Essential oils themselves may be a relatively new addition to the health and wellness scene, but their properties have been studied for centuries. Plants and herbs are some of the oldest healing remedies on the planet. Here are five ways essential oils can benefit your health.
1.) Anti-bacterial agents
Next time you get a cut, leave the over-the-counter antibiotic creams on the shelf and try some Tea Tree Oil instead. Not only is Tea Tree Oil nature's best antibiotic, but it doesn't burn or sting. Clean your cutting boards and other surfaces with lemon oil – which will not only disinfect them, but leave your kitchen smelling heavenly.
2.) Mood boosters
Citrus essential oils as well as oils like rosemary and geranium are all proven mood-boosting agents. Fight the winter blues or a bad day at work with a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser. You can also drop a few drops on your wrists or palms or carry a roller ball dispenser with some essential oils mixed with a carrier oil for an on-the-go mood booster.
3.) Promote weight loss
Both grapefruit oil and lemon oil have been proven to help diminish appetite and boost metabolism. A number of reputable essential oil companies also have their own proprietary blends of weight loss essential oils that help in a variety of different ways, from boosting energy levels to decreasing appetite.
4.) Sleep aid
There is very little that is more essential to good health than getting a good night's sleep. Lavender is well known for being a calming agent that can help you rest, relax and fall right to sleep. Drop a few drops on your pillow or a few drops in a bath before you go to bed, or sprinkle a few drops into a diffuser to promote restful, relaxing sleep.
5.) Soothe burns
Burns are different from any other kind of injury as they actually continue to spread after the injury has occurred. If you have ever burned yourself, you know it often doesn't hurt immediately but then actually grows worse as time goes by. Not only is lavender a great sleep aid, but it also soothes burns and stops them from spreading. Keep a bottle of lavender oil in your kitchen and apply it directly to the burned area next time you get a burn.
There are a wide variety of essential oils that aid in health and wellness in a number of different ways. Not only are the great for your health, but they have a wide variety of uses from cleansers to stain removers. Best of all, essential oils come straight from nature, so they are 100% toxin free!
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Davina Wellness.