Here I want to talk a little about how wonderful essential oils are. First used by Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as cosmetics, perfumes, medicine, culinary ingredient, element for the worship of gods and even in ancient mummifications.
Today, the use of essential oils has spread all over the world and much of this is due to the ancient technique of aromatherapy, which only uses the “soul of plants” as the alchemists called it, which is nothing more than all kinds of aroma from plants, flowers and shrubs, whose purpose is to completely transmit the natural properties of these to our organism through our capillaries, up to the bloodstream.
What an incredible thing, isn’t it?
For example, if you are stressed, tired, out of focus you have surely heard of using a certain type of oil when you are in your work area or bedroom, if on the other hand you feel charged, out of focus or simply want to renew energies for an important occasion such as your wedding or a presentation they tell you to put a few drops of some oil in your bath…
and yes! it works, they are those little details that when you include in your routine, you start to notice positive adjustments, they are part of that plus that we all need and want.
Through this article I am going to help you discover how you can pamper yourself, take care of your skin, fight/prevent diseases, renew energies and even cook with the use of different types of essential oils… everything will depend on its main source; be natural!
BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND THEIR SOURCES
Here applies the phrase “tell me what it’s made of and I’ll tell you what it’s used for”, the amount of plants and flowers that exist in the world makes the list of properties of essential oils long, with all kinds of aromas and powers … not to mention the possibilities of mixtures, let’s see a little what they are good at:
They remove pain: they relieve pain by being anti-neuralgic, sedative and antispasmodic. Among them are basil, camphor, savory, aniseed, eucalyptus, ginger, bay leaf, lavender, chamomile, valerian, nutmeg and rosemary.
They prevent infections: almost everyone has this property, they stimulate the immune system and help our body to fight off germs. Because of their components, all these oils are irritating when they come into contact with the skin and mucous membranes, so we must be careful when using them and not abuse them.
Within this group we can find oils to prevent or combat fungi, viruses, parasites, bacteria, some of them are ginger, oregano, lemon, thyme, pine, palmarosa, garlic, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, sage, mint, rosemary.
They diminish inflammations: these reduce inflammations of muscles, tendons, ligaments… all the locomotive apparatus and between them we can find the oils of garlic, camphor, cinnamon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, chamomile, black pepper.
They heal wounds and reduce hemorrhages: this group is characterized by being vasoconstrictors, therefore they also help to reduce hemorrhages. Among them are: lemon, sandalwood, cypress, geranium incense, lavender, chamomile, jojoba, rose and sage. Super good for skin care.
Drain accumulated liquid: perfect to use after a work of desinflamación because they eliminate the remainders caused by this one. Among them are celery, angelica, juniper, rosemary and sage.
They relieve deep muscular and visceral pains: thanks to their properties the oils of ginger, clove, eucalyptus, garlic and camphor are able to stimulate the blood supply.
Relax and calm anxiety: this type of oil regulates brain excitement, facilitates the circulation of liquids in the body and nutrition. Some of them are made of myrrh, nutmeg, ylang-ylang, incense and lavender.
They smell rich and serve to replace perfumes that are loaded with chemicals.
Although the characteristics of these oils vary, all penetrate through the capillary vessels and their properties are transported by tooodo the body to our bloodstream, this process can take from 1 to 20 min, depending on how we use them.
WHAT ARE MY FAVORITES?
Right now I love jojoba oil for my face! I decided that I need to simplify my facial routine and my friend Mia Astral recommended me to listen to a podcast where they commented that this oil is the replica of sebum in our skin, therefore it is very beneficial for all types of dermis. You can buy a good quality jojoba oil from Amazon and if you want to use an oil for your face plus PRO with more oils (the one I am using).
My other favorite oil is lavender, I use it on my body and soles. I love doing detox baths and adding a few drops of this oil. The truth is my perfume before I leave the house.
HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS USED?
Essential oils can:
- Swallowed and absorbed through the digestive tract: for example, you can make a lemonade and place a few drops of lavender oil or you can make an ice cream based on frozen bananas and add chocolate sparks and a few drops of peppermint oil.
- Inhale yourself with the steam and be sucked into our lungs: if you or someone is a little congested or with the flu, putting oils in your evaporator is a great idea! (I have the VicTsing brand and I love it); if you don’t have an evaporator you can boil water in a pot and put some oils (be careful and don’t burn yourself).
- Place directly on the skin and be absorbed by our pores: as you know, everything we put on is absorbed and that’s why I only use natural products for my skin. I don’t use perfumes anymore, I use oils and I don’t use creams, I changed them for oils or shea butter or cocoa butter.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS! KEEP THEM THE BEST WAY
It is very important that you know that all essential oils are super sensitive to heat, light and humidity, so I recommend you keep them in a dark glass bottle, of good quality and if possible close hermetically, (usually good quality oils already sell it that way).
If you are in a closed closet where the temperature does not vary much and is as natural as possible will be better for the life of it. The only oils that should be kept cold are neroli, roses, jasmine and all citrus; you should only remove them minutes before use to return to room temperature.