Essential oils have been around for centuries, and their use is still very popular today. They are thought to have incredible healing properties that can help our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as being great for relaxation and meditation. According to BUPA, essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy, a complementary therapy that uses plant extracts to support health and well-being.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are compounds extracted from the heart of a flower, seed or root which capture the plant’s scent, or “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aroma has been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use in products such as massage oils or.hand washes.
Sensing the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions. Interestingly, the limbic system is heavily involved in forming memories. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions.
Common uses of essential oils
Aromatherapy – A healing process in which the vibrant aroma of essential oils can evoke a powerful psychological, physiological and spiritual response. Mix the oil with water in a spray bottle to spray on rugs, sofas and in rooms, add a few drops to laundry.
Essential oil diffuser – Aroma diffusers are an easy way to fill your home, office, or bedroom, with powerful essential oil blends that can help bring a sense of tranquillity and calmness.
Aromatherapy massage – This is a great way to combine all the above ways of using essential oils. Through massaging the oils into the skin, you’re not only getting the topical benefits but inhaling the aromatic properties. This is great for our physical and mental health.
Liquid Hnd Washes - Essential Oils are often used in liquid hand washes to add a depth opf fragrance to the washing experience.
Popular essential oils, include:
- Peppermint: used to boost energy and aid digestion
- Lavender: used to relieve stress
- Sandalwood: used to calm nerves and help with focus
- Bergamot: used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema
- Rose: used to improve mood and reduce anxiety
- Chamomile: used to improve mood and relaxation
- Ylang-Ylang: used to treat headaches, nausea, and skin conditions
- Tea Tree: used to fight infections and boost immunity
- Jasmine: used to help with depression
- Lemon: used to aid digestion, mood, headaches, and more