Oils can be found in many areas of nature; commonly in stems, seeds, flowers, bark, and roots of plants. The aroma of these oils is what distinguishes them from each other, if you have ever smelled lemon, lavender or clove you understand the strength of the smell of these substances. They can range in a variety of colors, commonly fairly translucent, the oils can also be dark blue and more opaque colors. There are a variety of ways that these can be used to aid in health and body related ailments. Three ways essential oils can be used are: aromatherapy, topical application, and ingestion of the oils. Below is an explanation of each of these applications.
Three Ways Essential Oils Can be Used
Aromatherapy is a growing trend, especially with oils. Oils can be diffused to create calming, or energetic effects on the body, or they can be diffused into things such as towels, bedding, and cleaning products to give full time effects to those coming in contact with them frequently. They can also be added into laundry, and purify the air when applied to vacuum filters and certain diffusers. One of the most common aromatherapy uses is lavender oils for relaxation. It can be applied to the pillows and on the skin as well as in water in a bath to create a relaxing aroma that aids in sleep and relaxation.
Applying oils directly to the skin has numerous health and wellness benefits. Applied in certain areas before bed they will aid in sleep. Applied on wounds they can help heal, and rubbed onto areas of dry skin they will aid in reducing the dry skin problem areas. Oils are also helpful when applied in certain areas for things such as colds, allergies and headaches to reduce the illnesses effects on the body.
A popular oil to apply topically is Tea Tree oil which is an oil that has numerous healing powers for wounds.
You will want to be sure what oils you can ingest, and what ones you cannot consume. Certain oils used as dietary supplements will cure specific health issues. Some of them such as lemon oil is able to be ingested (be sure to research how much before proceeding with any oil consumption) when added into water to make lemonade and added into most baking recipes to add flavor. A few drops is more than enough to flavor a batch of baked goods.