Top 10 Essential Oils & Their Benefits. Essential oils have been used way back in the day, and have been historically used for health and medicinal benefits. These scented oils are typically extracted from the “essence” of plants, and are growing increasingly popular in therapeutic uses. While benefits vary depending on the type of oil in question, there are all sorts of different oils for different treatments. Some oils can help improve mood, memory, and sleep while others aim to treat sore muscles and joints.
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Lavender Oil: 00:51
Tea Tree Oil: 01:36
Rose Oil: 02:30
Peppermint Oil: 03:08
Chamomile Oil: 03:37
Clary Sage Oil: 04:34
Lemon Oil: 05:12
Cedarwood Oil: 06:02
Eucalyptus Oil: 06:35
Sandalwood Oil: 07:22
Jasmine Oil: 08:22
Ylang Ylang Oil: 09:17
Lavender Oil: In what is probably the most used essential oil today, lavender oil is derived from the Lavandula Angustifolia plant, a type of lavender plant out of the 39 existing species. Most commonly used in aromatherapy, it’s a powerhouse essential oil that is often sedative. Due to its powerful antioxidants and calming properties, lavender oil is great for helping to reduce anxiety, improve brain function, and aid with sleep. Believe it or not, lavender oil was used by the Egyptians for mummification and as a perfume, and according to sources, there was even a faint smell of lavender when King Tut’s tomb was opened back in 1923.
Tea Tree Oil: Derived from the leaves of the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree oil is inexpensive yet effective with its strong antimicrobial properties. However, don’t confuse the tea tree with the plant that produces leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea, as they’re totally different. Typically undiluted, tea tree oil is often applied directly onto the skin to help treat blemishes and infections. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, it fights harmful organisms by damaging cell membranes and treating bacterial fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing. Australians have a long history with tea tree oil that goes way back, where they often inhaled the aroma of crushed leaves to relieve cough and used poultices to help heal wounds.
Rose Oil: Aside from its pleasant floral scent, those in the beauty community are already well aware of its benefits. Created through a simple process of steam distillation, rose oil has been used in beauty treatments for several years. Extracted from Rosa damascene, rose oil helps to prevent acne, balance hormones provides anti-aging properties, reduce rosacea, and even helps to naturally increase libido! Like lavender oil, rose oil helps to fight depression by boosting self-esteem and increase confidence.
Peppermint Oil: If you’ve ever felt nauseous or experienced an upset stomach, you’ve probably been told by someone to drink peppermint tea as it helps the digestive system speed up elimination. This also applies to peppermint oil, as peppermint contains menthol which helps soothe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and prevent spasms. Commonly used in cosmetics and soaps, peppermint oil can also be taken in capsules as dietary supplements.
Chamomile Oil: While extracted from the chamomile plant, there are two types of chamomile oils. The Roman chamomile, also known as the Anthemis nobilis, and the German chamomile is known as Matricaria chamomilla. Despite being extracted from similar plants, both oils differ a bit from each other as well. The Roman chamomile is typically more calming while the German chamomile is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent because of the compound it contains called azulene, which gives it its deep blue colour. In general, chamomile oil provides many health benefits. It removes toxic agents and is great at killing lice if applied to your head. Both oils help lower blood pressure and calm the nervous system, relieving it of any spasms or convulsions.
Clary Sage Oil: Derived from the plant Salvia sclarea, the herb is believed to be a native of Europe, particularly the northern Mediterranean Basin. Widely used as a medicine and as a spice, clary sage oil is often used to improve circulation, stress relief, and help regulate menstruation. Clary sage is considered one of the top essential oils for hormones, especially for women.
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