Essential oils are complex compounds containing up to one hundred different chemical components which give them their unique therapeutic characteristics such as having analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antispasmodic benefits to name a few. What's more, they can help to calm, uplift or stimulate the mind, body and spirit.
Below are some examples of their therapeutic benefits but remember, essential oils are there to complement and not to replace conventional medicine and should not be ingested nor placed on the skin undiluted.
Rose -Rosa damascena
Rose essential oil is known to promote calm, positive emotions and helps skin to regenerate at the cellular level.
frankincense -Boswellia carterri
Frankincense is a very good anti-inflammatory hence its use in anti-ageing skin formulations and rheumatism. Emotionally, it helps to disconnect you from anxieties founded in the past.
Lemon -citrus limon
Lemon is a great immunity system stimulant that will help boost your body's ability to recover and regain its strength whilst recovering from colds, flus and other illnesses.
Lavender -Lavandula augustifolia
Lavender relaxes the mind into sleep mode and over a certain dosage, it acts as a sedative. It also calms the body when it is reacting negatively to the environment eg itchiness, headache, sunburn.
Bergamot -Citrus bergamia
Bergamot's fresh citrus-like, floral aroma is mentally very uplifting and helps with emotional exhaustion as well as physical symptoms such as nausea and loss of appetite.
Vetiver -vetiveria zizanoides
Vetiver's wonderful smoky, woody and earthy aroma is very grounding. No wonder the essential oil from its roots is known as the 'Oil of Tranquility'. Not only comforting on the mind and spirit, it also soothes aching, overworked muscles.
geranium -pelargonium graveolens
Geranium returns your body's systems back to normal by balancing and regulating adrenaline flow thus reducing the physical and mental symptoms of stress.
teatree -melaleuca alternifolia
Teatree is an excellent all rounder for treating a wide range of symptoms. For example, it is effective as an insect deterrent, soothes insect bites, fights fungal infections and assists with respiratory issues such as breathlessness.