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Essential Oils... Do they Live Up to the Hype?

Essential oils have been around since ancient times and used in a multitude of holistic ways. However, they've really jumped into the forefront of popularity and trends over the last 5 years. Are they all that great? Do they really work? And how? Read on and see if it changes or reinforces your perspective on them!

What are essential oils? Lavender, lemon, peppermint, thyme, rose geranium and tea tree oil to name a few. These oils act as natural medicine and can be used in so many ways.  Everything from fighting cold and flu symptoms to relaxing your body, soothing sore muscles and healing skin conditions. Their benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Enough chit chat, let's get you the specifics on these amazing therapeutic essential oils so you can decide for youself if they live up to the hype after hearing what just these 10 essential oils can do.

1. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil can give a cooling sensation and can have a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues. Try breathing in peppermint oil next time you're nauseas to alleviate your symptoms.

Homemade toothpaste: Combine coconut oil, xylitol, baking soda and sea salt with peppermint essential oil to make your own remineralizing toothpaste.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities.

Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe your feet.

3. Lavender

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to relieve nervous tension and pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.

Homemade lip balm: Combine lavender oil, coconut oil and beeswax for a soothing, healing balm for chapped lips.

Not in to DIY projects? Moroccan Magic is a great USDA organic argan & essential oil lip balm brand that uses all organic ingredients and essential oils.

4. Lemon

Lemon essential oil benefits come from it's antiseptic, astringent and detoxifying nature. It can help in treating pimples and various skin disorders and rejuvenate sagging or tired-looking skin.

Teeth whitener: Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil and fresh strawberries. Rub on your teeth, leave on for two minutes and rinse.

5. Thyme

Thyme oil is one of the strongest antioxidants known and has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times. Thyme oil can drain congestion and cure infections in the chest and throat that cause the common cold or cough. It also has antiseptic, hypertensive, antispasmodic, antibacterial and calming properties.

Alleviate Bronchitis symptoms: You can use thyme or peppermint essential oils in a bowl of warm to fairly hot water, drape a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for 10-15 minutes.

6. Rose

The health benefits of Rose Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, cicatrisant, depurative, emenagogue, haemostatic, hepatic, laxative, nervine, stomachic and uterine substance.

Improve depression: Add rose oil to your bath or diffuser to boost mood and relieve depression.

7. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. It's used topically for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail, lice, scabies, athlete's foot and ringworm.

Acne face wash: Mix tea tree oil with raw honey and rub on your face and then rinse.

Homemade deodorant: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils and rub in your armpits. Suggested essential oils for women: tea tree oil, lavender or rose. Suggested essential oils for men: cedarwood or clove oil.

8. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil cab stimulate hair growth, improve memory and aid in liver detoxification.

Homemade shampoo: Mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel and coconut milk. Use as you would regular shampoo!

9. Frankincense

Frankincense is a common essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even potentially helping to fight cancer.

Reduce age spots: Put frankincense essential oil directly on skin 3/day to improve age spots and sun spots.

Reduce wrinkles: Mix 3-5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes.

10. Grapefruit essential oil

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and tonic substance. 

Reduce cellulite: Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.

Reduce stretch marks: Mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh and grapefruit essential oils with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.

So what do you think? Are you ready to go out and add some of these oils to your medicine cabinet?



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