Types Of Essential Oil And Their Uses

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Essential Oils |

Types Of Essential Oil And Their Uses

Essential oils are highly concentrated natural oils and are popularly used for their healing and soothing properties.  These are usually extracted from plants, flowers or even root or bark of trees.  The healing properties are a result of the many powerful antioxidant components present in these oils.  Essential oils are gaining popularity due to their medicinal uses and use in aromatherapy. Proponents of essential oil claim it to be useful in treating skin ailments, nervous tensions and even in the treatment of cancer. Studies show that essential oils have astonishing healing properties and can be used to treat a number of ailments such as arthritis, throat infection, chest congestion, digestive issues and joint pain.
essential oilEssential oils are generally extracted by method of steam distillation. Plant materials used in extraction are kept in a distillation apparatus over water over water. The water is then heated, by which steam is generated and the steam passes through the plant material. The heat from steam vaporizes the volatile compounds present in the plant materials. The vapors then pass through a coil through a coil and upon cooling are condensed back to liquid and collected.
Today there are hundreds of essential oils available in the market. Each essential oil has its own therapeutic and health benefits and hence it’s important to be aware of each of its uses and properties before using them.  Since these are highly concentrated oils, usually only a few drops of these are necessary at a time.

Given below are some of the most common essential oils and their health benefits:
1. Lavender:  lavender essential oil is used for its soothing properties. It is known to calm the mind and body. For relief from stress, you could apply this to a small area of skin or you could add a few drops to your pillow for a good night’s sleep.

2. Peppermint: Peppermint oil can be used as massage oil and mouthwash. It also helps relieve symptoms of congestion and helps in digestion.
3. Sandalwood: sandalwood essential oil has a long lasting aroma and can help soothe and focus the senses. Applying it on the skin helps to moisturize skin and relieves tension.

4. Bergamot:  This essential oil has a citrus smell and is commonly used in perfumes and colognes. It is also used to relieve stress, anxiety and of skin conditions like eczema. All essential oils need to be diluted before applying to the skin but with bergamot oil one should be extra careful as it can potentially burn skin if applied in its concentrated form.

5. Rosemary:  rosemary oil is known for its rejuvenating properties. This oil can help relieve headaches, improve memory, and stimulate circulation in the scalp to treat dandruff.
Essential oils can be found plenty in the online market. However care should be taken while purchasing as these may not be pure essential oils. Look for correct botanical name on the essential oil containers and make sure to buy from reliable online retailers.