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10.7.2019

8 ESSENTIAL OILS EVEN SKEPTICS NEED

CARRIE HANEY | UNCATEGORIZED | 0 COMMENTS

When you feel a headache coming on or find yourself sneezing through the pollen in spring, instead of reaching for that bottle of pills, try using some basic essential oils. Aromatherapy, as we call it today, has long been a way of treating common complaints such as headaches, allergies, sleep deprivation, and stress and anxiety.

Maybe you look at essential oils and are intimidated, overwhelmed, or simply unsure of their therapeutic value. But these extracts have been used for thousands of years to provide relief for common maladies. As early as 4,500 B.C.E., the ancient Egyptians relied on oils from trees, flowers, and herbs for their soothing, therapeutic effects. Although essential oils can’t cure
everything, they do seem to have powerful healing effects for common ailments.

Here, we’ll look at four common ailments—headaches, anxiety and stress, insomnia, and seasonal allergies—and which oils are most commonly used to ease their symptoms.

EASING YOUR HEADACHES WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Headaches seem to plague us all. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that more than half of the adult population worldwide struggles with headaches, particularly tension headaches. If you get them often, here are four easy essential oils to try.

PEPPERMINT OIL

Peppermint is the most popular oil for treating headaches. How to use it: It’s been used for thousands of years, but a very recent study notes that dabbing just a bit on your temples and forehead, blended with a carrier oil such as coconut or avocado, helps relieve the pain of tension headaches.

LAVENDER OIL

Lavender oil has been used for cleansing and health for over 2,500 years. It’s an incredibly soothing scent, and several studies suggest that just a bit of lavender oil can ease the tension of headaches and migraines. How to use it: again, direct application to your temples or forehead.

CHAMOMILE TEA

Chamomile tea is brewed by many to help relax and unwind. Recent studies show that using chamomile oil can have similar effects. So if you like your chamomile tea, try using it in oil form next time your head hurts. How to use it: in a diffuser, or put a drop or two on a cotton ball and put it next to your bed or pillow.

EUCALYPTUS OIL

If your headache is caused by sinus pressure, eucalyptus oil is probably your best bet. Like menthol, eucalyptus helps clear blocked sinuses and reduces inflammation—both symptoms of a sinus headache. How to use it: in a a diffuser, or dab on a warm washcloth and take a few deep breaths.

RELAXING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS: REDUCING ANXIETY AND STRESS

In today’s world, if you’re not struggling with stress or anxiety, you are the exception to the rule. If you’re struggling with anxiety or stress, try one of these three essential oils.

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

—William Arthur Ward

As mentioned previously, lavender is incredibly soothing and calming. In fact, it’s probably the most studied essential oil when it comes to relaxation. How to use it: diffuse, use with bath salts, or apply directly to your skin—but for direct application, talk to your doctor first, especially if you’re using it for kids.

The Japanese are champions of this essential oil and have been since the 18th century. In fact, researchers in Japan found the scent of yuzu citrus can lower the heart rate in as little as 10 minutes. How to use it: The Japanese recommend a yuzu bath: whole yuzus floating in your tub. So try a drop or two in your bath (with a carrier oil, of course), or diffuse.

Ylang Ylang Oil—a lovely floral scent from a tropical tree found in Southeast Asia, ylang ylang oil has been shown to calm the nervous system, easing stress. How to use it: a diffuser or spray is deemed most effective.

SEASONAL ALLERGIES AND ESSENTIAL OILS

Seasonal allergies are no joke. They turn a beautiful time of year into runny noses and itchy eyes, making it difficult to enjoy the blooms of the season. But so many allergy medicines make us tired, so having one of these three essential oils on hand can be a lifesaver. .

EUCALYPTUS OIL

Just like with headaches, Eucalyptus can ease the pressure in your sinuses caused by seasonal allergies. It can help reduce coughs and sore throats, too. How to use it: try using a diffuser for this one, as inhaling it seems to be the most effective.

LEMON OIL

Lemon oil can help with your blocked sinuses as well as helping prevent bacterial activity. Both of these things are connected with seasonal allergies, so lemon oil just might be your friend this spring. How to use it: look for lemon-based nasal sprays.

LAVENDER OIL

It naturally eases inflammation, helps you relax, and can help with skin irritation often associated with allergies. How to use it: Add to a carrier oil and apply directly to your skin, or add to lotion. A little goes a long way!

USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR HOME

We all know the stress that comes with trying to select the right over-the-counter treatment that won’t also cause nasty side effects or deluge our bodies with chemicals. With so many different companies producing and marketing essential oils, this remedy has now become surprisingly affordable—and it’s all-natural, too.

Taking care of your mind and body is an essential step on the path toward finding your chi. Essential oils are one method to help you get there! Choose a scent you’re comfortable with, and the next time you’re struggling with headaches, allergies, stress, or insomnia, pull that vial out of the cupboard and give it a go.

WE ALL KNOW THE STRESS THAT COMES

We all know the stress that comes with trying to select the right over-the-counter treatment that won’t also cause nasty side effects or deluge our bodies with chemicals. With so many different companies producing and marketing essential oils, this remedy has now become surprisingly affordable—and it’s all-natural, too.

Taking care of your mind and body is an essential step on the path toward finding your chi. Essential oils are one method to help you get there! Choose a scent you’re comfortable with, and the next time you’re struggling with headaches, allergies, stress, or insomnia, pull that vial out of the cupboard and give it a go.

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