Five (5) Popular Essential Oils and Their Benefits
Essential oils have become a popular item in the wellness community in recent years, but did you know they have actually been around since the Egyptians? Essential oils are natural oils obtained from the process of distillation that have the scent and properties of the plant, flower, or other source from which it has been extracted. They are called “essential” because they capture the essence, or the taste and odor, of the plant they are extracted from.
So why are they so popular? Essential oils are thought to have tons of health benefits! Essential oils are a holistic approach to preventing and treating infectious diseases and other ailments. They are thought to have a positive effect on your emotional and mental state. They also have little to no side effects, unlike many medications. Overall, using essential oils in your health routine may have general health benefits - even if it's simply a mood booster. However, specific benefits are thought to vary based on each specific oil. Here are five of our most favorite essential oils and their supposed health benefits.
Disclaimer: Jackpot Candles does not recommend self-medication with essential oils. If you have a health issue or are considering using essential oils for treatment of an ailment, be sure to consult your doctor or healthcare professional first.
1.) Lemon Oil
If you’re looking for an oil that can be used topically for skin conditions, boost your mood, and help with alertness and concentration, then lemon oil is a good place to start. Lemon oil (not to be confused with lemongrass oil, which has different properties and benefits) is one of the most commonly used essential oils. Lemon is usually used to help fight skin conditions like acne, warts, and athlete’s foot because of its astringent and antiseptic properties. When used in aromatherapy, lemon oil's fresh citrus scent can help to lower one's stress levels. Since it aids in decreasing overall stress, it can also be very effective at boosting your mood.
To use this oil in your health routine, add one or two drops to another carrier oil, like jojoba or sweet almond, to dilute it. Dilution is important, because it makes the oil safer to apply directly to the skin or in bath water. Using the oil by itself directly on the skin, especially in large amounts, can lead to toxicity or other irritating effects. With any essential oil, be sure to do a skin test on a smaller patch of skin before applying it to a larger area - that way you can be sure your skin reacts well to it.
2.) Tea Tree Oil
You could walk into a beauty supply store right now and find tea tree oil in many beauty products. Not only is tea tree oil inexpensive, it also contains many compounds that can help to kill fungus, bacteria, and viruses. One of the compounds in tea tree oil has been found to help increase the activity of your white blood cells, which explains why is considered great at promoting healing.
Besides using tea tree oil in your shampoo and conditioner to help clean your scalp, it is also great for use as a natural deodorant. There’s been a big shift happening to wear deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum. When combined with a few other ingredients, tea tree oil is a great way to naturally kill body odor. The tea tree oil will help kill bacteria, leaving you smelling fresh. While this oil is generally considered safe to use, it is not intended to be ingested. Also, if you have severely sensitive skin, be sure to test it out on a small area to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
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3.) Bergamot Oil
Bergamot is an oil that is extracted off of the peels of a citrus fruit of the same name. It has a pleasant, citrusy scent that makes it a popular choice for use in perfumes. It is also used in the preparation of Earl Gray tea. It is a great digestive aide - quickening the digestive process and taking some of the stress off of your intestines.
Bergamot also is great for boosting the mood because it contains components that are considered natural antidepressants. Those same components are said to also have pain management qualities. It is also great at preventing the skin from getting infections because of its ability to inhibit bacterial growth.
4.) Jasmine Oil
Jasmine Oil is derived from a flowering jasmine plant. Like bergamot oil, its floral scent also makes it a popular choice in perfumes and body products. It is typically used in massage therapy because of its antidepressant and mood-boosting properties and light, flowery. It is both a cicatrizant (an agent that helps stimulate healing by promoting the formation of scar tissue) and an antiseptic. Like other essential oils, it helps keep the skin clean by killing bacteria. It is also rumored to stimulate labor and promote lactation in new mothers.
5.) Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is derived from the Eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia. The oil is made from the leaves of the tree. Eucalyptus is said to have many medicinal and healing properties. It acts as a phenomenal home remedy to use during flu and allergy season, especially for nasal and respiratory issues. It is full of antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation in the body and, as a result, improves the circulation to your lungs.
Eucalyptus also aids in headache relief. If you are prone to having frequent headaches but don’t like to take medicine, rubbing a few drops into your temples, back, and neck can help to decrease the pain. Like the other oils we previously Eucalyptus oil is also great for skin irritants like bug bites because of it’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
There are hundreds of other essential oils out that also provide excellent health benefits. Here at Jackpot Candles we love including these natural but powerful essential oils in our candles and bath bomb products. Be sure to head over to our store and check them out!