wonderful energetics of this oil but that will be discussed in another post. Lavender is very balancing for emotions. Lavender has many therapeutic properties as well which include pain relief, anti-inflammatory action, immune support and it is very nourishing for skin conditions.

I love to include lavender in blends because of its affinity to round a blend. Just note that lavender does not always produce a soothing effect for every user. Some people actually have noted the opposite and experienced a more stimulating effect. More the reason that one should go through essential oil classes to know its correct dosage and usage.

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana):
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite essential oils. This oil is great for addressing stress and anxiety and I love how it creates a beautiful synergy when blended with other essential oils. I love using it as part of a sleep blend in lieu of lavender. This oil is also good when used in pain relief blends, anti-fungal blends and abdominal massage blends.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara):
This oil is acquired through steam distillation using the flowers. This delicate soft floral aromatic oil is very supportive to the user. It is very powerful in calming the nervous system, therefore helping to engage one into a parasympathetic state. Neroli is great when used in a sleep support and stress support aromatic blend. This monoterpene alcohol rich oil is great when used in an anti-aging facial blend.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var. motia):
Palmarosa is a great addition to a facial serum due to its affinity to provide skin regeneration and its ability to treat many skin conditions. This oil was chosen for use in our Stress and Anxiety workshop. Palmarosa provides a cooling energy which is beneficial for emotional concerns. Therapeutically, this oil has immune supporting, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Peppermint (Cananga odorata):
Ylang Ylang is derived from steam distillation of the fresh blossom. This oil is very soothing for the heart. It makes a great addition to use in a synergy to support stress and depressive states of mind in conjunction with a therapist. It is also good to use in skin care due to its skin healing abilities. This oil should be used in low amounts because it is known to cause headaches and can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. You can learn more about it here .

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
This is a very popular oil that is known for treating acne and for use during the cold and flu season. I have personally used Tea tree essential oil as a part of an antifungal blend. Tea tree is supportive to the immune system. To clear congestion I like to include it in a steam blend to help clear out mucus. Using tea tree oil that is oxidized can cause skin sensitivity. It can also be irritating to those with sensitive skin.

If you are interested to know more about the world of these fragrances, you can take up Aromatherapy education online or in person and expand your knowledge of Essential oils. But, be careful before you choose any course randomly. It is better to do some market research or go for aromatherapy consultation to find out the best ones available.

Make Your Travelling Enjoyable With Essential Oils.

Travelling, be it for professional or personal reasons can evoke a range of emotions in you ranging from happiness to downright anxiety. However, one thing that most of us remain wary of during travel is about facing a health scare. Yes, you don’t want to fall prey to a stomach bug or suffer from bouts of nausea, for such health issues can take the very zing out of travelling. As a result, instead of enjoying the travel you start cursing your fate.

So, what do you do to prevent or face a health issue head on if it does happen during travel? Pop up pills at random? Well, given the side effects of such pills on your organs it would be better to look at the benefits of essential oils. As an integral part of aromatherapy essential oils can work wonders on your system provided you know how to use them. It would be better on your part to acquire aromatherapy education to know the use of such oils for health benefits. On the other hand, using these oils without having the required knowledge can have side effects as well.

Hence, while travelling you can carry essential oils only after following a due aromatherapy consultation process to prevent or face health issues like:

  • Headaches and body aches
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion and fever
  • Cough and cold
  • Lack of sleep and others

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Better, you ought to go through essential oil classes online from a certified aromatherapist to acquire knowledge on such oils before using them. Let’s discuss the benefits provided by some of these oils in order to get relief or better, prevent such health issues from hitting you unannounced especially while travelling.

For Headaches, Stress, and Anxiety

Peppermint Oil:

Upon applying topically on forehead, neck and shoulders, peppermint oil can have a calming effect on contracting muscles. It can help in stimulating the blood flow to the affected region, which in turn can induce relaxation. So, dilute a few drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil to get relief from headache or bodyache. The best part is that it does not have any side effects unlike painkillers.

Lavender Oil:

The active ingredients of linalool and linalyl acetate present in lavender oil can induce relaxation by affecting our limbic system in a positive way. It also helps in regulating our serotonin levels, which can cause nagging headaches like migraine.

Eucalyptus Oil:

The oil helps in cleansing our body of harmful toxins besides clearing the nasal cavity. The latter benefit can help to reduce or at best eliminate the sinus pressure, which leads to headaches. In fact, eucalyptus oil can have a positive effect on clearing sore throat, cough, cold, and stress – terrible health issues that we often confront during travelling.

Rosemary Oil:

Thanks to its anti inflammatory, analgesic and calming properties, rosemary oil can be of help if you happen to suffer from headache, stomach upset, or fever. Moreover, its application can help in improving mental alertness as well.

For Nausea, Vomiting and Stomach Upset

Ginger Oil:

In addition to its widespread culinary usage Ginger oil’s soothing effect can be of great help in preventing nausea. So, if you are driving on a winding road or travelling for long, inhale the aroma of a drop of ginger oil or diffuse the oil inside your car. And upon diluting with water the oil can be taken internally to get relief from a bout of stomach upset as well.

Lemon Oil:

If you are suffering from motion sickness induced nausea, lemon oil can be of help. Just sniff a few drops of it for that feeling of nausea to vanish. The oil can be of help in GI related ailments like indigestion, bloating, and constipation as well.

Basil Oil:

The carminative properties of this oil can help in combating flatulence, besides nausea and GI tract infections.

For Stress, Anxiety, and Lack of Sleep

Bergamot Oil:

Derived from a hybrid citrus fruit similar to an orange or lemon, the oil is said to produce a calming effect on our body and mind thus help in reducing stress.

Ylang Ylang Oil:

The oil is extracted from the flowers of a tropical tree found in South East Asia. It has a soothing effect on our nervous system, which can lead to a reduction in stress and lowering of blood pressure.

Apart from the above two, there are plenty of oils such as Vetiver, Chamomile, and Valerian that are reported to possess stress busting ability. However, instead of trying out self medication these oils should be used only after going through a proper aromatherapy education. Such an education can be obtained through courses like essential oil classes online or aromatherapy education online.

To combat health issues or to prevent them from affecting your travel, you can make use of the therapeutic properties of essential oils. The application of such oils – only after following an aromatherapy consultation, can make your travel really enjoyable.

Read More: Why Should Anyone Take Classes on Aromatherapy?

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