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The List of Most Popular and Powerful Essential Oils

The use of naturally available essential oils and their blends is arguably one of the best ways to stay healthy, fight ailments, and to keep your surroundings free of microbes. Although the list of essential oils with proven health benefits is quite exhaustive, let us narrow it down to a few for better understanding and possible usage. However, since some of these oils are quite strong in their pure form with possible side effects, these should be taken under expert supervision or after going through aromatherapy education from online/offline or opting for essential oil.

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Bergamot: The extraction of this essential oil is done through distillation of the peel of a bitter orange fruit, the taste of which lies somewhere between a lemon and grape. Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 24 hours after application. Carrying the botanical name of Citrus Bergamia, the Bergamot tree is Mediterranean in its origin and has a slew of health benefits such as:

  • Carminative properties which is useful in relieving abdominal cramps and aids with digestion.
  • As a mood enhancer and energy booster, the essential oil can be beneficial in cases of stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Helps support the immune system and useful during times of a cold or flu.
  • Beneficial in ailments associated with indigestion, skin, fever, chest congestion and pain.

Clove: Similar to the spice used in cooking, clove essential oil is derived from the flower buds of a tree that is found in Indonesia. Even though we are aware of the use of clove essential oil as a pain reliever in dental cases, there is more to it as given below. Importantly, use a low dilution because it can cause skin and mucous membrane irritation. Avoid use with children. It is advised to use after consulting ebooks on aromatherapy or after attending aromatherapy workshops.

  • Provides immune support and great when added to a diffuser blend.
  • Aids in digestion and provides relief in gastrointestinal problems in a massage blend.
  • Analgesic and warming properties assist with muscular aches and pains.
  • Provides relief from nausea and vomiting.

Eucalyptus: Distilled from the leaves and stems of Eucalyptus globulus tree, the essential oil is useful in a number of health ailments such as

  • Provides relief from sinus congestion and cases of sore throat and cough.
  • Topical application of the cream and balm made from the essential oil can provide relief from joint and muscle pain.
  • Anti-microbial properties can help in the prevention of bacterial and viral infections.
  • Helps to boost the immune system and its anti-inflammatory property can be of help in cases of bronchial asthma

Frankincense aka Olibanum: Extracted from the resin of Boswellia Carterii, a tree found in North East Africa and Arabia, the essential oil has several health benefits thanks to its myriad properties. These properties are anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, expectorant, digestive, and disinfectant. Even though the essential oil has proven health benefits, it is better to apply the same only after going through an online aromatherapy consultation, for Frankincense or for that matter any other essential oil can have possible side effects as well.

As mentioned earlier, the list of essential oils is fairly exhaustive, but the four oils discussed in the blog are quite popular with proven health benefits. The only caveat is to be knowledgeable about their uses and properties and this can be achieved through aromatherapy education or by reading ebooks on aromatherapy.

Winter Is Wonderful With These Essential Oils.

Winter, arguably the most pleasant time of the year unless you live in the Arctic region, brings in its wake health issues like skin ailments, allergies, cold, cough, and flu. These ailments are generally triggered by micro organisms like bacteria, fungus, and virus that are present around us, and tend to multiply during this season. Moreover, as we remain cooped indoors to escape the cold outside, the increased concentration of these organisms inside can further add to our health woes.

So, how do you meet these health challenges? by using synthetic drugs? Well, the answer should be an emphatic No! For using synthetic drugs can mean inviting additional trouble in the form of myriad side effects.essential oils in winter aromatherapy

This is where the science of aromatherapy can help you in dealing with such ailments in a natural way. The essential oils extracted from flowers, roots, barks, and leaves of plants (or trees) have anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, anti inflammatory, expectorant or decongestant properties. In fact, these have been used since ancient times in different cultures and civilizations around the world. The best part of using aromatherapy or essential oils is that, unlike synthetic drugs, these are relatively safe. However, you must go through essential oil classes or online aromatherapy consultation before using them.

The following essential oils can be of good help in combating the ailments that we face in winter.

Lavender:

The advent of winter means a preponderance of nasal congestion, cold and cough. Lavender, with its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant properties can be of help in treating head and muscular aches associated with a cold or flu. Also, the dry and cold wind in this season can leave your skin flaky and rugged with annoying crease lines. This condition can be alleviated by applying this particular essential oil in a diluted carrier thanks to its cell regenerative properties.

Cardamon:

The essential oil combines aromatic as well as therapeutic properties. It lends itself to be blended with other oils such as spice oils, wood oils, and citrus oils among others, and can be used for its energizing or mood enhancing effect. It can help to fight conditions like loss of appetite, stress, fatigue, and depression, not to mention its use as an aphrodisiac. Again, Cardamon essential oil should be used diluted in a carrier. You can receive proper training in using this oil by partaking in an aromatherapy workshop. Education is important in learning proper dilution guidelines in order to avoid unsafe practices that can create unwarranted health issues, especially in children.

Oregano:

The reason we often end up suffering from ailments during winter (and in other seasons as well) is our weak or compromised immune system. This is where Oregano with its powerful immune boosting properties can help us to fight winter induced ailments like cold, cough, and flu. In addition to strengthening our immune system, Oregano’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties can help in the decongestion of nose, throat, and chest. In fact, thanks to its multitudinous beneficial properties, the oil can be the perfect treatment for winter related ailments. Moreover, the oil can induce a feeling of calm leading to get a better sleep. Please note that this oils should be used with awareness due to its high phenol content.

Lemon:

The winter season aids the growth of microorganisms around us. Thus, the use of lemon oil to clean our surroundings of germs can be of help thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial quality. The mood enhancing ability of this citrus oil can help you to fight stress as well.

Peppermint:

We have often used this as a mouth freshener. However, its powerful mood enhancing quality can be used to fight stress and fatigue. Peppermint has an immune boosting property too, which if used after going through an aromatherapy workshop or essential oil classes, can be helpful in fighting health issues that we face during the winter season. The oil can provide relief from a headache caused due to sinus pressure.

Frankincense:

The oil’s immune boosting property can help you to fight ailments that are common in the winter season such as cold, cough, allergies, and flu.

Cinnamon:

The essential oil can be extracted from the bark as well as leaves, and can be mood stimulating. Keep in mind that the oil from the bark and the oil from the leaf have different safety concerns. It is better to diffuse the oil from the bark because it can be very irritating if applied to the skin. Importantly, the oil can be helpful in supporting the immune system and provides anti-viral properties.

Winter should be enjoyed and not to be spent huddled inside the room due to sickness. Make use of the aromatic or essential oils to combat the microorganisms that multiply during this time of the year, besides boosting your immune system. However, before you embark upon using these essential oils, learn about their right use through aromatherapy workshop or online aromatherapy consultation.

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