Essential oils have been known for their beauty benefits and have been used in beauty regimes world over since forever. They are useful in treating a number of skin and beauty issues like acne, hyper pigmentation, sun burn and even more serious ones like eczema. Some essential oils that are widely used are tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, argan oil etc.
What a lot of people don’t know though, is that many of these essential oils are also beneficial for health and well-being. They have a lot of tangible as well as intangible properties like aroma that influence our body and even our minds in ways that we don’t expect.
The fact is that essential oils have been used for health and medicinal purposes for over a thousand years. They are one of the most natural ways of treating health issues and improving overall health.
Today we discuss 3 ways in which you can use essential oils for improving your health. Before that here’s a brief insight into what exactly are essential oils, for those of you who don’t know.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are basically concentrated liquids that contain mainly volatile aroma compounds from plants. They literally contain the “essence” of the aroma of the plant from which they are extracted and hence the term essential oil.
They are generally extracted through the process of distillation using steam. Some other processes used are solvent extraction, cold pressing, resin tapping etc. The ingredients used in essential oils may be extracted from different parts of plants such as leaves, flowers, roots, resin, bark and peels.
3 effective ways to use essential oils for health improvement
This is undoubtedly one of the main and most important ways in which essential oils are used. The simplest way to use aromatherapy is to put the necessary essential oils into a diffuser and let it do its job. It mainly lets you breathe in some of the goodness of these oils by releasing them into the air.
You can also incorporate aromatherapy by putting some oils in your bath according to your needs. Lavender oil is mostly used in baths for sleep issues as well as for bruise and scar healing purposes.
Essential oils can be added to baking recipes to bring a more concentrated flavour. It helps in reducing weight. It also adds to the taste of the confections. Lavender oil is again used while baking cookies. Sometimes a mixture of oils is used in specific proportions mainly for smoothies.
A lot of people already use essential oils for topical treatment of skin issues as mentioned before. Some of these also have added benefits to the hair and head. For example, rosemary oil is mainly used in beauty products. It can also be used in your hair products as it improves hair growth. It is also known to improve memory, so you can add it to an all-day wear lotion or conditioner.
Those were easy weren’t they?
All you need to do now is decide which one your favorite is and head to the drug store to purchase some essential oils.
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