Essential oils uses

Essential oils and their uses are varied. Essential oils have a myriad of therapeutic uses as well as household uses. They can be used in beauty treatments, for your health and well being and even to rid the home of mice. Essential oils are most commonly used in aromatherapy to treat a variety of ailments. They are used in inhalers to help clear nasal passageways and sinuses. These oils are the concentrated essence from plants that are extracted by means of distillation. They are purely extracted from plants and not animals. Essential oils are not the same kind of oils that contain musk and other such substances used in perfumes and colognes. Synthetic oils are used in such fragrance oils and are not the same as essential oils. They have an entirely different chemical structure. Essential oils are all natural and pure extracts from plants. They have many medicinal uses as well.

Essential oils uses are commonly associated with:

  • Daily grooming
  • Aromatherapy
  • Air freshening
  • Foot baths
  • Massage therapy
  • Saunas
  • Showers
  • Inhalers
  • Diffusers
  • Compresses
  • Lotions and creams
  • Topical antiseptics
  • Antiseptic cleaners

Essential oils used in aromatherapy afford many therapeutic benefits. For instance, essential oils are used to help relieve poor circulation and muscular pain and stiffness. People use particular essential oils to stop hair loss. Certain essential oils can be used with oral hygiene and to treat toenail and other fungal infections. Other essential oils are used to relieve nausea, indigestion and gas. They are used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Anxiety and stress relief are other essential oils uses.

Essential oils uses are commonly found in beauty products such as lip balms, lotions, facial cleansers and toners. You will find them used in shampoos and conditioners and other hair products. Bath oils usually contain essential oils. For instance lavender oil is a common essential oil used in bath oils because of its calming effects.

Essential oils uses in the home include using certain ones for cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing. Essential oils can reduce airborne microbes and allergens, making your home a healthier environment. Certain essential oils have anti-bacterial properties like the lemon oil or eucalyptus oils that are used in a lot of household cleaning products. Use them in your washer to help your laundry smell fresher and cleaner. For instance, try using teaspoon of lemon oil to the washer will remove greasy and oily smells. Add eucalyptus oil to the wash to kill dust mites and lavender oil on your sheets and linens. Essential oils can even be used to rid your home of rodents. Try putting a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place it where mice are a problem. The peppermint smell will keep them away. If you have stale air in the home from cigarette smoke or cooking you can clear the air by using a few drops of cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rosemary, tea tree or orange oil on a cotton ball and place them in the corner of a room. These oils eliminate bad odors instead of just masking them like commercial air fresheners do. Place oil scented cotton balls in kitchen cupboards to keep them smelling clean and fresh. Lavender oil can be used in clothes closets to keep away moths.

Essential oils can be used in cooking. For instance you can use a few drops of cinnamon or clove oil in your cooking. A few drops of peppermint or spearmint oils to make tea. Certain ones are also commonly used in salad dressings. It is important to use high quality oils if you are going to ingest them. It only takes a few drops so don’t over do it.

Essential oils are used to treat a variety of ailments such as depression, stress and anxiety. Certain oils used in aromatherapy can bring some relief for depression and help lift the mood. Bronchitis and sinus problems can be helped by the use of certain essential oils. Many people use them in diffusers for the best results in the home.

Last updated on Jan 18th, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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