How Essential oil is making the world a better place?
Have you ever got so tired and frustrated with your work, that you cannot finish that last sentence?
Blurry eyes, body ache, yawning, we have all faced these issues, whether working in an office cubicle or sitting on our bed, and the worst part while the day is getting to an end, is to worry about the next day’s to-do list. Luckily, we have power boosters for our sleepless nights. I think you people must have guessed it by now, yes, they are Essential Oils. Now let us start with the basics, as many of us are still not aware about what essential oils actually are?
What is aromatherapy ?
Aromatherapy can provide relaxation to your soul and mind and can help relieve stress. Practitioners these days, use aromatherapy to treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions among individuals, that include skin infections, burns, headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure.
How does aromatherapy help you get better sleep and does it really help?
Aromatherapy does help individuals get better and sound sleep. Falling asleep with the soothing and calm aroma of essential oils can help you with everything from boosting your mood to preparing you for the next day. Now let us find out which oils help us in getting better sleep.
- Lavender essential oil- It is the most popular and versatile essential oil used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula Angustifolia, this oil not only gives your mind a feeling of relaxation but it also treats anxiety, allergies, depression, insomnia, nausea and menstrual cramps. It is a multi-purpose oil that possesses amazing properties and is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic and antibacterial.
- Peppermint essential oil- This oil has a very strong aroma that cools down your mind and makes you feel refreshed and re-energized. Peppermint is an aromatic herb obtained from the mint family. This oil has been used in treating a variety of conditions such as nausea, common cold, headaches, muscle pain and digestive issues. It has also been used as a flavouring agent in mouth washes and for pleasant aroma in soaps and cosmetic products.
- Rose essential oil-This flower has many more uses other than giving it to someone you love. The rose essential oil when inhaled, releases endorphins that are often called the “feel good” hormone. Having properties such as being anti-depressant, antifungal and antibacterial, this helps in decreasing the anxiety and stress level and eases depression symptoms.
- Lemon essential oil-Lemon is a natural ingredient that we use almost everyday of our life. Lemon essential oil is extracted by the “cold-pressing” process from the fresh peel of lemons. It can be diluted and applied topically to your skin for treating acne and to get blemish free skin. It can be diluted in the diffuser and inhaled to reduce the effects of anxiety and depression.
- Eucalyptus essential oil- Eucalyptus trees are now grown in almost every part of the world because of their medicinal properties. This is the best aroma oil when it comes to soothing your mood or easing your cold and cough. It has properties such as being anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial. It can provide relief from cold and cough, help clear your chest, disinfect wounds, ease joint or muscle pain and control the blood sugar level. It also helps to keep bugs away.
- Cinnamon essential oil- We have all used cinnamon sticks for aroma while cooking delicious food in our kitchen, but this particular ingredient is much more than that. It is used in a variety of forms for treating skin infections, managing the blood sugar level, enhancing the mood, improving the growth and fullness of hair and as a flavouring agent in food and cosmetics.
- Camphora essential oil- In Hindu mythology, camphor has been used in havans with the belief that it has the potential to kill the bacteria in our surroundings and to purify the air. This oil has a very strong odour and taste. It relieves pain, heals burns, treats arthritis and relieves congestion as well as cough.
- Sandalwood essential oil- We are all aware of the smell of sandalwood in perfumes and air fresheners, but the value of this classic scent goes well beyond just its fragrance. It has many health benefits such as it is used in treating mental disorders, common cold, urinary infections and helps in wound healing.
Shopping for Essential Oils: Do you know - 'What to look for'
Look for the words: 'fragrance oil' | 'nature identical oil' | 'perfume oil' - If present, this might be a mixed variant but not the pure one
Check for extraction methods: Always read on the bottle. Look for words Steam Distilled, Cold-pressed or CO2. These are widely accepted and approved.
Check the words: 'therapeutic grade' | 'aromatherapy grade' - If it is there, do not consider it.
Check the bottle: If it is a plastic or clear glass container, do not consider it.
Check the container (Bulk orders): If it is Aluminum then it is said to be acceptable if the inside of the bottle is lined.
Check for the description: Avoid purchasing essential oils that include rubber eyedropper bulbs in the top. These oils can react with rubber droppers and contaminate the oil. Only euro droppers are acceptable.