Essential oils, the extracted essence of a beneficial plant, have numerous health benefits that are ancient and proven. Not only are essential oils natural, but they are easily administered to your body via a diffuser, making them a simple and time-saving remedy that you can take anywhere. With such benefits as stress reduction, treating infections, minimizing anxiety, preventing diseases, and overall improving the quality of life, essential oils can be considered an essential part of a healthy and holistic lifestyle.
In this article, we'll go over the advantages of essential oils as a whole, and then get down to the specifics of some common types of oils that have been used in traditional remedies.
- Why Even Use Essential Oils?
- Honeysuckle Essential Oil Benefits
- Benefits Of Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits
While some essential oils are added to creams and lotions to be applied topically, the largest benefit of essential oils is their smell. Although it may come as a surprise, your body can heal itself through scents and smells, especially ailments that afflict you psychosomatically, such as anxiety, depression, sadness, sleep disturbance, and stress pains in your body. The fragrances engage your olfactory (smell, and sometimes taste) system, which is carried to the amygdala, responsible for your emotions. Pleasant smells also trigger memories of when you last encountered the smell, and we often have happy memories when surrounded by plant smells.
Honeysuckle is a plant that is extremely important in traditional Chinese medicine. Honeysuckle oil can be diffused and ingested through your olfactory system, or placed in skincare creams to be applied topically, which further enhances its benefits.
Honeysuckle as an aroma: flowery, sweet, fresh, and maybe categorized as exotic. It promotes sleep, alleviates certain depressive episodes, calms nerves, and soothes migraines and headaches.
Honeysuckle applied topically: Honeysuckle can be applied topically in creams, or used as a medicinal ingredient if purchased in a topical oil form. In this way, honeysuckle soothes inflamed skin, cuts, scrapes, and rashes, lightens your pigment, reduces swelling, acts as an antiseptic, and promotes hair growth as a tonic.
Sandalwood is a tree that has been used for thousands of years in eastern religions, and some consider it holy for its healing properties. Sandalwood has a light, woody, sweet smell that is easily combined with other fragrances to enhance its effects. Sandalwood is challenging to find, and as such the oil can be extremely expensive depending on the supply to your area. The most common use of sandalwood as a standalone cream is to reduce dryness and replenish the lost moisture in your skin - this is why it is often found in deodorants, shaving creams, and moisturizers.
Sandalwood as an aroma: light, sweet, woodsy - reminds one of being in a small forest or meadow with woodchips. The smell of sandalwood can: provide mental clarity, calm the nerves, relieve stuffed noses, can act as an aphrodisiac, and even diffuse throughout the house to help keep it free of bacteria and mold.
Sandalwood when applied topically: Sandalwood is astringent, which means that it can help soothe, tighten and cleanse the skin of impurities, rashes, wrinkles, and acne. It is also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, and can be used to treat colds and coughs, and UTIs, and maybe even help to prevent certain forms of cancer.
Copaiba is not as well known as the other essential oils but has extremely beneficial uses. Copaiba oil comes from the resin of the copaiba tree, which can be found in Central America and South America, usually native to the basin of the Amazon river. As with other essential oils, it has different uses, whether diffused or applied topically, but Copaiba has a secret. It is one of the few oils that can be ingested (in extreme moderation).
Copaiba oil as an aroma: This oil has a grounded earthy smell, and can elicit memories of riverbanks, picnics, and hikes. It calms the nervous system, promotes good sleep, clears the respiratory system, and boosts your mood.
Copaiba oil when applied topically: Reduces the appearance of blemishes and other skin impurities, reduces inflation and alleviates pain from sores, cuts, bruises, joints, and muscles. This oil also has extremely strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties, which help to treat infections and eliminate bacteria.
Copaiba oil when ingested: The oil is safe to eat, but must be heavily diluted, at a rate of 1 drop for every 240 milliliters. When ingested, copaiba oil helps to boost your immune system, lowers blood pressure, and overall helps to improve and support the health of your cardiovascular system.
How to use essential oil diffuser necklace?
An essential oil diffuser necklace works like most essential oil diffusers and diffuser jewelry. There will be a pad or gemstone visible on or near the pendant. Add a few drops to the scent pad or stone, and place it back into the locket, oil side facing toward you.
Can essential oils go bad?
Essential oils cannot spoil in the same way that food does, but their composition can change over time. At first, the oil may start to feel, smell and look strange, and if left to further degrade, can be harmful to your skin, body, and your furniture. Oils can last between 2-15 years in a cool, dark place. Dispose of your oil if it starts to smell off.
Should essential oils be kept in the fridge?
Yes. Normally, this is unnecessary, but if you have the extra storage space, the refrigerator is a perfect place to store your essential oils, as heat is the biggest culprit of oxidation (which causes your oil to degrade and "expire").
Are essential oils safe for dogs?
No. They are extremely dangerous, as both the fumes and topical applications of these oils can be extremely toxic to all pets. Be careful not to diffuse into your home, or spill as your pet may smell or ingest the oil and become very sick.