Essential oils, nature’s own pharmacy

Essential oils are a gift from nature. They have been used throughout the ages for their physically and mentally healing properties.

In the process of making them, the plant is separated from its volatile parts which contains the fragrant ingredients of plants. Essential oils containing plants have, over time, developed these substances to attract pollinators, protect themselves from pests, or treat damaged tissue. So, if you think about it, it’s not so surprising that they smell so wonderful and are full of healing power.

Most commonly essential oils are used in aromatherapy, but you can easily use them in normal everyday life as well to improve your own well-being. The effects can be either calming or refreshing, relaxing or energy-boosting. They can be used to improve concentration, to relive pain and anxiety – depending on the fragrance and its properties.

How to use?

When applied to the skin, it is important to dilute the essential oil with a base oil, not directly to the skin because it may cause irritation. For skin care, the recommended dilution is 1-2 drops of essential oil mixed with a tablespoon of base oil, for example coconut or jojoba oil. You can also put the essential oils in to an aroma lamp or to a diffuser. In that case, the active ingredients find their way to your body through breathing. You can use them in massage or maybe have a voluptuous bath moment.

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Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oils. It has several health and body well-being promotional effects. Unlike most essential oils you can use lavender directly to your skin.
It can be used to treat insomnia and is known to activate serotonin production, which gives the body an impulse to calm down. Lavender can also be used on a small target area to treat burned skin, to disinfect wounds and to insects’ bites because of its healing and disinfecting effects.

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Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus tree grows in Australia and it has been used for centuries for medical purposes. Because of its antiseptic and curative effects, you can use it to accelerate healing of the skin. Also, it eases stuffiness and flu. What comes to the psychic qualities, eucalyptus oil calms you down and balances emotions and brightens up thoughts.

Pine

Pines effects are refreshing and energizing. It opens and strengthens the airways and disinfects the room air. So, if you’re for example suffering from morning fatigue, you should give it a try!

Rosemary

Rosemary stimulates blood circulation and digestion, and its aroma is wonderfully spicy. It can be used to treat rheumatism and pain. It also eliminates fatigue.

Orange

Orange smells sweet and fresh. It refreshes and elevates the mood, but also soothes and reduces stress. It can be used to increase appetite and promote digestion.

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Jasmine

The fragrance of jasmine is richly floral. It is known for its seductive scent. Jasmine flowers used for oil must be picked at night because after sunset it has the strongest aroma. It can be used, among other things, to stimulate sexuality and elevate mood.

There’s just a few examples of essential oils and their effects in this article. If you got interested, you may want to get to know the wonders of nature.

Kirsi Suomi

Sources:
https://luontainenterveys.fi/index.php/osa-alueet/eteeriset-oljyt/
https://www.luontoemo.fi/41
https://www.healthline.com/health/lavender-oil-for-skin#application
https://yogobe.com/fi/blog/kehoa-ja-mielta-hoitavat-eteeriset-oljyt
https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/products/group/essential-oils/

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