Wellness

The Many Benefits of Essential Oils

Over the past couple years my mom and I have become major supporters of essential oils and believers in the many benefits that accompany them. Some of my personal favorites are lavender, tea tree, lemon grass, peppermint and frankincense oils.

First of all, they all smell amazing. Okay well tea tree oil smells a little like gasoline and frankincense is a pretty interesting scent, but I love them! Here are a few of vital benefits to each of these essential oils.

1. Lavender

Mostly known for its relaxing elements, lavender can also be used to help ease the pain of head aches and has antibacterial properties that can help fight off infection. It can also be used to help with digestion, like peppermint.  I apply lavender oil at night on my wrists and chest before I go to sleep and in my baths to help relax my body and mind.

2. Lemongrass

I love the smell of lemongrass. There is something about it that always reminds me of summer and its a very refreshing aroma that helps awaken the mind and open the eyes. Lemongrass has been known to help lift spirits and aid depression. It also helps with body aches, odor and bringing down fevers.

3. Tea Tree

Pretty sure tea tree oil is like a cure all in the world of home remedies and alternative medicine. It has been used for centuries for a number of things from air freshener, to treat bronchitis, lice, sore throats, sunburns, chapped lips, ache, and can be used as a scalp stimulant. Tea tree oil is also useful when washing dirty clothes and for other household cleaning needs.

4. Frankincense

There are many oral benefits pertaining to frankincense such as toothaches, cavities, and bad breath.  It also help with stress and anxiety. Frankincense is a great anti-aging wonder that helps tone skin, remove micro-wrinkles  and eliminate sun spots. When used as a tonic, frankincense helps strengthen the immune system and is great for the respiratory system as well as aids digestion.

5. Peppermint

Got a head ache? Just rub some peppermint oil on your temples and wait about 5-10 minutes. I promise you that headache will quickly fade away. Peppermint oil is also a great remedy for nausea, digestion issues, rashes (& itchiness), joint complications as well as, a mosquito repellent.

 

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