What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils (EO) are the essence of plant fragrance. It is made using distillation methods. In this process, tree barks, leaves, flowers and seeds can contribute. There are variety of EOs on the market and there are various ways to use it if you know how to.
People are using these oils for centuries. Egyptians used it as a herb for relaxation and medicinal purposes. Since of late, there is renewed interest in essential oils.
What are the types of oil?
There are hundreds of EOs derived from plants. But the following are the most popular ones.
- tea tree oil
What are benefits of Essential Oils?
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine in which people use aromatic compounds to enhance health. The fragrance of the essential oils brings about relaxation and a sense of well being. Since it is a natural product, many people are using it.
There are many benefits of EOs other than aromatherapy. It has antimicrobial properties. According to a research done in 2016, Sachinus plant oils have properties of killing gram positive as well as gram negative bacteria. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2015.0093
Inflammatory diseases cause pain, redness and swelling. Anti-inflammatory properties in these oils relieve pain and helps with chronic diseases. Flavanoids in chamomile can penetrate the skin and reduce soreness. Tea tree oil can help chronic wounds to heal fast according to research.
Some EOs have properties to fight cancer. Oils from Artemisia plant has anticancer properties against liver, lung, colon and prostate cancer. Phenols, aldehydes and alcohol gives these properties to the EOs.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879312/
What are the side effects of Essential Oils?
If you use it incorrectly, EOs lead to side effects. It is usually inhaled. But if you add it to your food or drinks, sometimes it can become toxic. It can also irritate the skin if you rub it in excess. Therefore, if you are using EOs, always dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil. Also, you need to do a patch test before using it on a large area of your body.