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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.

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