Human health depends on precise, complex interactions between body and mind, with even a small imbalance contributing to issues such as chronic stress and discomfort. Fortunately not every such imbalance calls for prescription drugs. Natural compounds made from essential oils can often provide relief and support wellness.
If you have never explored the world of essential oils, you may discover some eye-opening benefits from specific products that can address your particular health challenge. Take a look at four common essential oils that could be just what the proverbial doctor ordered.
1. Linden Blossom Oil
When you need to soothe your nervous system without pharmaceuticals, turn to linden blossom oil. This oil has a noticeable sedative effect, calming the mind and easing anxiety. Its stress-reduction effects can tame related problems such as tension headaches while supporting your immune system and digestive functions.
Linden blossom oil makes a soothing addition to bath bombs, as a massage oil, or in an aromatic mist. As a general rule, you should reduce your linden blossom’s essential oil to a three-percent concentration before using it on skin or adding it to other products.
2. Peppermint Oil
The cool, bracing aroma of peppermint not only smells wonderful in candies and bath soaps, but it can also administer some wonderfully soothing effects to the body and mind. Peppermint oil contains many bioactive substances, most notably menthol and menthone.
Ingested peppermint oil can tame indigestion, IBS symptoms, and general nausea. While you shouldn’t ingest peppermint essential oil (or other essential oils), you can apply it to your forehead to ease headache and migraine pain. This essential oil may also help you fight off certain strains of fungi and bacteria.
Despite peppermint oil’s clear benefits, you should ask your doctor before using it if you take prescription medication. Peppermint can interfere with an enzyme that helps the body process many kinds of drugs, potentially allowing these drugs to accumulate inside you beyond desired levels.
3. Rose Oil
Roses’ effects extend beyond their symbolic value in romantic settings. The oil from these flowers can provide both physiological and psychological benefits. Essential oil manufacturers remove the same oil from the petals that give roses their characteristic scent.
The two main types of rose oil typically available to consumers include rose otto and rose absolute. The essential oil known as rose otto oil uses a distillation process, while rose absolute oil uses a solvent to extract the petals’ aromatic ingredients. Rose otto oil has a more delicate scent than rose absolute oil.
Studies have found that rose oil can reduce postoperative pain, most likely by manipulating endorphin levels. It also seems to ease pain related to menstrual cramps. Rose oil also has antibacterial, antifungal, and antidepressant properties. It can even boost the sex drive of both men and women.
4. Tea Tree Oil
You may have noticed tea tree oil as a prominent ingredient in many cosmetic and home care products, from skin creams and household cleansers to tubes of toothpaste. This versatile oil comes from an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia, although today people all over the world make regular use of its essential oil.
Tea tree oil serves as a powerful natural infection fighter. Researchers have found that it possesses antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, although the exact mechanisms behind these actions still need further study. If you take fluconazole for candida infections, tea tree oil may boost that drug’s effectiveness.
When properly applied to the skin in a prepared compound or carrier oil, tea tree oil can help you self-treat conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, cradle cap in children, nail fungus, head lice, and contact dermatitis. As an ingredient in dental hygiene products, it can help reduce the inflammation of gingivitis.
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