Using the power of concentrated plants helps in various ways for holistic remedies and solutions in health and wellness. When they are used correctly, essential oils improve various parts of everyday life through cleaning, aromatherapy, and medicinally to relieve symptoms because of their antibacterial properties.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Acidic and antibacterial essential oils are best for DIY cleaning products. If you don’t want to spend the time making your own cleaners, which are easy and inexpensive, look for green brands that use lemon and tea tree essential oils in their cleaners. Otherwise, a quick internet search for DIY cleaners and disinfectants will help you get started. It all starts with products you already have in your home: white vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap. This list of 25 cleaning recipes uses only up to three essential oils: peppermint, lemon, and lavender, proving making your own cleaning products doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
Lighting a scented candle may bring back memories, help you relax, or rejuvenate. Aromas are powerful in this way. However, many scented candles can cause more harm to your aromatherapy session than you mean to. (This MD concisely explains the hidden toxins in your candles.) For a more physically beneficial experience, especially for someone who has a chronic disease, Piedmont Healthcare’s blog provides a great list of essential oils and their benefits and how to use them. If suffering from anxiety, diffusing sweet orange essential oil would be a great way to keep the anxious thoughts at bay. To clear sinuses, mix a carrier oil, like jojoba, with some eucalyptus on your pulse points to keep the fresh scent nearby and effectively absorb into your skin. Whether you want help with sleep, energy, mental alertness, or relief of stress and anxiety, using essential oils will provide the benefits you need directly.
Fight Inflammation with Essential Oils
Whether it’s dairy, gluten, or nightshades, people are cutting out these foods to find relief from their body’s inflammation and sickness. Not all people need to take these extreme measures, especially for temporary flareups, this is where essential oils come in. If you are experiencing an achy joint, a strained muscle, or seasonal allergies, using specific essential oils with potent properties has been shown to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Try oils like ginger, turmeric, or peppermint ingested correctly or pair them with a carrier oil to use topically.
Rose, lavender, or ylang ylang essential oils are a few of the options that can be used during a woman’s monthly menstruation cycle. These essential oils not only relieve cramping but can help with the side effects that come with one’s period, like mood swings, tiredness, and bloating. In a web article by Progressive Health, they describe a published study done on the impact of essential oils and PMS. In 2013, researchers studied how lavender oil can help women during their late luteal phase. Results showed the aroma “increased the activities of the parasympathetic nervous system” reducing depression and confusion for up to 35 minutes! If used in a diffuser, the aroma can last for hours, and the article provides formulas to help you gain all these benefits.
Essential oils have solid benefits used in a diffuser, however, there are so many other advantages you can gain. Trying out different ways and types of oils can positively impact your overall health and well-being. As the article from Progressive Health explains, “They may not be the cure-all… but they are definitely effective for specific purposes.” Do your research before using and keep in mind with the concentrated properties of essential oils a little goes a long way.
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