Top 10 essential oils that you probably never tried but should
You’ve heard about aromatherapy and how good essential oils can be for your health, physical and mental alike. Put simply, essential oils are liquids containing aromatic chemicals derived from plants. They are either inhaled or mixed with base oils and rubbed into the skin. In certain cases they can be taken internally but only under strict professional supervision. Here are ten essential oils that you should try:
Basil, as plant, is used in the treatment of respiratory problems, and the essential oil derived from the plant has similar properties as a part of aromatherapy treatment. It’s also effective for insect bites, applied topically. In addition, basil oil can lift your energy levels, help you overcome exhaustion and improve your concentration.
Cinnamon essential oil helps regulate your blood pressure if it’s chronically low, and it also helps alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism and other joint problems. This oil will also help you with skin irritations, because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
If you have stomach problems, ginger essential oil will help you with them, just like the root itself. It regulates bowel movement and also energises you in general. There is also say that it has aphrodisiac properties. Nothing wrong with checking whether that’s a fact, right?
Lemon essential oil can be used to reduce oil production in the skin and to add shine to it. It is also a good sleep aid in case you have trouble relaxing and drifting off. Lemon oil also has a generally calming, stress-relieving effect on the the mind and body, which makes it indispensable if you want to try aromatherapy.
Let’s stay on the subject of stress relief a bit longer. Neroli oil, which comes from bitter oranges, is very widely used in perfume-making but on its own it’s also recommended for relaxing massages and oil baths because of its soothing effect.
Geranium oil has revitalising qualities, which make it particularly suitable for skin care. It also has an effect on cellulite. But geranium oil has wider benefits – it can improve your mood and make you feel more energetic.
This sweet-smelling herb yields an essential oil that could protect you against infections and help you treat them. It is an antiseptic substance, and it also has pain-relieving properties that make it suitable for a wide range of conditions. Plus it lowers blood pressure and treats indigestion.
Parsley is not among the plants we would immediately associate with aromatherapy but it’s an important oil nevertheless. It’s great for treating wounds and burns, because it’s antiseptic and antimicrobial, and it’s also a good treatment for flatulence. If you’re pregnant, though, stay away from it – parsley oil could induce a miscarriage.
10. Black pepper
It’s present in every kitchen but it’s also the essential oil to use if you have muscle cramps or problems with your blood circulation that make you freeze even in mild weather. It is also a detoxifying agent, meaning it helps your body flush out the toxins that our environment generates.
Do you have a favourite essential oil?