Essential oils are clearly making a come back! Some are well known while others are less heard about. But if you are hesitant you should trust tea tree, Ravintsara and wintergreen essential oil. These are three essential oils you should have at home!
Why should you use essential oils?
When you use essential oils you are using aromatherapy techniques. The idea is simple. You can use vegetable oils to relieve or cure the body and mind. An essential oil can be extracted from different parts of the plant whether it is the:
It all depends on what the oil is being used for. In aromatherapy we are looking to strengthen the natural defenses of the person affected. Each part of the plant contains molecules which can strengthen different parts or systems of the human body.
Nevertheless, essential oils are often very concentrated, rich and can irritate your skin. This is why it is sometimes recommended to mix them with vegetable oils.
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree can be found in Australia. The plant comes from the myrtaceae plant family and was used by Aborigines as a facial care.
Tea tree essential oil is widely available. In fact it is not dangerous for the body even if it hasn’t been diluted. It can also be used on the skin and orally. If you are using it orally you should seek advice from a specialist.
It has multiple benefits:
- Fights respiratory infections;
- Fights digestive diseases;
- Combats depression;
- Fights fatigue
- Disinfects scratches and pimples (effective against acne);
- Relieves toothache.
After you have washed you skin you can drop 1 or 2 drops onto the palm of your hand. Heat up these drops and massage your face with the oil.
Ravintsara (Ho Leaf) essential oil
This tree comes from Madagascar and it’s antiviral qualities have been well known for a long time on the island. The plant’s name literally means “leaves that are good for everything” in the local language.
Ravintsara essential oil has no contraindications. It is the must have essential oil during winter as it can cure viral infections like a flu or a cold. It is also very effective at fighting against cold sores or genital herpes.
This essential oil is also known for its ability to improve sleep and overcome fatigue.
So that you can fight against fatigue, you can place a drop on each wrist.
Wintergreen essential oil
This oil is an extract from a plant that originates in China. The composition of the plant’s leaves are similar to aspirin which is what gives it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Wintergreen essential oil is only used on the skin and has to be diluted. It is very concentrated so it can cause irritations. It is not recommended to pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.
Wintergreen essential oil is useful for many problems such as:
- Body aches;
- Headache ;
- Pain caused by osteoarthritis.
By mixing the oil with a vegetable oil you can massage the painful area or the spinal column with a couple of drops.
These are three essential oils that you must have at home. They could be the start of your own aromatherapy cupboard. However there are many others. You should consult with a specialist to avoid any bad mixture or find out if there are any reasons why you shouldn’t use them.