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Top Essential Oils- Know the right one for you!

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In recent times, of course, most of the scents and aromas are made artificially. 

Essential oils are commonly extracted from herbal or medicinal plants which are detained and captured in order to retain the plant’s scent and flavor. Distinctive aromatic compounds give each essential oil its particular essence. 

These oils are helpful in stimulating the sense of smell through aromatherapy. Then the aromatic chemicals are extracted, they are either mixed with carrier oils or used directly on the skin or hair.

All the essential oils are distilled from flowers, leaves, and seeds of plants. 

Depending on the way of extraction of the aroma from the plants, these essential oils can be considered natural or artificial. 

Uses and Benefits

Essential oils are often used to relieve stress and anxiety, elevate your mood, help to provide proper night sleep, quell nausea, reduce headaches and migraines, and also acts as a repellant of insects. Most essential oils are a powerhouse of antiseptic properties. 

43% of people globally use aromatherapy as an alternative therapy to help relieve their symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

Massage therapy often uses essential oil for stress relief and relaxation of body muscles. 

The most common Essential Oils

There are several essential oils for multiple uses and has special properties to treat particular ailments: 

  1. Bergamot oil: It is a  citrus oil that gives Earl Grey tea, having a characteristic flavor, and is often used to relieve anxiety. Bergamot is widely being studied for its capability to lower cholesterol.

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  1. Carrot seed oil: Highly used in cosmetics, this oil has essential antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating your skin problems. 

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  1. Basil oil: Extracted from a popular cooking herb, basil oil is effective in easing coughs and congestion, improving digestion, increasing alertness, soothing muscle soreness and improving moods. 

  2. Cinnamon oil: Cinnamon is widely used as a cooking spice but its oil is highly effective in improving blood circulation, ease pain, fight off pain and stress, infections, and improve digestion. 

  3. Jasmine oil: Jasmine oil is often used on the hair for nourishment It is also used as a stress-reliever having the potential to help treat dry skin and signs of aging, inflammation, and psoriasis. 

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  1. Lemongrass oil: Lemongrass is a fast-growing, tropical grass native to Sri Lanka, popularly used for stress relief and ease anxiety, and boosts immunity.  It has been effective in treating dandruff, easing headaches, fungal infections, and stomach problems. 

  2. Sandalwood oil: Sandalwood has uncountable benefits popularly used in meditation and spas, its soothing fragrant can relieve anxiety and improve sleep. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can guard against skin cancer.

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8) Lavender Oil: No wonder why it is called the powerhouse essential oil. It is sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, and helps in treating anxiety and stress. It is filled with antioxidants and has antibacterial, antiviral, anesthetic, and immune-boosting properties. 

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  1.  Neem oil: Neem oil can is used to treat nail fungus and acne and also is an effective insect repellent.

  2.  Peppermint oil: A medically valuable oil if mixed into your toothpaste or mouthwash or shampoo can do wonders. Peppermint is a popular flavor for chewing gums. It is equally effective in reducing headaches, pain, and stomach issues like bowel syndromes. 



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Essential oils can be used every day to treat a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. However, these oils are not approved by the FDA hence must be used cautiously and with medical experts’ advice. 

Expecting mothers are advised to avoid certain essential oils such as oregano,  cinnamon,  aniseed, thyme, cumin, clove, fennel, etc.

It is advised to store essential oils in a cool, dark place to prevent spoiling. These essential oils, if stored and handled properly, can last up to a year.

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