Essential Oils: Should you be using them?

I’m sure you’ve heard about essential oils. Stressed? Essential oils!

Tired? Essential oils!
Headache? Essential oils!

I’ll admit, I was skeptical. How could scented oils solve all of these diverse issues? But then I did some research and realized there is real evidence and success stories to support the fact that oils have medicinal properties.

While they aren’t going to be the cure you’ve been looking for for a chronic illness or disease, some of these oils have the potential to naturally solve everyday issues that drive you nuts.

A plant’s bark, roots, leaves, stems, flowers, and blossoms can all be used to make essential oils that can have positive physical and mental effects on your body.

Just make sure that when using any essential oil topically you apply a small amount to your skin first as a test to ensure your aren’t sensitive or allergic to it.

Here are 5 of the most popular essential oils and their primary uses so you can see if oils would be beneficial to your lifestyle:

  1. Tea Tree oil– Made from leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, this oil is considered to be one with the most medicinal qualities. It is antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, expectorant, insecticide and stimulant, allowing for an array of benefits! It can treat almost any topical infection like fungus, dandruff, boils, warts insect bites, head lice etc. Just be sure to never take it internally as it has multiple negative side effects when ingested.
  2. Rosemary oil– Rosemary oil has a strong fresh scent, causing it to be a common ingredient in cosmetics and cleaning supplies. But it also has multiple health benefits! When used as aromatherapy, it can have boost your memory and treat mood swings or other psychological problems. But it doesn’t stop there. Similar to tea tree oil, rosemary oil has potent anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to antioxidant and anti-cancer that allow it to relieve respiratory issues, muscle pain, digestive issues, vaginal infections, headaches etc. Avoid this oil if pregnant or suffering from epilepsy and hypertension.
  1. Lavender oil– One of the best stress reducers, lavender oil’s aroma can have incredibly calming side effects. It can be used to treat anxiety, respiratory problems, minor burns, wounds, insect bites and stings, earaches, acne, hair loss and multiple women’s health issues. You can even put a few drops on your pillow to help with insomnia, stress and headaches!
  2. Eucalyptus oil– This refreshing aroma is often used in vapor rubs, inhalers, rash creams and mouthwashes. It has great medicinal uses, with the ability to boost your immune system and help ward off any disease that attempts to enter your body. It can be applied topically to treat wounds, burns, sore muscles, bug bites, and boils. Eucalyptus is especially known for treating respiratory tract infections, asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections. Just add a few drops to boiling water and inhale the steam help open up your sinuses.
  3. Chamomile Essential oil– Calling all insomniacs! This oil has a warm relaxing oil that can help you fall asleep when you can’t stop tossing and turning. It can be used topically to treat boils, dry skin, bee stings, burns and bruises. But be aware, if you are allergic to ragweed you cannot use this oil.