My mom is all about using essential oils whenever possible. Whether I complain about a heartburn or have a painful mosquito bite, she always finds the right oil that will make me feel much better. This Monday to kick off the week with a health piece we explore the benefits of essential oils and why they are a great alternative option when you aren’t feeling your best.
Although essential oils are more often used in aromatherapy and a lot of people don’t particularly think about their proven benefits, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants which is what we call an “essence” or “scent”. Each of these extracts have very different characteristics and smells and there are numerous ways to apply those on your skin to help absorption. These can be for example by using heat on different parts of your body to make sure the oils enter your skin smoothly or inhaling the aromas with steam and water.
One of the most popular essential oils out there is peppermint, which is great for digestion problems and it can also give you an amazing boost in energy. Another favourite is lavender to relieve stress and help fight sleepless nights or if you are feeling a bit stressed out from work you should try sandalwood which will calm you down and help you focus on what is important.
My all-time favourite however has got to be tea tree oil which is used for loads of different purposes such as to keep minor infections, as well as help boost your hair! Unlike most essential oils, tea tree can be eaten by putting some drops on a plain surface such as a cube of sugar, honey or a piece of bread. It has become part of my morning ritual on a hangover or a hard day!
Tea Tree oil comes from a plant native to Australia, and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, which is why I couldn’t believe I only found out about it so recently! The oil is available in most pharmacies, and ranges from 5-50% strengths depending on what you need it for.
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