Essential Oils: An Essential Component for Daily Life?
- Ayurveda Book
- 27 Apr, 2021
Essential oils are common to hear about in today’s world. But what are these oils? What do they do? How does it work? Nobody knows about these questions in detail. These are very important. Essential oils are the oils extracted from a plant. These oils are extensively used in natural remedies, aromatherapy, and many other health problems. Since ancient times, people have used these essential oils in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, and food.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oil is a liquid extract (extract) of beneficial plants. The extraction methods such as Steam, Water distillation, Mechanical method, and Cold pressing are used to extract these oils. Different parts of plants are used to obtain essential oils from plants. These parts are plant flowers, leaves, bark, roots, peels of fruits, etc.
The aroma of these oils is stronger than their plants. In addition, active ingredients are also present in high levels. Therefore, these oils are 75 percent more powerful and effective than herbs. But this does not mean that they do not cause harm. These oils can cause some side effects too if used recklessly.
Essential Oil Nutrients-
All essential oils have unique properties and nutrients. These nutrients and properties depend on the plants from which we get these oils. But antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are common in all essential oils.
Apart from this, these oils also contain many types of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. These help in providing many health benefits. These essential oils also have some antioxidant properties. These protect the body from harmful free radicals.
List of Essential Oils
The list of essential oils that provide health benefits and other benefits to the body is very long. These are as follows-
- Jojoba oil
- Black pepper oil
- Basil oil
- Mint oil
- Ginger oil
- Fir oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Patchouli oil
- Lavender oil
- Argan oil
- Neroli oil
- Lemon Balm Oil
- Jasmine oil
- Copaiba or copaiba oil
- Bergamot oil
- Pomegranate oil
- Frankincense oil
- Hemp oil
- Pumpkin oil
- Grape oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Cyprus Oil
- Harsingar oil, etc.
Names of Some Essential Oils and their Benefits-
Essential oils are effective against harmful microbes. These oils improve a person's mood and develop brain function. These oils have the properties of reducing the problems of nausea, vomiting, headache, etc. In addition, some oils also reduce side effects during aromatherapy.
Let us know about the benefits of some main essential oils -
Benefits of Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil is a perfect remedy for toothache. If you have a toothache, soak cotton in clove oil and apply it on the affected part and around the gums. Clove oil has powerful anti-fungal properties. These help to prevent the growth of Candida albicans bacteria. It reduces the pain of teeth.
Other benefits of clove oil include-
Useful for Mouth Ulcers-
Clove oil has anti-viral properties. It reduces the pain of ulcers and intensifies the healing process. For this, apply one to two drops of clove oil on the mouth ulcers.
- Beneficial for Arthritis Pain-
Clove oil is a pain reliever and an excellent remedy for arthritis. Massaging the affected area with this oil provides relief from pain.
- Destroys Bacteria-
Clove oil is very useful for destroying bacteria. It is natural antibacterial oil. It has the potential to eliminate harmful bacteria like E-coli, Salmonella, and Helicobacter pylori (associated with stomach ulcers). Therefore, clove oil can be used to clean the telephone, keyboard, kitchen, toilet seat, etc.
Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil-
Oregano oil contains carvacrol, which protects us from harmful bacteria. The use of oregano oil helps in reducing the growth of bacteria.
Other benefits of oregano oil are-
- Oregano Oil as an Antioxidant-
Oregano oil has antioxidant properties that help to reduce the symptoms of aging.
- Comfortable for the Neck-
Using oregano essential oil is very useful in relieving sore throat, pain, or any other problem. For this, pour two or three drops of this oil in a glass of water and gargle. It also reduces the symptoms of cold and fever.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil-
Peppermint or peppermint oil cures problems such as nausea, headache, stomachache, gas, and indigestion. It also cures anxiety and tension.
Other benefits of this oil are-
- Useful for Calming Hot flash-
Peppermint has an exorbitant amount of menthol content which solves the problem of hot flashes (post-menopause) in women. Therefore, it is good to massage the scalp with mint oil in the summers. Apart from this, the fragrance of this oil also keeps the body cool.
- Helpful in Increasing Brain Alertness-
Peppermint oil works to increase the vigilance power of humans. In this form, this oil becomes very important for those who drive long distances. Peppermint oil is very effective in keeping the brain alert and awakening the nervous system. The fragrance of this oil works to increase concentration in children.
- Beneficial for Muscle Aches-
Peppermint oil reduces body pain by providing relaxation to the muscles. For this, massage the affected area thoroughly by mixing mint oil with any other oil. This oil is also used to relieve arthritis pain. Taking the scent of peppermint oil also cures respiratory allergies.
Benefits of Castor Essential Oil
Castor oil is extremely beneficial for hair. It is easily available in the market. People use it for hair growth and removing dandruff. Apart from this, castor oil also helps in making eyelashes beautiful and dense.
Other benefits of this oil are-
- Beneficial for Face and Skin-
Castor oil is also beneficial for curing acne. The ricinolein acids present in it help in preventing acne-causing bacteria. It removes the problem of acne. At the same time, due to its correct use, the tone of the face also improves.
- Useful for Industrial Production-
Castor oil has multiple industrial uses. Manufacturers use it in the production of beauty products, making paints, soap making, adhesives such as glue, lubricants. This oil is purgative and nourishing. This property makes it effective for Ayurvedic medicines.
Benefits of Eucalyptus (Nilgiri) Essential Oil-
Eucalyptus oil, extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree has insecticidal and antimicrobial properties. It works to eliminate many types of infectious bacteria. Eucalyptus oil also helps in curing many health problems.
Other benefits of this oil are-
- Useful for Respiratory Health-
It is good to use eucalyptus oil regularly in case of respiratory problems. The oil’s vapor is taken in case of a cough. This reduces cold. It also helps in expelling stagnant phlegm in the body.
- Benefits for Mental Health-
Mixing eucalyptus and peppermint oil results in increased cognitive performance. Apart from this, taking a mixed fragrance of both oils also reduces headaches.
- Helpful in Reducing Fever-
To reduce fever, mix two to four drops of eucalyptus oil in water, soak a cloth in that water and rub the patient's body. Especially the back, neck, chest, legs, and soles. By doing this, the fever decreases.
Some other advantages of this oil are:
- Beneficial for muscle pain.
- Helpful in reducing mental stress.
- Useful for aromatherapy.
- Effective treatment for head lice.
Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil-
Tea tree oil has abundant antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These work to reduce inflammation. This oil also helps in getting rid of diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. For this, dilute the tea tree oil and apply it to the affected area twice a day.
Other benefits of this oil include-
- Reduce Burning Sensation-
After shaving, minor cuts on the face causes a burning sensation. In such a situation, applying coconut oil and tea tree oil on the face reduces the burning sensation.
- Avoid Skin Infection-
Tea tree oil is natural antiseptic oil. Therefore, tea tree oil heals injuries or defects on the skin.
- Natural Insecticide -
Tea tree oil prevents defects caused by mosquito and insect bites. By applying this oil to the body, insects and mosquitoes do not come close. In addition, applying this oil on the bitten area of mosquitoes also does not cause inflammation.
Some Other Benefits of Tea tree Oil-
- Better treatment of acne.
- A great remedy for throat pain.
- Treats fungal infections.
- Remove the unpleasant odor of the mouth and other mouth problems.
Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil is very popular because of its excellent fragrance and widely used in cooking food, seafood dishes, cakes, salads, etc. This oil also has many therapeutic properties. It helps to reduce problems such as arthritis pain, improve digestion and also increase concentration.
Other benefits of this oil-
- Effective in Removing Bacteria-
Lemon oil helps to eliminate the bacteria and make the utensils clean and aromatic. For this, use one to two drops of lemon oil in soap or gels that clean the utensils.
- Useful as a Room Freshener-
We use lemon oil as a room freshener of the house too. Its positive fragrance removes body fatigue and gives a feeling of freshness. Apart from this, lemon oil is an ingredient in perfumes too. For this, mix lemon oil with other oils and use it.
- Beneficial for Hair-
We also use lemon oil for hair growth. Massaging the head by mixing any other oil in this oil has a balanced effect on the oil glands. Apart from this, massaging the head with this oil before going to sleep helps in getting good sleep and the hair gets adequate nutrition.
Benefits of Jojoba Essential Oil
Jojoba oil also has anti-inflammatory properties along with anti-bacterial properties, which removes diseases like skin redness, eczema, and edema. Jojoba oil also proves beneficial in removing skin disorders.
Other benefits of this oil-
- Effective in Reducing Inflammation-
Applying Jojoba oil on the skin ends skin problems. This oil has anti-bacterial properties, which work to reduce skin inflammation. This oil also has the power to heal wounds quickly.
- Prevents Skin Infection-
Jojoba oil contains vitamin-E and many anti-oxidants, which rapidly heal skin wounds and aid in the formation of new cells. Apart from this, anti-bacterial properties in jojoba oil works to protect the skin from infection.
- Strong Skin Cells-
Jojoba oils help to strengthen skin cells. With the help of this oil, the skin forms a hydrating layer on itself, which prevents the cells from becoming weak. Apart from this, jojoba oil also works to protect the skin from external elements.
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
The lavender essential oil extracted from lavender flowers is one of the famous oils. It is used to treat lack of concentration, hair loss problems, and insomnia, etc.
Other benefits of this oil include-
- Relieve Stress-
Lavender oil is very effective for those who suffer from fatigue, lack of sleep, and mental stress. Diluted lavender oil is used to remove these problems. Apply the oil on the hands and neck. Apart from this, add this oil to the bathwater. The scent of lavender oil acts to soothe the mind.
- Eliminate Itching-
Lavender oil helps to reduce the itching that occurs after an insect bite or skin infection. This oil also has the power to cure swelling and pain. It cures itching caused by mosquito and bee bites.
- Relieve Sunburn-
Lavender oil helps in healing the burning sensation caused by sunstrokes on the skin. In addition, it is good to use lavender oil on burnt skin.
- Make Food Tastier-
Lavender oil is used in many types of dishes because of its unique taste. Its use in salads, chocolates, and sweet dishes, etc. enhances the taste.
Some other advantages of the oil are:
- Moisturizes the dry skin.
- Prevents blood from flowing from the nose.
- Its use leads to good sleep.
- It calms the body and mind.
Benefits of Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil is an aromatic oil derived from species of rose. This oil is not a completely natural oil because it is extracted using many chemicals. But like other essential oils, rose oil also helps to calm the mind. This oil protects the body from many infectious bacteria. The oil contains high amounts of phenolic, tocopherol (a vitamin E compound), and carotene compounds. Rose essential oil also works to refine the skin.
Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is a useful medicine for insomnia, fever, skin infections, etc. In addition, chamomile oil also helps in healing injuries, burns, and wounds. It also cures eczema, cancerous wounds as well as other health problems.
The anti-inflammatory properties present in chamomile oil are quite beneficial for the body. The oil inhibits the chemical processes in the body, which are the primary cause of any inflammation. In addition, this oil also helps to cure stomach ulcers.
Chamomile tea relieves the problem of insomnia. The fragrance of this oil works to calm the mind by reducing anxiety and tension.