Essential oils we can’t do without

 

No longer just for the practicing Yogi, essential oils have gained in popularity due to the health and wellness benefits  that many experience, and can also be found useful in many everyday applications. Many of the essential oils can be used as deodorizing and cleaning products, as well as for personal care and natural remedies.  Essential oils are the volatile liquid from  plants and are very aromatic in nature. Many people enjoy the calming effect that the oils offer. They can be inhaled (as in aromatherapy) applied topically as a perfume, added to massage oils, burned in a diffuser, or even dropped onto a square of fabric and tucked into a pocket.
Essential oils penetrate the cell membranes so be sure to opt for a therapeutic grade for purity. Many advocates of essential oil therapy claim its use supports physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Stress effects many of the body systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, muscles and joints, etc) which is why limiting stress is so important for your overall health.
Following is a list of Essential Oils which can be used everyday. Pick one, two or all to try. You only need a drop or two since the oils are highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients choose one that will not cause any irritation.1. Lavender Essential Oil
It is said to help digestion, support skin health and hair growth. I love the scent of lavender and diffuse it as an air freshener. It’s especially nice in the kitchen or bathroom where odors can linger. You can find lavender in many over the counter beauty products as well but choose wisely for all natural organic ingredients.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil
When I was a kid my mother always recommended peppermint to settle an upset tummy.  It can also be useful added to a homemade vapor rub to clear congestion. I like to add a few drops to my unscented hand soap for a natural refreshing aroma.

3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon and other citrus oils have  antibacterial properties so you can find them readily used in many natural and chemical free cleaning products. As an added plus they leave a lingering fresh clean scent.
Lemon is an natural astringent so also is great for dabbing on insect bites, and for treating skin abrasions.
Any citrus oil can increase sun sensitivity so do not apply to skin if you will be getting a lot of sun exposure.

4. Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree. This is not the same as the tea plant from which black and green teas are made. Many uses include topically applying for acne and other skin infections, as a local antiseptic for cuts and burns, as well as for insect bites and stings. It is believed that the oils kill bacteria and fungus which also may reduce allergic skin reactions.  Although safe for most when applied  topically, it can cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. Tea tree oil is also an ingredient used in some shampoos to control an oily scalp and works much like it does to control oil on troubled skin.  Some like to dilute the oil especially in the case of acne, so always test a small amount to limit irritation. Tea tree oil may not be used orally so keep away from small children. Always consult your doctor if you have any known allergies to tea tree oil before use.

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