Essential oils have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. However, scientists have only begun to study and explore the potential benefits of essential oils.
In the process, science separated fact from fiction, verifying many known essential oil benefits, identifying potential complications, and nailing the coffin on other perceived benefits.
This is why essential oils are becoming increasingly popular tools for treating mental and physical health. Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically, or internally to achieve these benefits. According to the National Institutes of Health, some of the most commonly used essential oils for health purposes include mint, lavender, bergamont, and tea tree oil.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the various natural oils made by pressing or steaming the stem, flowers or leaves of a plant to extract the compound that produces the fragrance. Due to their unique aroma, they provide benefits when incorporated into holistic healing treatments, including aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy. Essential oils can have a positive impact on your health and well-being when used safely.
Benefits of mint
1. May Help Fight Depression and Anxiety
Peppermint essential oil has a refreshing, refreshing, and uplifting aroma that can help improve mood and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. In a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, participants who inhaled mint essential oil for 15 minutes felt more alert and less tired than those who did not inhale the oil.
2. Relieves Respiratory Symptoms
If you suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma or allergies, peppermint essential oil may help relieve your symptoms. The cooling, cooling mint aroma can help open the airways and relieve congestion. This oil can also help soothe coughs and other respiratory symptoms.
3. Can Fight Fatigue
Fatigue is a common problem that can lead to feelings of lethargy and exhaustion. Diffused mint oil can help improve energy levels and fight fatigue. This is due to the refreshing and stimulating aroma of mint, which can help increase alertness.
4. May Help Relieve Headaches
According to recent aromatherapy studies, mint essential oil helps relieve headaches when applied to the temples and forehead. This is likely due to the cooling and cooling properties of mint, which can help soothe the pain.
benefits of lavender
1. Helps Fight Anxiety and Depression
Being anxious or depressed can wreak havoc on your mental and physical health. Fortunately, lavender essential oils are an effective complementary treatment for anxiety and depression. In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers found that inhaling diffused lavender oil significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression in participants.
If you suffer from insomnia, lavender oil can help. Studies have shown that lavender oil can improve the quality and quantity of sleep. Researchers found that participants who used a lavender oil diffuser before bed slept significantly better than those who did not.
Benefits of bergamot
1. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
According to a study published in the Journal of Lipid Research, bergamot essential oil significantly reduced cholesterol levels in rats. Rats treated with Bergamont had lowered total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. This is promising news for those looking to improve their cardiovascular health.
2. Improves Digestion
Bergamot essential oils improve digestion by stimulating the production of bile, which breaks down fats in the digestive system. Many people report that inhaling diffuse bergamot helps soothe their digestive system.
3. Schizophrenia Relief
Studies show that bergamot is effective in treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. A European Psychiatry study found that bergamot significantly reduced symptoms of schizophrenia, including delusions, hallucinations, and overall cognitive health. Study participants treated with bergamot showed a marked improvement in their consciousness and mental abilities.
Benefits of tea tree oil
1. Antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties, making it an effective treatment for minor cuts and scrapes. The oil can help clean the wound and prevent infection. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce swelling and redness. Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to the affected area with a cotton swab.
2. Treat Acne
Unless you’re lucky, if you’ve been through puberty, you’ve had personal experience with acne. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that can help kill acne-causing bacteria. Many people find that applying an acne cream or gel infused with tea tree oil helps reduce the number and severity of breakouts.
4. Treat athlete’s foot
Many people suffer from athlete’s foot, a condition that causes red, itchy, and scaly skin on the feet. Tea tree oil has antifungal properties that make it an effective treatment for athlete’s foot. Those with athlete’s foot can apply a tea tree oil cream or ointment to the affected area. You may also find that adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your bath water helps relieve symptoms.
How to incorporate aromatherapy into your daily life
There are several ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life. Diffusers disperse essential oils into the air, where you inhale them. It’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils without having to apply them directly to your skin. Other methods of using essential oils include atomizers, vaporizers, creams, and oil concentrates.
Using Essential Oils Safely
Essential oils are not snake oil, miracles or panaceas; they come with certain risks. First, some oils are not safe for your pets and children. For example, mint and tea tree oil can harm your cat and dog.
Some oils can cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. This adverse reaction most often occurs when concentrated essential oils come into direct or prolonged contact with sensitive skin. So if you know you have sensitive skin, consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional before using essential oils.
Additionally, most essential oils, in their diluted form, are safe for children. However, essential oils can be toxic and potentially dangerous in concentrated forms. Indeed, children’s skin is thinner and their organs are smaller and less developed.
For this reason, parents keep these oils out of reach of their pets and children. You must reserve them in a lockable cupboard or suitcase. You should also consult with medical professionals before using these oils around infants.
Why are they so popular?
Essential oils are popular because of their physical, mental, and “spiritual” health benefits. Common treatments include pain relief, stress reduction, and facilitating quality sleep.
Recent studies reveal that these oils have antibacterial benefits and can help control the spread of airborne disease-related pathogens in both open and closed environments.
The aromatherapy applications of essential oils have also contributed to their popularity in their global market. The increased prevalence of the work-from-home culture has motivated many people to seek out products that will help them improve their physical and psychological well-being and create a conducive and relaxing work environment at home.
When choosing essential oils, you need to consider various factors, such as quality and purity. It is crucial to note that the impact of these oils depends mainly on the correct use and individual circumstances.
Effectiveness of essential oils
Although lavender reduces stress and anxiety, blowing it out isn’t a substitute for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Bergamot may help with digestion, but it won’t solve the mistake of eating four extra spicy chili dogs with extra jalapeños.
Consult your physician before incorporating oils into your health regimen. Most doctors will warn you about the potential adverse side effects and limited benefits of essential oils. It is important to remember, even with the available scientific evidence, that essential oils are an adjunct to healthy living and effective medicine.
This piece was provided by Ck Harrington, Content Writer for Doctor Aromas