Essential oils are heavily concentrated oils which have been derived from plants. Essential oils have many great uses. They are commonly found in many scented products, such as rose scented lotion, or lavender scented soaps. Some people choose to make their own scented products using their favorite essential oils and add them to their home cleaning products, use them for relaxing baths, or put them in oil diffusers to make their home smell great.
Essential oils also have many great medicinal qualities. Although not fully embraced by modern medicine, many people who are interested in alternative medicines use essential oils for a wide range of purposes. Aromatherapy is a branch of alternative medicine which relies heavily on the use of essential oils for medicinal purposes. Some essential oils are used to relax the mind and body, while others have can have more direct effects and can cure some health and skin conditions. Tea tree oil, for example, has very strong antiseptic, anti fungal, and antiviral qualities. Tea tree oil can be used to treat many skin problems including fungal infections, eczema, and even to treat burns and bug bites! Tea tree oil can be applied directly to the skin. Many people may find the strong smell of tea tree oil offensive, but it can be better than applying strong medicines which may have other side effects. While there may not be proven medical trials which prove this, if you speak to someone who has used tea tree oil for medicinal purposes, you are likely to get an account of its great medicinal qualities. There are also other essential oils which have medicinal purposes, and this is why they are so widely used in aromatherapy.
Another great essential oil to keep in your medicine cabinet is peppermint oil. Like tea tree, peppermint has strong antiviral and anti fungal properties, and is also a great decongestant! If you have a bad cold, for example, you can boil a pot of water, drop a few drops of peppermint oil in, and inhale the hot steam with a towel over your head. This is a great way to clear up congestion and clear your sinuses. It can also help with headaches! Another option if you have a cold or a headache is to put some peppermint oil in a bath with some epson salts and take a nice relaxing soak. The combination of the hot bath water and the decongesting properties of the peppermint oil will have you feeling better in no time.
There are other essential oils which have less of a direct impact on your health, but are well known for their ability to relax ones mind and body. Lavender is a great example of an essential oil which can help you relax and unwind.
Start your own collection of essential oils today, and you will quickly learn why they are so highly regarded and you will quickly not know how you lived without them! From relaxing baths, to alternative medicine, essential oils have many great uses in your home.