These Oils May be Essential to your Health Routine

Botanicals and essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their relaxing and invigorating properties, and their use is still going strong.

One study found that a third of Americans believe in the health benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Essential oils are simply concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor through mechanical pressing or distillation. Usually stored in small dark bottles to minimize exposure to light, pure oils must be diluted with a carrier oil when used on skin.

Lavender

This oil is a favorite to many and is known for its calming effect on the nerves and its ability to ease stress and tension.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is used to clear the mind and increase focus. Some claim this fresh scent helps with respiratory problems.

Chamomile

Chamomile tea is well-known for helping relaxation and sleep. The essential oil also has a calming effect. Add it to baths to ease minor aches and promote restful sleep.

Peppermint

Peppermint is used to help stomach aches and can help you feel more alert. Rubbing it into temples can ease headaches.

Ginger

Ginger ale, teas and candies have always helped with nausea, but the aroma of ginger essential oils also works.

Rosemary

Rosemary is often mixed with coconut oil and rubbed on the temples to release tension and quiet anxiety. One study found that diffused rosemary oil can increase focus and memory.

Citrus

Lemon can help with depression by stabilizing hormone levels, and grapefruit can dull hunger. Sweet orange has been found to help reduce anxiety.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil has antiseptic properties and helps fight off infections and treat cuts and scrapes.

If you decide to use essential oils, look for a trusted producer. And like anything on your skin, test a little bit on a small area first.

Be sure and check with your physician before using essential oils, in case you have any cross reactions to medications, and store in a cool dry place to retain their effectiveness.