Benefits Of Essential Oils
The benefits of essential oils are multiple, and their fields of action are very diverse. Not surprisingly, there are tens of thousands of aromatic plants globally, each of them secreting essential oils for particular reasons. In addition, each essential oil contains a hundred different aromatic molecules, with ten main aromatic molecules and a multitude of aromatic molecules present in tiny concentrations! This incredible biochemical diversity results in a great diversity of properties and potential benefits, which are very difficult to summarize. Check out how to use essential oils. However, we can roughly translate the fields of application and benefits of essential oils in this way:
- Essential oils are antiviral, antibacterial, expectorant properties, etc, that help ENT and respiratory disorders.
- Some essential oils have analgesic, calming (even sedative), or stimulating properties for nervous disorders.
- Skin disorders heal with anti-inflammatory, healing, spasmolytic, circulatory properties of essential oils.
- For joint and muscle pain, via analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties, etc.
Of course, these rough fields of application are not exhaustive. The health/wellness issues that essential oils can effectively solve many health issues.
1. Essential oils for skincare
Essential oils are very interesting for skincare and in dermatology: they contain an assortment of active ingredients, and their use by the cutaneous route is straightforward, making them excellent choices. Here is a non-exhaustive list of skin problems for which they can be very effective:
Essential oils with antibacterial, analgesic, and healing capacity oils, such as Tea Tree, Geranium Rosat, Laurel Noble, Palmarosa, or True Lavender help clear acne. Check out essential oils for acne.
Any Skin Allergy:
Essential oils like Annual Tansy, Matricaria Chamomile, or True Lavender with antiallergic, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties help clear skin allergies.
In case of sunburn, use essential oils tonic and astringent skin, anesthetic and healing, such as Geranium Rosat, Lavender Aspic.
For yeast infection, use antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and healing essential oils, such as Tea Tree, Laurel Noble, Geranium Rosat, and Palmarosa.
In herpes, use antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and healing essential oils, such as Niaouli, Tea Tree, or True LavenderLemonlulite
Against cellulite, use lipid-lowering, lipolytic, draining, and diuretic essential oils, such as lemon, sea fennel or Atlas cedar.
To get rid of a scar, use especially Italian Helichrysum, strongly healing, but also anti-inflammatory and regenerative essential oils such as Patchouli and Rosemary with Camphor.
Against warts, use anti-infectious essential oils such as Cinnamon, Mountain Savory, Tea Tree, or Lemon.
2. Essential oils to take care of your hair
How can essential oils take good care of our hair? It is indeed an application which one would not have really idea with regard to the numerous properties previously mentioned, more therapeutic than cosmetic. Indeed, essential oils are not cosmetic products in their own right. However, their astonishing virtues make them excellent “additives”, or “concentrated active ingredients” to supplement the effectiveness of a cosmetic product, a neutral base or a homemade mixture. Regarding hair care , essential oils will be able to act on several problems:
- Some will improve the vascularization of the scalp, thanks to their vasodilator properties;
- Some will cleanse the scalp, thanks to their antiseptic properties;
- Finally, some will act on the secretion of sebum from the scalp, thanks to their lipolytic properties in particular.
This is how essential oils can accelerate hair growth, slow down hair loss, take care of hair that is too oily or too dry, etc.
3. Essential oils for muscles and joints
Among the essential oils, there are products of great effectiveness for many joint or muscle problems. These essential oils are widely used for people whose age is beginning to take its effects. There are many reasons for this success. On the one hand, certain essential oils have potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. On the other hand, the high efficiency of essential oils by the cutaneous route makes it possible to act directly on the affected area without going through the digestive system. Here are some examples of typical applications:
Against osteoarthritis, use anti-inflammatory and analgesic essential oils to relieve the pain (this does not correct the underlying problem), such as Lemon Eucalyptus, or Nutmeg.
In repeated cramps, use essential oils that are musculotropic spasmolytic, analgesic, and decongestant, such as Lavandin Super, Gaulthérie Odorante, or Red Myrtle.
To soothe muscle stiffness, use essential oils that regulate the parasympathetic, muscle antispasmodic, and reddening systems, such as Laurel Noble, Gaulthérie Odorante, and Lavandin Super.
In the event of a sprain, use essential oils that are anti-bruising, anti-inflammatory, analgesics, and musculotropic spasmolytics, such as Italian Helichrysum, Lavandin Super, Lemon Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.
Against back pain, stuck back or lumbago, use essential oils for joint pain relievers, relaxants, and anti-inflammatories such as Scented Gaulthérie, Scots Pine, Lavandin Super or even Roman Chamomile.
In the case of torticollis, use anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, neuromuscular relaxant and circulatory tonic essential oils such as Lemon Eucalyptus, Rosemary with Camphor, Gaulthérie or Vetiver.
4. Essential oils for the nervous system
The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), but also the peripheral (nerves, receptors). Certain essential oils will interact strongly with these systems, sometimes making it possible to regulate it, sometimes to stimulate it, sometimes even to bypass it. These essential oils intended for our nervous system are mainly used by the skin, via the blood network, but also by the respiratory route, making it possible to touch the sensory receptors of smell. Here are some examples of common applications:
In case of an anxiety attack, emotional shock, use hypotensive and anti-arrhythmic, calming, and antispasmodic essential oils, such as Ylang Ylang Complete, Roman Chamomile, or Exotic Verbena.
To promote concentration, use essential oils that regulate sympathetically, tonic and general stimulating systems, such as Laurel Noble, Peppermint, and Black Spruce.
In case of hyperactivity, use calming, antispasmodic, and muscle relaxant essential oils, such as Roman Chamomile, Petit Grain Bigarade, Green Mandarin.
In intense fatigue, use refreshing and stimulating, balancing, and antispasmodic essential oils, such as Peppermint, Black Spruce, Scots Pine, and Basil.
In case of neuralgia, use local analgesic essential oils and strongly spasmolytic, such as Roman Chamomile, Peppermint and Lemon Eucalyptus.
Against insomnia, but also to improve the quality of sleep, use antispasmodic, calming and anxiolytic, even sedative oils, such as the essential oil of Ledon from Greenland, Marjoram with Shells and Petit Grain Bigarade.
Against stress , use essential oils calming and relaxing, spasmolytic and anxiolytic, hypotensive and antiarrhythmic, such as Petit Grain Bigarade, Ylang-Ylang Complete and Lemongrass essential oils.
In support of depression, and appropriate follow-up, use para sympathicotonia, calming and anxiolytic essential oils, endocrine harmonizing, such as Neroli, Marjoram, Scented Verbena, Petit Grain Bigarade.
5. Essential oils for the digestive system
The properties of certain essential oils, used orally or through the skin, support our digestive system against many daily health concerns: essential oils that are antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, detoxifying, etc. Here is an overview of some common applications of essential oils:
In case of constipation, use stomachic essential oils, spasmolytics of the smooth muscles of digestion, carminatives, and tonics of the digestive system, such as Tarragon, Bergamot, Coriander and Ginger.
For a detox, use decongestant, draining and detoxifying hepatic, antioxidant, aquaretic and diuretic essential oils, such as Lemon, Rosemary Verbénone, Peppermint and Juniper.
In case of diarrhea use essential oils powerfully anti-infectious in the intestinal sphere, spasmolytic and carminative, such as Chinese Cinnamon, Basil, Peppermint and Cardamom.
Against gastroentheritis , use essential oils that are major anti-infectious, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating and analgesic, such as Chinese Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Cardamom, Tarragon or Peppermint.
Against motion sickness, use essential oils that are antispasmodic for the digestive and carminative organs, such as Peppermint, Cardamom, Lemon or Petit Grain Bigarade.
6. Essential oils for the ENT & respiratory sector
The natural defenses of aromatic plants, essential oils are for the most part anti-infectious: their very broad spectrum of action against viruses and bacteria make them suitable tools for problems that are sometimes not very precisely defined, such as a flu-like condition. They are used a lot in the ENT sphere, by skin application or by inhalation.
Against sore throat , use essential oils that are antiviral and antibacterial, analgesic, immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory, such as Niaouli, Tea Tree or Ravintsara.
In case of pollen allergy, use antihistamine, anti – inflammatory, and antispasmodic essential oils, such as Annual Tansy, Fine Lavender, Lemon Eucalyptus.
In case of the flu, use broad-spectrum antiviral, immunostimulant, endocrine stimulating and anti-neuralgic essential oils, such as Ravintsara, Black Spruce, Laurel Noble, or Eucalyptus Radiata.
To relieve asthma, use essential oils that are relaxing and spasmolytic for the respiratory sphere, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, expectorant and mucolytic, such as Roman Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus, Red Myrtle or Khella.
Against an ear infection, use anti-inflammatory essential oils from the ENT sphere, broad-spectrum antibacterial and analgesics, such as Thyme Thymol, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fine Lavender.
To strengthen immunity, use immunostimulating essential oils of course, but also anti-infectious, detoxifying and hepatoprotective, such as Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Lemon, Thyme Thymol.
Against a cold , use essential oils that are anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory, mucolytic and expectorant, decongestant and slightly analgesic, such as Eucalyptus Radiata, Field Mint, Balsam Fir, Linalool Thyme.
Against a fatty cough , use expectorant and mucolytic, antibacterial, antiviral and immunostimulating essential oils, such as Green Myrtle, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Radiata or Tea Tree.
Other health applications of essential oils
To complete the tour of the multiple health uses of essential oils, we must mention:
- disorders related to female cycles (menopause, painful periods, etc.),
- metabolic and circulatory concerns (cholesterol, hypertension, heavy legs, varicose veins, etc.),
- oral problems (cavities, mouth ulcers, oral herpes, etc.),
- certain concerns related to sexuality
- as well as many ailments and everyday worries (small accidents, bites, nosebleeds, etc.).