Essential oils have powerful health benefits and are acquired by concentration and extraction of flowers, roots, barks, stems and seeds of plants which contain natural properties.
Ancient civilisations knew about the benefits of essential oils, but it’s only been in the past 60 years that their medicinal benefits have been rediscovered by Western society. Their surge in popularity is largely due to their benefits for treating a range of conditions, and in the production of beauty and cleaning products.
They became popular in the 1950s in massage therapy, and in the 70s were used extensively as a major part of alternative and holistic health treatments.They are used topically, by mixing with a carrier oil and applying to the skin for absorption, internally, through consumption, or through aromatic methods through diffusion in the air. These days they are used to treat everything from migraines to stress. Essential oils created from rosemary or jasmine can boost confidence and calm the nerves when presenting a speech or attending a job interview.
Jasmine, orange and grapefruit can be used as antidepressants due to their properties which can help calm the nerves. Jasmine is also used to help during childbirth. Rosemary is known to help improve the memory too, and sandalwood helps with focus. Peppermint is used to boost energy and can help with digestion. Lemon can also aid digestion, as well as ease mood swings and treat headaches. Lavender and rose are popular essential oils used to treat stress and reduce anxiety. Chamomile also helps improve mood and aides in relaxation. It’s commonly used before bed to help sleep.
Bergamot and ylang-ylang are other essential oils used to reduce stress, but also have properties which help improve skin conditions like eczema. Ylang-ylang is also known to ease nausea. Tea tree fights infection and boosts immunity.