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Mind + Body Wellness

10 Benefits of Using Essential Oils

Pure essential oil is a highly concentrated and aromatic liquid. They exist within flowers, roots, bushes and seeds which contains nature’s most powerful therapeutic substances. When correctly used, essential oil helps improve health, well-being and quality of life.

As households are heading towards a more holistic lifestyle approach, incorporating essential oil’s therapeutic benefits as part of day to day living is on the rise. The use of essential oils dates to 4500 BC by the Egyptians for religious rituals and medical application. Within the realm of modern medicine, essential oils were reintroduced during the World War I due to its antiseptic capability.

Here are the benefits to regularly using essential oils

Benefits of Essential Oils

Aid in Relaxation and Lower Stress Levels

Using essential oils can affect everything from your mood to your lifestyle.  Inhalation of essential oils, through their fragrance and molecular structure are used to combat stress and anxiety thus increase positive awareness. Vetiver oil is good to calm emotion while Chamomile and Ylang Ylang can lower stress level.

Prevention for Common Colds and Flu

Prevent the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses by diffusing oils with strong antimicrobial properties . Also  mitigate the effects of cold  and flu,and stuffed nose with Frankincense, Lavender or Ginger essential oils.

Natural Alternative to Drugstore Personal Care Product

Many oils are safe for topical application which makes them the perfect alternatives to drugstore personal care products. Those who suffers from dandruff may find drug store anti dandruff shampoo to be too strong to be use on skin regularly.  Anti-dandruff blend of Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary offers a safe natural remedy.

Air Purification

Drops of essential oils through diffuser or vaporiser in your house and car also keeps them smelling fresh and lovely.

Contains Anti-bacterial and Antiseptic Properties

Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oil are known for having anti-bacterial and antiseptic physical healing properties. Use these as a safe and user friendly solution to treat and disinfect minor cuts, eczema,  abrasions and keep infection at bay.

Natural Alternative to Toxic Household Cleaning Product

Essential oil blends offers a nontoxic, biodegradable all purpose cleaning alternatives to your regular store bought household cleaning products. More often than not, store bought cleaners contains risky, harsh or carcinogenic chemicals that could expose users to health risks over long term exposure. Effects such as skin desensitisation and irritation are common occurrence. Not to mention they are highly poisonous to humans and animals if ingested. Essential oils such as Thieves and lemon serves as a highly effective defence against household germs and bacteria.

Add into Food for Consumption

Essential oils are so versatile it can also act as nutritional support, especially when included as part of healthy daily diet. Adding drops of spearmint and tangerine in grapefruit juice and water helps in promoting digestion and fat burning. Try lemon, basil, lemongrass and oregano oils in your daily baking and cooking

Aid Muscle Relation and Muscle Pain Relief

Essential oil, when used as a massage oil pose numerous benefits. Massages with Wintergreen (natural analgesic) improved circulation and soothes sore muscles. It also  aid in elimination of tissue waters. Most importantly, essential oil massage opens and increase flow of energy to achieve peace and tranquillity.

Used on Animals

benefits of essential oils

The healing influence of essential oil in animals are much the same as humans if not better. Careful usage and application of essential oil on your pets will assist in healing cuts, viral and bacterial infections. They also benefit from essential oil based pet cleaning blends which incorporates calming, insect repellent properties.

Smells Heavenly

Inhaling essential oil scents doesn’t just produce positive effect to your mood and lifestyle. They also smells great. The powerful and natural scent of Jasmine, Neroli, Bergamot or Lavender helps cover up any odors or unwanted smells.

This article is a collaborative effort of Ida and Fiona Sim, an advocate of essential oils and the owner of Essential Oil Lifestyle Facebook Group Frankincense & Myrrh offering advice, information and tips on safe use of essential oils.

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