What is essential oil?
The essential oil is known as the oil of the plant from which is extracted. The essential oil is “essential” in the sense that contains the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which is derived.
The most common process of extracting essential oil from the plant is distillation.
This is a process when raw plant material (flowers, leaves, wood, roots, seeds, peel) is put into distillation apparatus over water. As the water is heated, the steam passes through the plant material, vaporizing the evaporative compounds. The vapor flow through a coil, where they condense back to a liquid which is then collected in the receiving vessel.
Another way is an expression. This method of extraction is specific to citrus essential oils (lime, lemon, sweet orange, grapefruit). Most citrus peel oils are expressed mechanically or cold pressed.
Benefits of essential oils:
Essential oils have a very high concentration of the aromatic compounds, so they are used in cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, aromatherapy, even for flavoring food and drink. Some of the benefits are: antibacterial, inflammatory, balance hormones, boost energy, treat a headache, support digestion, reduce stress and anxiety, good for skin and hair etc. You just need to find right for you.
Some of my favorite which I tried are:
Lavender oil – good for sleep and insomnia, improves mood and brain functions, benefits hair and skin, flavor boost in recipes.
Lemongrass – supports your immune system, kills bacteria, muscle relaxer, detoxifying, menstrual cramp relief, natural deodorizer.
Rose – improves skin texture, boost confidence and fights depression, treat burns, antibacterial, hydrating.
Peppermint – heal headaches, good for digestion, for skin, it’s food for inhalation and stomach ache.
Orange – boost immunity, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, good for massage.
Tea tree – acne treatment, promotes hair growth, kills bacteria, treats dandruff, oral health.
Jasmine – antiseptic, helps fight depression, reduces snoring, helps regulate menstrual cycles, like perfume, massage oil, calms nerves and anxiety.
Essential oils can bring amazing benefits but with unsafe use can be harmful and cause some allergies or irritation. Always read the instructions for essential oil you buy.
How to use essential oils?
There are many ways how to use essential oils.
Some of them are as:
Diffuser – put your favorite oil in the diffuser and enjoy in wonderful scent in your room. For this type of use, my favorite scents are lavender, jasmine, lemon.
Detox bath: add lavender (or other) essential oils to Epson salt. Pour slowly this salt in the filling tub. If bath water is not filtered add a cup of baking soda to neutralize the chemicals like chlorine and to increase mineral absorption.
Cellulite reducer: mix 12 drops of grapefruit essential oil and one ounce of jojoba oil. Shake well and deeply massage onto cellulite affected skin one hour before a shower. Other essential oils good for cellulite are geranium oil, lemon, rosemary, and juniper berry essential oil.
Acne treatment: with cotton stick put some tea tree oil on acne spot and leave it to work. This is the simplest but effective treatment.
These are my favorite but there are many more uses of essential oil.
Do you have some experience with using essential oils? I would be glad to hear it.