Essential Oils are often used in natural medicine, as a holistic approach to health; simply because we love their aroma, it makes us feel good. Essential oils are volatile plant liquids extracted through distillation or extraction process. They are extremely concentrated and should not be used directly on the skin unless they are diluted with carrier oils, such as sweet almond, olive, jojoba etc. The benefits of aromatherapy can be by means of inhalation or topical application. For inhalation, diffusers can be used or simply a few drops on a handkerchief; the scent affects the brain’s emotional control center. Topically essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream through massages, baths and moisturizers. Some beneficial effects of essential oils range from relief from stress, headaches, insomnia, an increase in immune system function and mood enhancement. Essential oils allow natural fragrance to be present in personal care products without using artificial parfums. Some examples of their uses specifically are:
Eucalyptus can be used in steam inhalation and chest rubs to relieve cold/flu symptoms . Lavender is calming, balances emotions and helps with insomnia. Tea tree has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide and fungicide properties; it is often used for toe fungus infections and lice treatment. Oil of oregano, because it is a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, & antiparasitic oil, it is often ingested for colds and sore throats and as a preventative. However ingestion of essential oils should be done with caution and/or under medical supervision. If you are pregnant also consult your doctor before using essential oils.
The Ninety Ninth Monkey carries various essential oils. They are also found in many more natural personal care products.
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