So many pretty little bottles. Such an array of delightful scents. Just gazing at a collection of essential oils can bring about joy. The contents of these little vials are what offer the truly powerful healing properties.
Used around the world for thousands of years, essential oils are produced through a process in which different parts of plants – including flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin, and peels – are distilled, allowing the oil and water-based compounds to separate. What is left is an extremely concentrated aromatic compound called essential oils.
The healing properties of essential oils and aromatherapy are virtually countless. Among many health benefits, they are known to:
· Reduce emotional stress and anxiety
· Boost immunity & fight infections
· Promote restful sleep
· Boost energy levels
· Improve brain function
· Balance hormones
· Alleviate aches and pains
· Boost skin and hair health
· Reduce toxicity
· Relieve headaches and migraines
· Improve digestive function
In fact, recent studies have proven aromatherapy’s effectiveness. According to an article published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information Website, “Essential oils, inhaled or orally administered … improve the quality of sleep … anxiety (and) post-traumatic stress disorder… In fact, several studies have shown that aromatherapy could be used as a complementary and alternative therapy for patients with depression and secondary depressive symptoms, including anxiety disorders.”
Because essential oils can assist the body’s own healing processes and enhance our well-being – it’s no surprise that this natural and oftentimes cost-effective therapy has been gaining popularity.
These aromatic oils can be used topically or inhaled – both powerful ways of dispersing their healing properties into your system. An inhaler is a potent way of allowing you to experience the benefits of essential oils – where and when you need them.
· Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) – purifies and clears negative energy
· Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) – cleanses and revitalizes
· Mentha piperita (Peppermint) – invigorating, awakens the mind
· Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) – antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal
· Eugenia caryophyllata (Clove Bud) – relieves minor aches and pains
· Melaleuca cajuputi (Cajeput) – soothes sore muscles and aching joints
· Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara) – calms in stressful situations
Aromatherapy can be a strong addition to anyone’s healing toolkit – whether it’s for your own personal use or as a gift for a friend in need.