Essential oil uses
Ella Tan | On 10, Feb 2015
As a unique branch of herbal medicine, essential oils were used by ancient civilizations. Records have shown that the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes and even as medicine. These days, people often take the natural route, opting for natural remedies as opposed to modern medicine.
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To date, essential oils can be found in a multitude of products, including:
- Soaps and other products
- Flavouring food and drink
- Incense and household cleaning products
However, people also use essential oils on its own as each essential oil has its own unique properties to treat different ailments and problems. Here are some of popular oils you can use on a daily basis:-
The oil from a fragrant fruit about the size of an orange, it is used to refresh and balance emotions and is pretty useful in times of anxiety. It is a powerful antiseptic, often used to relieve pain and reduce swellings from insect bites.
Tip: To relieve dry hands, simply add equal amounts of bergamot oil and lavender oil to some unscented Vitamin E and massage.
Native to the northern parts of the Mediterranean, this essential oil is the perfect remedy for insomnia, to ease night sweats and combat gum disease. Other uses include counteracting hair loss, various skin conditions and stimulating memory.
Tip: When stressed at work, put a few drops on a tissue and take a quick whiff to relieve tension.
This powerful plant has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to boost the respiratory and immune system. The odour also invigorates and stimulates the environment, elevating alertness and helping with concentration.
Tip: To clear a blocked nose, put some hot water in a bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus. Inhale the steam.