Do you know that some scents can improve your health?
The benefits of essential oils go beyond their relaxing and pleasant smell; these oils have a healing effect on us, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Essential oils aren’t oils in fact, but highly concentrated components of a certain plant. Very often, it takes a huge amount of a particular plant to get a small amount to essential oil and this is in many ways the reason essential oils are expensive.
It’s not entirely correct to make a list of essential oils according to a particular season. All essential oils have enormous benefits, it’s hard to generalize, because, in large, it depends on person’s needs and experiences of a season, for example, whether one has problems with allergies or dry skin. However, precisely because of those common health problems that happen during winter, one can prefer one essential oil to another.
Each person has different problems, but we all experience problems with colds or skin: dry skin, chapped lips, colds and flus, even depressing moods; we might all experience those problems.
Below is the list of essential oils that can help with the most common health and skin problems during winter.
Skin problems. Our skin tends to dry out quickly due to chilly temperatures, high winds and low humidity, and it can easily become itchy, irritating and uncomfortable. We know we can protect our skin in many ways, eating the food rich in essential vitamins, and keeping it covered, however, essential oils can help us prevent many common skin problems we experience.
Dry Skin. Oils such as Lavender, Rosemary and Geranium can help us prevent dry skin by adding it to our existing fragrance free products.
Lavender is commonly known for its relaxing benefits, but it do wonders on bruises, cuts and skin irritation. The very scent of lavender reduces the stress hormone in our blood, which is a great reason to put a few drops in your bath for a good and relaxing sleep.
Rosemary oil has stimulating properties thus it’s widely used in aromatherapy especially for a relief from muscle ache, and sinus. It’s great for moisturizing your skin because it supports the development of collagen, fight off free radicals, kills bacteria, fungi and viruses, and it is a great addition to your skin care routine. Rosemary oil is ideal for minor wounds and cuts, and for skin affected by acne or dermatitis. Massaging your skin with rosemary oils will rehydrate your skin, remove wrinkles and support cell regeneration, thus reduce scars.
Geranium oil is widely used to treat acne, cellulite, stretch marks, scarring and dry skin, as well as sore throat and anxiety. You can apply geranium oil directly on the affected area by putting a few drops onto a cotton ball (without a carrier oil).
Chapped skin. When one has exceptionally dry skin, it can easily crack and be very painful. Apart from Lavender as a healing oil, Chamomile is another essential oil very effective for chapped skin, relieving the pain and treating affected area.
Chamomile oil is usually used with other oils in baths and massages. However, chamomile is a natural skin soother; one can easily prepare a chamomile infusion, and pour into a spray bottle for a very effective skin soother.
Add one drop of chamomile essential oil to one cup of boiling water, and let it steep for at least one hour, pour into a clean bottle, and apply by spraying onto clean skin or a cotton pad.
Chamomile is also an anti-inflammatory plant; thus, add several drops of chamomile essential oil to a warm bath water to treat other skin irritations, cuts, burns and blisters.
Cold and Flu. Essential oils can be very beneficial in fight against bacterial and viral infections.
Peppermint essential oil purifies the mind and the body and increases mental alertness. Luckily, peppermint oil is also one of the oils that can be taken internally, which is fortunate because it’s a great recipe for colds and sinuses. You can put a few drops of this oil on a handkerchief or tissue and inhale the aroma to clear your sinuses.
Tea Tree essential oil can also help you fight against bacteria. For sore throats, try gargling tea tree essential oil – add 2 drops of the oil to 4 ounces of water and gargle to coat, but do not ingest it. For sinus infection, place a few drops of tea tree oil in a small saucepan of boiling water. After you remove it from heat, tent with a towel over your head and breathe in for 10-15 minutes.
Eucalyptus oil is perfect for frequent colds or if one suffers from allergies that affect breathing. Eucalyptus can be used effectively to help clear sinuses and relieve sore muscles, moreover, it also has great antibacterial properties, and it’s good for immune system stimulation.
To relieve nasal congestion, apply it diluted to the inside of your nose, to loosen up a congested chest, use it in a vaporizer. It can be very irritating, thus don’t ingest it or use it on your skin undiluted.
Home and fresh air. Your home doesn’t necessarily has to be prone to mold during winter, but air can often be dry and stale and as such affect your health. To purify the air, you can use Grapefruit, Bergamot and Orange essential oils.
Regardless of the type of the essential oil, in general, we often apply them directly to skin, inhaling, or we can use a diffuser.
However, we need to keep in mind and consider these things:
Due to their high concentration, it isn’t in fact advisable to apply most of the essential oils directly to skin, many of those oils can cause irritation or a reaction. They should be diluted with water or a carrier oil, usually jojoba or almond.
It’s advisable to talk to a doctor about certain health concerns regarding essential oils.
Always search for high-quality therapeutic oil, which is pure, medicinal and steam distilled.
Which is your favorite essential oil you use in the winter?
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