Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used since ancient times for its natural medicinal and health benefits. They are extracted from the aromatic compounds in the plant (which may include the seed, the bark, flowers, or other parts of the plant) through extraction methods like steam distillation, expression and cold pressing.
The extracted essential oils are used primarily through inhalation, application, or ingestion. Commonly used in aromatherapy, the various scents stimulate your limbic system in the brain by sending signals through the tiny nerves in the nose. The limbic system is a structure in the brain that works on the emotions and memories. Through this process, the brain will have various responses throughout your body system and hence achieving the different healing effects.
Here are 3 popular scents beneficial for daily use:
Also known as Salvia Sclarea in scientific terms, Clary Sage is extracted using steam distillation. It helps to boost mental strength, confidence and self-esteem and creates hope, which results in depression being combated efficiently. It is also a powerful aid to ease melancholia, anxiety and stress.
Extracted from its flowers, Lavender is by far one of the most versatile and widely used essential oil since ancient times. The soft sweet scent has a soothing and calming effect on the nervous system, which helps to balance the mind, body and spirit. With its antimicrobial and antifungal properties, it treats various illnesses ranging from the common cold to various infections.
One of the oldest herbs for improving digestion, Peppermint has been used to soothe symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and diarrhoea. The menthol in Peppermint causes a cooling effect on muscles which aids in relieving muscle sore and cramps. With its expectorant properties, Peppermint also helps to relieve sinus and respiratory infections.