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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

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December 20, 2016 at 8:34 AM

natural-essential-oils-health-benefits-aromatherapy-compressor.jpgHave you ever walked into a room that smells great and immediately feel more relaxed? That is only one of the many uses of aromatherapy. In fact, aromatherapy is more than just a nice fragrance; the practice uses the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance mood, psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils and aromatic botanicals are commonly used as a form of complementary therapy.

Smell has been an integral part in the use of oils for therapeutic, spiritual and hygienic purposes across a number of civilizations. Using blends of therapeutic essential oils, aromatherapy can take form in massage, topical application or in an aerial form through a diffuser. Look for an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser that does not use heat to get the most out of the essential oils.

 

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy:

Stress Relief:

Aromatherapy is widely associated with reducing stress levels, as several compounds included in essential oils are well-known relaxants. No wonder many people reach for their diffusers to unwind after a stressful day!

Recommended oils: lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang ylang

Antidepressant:

As a potential way to help with depression, essential oils can be extremely helpful to some people. Many people who suffer from depression are often taking a mix of pharmaceutical antidepressants and aromatherapy can be used as a complementary treatment. However, one should exhibit care and consult a physician, as there is the possibility of negative interactions that may worsen depression.

Recommended oils: peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine

Memory:

Memory loss can be a debilitating and frustrating symptom of a number of conditions. Aromatherapy may slow the progression of diseases that affect memory classified under the broad umbrella of dementia. In addition, there have been studies conducted on the effects of essential oils to boost memory in younger people.

Recommended oils: sage

Increased Energy Levels:

Let’s be honest here, there are a number of foods, drinks, and supplements that can help increase energy levels. A number of these stimulants like coffee or energy drinks can be harmful to your body. Aromatherapy is the safe and enjoyable alternative way to boost energy, stimulate your mind and increase circulation.

Recommended oils: cinnamon, cardamom, clove, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, and sage

Healing and Recovery:

Used in aromatherapy, many essential oils can aid with many types of healing throughout the body. Essential oils can be used to increase blood flow to wounds, thus increasing the supply of oxygen. This can help speed up internal healing processes, which can be effective following surgeries or illnesses. Another alterative use of essential oils is to help treat skin conditions, as several of the popular oils can lessen the discomfort and itchiness from afflictions like eczema.

Recommended oils: lavender, calendula, rosehip, sage, and buckthorn

The numerous uses of essential oils listed only scratch the surface of the potential of these beneficial natural herbs. Aromatherapy commonly uses a mix of different oils to reach a desired outcome. Synergy between numerous essential oils is important, as certain combinations can have a more powerful effect than individual oils.

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