An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, and various other components of a plant. Essential oils are not the same as Fragrance Oils – although essential oils are quite fragrant! Essential oils come from highly concentrated plant constituents. Essential oils contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. They can be used for medicinal, therapeutic and cosmetic applications.
Which Essential Oils Should You Own?
Peppermint – Many of you have are aware of peppermint’s ability to calm nausea and sooth an upset tummy. Peppermint also relieves headaches, heartburn and indigestion. Gently inhaling Peppermint is a great way to open and clear the sinuses. Inhaling Peppermint will also give you a boost of energy!
Lavender – Some of the wonderful qualities of Lavender include the following: antidepressant, pain-relieving, antihistamine, antitumor, antimicrobial and more! When added to a carrier oil (coconut oil is my favorite) Lavender can be used as a mosquito repellant, a cure for cold sores, dandruff, yeast infections, etc.
Lemon – The Essential Oil of Lemon is an excellent antiseptic – with antifungal, antiviral, anticancer and antioxidant properties. Similar to Peppermint, the aroma of Lemon is great for energy.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree Oil is a powerful antifungal and is well known for its strong antiviral properties. Tea Tree Oil is great for treating wounds and skin fungus.
Oregano – Oregano promotes a healthy immune system. Oregano oil is highly concentrated, so it must be added to a carrier oil before being used. One drop of Oregano will go a long ways. Oregano is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal oil. It is also a great disinfectant.
There are many Essential Oils that promote good health and vitality. To learn more about Essential Oils, check out these excellent resources -
21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils – http://www.crunchybetty.com/21-things-you-should-know-about-essential-oils
5 Essential Oils You Shouldn’t Be Without – http://www.beliefnet.com/Wellness/Galleries/5-Essential-Oils-You-Shouldnt-Be-Without.aspx?p=2
What are Essential Oils? http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oil.htm