Essential Oils: The Truth About Healing Oils and How

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that have been used for years in alternate medicine or aromatherapy. They contain the “essence” of the plant giving it a distinct flavor and odor. They are made by mechanical methods of substance distillation and cold pressing and hence are pure with no additives added.

Essential oil application is simple, however, one must be mindful of the fact that since the oils are highly saturated they must be diluted before being used. Mainly there are three ways of using herbal oils.

Aromatherapy:

This has been practiced for many years and is regarded as a strong mood stimulator, relaxing nerves and easing stress. The traditional way is of taking deep breaths from the bottle containing oil. Other methods include steam inhalation in which a few drops of oil are mixed in hot water and the steam is breathed in. Another way is dabbing oil on a cotton ball and letting the aroma diffuse into the surrounding air before inhaling it.

Skin Application:

Herbal oils can directly be applied to the skin as well however best practice is to mix it with a supplementary oil example coconut or almond oil before applying it to reap the full benefits of the substances.

Ingestion:

Essential oils can also be taken orally as few drops on the tongue or mixed in tea. This practice, however, should only be done if and when suggested by alternate medicine experts as these oils are highly concentrated and may lead to allergic reactions in some individuals.

Do Essential Oils Work?

There is no conclusive scientific research to back this claim. There are however some positive accounts by individuals practicing alternate medicine. Some success stories include the treatment of acne and acne marks with tea tree oil and hair fall treatment by using rosemary and thyme.

Essential oils from citrus fruits extracts are noted for their anti-bacterial growth properties. They have also been shown to work as anti-inflammatory substances.

Other treatments related to essential oils include easing headaches and migraines, supporting digestion and memory and reducing fatigue, and relieving mental stress. Herbal oils are also used for natural scents in high-quality cosmetics and fragrances.

It is important to note here that most of these examinations have not yet stretched out to clinical research and experiments, which means there is still a considerable amount of work to do before herbal oils would be conceivably recommended by doctors.

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