Top 7 Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits. Sometimes, when you feel like your physical or mental health aren’t really up to the task, all you need to do is take a few deep, long breaths and let the pleasant aromas boost your wellbeing. Essential oils can provide many amazing benefits, and no matter if you inhale them, dab them into your skin or ingest as supplement capsules, they can be a great addition to your health routine. Here are the top seven most beneficial essential oils you can try today.
While it’s mostly associated with oral hygiene, peppermint is actually quite versatile. The biggest benefit peppermint oil has is to your alertness—it can keep your awake and ready to tackle the day. It also works wonders for headaches and is very beneficial for the digestive system. The oil helps digestion and provides relief in symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (peppermint oil capsules improve symptoms and pain caused by IBS). But, peppermint can also help with your beauty problems (the research is still needed, but it could help with hair-loss problems).
Frankincense oil is mostly connected to disease prevention. According to Medical News Today, the research conducted on frankincense shows promising results in cancer treatment, since it attacks cancer cells directly. It’s also used to treat inflammations and to induce relaxation (you can often smell it in yoga classes and meditation sessions).
Tea tree oil
This tree is native to Australia and has long been used in traditional medicine. Tea tree oil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties so it can be used in the treatment of many skin conditions like athlete’s foot or dandruff. Tea tree oil can reduce dandruff for over 40% as well as kill almost 100% of head lice. It’s no wonder you can often see this amazing oil in natural shampoos!
Black seed oil
This plant was used from ancient times, from Pharaoh Tutankhamen to today. Even though native to Asia (also known as black cumin), it found its way to Western cuisine and medicine. This oil has strong antioxidant properties and it’s used for various conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive disorders and various allergies. The oil can be used orally, as well as topically for skin and hair concerns like acne, psoriasis, dry skin and hair and hair growth. Another great benefit for black seed oil is its brain function loss prevention, especially in people suffering from diabetes. When buying black seed oil supplements, make sure to pick the top quality products that were carefully harvested and extracted with a cold-press method. This ensures all the active ingredients stayed inside your product.
Eucalyptus oil is especially beneficial when the seasons change and allergies and cases of flu start to appear. The oil works wonders for nasal and chest congestion and sinuses no matter if you suffer from asthma or have a mild cold. For instance, asthma sufferers who received eucalyptus oil treatment reported feeling much better and stable than their counterparts. The oil can also boost lung function and reduce inflammations. However, be careful how you ingest eucalyptus oil, especially with other medicine (consult with an expert before opting for internal use of eucalyptus).
This flower extract has a very pleasant aroma associated with many hygiene and beauty products, but its smell is just the beginning of its benefits. Just a few drops of lavender oil can ensure good night’s sleep. So if you have any insomnia issues, make sure to douse your pillow with lavender and watch as your sleep patterns improve together with your general wellbeing. It also proved to be a great pain reliever, especially when it comes to menstrual cramps. A gentle lavender massage can lover menstrual pain significantly and provide a wonderful relaxation. According to research, lavender is very beneficial when fighting anxiety as well. So, feel free to add it to your bath water or enjoy it over a massage, but get ready to reap some amazing benefits of lavender either way!
Even though we mostly consume chamomile as tea, this plant can be very beneficial as oil too. According to studies (and people struggling with blemishes) chamomile oil is excellent in treating various skin issues like acne, inflammations and spots. Additionally, many doctors and other specialists recommend chamomile tea before bed due to its relaxation properties. Well, you can try the same with chamomile oil! Since it’s also connected to stress relief, you can add a few drops of chamomile oil to your bed linen and feel your body and mind relax as soon as you get into bed.
These seven essential oils are not the only ones that do wonders for human health. Sage oil, rosemary oil, jojoba and argan oil are all used for both health and beauty reasons. However, if you’re new to essential oils, these listed above offer a great start for all new users. Just make sure to buy your products from reputable manufacturers. This is the only way to ensure you’re getting the real deal!
Guest Post by Luke Douglas