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Posted on Feb 10, 2017

6 Essential Oils for Your Self-Help Kit

6 Essential Oils for Your Self-Help Kit

You would definitely love the scent of perfumes. A particular perfume might ignite various memories in life; it might remind you of your mother, your first date, and many more. But do you know that scents can also improve your health?

Many aromatic essential oils listed by AromaHQ.com have medical properties and their benefits go beyond a pleasant aroma.

Here’s a list of a 7 aromatic essential oils that must definitely fill your natural first-aid kit.

Tea Tree essential oils

Tea tree is a well-known essential oil that’s obtained from the leaves of the Australian native plant, Melaleuca alternifolia. This oil is mostly made up of terpene hydrocarbons, like sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and their alcohols. The tea tree oil’s stability might get affected by exposure to air, heat, and light.

 

It’s rich in antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It’s also believed to be more effective than the commonly used antiseptic, carbolic acid. It’s an all-around remedy for treating various infections and disorders, like acne, fungal and bacterial infections, and much more. Tea tree oil is also used in making soaps, lotions, shampoos, and other personal care products.

Lavender

Lavender oil comes from an easy-to-grow, evergreen shrub called Lavandula angustifolia that has bunches of beautiful, scented flowers. This plant is grown throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. High-quality lavender oil gives out herbaceous, floral, sweet, and slightly woody fragrance.

Both the flower and its oil are highly valued for its antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. The flowers are used for home decors, crafting, and potpourris, and the essential oils are used in body care products, like soaps, perfumes, laundry detergents, and more.

Chamomile

Chamomile oil is extracted from the flowers of Chamamelum nobile, a plant belonging to the sunflower family. This plant is native to southeastern parts of Europe and was even used by the early Europeans. This plant is chemically composed of faenesene, cadinene, furfural, and chamazulene. Chamazulene is the component that gives this oil its deep blue color.

Chamomile oil has antispasmodic, mild sedative, carminative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that help your body in many ways. When applied over the skin, this oil penetrates deep into the skin layers and soothes skin irritation. This can also be used for treating mouth ulcers, burns, and other skin conditions. Visit AromaHQ.com to learn more about this oil.

Frankincense

Frankincense oil is extracted from trees, like Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri. The tree bark has a milky white sap that can be extracted. It’s then allowed to harden, and the oil is then extracted from this hardened resin. Boswellia trees are widely found in Arabia and Africa. This oil is mainly composed of ketonic alcohol, camphene, dipentene, and phellandrene.

There are many health benefits in the frankincense oil and they are mostly attributed to its astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, digestive, diuretic, disinfectant, and expectorant properties. A tonic made from this oil will aid your digestion, nervous, and respiratory systems. It also helps in the proper absorption of nutrients in your body.

Oregano

Oregano is a well-known herb that is widely used in the kitchen. It’s derived from the leaves and flowers of the oregano plant. This plant is native to Europe and is now cultivated throughout the world. This oil is extracted by distilling the flowers and leaves of this plant; the oil has a strong spicy odor and is golden to dark yellow in color.

Oregano oil is a rich source of phenol that is a naturally occurring phytochemical compound. They are well-known for their antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It’s highly aromatic, and can be used in cooking as well. They can ward off insects, relieve bug bites, and ease a sore throat, and much more.

Lemon

Lemon is packed with nutrients, and is widely used in every part of the world. It’s a rich source of vitamin C. The surface of lemon is composed of many volatile oil glands. The citrus lime oil or the lime essential oil is extracted from these oil pits found on the lemon peels. This oil can be used to fight respiratory infections, like cough and sore throat. It also relieves you from the flu, fevers, and asthma. AromaHQ.com suggests that it also lowers the blood pressure in your body and promotes healthy blood circulation.

Fill your kitchen cabinet of self-help kit with these simple natural oils. In addition to giving a good fragrance, they also come in handy in times of emergency.

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