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March 01, 2020 4 min read

by Masood Mahmood
aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has gained increasing popularity in recent years. The idea of aromatherapy is to use essential oils as a treatment for emotional and mental health issues, while minimizing the use of medications.

 

Quality natural Essential oils come from plants. We’ll discuss the details of extraction later. They are beneficial in improving the health of not only the body but also the mind and soul.

 

Extensive research has been carried out concerning aromatherapy, and it is now considered both an art and a science. Although aromatherapy is getting more popular nowadays, the use of essential oils dates back many years. In ancient times people used essential oils for both religious and health purposes.

Types

There are upwards of a hundred known types of essential oils available today. Some of these oils are more commonly known then others, and it seems the most popular ones for regular use can be found on everyone’s shopping list. You won’t have a problem finding these at your local health store.
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1. Rose

Who doesn’t love the fresh fragrance of a rose? In aromatherapy, rose is a vital oil. This is because the scent of rose oil reduces anxiety. It also helps in combating common skin problems like acne and improves your complexion.

2. Lavender

Lavender is among the most widely known essential oils due to its versatile benefits. Breathing in the scent of lavenders can help in treating severe headaches, and the subtle fragrance also allows people who have a problem sleeping. Lavender oil can also be used to minimize the itchiness and swelling caused by bug bites.

3. Grapefruit

People love diffusers as they disperse essential oils into the air and cause a calming effect. Grapefruit is a popular essential oil used in diffusers. It has a fresh scent that is also extracted from citrus fruit. Grapefruit oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that reduce the effects of harmful bacteria.

4. Cedarwood

Everyone loves beautiful and healthy skin. Cedarwood is greatly used as an essential oil concerning beauty treatments. It naturally smells like wood, and according to research, it helps in treating eczema, treats acne, and reduces dandruff, which is some of the common skin issues. Besides the skin, it also reduces arthritis and cures coughing.

5. Roman Chamomile

Due to the hectic and busy routine of everyday life, many people suffer from stress and anxiety. Roman Chamomile is an essential oil that is capable of relaxing your mind and putting it at ease. It is also beneficial for the skin as it can help in the treatment of eczema and inflammation.

Extraction of Essential Oil

Extraction of Essential Oil

Steam Distillation

In this process, the aromatic compounds are forced to open by passing pressurized steam through the plant. The steam is then cooled and condensed into an essential oil that is separated from the water.

Resin Distillation

In extraction, the plant is first treated with a solvent to produce a waxy aromatic compound known as resin. This compound is mixed with alcohol to release the particles of essential oils.

Cold Pressing

In cold pressing, essential oils are extracted from citrus fruit rinds. The rinds are chopped and then pressed down. This results in a mixture of water and essential oils, which eventually separates.

Use of Essential Oils

Essential oils are greatly used in many products for aromatherapy that works through the scent and the absorption of oil into the skin. Some of the widely used products are:

 

  • Inhalers
  • Facial steamers
  • Bathing salts
  • Diffusers
  • Body lotions, oil and creams used for massaging and topical application
  • Aromatic spritzers
  • Clay masks
  • Hot and cold compresses used to relieve pain

Accessories for Essential Oils

You can use any of the following accessories to bring essential oils in your everyday use.

Mini Diffusers

Oil diffusers plug work like perfumes, but besides providing you with a fresh scent, it also has a calming effect on the skin, body, and mind.

Necklace

Essential oils are also available in the form of necklaces and are an excellent accessory for someone who wants to take their aromatherapy with them on the go. It comes with a replaceable pad so you can add the oil of your choice.

Droppers

Droppers are the easiest solution if you want to store essential oils and use them in your DIY recipes. You can add a drop or two in your mask, or absorb some oil into your skin by massaging.

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Benefits of Essential Oils

Although essential oils are widely known and used, only a handful of people know about its actual benefits for specific health conditions.

 

Here’s a look at how essential oils and aromatherapy can treat common health issues.

Anxiety and Stress

It has been seen that around 43 percent of people use therapies to relieve their symptoms. The scent of essential oils with regular therapy sessions helps in reducing the visible signs of mental health issues like anxiety. It can also be used for massaging and relieving body pain.

Sleeping Disorders

Insomnia is among some of the most commonly known sleeping issues. The fresh fragrance of lavender is known to help patients with heart diseases and mothers of newborn babies to sleep well. They exhibit a positive effect on sleeping habits.

 

Migraines and Headaches

Headache can be easily reduced by dabbing peppermint on the forehead or applying lavender oil on the skin. A mixture of sesame and chamomile oil can treat migraines and headaches when applied to the temples.

Antibacterial and Antibiotic

Many test tube researches have been done on the effect of essential oils like tea tree on the antimicrobial activity. Some of the tests have shown positive results.

Inflammation

Essential oils are claimed to help in fighting inflammatory conditions. With some animal research, it was seen that a mixture of oregano and thyme essential oils induced the remission of colitis.

Bottom Line

Generally, essential oils are considered to be safe for application on the skin and for inhaling during aromatherapy. For minor health problems like headaches and migraines, the use of essential oils works like a harmless complementary therapy, which also provides an excellent alternative to medicines. However, for severe health conditions, you should consult a doctor before using essential oils.

 

 


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