Top 5 Aromatherapy Oils

Submitted by shopie on February 26, 2013

Aromatherapy is an alternative form of treatment for many problems. It involves the use of essential oils extracted from plants. The oils may be used in candles, diffusers, and as massage oils. These essential oils are believed to have different effects on the body, owing to their various intrinsic properties. Some of the common oils that you should keep at home are as follows.

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Lavender

Lavender essential oil is an excellent carminative, antidepressant, and sedative. It is also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Studies have been conducted to support the benefits of lavender oil.


  • It can be used along with a carrier oil to treat burns and insect bites.
  • Few drops of lavender essential oil in hot bath water can help relieve anxiety and stress.
  • It is believed to aid people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Post-operative pain can be countered with lavender aromatherapy.

Peppermint

Peppermint is one the most widely used ingredient in herbal teas made from plant leaves, and it is used commonly in food as well as medicine. Its essential oil has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. The menthol present in it also makes it an antioxidant. It also has an analgesic and anesthetic effect on the central and peripheral nervous system. It is believed to soothe the digestive system and is beneficial in the case of liver and urinary problems. Peppermint benefits include relief for asthma and bronchitis, regulating menstrual irregularity, alleviating headaches, and soothing an itchy skin or sore feet.

Lemon

Lemon oil is an effective disinfectant, astringent, and antiseptic agent, and it has anti-fungal, sedative, carminative and detoxifying properties. Lemon oil benefits are as follows:

  • Alleviates indigestion
  • Fights fever
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Treats skin and hair disorders
  • Reduces stress

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory, stimulating, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and deodorant properties. Eucalyptus oils benefits are related to respiratory problems such as asthma, common colds, coughs, nasal congestion, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throats, and a runny nose. Due to its germicidal properties, eucalyptus oil also aids in treating wounds. The other benefits include care for dental issues, intestinal germs, and controlling diabetes.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is effective against bacteria, virus, and fungi, and it is believed to boost the immune system. It needs to be stored in a dark bottle to keep its potency. Tea tree oil can be used to treat acne, clear chest congestion, soothes coughs and toothaches, remove dandruff, head lice, and persistent body odor, and help relieve sinus infections.

Keep in mind that essential oils are strong and extremely potent and should never be used topically or orally without a carrier oil. Additionally, some oils are known to have contraindications and allergic reactions. It is thus best to consult an aromatherapist for more information on how to use aromatherapy oils.

Reference

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lavender-000260.htm
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