What are Essential Oils? They are compounds extracted from the leaves, flowers, bark, stems, roots, resin, and seeds of plants or the pith of citrus fruit. They have been used by cultures from all over the world for thousands of years. The extracts are the active ingredients of a plant and sometimes referred to as volatile aromatic compounds.
Most of us probably identify with their aromatic properties, not realizing they have beneficial effects on our bodies physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Ways To Use Essential Oils and Their Benefits
Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.
- Positively affect mood
- Cleanse the air
- Support the respiratory system
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body.
- Dilute with a carrier oil to increase absorption and reduce likelihood of skin sensitivity
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavouring and aroma properties to foods. Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.
- Add a few drops to water or favourite recipe
- Use in veggie caps
- Under your tongue