Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps. In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil. It is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. I spray my pillows with this each night, how amazing!
Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. As an ingredient in many products, it is used to reduce symptoms of coughs, colds, and congestion. It also features in creams and ointments aimed at relieving muscle and joint pain. This plant has amazing anti-microbial properties and also acts as a decongestant when inhaled. Whenever I seem to be coming down with a cold, I hang eucalyptus leaves in my shower so when the bathroom heats us, the leaves release their oils which turn into vapours! Also, the famous Vicks VapoRub that we adore? EUCALYPTUS!!!!
Peppermint essential oil can be used for in a variety of ways. Applying it topically can help alleviate muscle soreness and headaches. Internally, you can swish it around your mouth for fresher breath; also is the active ingredient in many toothpastes! And, aromatically, use some in your diffuser for a stimulating scent to boost attention and focus. Peppermint oil can also help with digestive issues such as irritable bowl syndrome, indigestion, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea and heartburn. To add, some doctors add peppermint oil to a barium solution to relax the colon during barium enemas.
Rosemary is an evergreen shrub with needle like leaves and a woody aroma. You can inhale rosemary oil or apply it to your skin. A diffuser can help distribute the essential oil in a room. If using rosemary oil topically, dilute it with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, to avoid skin irritation. You can also use Rosemary as insect repellent! Rosemary is also said to improve brain function, stimulate hair growth, relieve pain and boost mood. This universal herb can also be used as a delicious cooking herb. It pairs well with pork, lamb and even on potatoes!
Aromatically, Clary Sage essential oil has a distinctive herbaceous, earthy, slightly floral scent. Used in aromatherapy, Clary Sage has sedative abilities that induce feelings of relaxation, clarity, and calmness while alleviating dizziness, anxiety, and irritability. It is also known to stimulate libido in both men and women. You can also ass a few drops of the oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and rub directly onto a wounded area, or massage into skin. For optimal relaxation, add some Clary Sage to the bathwater to soothe sore muscles and improve mood.
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