But why are essential oils good for us? What do they do exactly?
When diffused, essential oils stimulate the olfactory receptors in the brain, activating areas connected to our memories, emotions and mental states called the limbic system. This is why essential oils are known to be mood enhancers, or to help calm the mind and lower stress levels—which in turn can impact your health.
Additionally, when inhaling oils via the nose the molecules of the oils are carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system.
When applied topically, the oils are absorbed via the skin. If the area is massaged prior to application, that will increase the circulation thus aiding the absorption of the oil. The same is true for applying heat prior to or during application.
Below are a few of Dr. Janine Lex’s favorite ways to bring health and wellness into your life via essential oils:
- Rosemary oil for brain shift (from right brain to left brain) for those that suffer from anxiety
- Blend of lavender and orange near pillow for sleep.
- Peppermint and orange in a roller for headaches at base of skull
- Orange is probably the least expensive and most potent anti-cancer and anti-depressant preventatives
Here are some other great applications of essential oils, via Huffington Post:
- Tea Tree: one of the oils that can be used topically, because it's great for treating skin problems like fungus and blemishes. You can dab it on acne blemishes with a cotton swab to help clear your skin, or apply it to skin fungal infections like athlete's foot. It's also found in many skin care products.
- Lavender: Commonly known for its relaxing effects but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. Can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your blood.
- Calendula: Bright-orange calendula flowers are also known as marigold. It's particularly good for sensitive skin and can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. You can also put a drop in your bathwater to soothe psoriasis.
- Chamomile: You're probably familiar with chamomile used as a tea, but the essential oil has similar properties. It's particularly well known for its relaxing effects, which is why the tea is popular to drink before bed. Add to the effect with a few drops of the oil on your pillowcase.
- Peppermint: Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind. It also can increase mental alertness. Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, which is fortunate because it’s a great recipe to help indigestion — just mix a few drops in water and drink.
- Frankincense: Relaxation, such as in baths, and to help minor cuts and bug bites heal more quickly. It can be used for depression, inflammation, immunity, and to increase spiritual awareness.
- Oregano: You may have heard of oil of oregano as a flu fighter. This strong-tasting oil has naturally antibacterial qualities, which is why many think it can help to fight colds and other sicknesses.
- Lemon: Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also help with acne. If you want a healthy boost in alertness, a bit of lemon oil mixed 50:50 with a carrier is a great way to give your head a lift. Because of its uplifting properties, lemon essential oil is also good for increasing focus and concentration. As a bonus, it can help keep fleas away when used on your pets.
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit essential oil has properties similar to lemon oil. It's a great choice for people experiencing fatigue and it can help you deal with the effects of jet lag. It's also a natural antiseptic so you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.
- Eucalyptus: This is a great oil to have on hand if you get frequent colds or suffer from allergies that affect your breathing and make you congested. Eucalyptus can be used to relieve sore muscles and help clear sinuses. It also has many antibacterial properties and has been known to stimulate the immune system. Use it in a vaporizer to loosen up a congested chest or apply it diluted to the inside of your nose to relieve nasal congestion. But never ingest it or use it on your skin undiluted, as it can be irritating.
When purchasing essential oils we recommend you ensure the oils:
- Are within a carrier oil for safety
- Are organic. Pesticides can be highly concentrated in essential oils.
- Are sourced from each plant’s native region
- Have not been altered
- List any precautions and contraindications (pregnancy, medications, etc)
Interested in learning more about Essential Oils?
Join us on July 22 for our Essential Oils Make and Take event. Details below: