Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]

Uses for Common Essential OilsUses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]

4. Chamomile Oil

Universally thought of safe by doctors and practitioners alike, chamomile is used for an anti-inflammatory calming action.

  • Calming – Put a few drops in some hot water, place a towel over your head and the bowl to inhale the steam.
  • Bruises, bites, stings, skin irritation – Make a compress by putting a few drops of oil in hot water and then soaking a cloth in the mixture. Place compress on the bruises. Alternatively, put a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into the bruise.
  • Allergies – Use a diffuser in your home or office during the day and during allergy season to help lesson symptoms. You can also spray on your feet and inhale directly during serious flares.
  • Irritability & Insomnia – Inhale or drink chamomile tea to help experience the calming effects of this essential oil.

Due to chamomile’s anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, calming and relaxing properties it’s a very commonly used essential oil.

5. Eucalyptus Oil

This essential oil is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and expectant oil. Mostly used for respiratory issues due to the fragrant oil as well as the way the scent affects people psychologically.

  • Increase Circulation & Blood Flow – Put a drop in the massage oil and rub into skin to help increase circulation.
  • Improve Lung Function – Whether it’s bronchitis, asthma or congestion you can improve the lung function by using an inhalation tent to breathe in the steam.
  • To Wakeup – Whether you have jet lag, trouble waking up in the morning or are just tired, adding some eucalyptus oil to your bath or shower can do wonders for your energy level.

There are many other uses for eucalyptus oil too, such as helping with kidney stones, reducing pain, and more. You’ll definitely want to keep this around regularly.

6. Lemon Oil

There are so many uses for lemon essential oils. You can use it for many purposes including antiseptic, cleansing and healing.

  • Concentration – Put some lemon oil into lotion so that you can rub it on your arms and neck, inhaling deeply. Then take a test, or do work. You’ll find that your focus is better and your mind is sharper.
  • Alertness – If you feel as if you’re dragging through the day and not really aware of what is happening around you, try inhaling some lemon oil using a diffuser in the room you’re working in.
  • Positivity – Put some drops of lemon oil in candle wax, turn on some positive music and you’ll feel a lot less negative almost immediately.
  • Nausea – If you’re suffering from nausea due to morning sickness or as a side effect to medication try putting a few drops of lemon oil onto a cotton ball and sniff it each time you are afflicted.

Lemon is so common that you’ll notice it’s in so many things that you use from shampoo, to skin care, to cleaning products. That’s because the smell is so clean and fresh and inoffensive.

These are likely some of the most commonly used essential oils. There are many others that you can use to get started with aromatherapy.  Studying scents and how they can affect your health and quality of life can make a lot of difference in your life. You can use essential oils in so many ways to help improve and complement other methods of health care. Used wisely, you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought.

Getting Started with Aromatherapy

Getting Started with Aromatherapy in Your Own Life

If you want to use aromatherapy to help improve your health, it’s easy to get started, but there are some things you should understand first.Getting Started with Aromatherapy

There are three main ways to use essential oils for health.

  1. Aerial: This is a way to get the fragrance into the air such as putting it with water to spray in the air, or with other compounds. You will find these in air fresheners, candles and more. The oil evaporating into the air allows you to easily inhale the oil.
  2. Inhalation: May be mixed with other oils, and even placed on a cotton ball, or into hot water to inhale the steam directly. This method is often used as a quick way to get the essential oil into the system to help with disinfection.
  3. Topical: Used in lotions, carrier oils, compresses and baths. This method is a great way to help people with sore muscles and other issues. You only need a few drops.

Using these methods to apply the essential oils will be used depending on what you’re trying to treat. The benefits of each method become clear as you use the essential oils.

  • Massage: With massage you get two methods of healing, one through touch and one through the release of the essential oils into the air.
  • Baths: Just a few drops added to your bath or your baby’s bath can help so many problems and encourage relaxation.
  • Inhalation: If you have stuffed sinus, a headache, or issues with respiratory passages, inhalation is the best way to help you if you have the flu, a cold or other sinus issues.

Aromatherapy can go far in treating a number of aliments if you think about first, which problem you have, then which method will work best, and finally which essential oil is known to treat that condition. When you take all three factors into consideration then you can treat the problem faster and more effectively.