Saturday, March 28, 2009

Interesting benefits of some essential oils

An essential oil is the aromatic and volatile extract of a plant. The essential oil may be liquid, semi-solid or solid, depending upon the product and climatic conditions.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
(Eucalyptus Globulus)
Often used to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pains. The fragrance of the oil is believed to help combat exhaustion and dispel mental sluggishness.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus Grandis)
Rich in antioxidants, primarily in Vitamin C. Grapefruit essential oil is used for muscle fatigue, stiffness, acne and skin tightening.

Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Is the all purpose oil. Known for it antiseptic and antibacterial properties thus helps to combat acne and eczema. It also encourages the growth of new skin cells. Moreover it is known to help relieve headaches, insomnia, tension and stress.

Lemon Essential oil
Is an astringent that restores the skin's natural acid balance.

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis)
Rich in vitamin C. Has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Also widely used to treat acne and dermatitis.

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
Known for its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. Contains menthol, which is good for the skin. Also nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.

Rosemary Essential oil
Rosemary has antibacterial and antioxidant activity. In hair care it is believed that rosemary encourages hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp.

Tangerine Essential Oil
(Citrus Tangerina)
Has various benefits when used in skin care product formulations such as refining the texture of the skin, while also having good antiseptic and cell rejuvenating properties.

Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Now favoured in soaps due to its ability to treat many skin conditions. The clear clean smell of tea tree has expectorant, antifungal and bactericidal properties.

Vanilla Essential Oil(Vanilla Planifolia)
Considered a supreme sensual aphrodisiac and one of the most popular flavours and aromas. Often used as a relaxant for nervous tension and stress.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil(Cananga Odorata)
Historically, it has been used for its aphrodisiac properties. Sensual, balancing, relaxing and uplifting. This scent relaxes the body.

Please Note: All essential oils must be used with caution while it's important that they are ALWAYS diluted with a base oil such as grapeseed oil/almond oil etc.

Essential oils must NOT be used while pregnant or breast feeding, or be used on children under 3 years of age)

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