Be Soothed with 6 Essential Oils
By now, you’ve probably tried an essential oil or two, as they’ve had quite the buzz over the past few years. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and try one! Essential oils have numerous benefits for your mind and body, and as we get closer to the stress of the holidays, it’s important to have them in your self-care arsenal.
Here are a few of my favorite essential oils that I recommend you give a try. You’ll be happy you did!
My absolute favorite! Eucalyptus oil comes from the eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. It has a powerful scent and is easily identifiable. As an essential oil, eucalyptus is an effective agent against respiratory diseases. It also has the ability to enhance concentration.
Aromatherapy uses: Eucalyptus is a powerful treatment against respiratory issues. In addition, it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant. It also has cooling properties, which gives it deodorizing characteristics; therefore, it helps fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also helps with muscle aches and pains.
Caution: Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid using Eucalyptus, as should individuals who suffer from epilepsy. Ingested in large doses can be fatal.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils on the market and for good reason. It smells great and is an effective stress-relieving oil. In addition to stress-relieving properties, lavender is a healing aid against colds, flu, and migraine.
Aromatherapy uses: Lavender has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative.
Caution: Discontinue use if you suffer an allergic reaction when using lavender.
For those who know me, it comes as no surprise that lemon is one of my favorite essential oils. Lemon is widely appreciated for its “clean” smell but has numerous therapeutic qualities as well. It improves concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis.
Aromatherapy Uses: Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever and is a quick mood enhancer.
Caution: While lemon oil isn’t toxic, it can cause allergic reactions such as a rash. It’s not wise to use lemon oil in the sun.
All you need is a whiff of peppermint to put the pep back in your step. Peppermint has a cooling, refreshing effect and is widely used to enhance mental alertness. Peppermint is a perennial herb that boasts natural energy-boosting properties.
Aromatherapy Uses: Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties. It is a cooling agent that enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and aids in digestion.
Caution: Although non-toxic, the menthol component in peppermint can bother some individuals. It is also a skin irritant and should be kept away from the eyes. Keep away from small children and do not use while pregnant.
Rosemary oil is a wonderful mental stimulant. Feel yourself getting foggy? Add a few drops of rosemary oil to your humidifier or bath water for a natural lift and memory booster. This essential oil packs a powerful punch when it comes to aromatherapy uses. Throughout history the herb has been thought of as sacred.
Aromatherapy Uses: Widely known as a mental stimulant, the antidepressant properties of rosemary oil make it ideal for enhanced memory, focus, and overall brain performance. It also acts as an analgesic, soothing aching, cramping muscles, headaches, and migraines. As an antiseptic it helps with digestive and liver infections. It is great for skin issues as well.
Caution: Avoid rosemary oil if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy or high blood pressure. Pregnant women should also avoid this essential oil.
If you have but just one essential oil in your possession, it should be tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy use. It is widely known to boost the immune system and fight infections.
Aromatherapy Uses: Tea tree’s healing properties are abundant. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights all three kinds of infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts, and also works as an insecticide. In addition, it helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff. Its uses are vast, and its healing power is quick.
Caution: Tea tree oil is not toxic but avoid using it internally or around the eyes and nose. It is also not recommended for serious cuts.
Information credit: Aromatherapy.com
(Information credit: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy)
Today’s author: Casey Clark is an affiliate coach with Wholistic Woman and manages a health and wellness practice, Heaven On Earth, which focuses on self-care. Having been a student and working, both full-time, Casey has a deep understanding for the importance of self-care and is committed to helping those who lead busy lives, especially young professionals, accomplish prioritizing self-care so that they can live a holistically balanced, well and fulfilled life. She uses her own experiences as a motivator to help her clients achieve lasting, self-compassionate change that is aligned with their values. Find out more about Casey at her website: www.aheavenlyyou.com