An essential oil is a liquid containing aroma compounds from plants. An oil is considered 'essential' because it carries a distinctive scent or essence of the plant.
Interest in essential oils has revived over recent years with the popularity of aromatherapy on the rise. Aromatherapy is a branch of alternative medicine in which essential oils and other aromatic compounds have healing effects. Many are also claimed to have an uplifting effect on the mind.
The science of using oils that are extracted from plants to enhance physical and emotional well-being isn't as new as we might think. Evidence of its use can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. However, this isn't folk medicine: Studies have found that inhaling essential oils actually has psychological and physiological benefits.
The next time you need a pick-me-up or a time-out at work, apply a few drops of pure essential oils to a tissue, rub it into your hands, and inhale the aroma deeply through your nose.
Tips from YogaJounal.com:
- For an energy boost, try essential oils of basil, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, or rosemary.
- To calm your nerves and de-stress, try lavender, clary sage, Roman chamomile, or ylang-ylang.
Essential oils are also used for massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.
I plan to do further research to learn more about essential oils - - Livestrong.com has a great breakdown of several essential oils and the benefits of each.
Do you have any experience with the benefits of essential oils?