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March 01, 2020 4 min read

by Masood Mahmood

Essential Oils

The history of essential oils goes way back to a time where Ancient Egypt is known to be the place where the use of essential oils first started. Egyptians would grow plants and extract their oils to use in cosmetics and medicines.

 

Even in Roman times, aromatic baths using essential oils were believed to be great for the health and the overall betterment of the skin.

 

 The use of the term ‘aromatherapy’ was first introduced by a French chemist back in 1937. After receiving a burn he decided to use lavender oil as a remedy, which worked like a miracle.

 

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, usage of essential oils started becoming increasingly popular, and today it’s used in medicines, perfumes and many other purposes.

What Is An Essential Oil?

Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, or just the name of the plant they’re extracted from. The term essential denotes the fact that they contain the essence of whichever plant they’re extracted from, along with all its benefits and fragrance.

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There are many different essential oils available, all with various interests and aromas. Some of the common ones are Lavender Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lemon Oil, and so many more.

How to Use Essential Oils

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Essential oils can primarily be used in three ways. The first one is through inhaling, the second is through an application on the skin, and the third is by ingesting. Within these three primary methods, there are different ways through which you can use the essential oils, depending on your desired outcome and the condition you are trying to remedy.

 

We’ll look into different ways of using these three methods that we’ve named above, separately:

Inhalation

Inhalation of essential oils can be done through:

 

  • Diffuser – Essential oils are placed inside diffusers, which spread out the aroma of the oils, creating a very calm and soothing environment to breathe in.

 

  • Dry Evaporation – A few drops of essential oils are dropped onto a cotton ball or a tissue, and the scent is allowed to diffuse through the room. You can also directly sniff the cotton ball or tissue if you want a stronger and faster influence of the smell.

 

  • Steam – Using essential oils by dropping a few drops into the hot steaming water and inhaling it, works like a miracle and is super beneficial.

 

  • Spray – Essential oils can also be diluted by being mixed in a water-based solution and filled up in spray bottles to be sprayed around the room.

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Skin Application

Skin application can also be made through several ways that we’ll be covering below:

 

  • Compress – For joint pains and relief, you can dilute an essential oil and directly apply it to the affected area or do it by using it to a piece of cloth first. It’ll give great healing results.

 

  • Gargle – For problems like a sore throat, essential oils can be mixed into water and gargled thoroughly. Make sure that you don’t swallow it.

 

  • Massage – Essential oils can be used for massages too. Simply put in a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a natural carrier like almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. And gently apply and rub that mixture all over your skin.

 

  • Bath – To use essential oil for bathing, you’ll first have to mix it with a dispersant in the bathwater. Essential oils aren’t water-soluble. Therefore, dispersants like full cream milk or bath salts are used, with the water, to make sure that the oils mix up and you can get a nice aromatic bath.

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What Do Essential Oils Do?

 Essential oils are extracted from different plants and flowers and they all have somewhat different uses and benefits. In this section, we’ll be looking into what some of these essential oils do:

 

  • Lavender essential oil is excellent for increasing relaxation and helps with sleeping. It’s also known for soothing headaches and migraines, and it’s also used as an antiseptic to be used on minor cuts or burns.

 

  • Lemon essential oil is a fantastic mood enhancer. It diminishes feelings of stress and anxiety and makes you more relaxed.

 

  • Rosemary essential oil is known for promoting hair growth for enhancing our memory, for supporting the circulatory and nervous systems and many other benefits.

 

  • Eucalyptus essential oil is an excellent remedy for opening airways when you have the flu or cold. When combined with peppermint, it forms an even stronger compound with more medicinal properties.

 

  • Chamomile essential oil is perfect for the skin and has properties that can help in curing eczema.

Benefits of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

Although aromatherapy using essential oils may not provide a cure for diseases, it still works well enough to help you overcome many challenging conditions. And it also provides a lot of support for your ongoing medical treatments.

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Furthermore, through aromatherapy, essential oils have been known to reduce feelings of nausea, anxiety, agitation, and depression. These natural oils also contribute to relaxing pains like headaches, migraines and muscle spasms.

 

Menstrual problems, menopausal problems, and problems like hair loss, eczema, and many others, can also benefit with the use of essential oils.

Conclusion

Essential oils are one of the great gifts of nature to mankind. They’ve been used for a very long time as some of our best natural resources to make medicines, perfumes and many other beneficial products.

 

Although they have amazing healing properties, it is also important to make sure that we don’t overuse these oils, because anything in excess can prove to be dangerous, no matter how natural it is. Therefore, make sure that you incorporate the use of essential oils in your everyday schedule following a sensible plan.

 

 


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