Essential oils have many different uses, but do you know what they are and what the benefits are of using them?
If you answered no to this question, then read on to find out!
Essential oils are natural oils which have been obtained by distillation (the action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling). They have the characteristic odour of the plant or other source from which it’s been extracted from.
Now that we have know what essential oils are, let’s talk about what they can be used for and what benefits they can offer us. In this post, I will share with you some of the benefits of using essential oils. Of course, there are lots of benefits, but I’d be here all day, if I wrote about them all, so I’m just going to focus on the main benefits.
Did you know that a single drop of essential oil can be potent enough to have powerful health benefits? You see, microdroplets of oils are stored within a plant’s glands. These droplets are diffused through the walls of the glands and then spread out over the surface of the plant. In turn they then evaporate and fill the air with a pleasant aroma.
Essential oils such as lavender have a calming fragrance, as such it’s commonly used for it’s relaxing effects on the body such as helping you to drift off into a relaxing sleep.
Essential oils can also help to fight cold and flu symptoms. Lemon oil, frankincense, peppermint and lavender are just some of the essential oils you can use to help with the symptoms of cold and flu. Lemon oil is more commonly used for sore throats due to it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties. Frankincense on the other hand is great for clearing your lungs and nasal passages, helping to regulate breathing patterns.
Many elderly people suffer from joint aches and pains. However using ginger can help to reduce any inflammation and it also helps to supports joints.
These are just a few of the many benefits of using essential oils. What’s your favourite essential oil?