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The Power of Essential Oils

June 12, 2016

 Essential Oils

The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses that is directly connected to the brain. Way in the back of your sinus cavities is a small part of the brain exposes to catch all the different types of smells that is brought in through the nose. This is why the sense of smell has such a powerful impact when it comes to your memories.

A particularly perfume or the smell of a favorite restaurant is one that floods the mind with memories that you savor to this day. Interestingly enough, the power of the sense of smell goes beyond memories as it can affect your health in positive or negative ways.

The scent of essential oils for example represents a powerful influence on the mind when used correctly. For many years, people have been using essential oils to help them relax, improve their sleep, and even have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are not really oils at all since they don’t have fatty acids. Instead, they are components of plants that have been highly concentrated. So concentrated that it takes an amazing 4,000 pounds of roses from Bulgaria to make one pound of essential oil which shows just how concentrated the substance really is. The oils themselves can have a powerful mental, emotional, and physical effect on the body either by being applied to the skin or inhaled by using a diffuser.

For the most part, you should look for the essential oils that are made from high quality sources that are pure in nature, medicinal in approached and distilled using the steam process. If you decide to apply the oil to the skin, then mix it with a carrier oil or almond oil so that it does not cause a reaction to the skin. Also, it is not wise to ingest essential oils unless there is a specific exception that has been created for consumption.

Ten Best Essential Oils

Here the ten best essential oils that you can use in a number of different ways. Whether by inhaling their essence or applying it to the skin, these essential oils provide excellent properties for different uses.

Calendula: Also called marigold, this particular product makes for an excellent essential oil. It can be applied to the skin when properly diluted to help heal acne scars and any injuries to sensitive skin. You can even put a drop or two in your bathwater to help deal with psoriasis.

Chamomile: Often used as a tea, the essential oils derived from chamomile have a similar effect of relaxation. That’s why drinking a cup before bed can help you go to sleep or better yet, add a few drops to your pillowcase.

Eucalyptus: For those who suffer from allergies or colds this is a marvelous essential oil to have around. This is because it can help open up the airways and relieve some of the congestion that you feel. In addition, the antibacterial aspects of this particular oil can boost the immune system when used in a diffuser. If you are suffering from sinus congestion you can put a few drops into a diffuser and let it run overnight so that you can get a good night’s sleep.

Frankincense: This is a great essential oil to use for relaxation, particular with a drop or two in your bath. Plus, it can actually help to heal up small cuts and bug bites more rapidly thanks to its unique properties. However, it can also be used to help boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, fight depression, and even bolster your spiritual side.

Grapefruit: A wonderful citrus essential oil, it offers properties similar to lemon oil and perfect for those who are tired or feeling a little fatigued. It’s great for those who may be suffering from jet lag to help them adjust to the new time period. Plus, the product is an antiseptic which means that you can add it to your cleansers to kill germs and bacteria naturally.

Lavender: One of the more versatile essential oils, lavender works very well when it comes to skin irritations, scrapes, cuts and even bruises when applied in the proper mixture. However, it may be better known for its relaxation qualities which is why putting a drop or two in your bath provides an excellent way to relax for the night. You can put a drop or two on your pillowcase before going to bed or use a diffuser to fill the air with the scent.

Lemon: There are many different uses for lemon oil ranging from the detoxifying the body to helping you get rid of your acne. It also provides you with a boost to your alertness and clears the head so that you can better focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Not only that, but it also can keep fleas out of your home and off of your pet.

Oregano: This great for fighting the flu and colds thanks to its antibacterial properties. Just a drop or two on the tongue is all you need and it is safe because oregano is often used as a spice. Keep this around for flu season and you’ll feel the difference.

Peppermint: Used mostly as a mint, the essential oil from this plant will help boost your focus, concentration, and mental alertness. Like oregano, it is one of the very few essential oils that can be taken internally by mixing it with water. If you have an upset stomach, a little peppermint can go a long way when it comes to relief.

Tea Tree: This is a very popular antibacterial, anti-fungal agent that comes from Australia. You can use this oil on your skin to get rid of blemishes, fungal infections, and the like. A little tea tree oil applied with cotton can clear up your skin and take care of many different conditions quickly and safely. You’ll find tea tree oil in many skin care products.

Take a look at our wonderful selection of aromatherapy gifts that include essential oils, essential oil diffusers, soy candles, bath and body and skincare products infused with the power of natural essential oils. Elevate your lifestyle and shop for the best gift ideas only at Gifts Ready To Go!

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