At some point in our lives, even the healthiest of us will face some sort of mental or physical symptoms. Medical professionals seem to be quite keen on giving out prescription medication like its Halloween candy, and sometimes this is justified. There are many cases where medication is the most effective form of treatment. However, when these ailments are less severe, the negative side effects of prescriptions meds may outweigh the effectiveness of the medication itself. This is where home remedies can play a major role in your health and wellness. More specifically, essential oils extracted from natural sources can support the mental and physical healing of symptoms while acting as a preventative agent for the future. Each essential oil has its own set of healing properties, and they can be combined to suit your individual needs. The seven most common oils can be found below:
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint isn’t just for freshening breath. In fact, smelling peppermint oil is known to increase alertness, energy levels and contribute to better performance in athletes. The aroma is also able to stop headaches in their tracks. When used topically, such as during massages, the minty tingle can help to relieve sore muscles and back pain. If consumed orally, peppermint oil is capable of mediating and improving digestive issues.
2. Lemon Oil
As a citrus fruit, lemons contain high levels of vitamin C, and the oils extracted from lemons do as well, promoting immune system functioning. The smell of lemon oil is calming, and can provide relief for stress, anxiety and depression. In addition, it can aid in balancing hormone levels and banishing insomnia.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender is probably the most common essential oil used for aromatherapy because of its pleasant smell and versatility in healing. Lavender encourages sleep and relaxation by calming the nervous system and easing tension, migraines, emotional stress and depression. Apart from its neurological effects, lavender can also reduce pain and soothe physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.
4. Ginger Oil
Ginger is known to be a fantastic anti-nauseate and is now being used in many over-the-counter nausea medications. Ginger oil is even more concentrated and effective in the digestive tract and can provide relief for food poisoning and intestinal infections. Ginger oil is also soothing to respiratory ailments, such as colds, flus and bronchitis.
5. Grapefruit Oil
Grapefruit is another citrus whose oil contains vitamin C, boosting immune system functioning. Grapefruit oil is also an antioxidant and contains disinfectant, antiseptic, and diuretic properties. It is one of the easiest methods of bodily detoxification as it improves lymphatic activity. Ingesting grapefruit oil can help to suppress appetite as well and is helpful in weight loss.
6. Orange Oil
Along with this citrus fruit’s positive effects on the immune system, orange oil is also a natural sedative, easing feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. It can be used to reduce bodily inflammation and, like grapefruit, act as a diuretic. Orange oil is also known for its aphrodisiac qualities.
7. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary can do more than merely flavor a chicken. The essential oils of rosemary are able to assist with indigestion and immune system improvement, while also increasing mental capacity and providing relief from stress and pain.
*Note: Speak to your doctor before beginning holistic treatment with essential oils, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.