What are essential oils good for?

Essential oils are highly concentrated and volatile plant extracts that, despite being totally natural, can offer a versatile range of benefits.

There is a wide range of essential oils on the market, each offering their own benefits and uses. Let’s take a look at what some of our favourite essential oils can be used for…

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oils can be great for many uses and have been used for centuries both medicinally and as a fragrance. It is the number one essential oil used and it certainly lives up to its status.

Here are some of the common uses:

–  As a relaxant

The soothing properties of lavender can be used in a bath, as a massage oil or on a handkerchief to ease away daily stresses.

–  Headaches and migraines

A few neat drops of lavender oil massaged onto the temples can help reduce headache pain as it is a mild analgesic.

–  Skin irritations

Lavender oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so can be used to cleanse the skin to prevent spots and irritations.

–  Respiratory problems

By adding a few drops of pure lavender oil to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam can help with respiratory problems.

–  Burns and sunburn

As an anti-inflammatory, lavender can be used to relieve burns and help them heal by adding a few drops of oil to the affected area. For an added cooling effect, add the oil to a water spray.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb that has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of physical and psychological conditions.

Rosemary essential oil offers a whole host of benefits for both the body and mind. Here are some common uses of Rosemary:

–  As a stimulant

Rosemary has been shown to be an effective physical and mental stimulant. Try adding to a bath or into shower gels to lift your spirits and cure lethargy.

–  Defence against infections

A good antiseptic, research has shown that Rosemary has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.

–  As a decongestant

Inhaling Rosemary oil can help to clear congestion, as well as tiredness and headaches.

–  Muscle pain and stiffness

Massage Rosemary oil into aching, tired, or strained muscles to eliminate stiffness.

–  To boost hair growth

Adding Rosemary oil to shampoo or conditioner can help to boost hair growth, prevent excessive oil production, and reduce dandruff on the scalp.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Originating in Australia, Eucalyptus has been distilled since the 1800s, when it was used to treat respiratory conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.

Eucalyptus essential oil has a number of uses, including:

–  As an antiseptic

When inhaled as a vapour or a scent, Eucalyptus is a great antiseptic remedy for colds, coughs, sinusitis, and catarrh.

–  To relieve muscle and joint pain

Eucalyptus oil can be used to relieve rheumatic and muscular pain, as well as poor circulation.

–  To promote healing

Thanks to its antiseptic properties, Eucalyptus can be used to help heal burns, blisters, bites, cuts, and wounds without the risk of infection.