For thousands of years, man has depended on essential oils as one of his healers. It is because these wonders of nature are equipped with the ability to provide relief to a lot of diseases, discomforts and pains.
Essential oils are either used as single oil or as a blend of two or more oils, depending on the ailment and the desired benefit of the user, and they are usually administered in three different methods.
The three ways of using essential oils are:
Essential oils are highly aromatic natural substances. They have a direct effect on the body's olfactory system and they influence our sense of smell to send sensory messages to the brain to either calm and soothe it or stimulate it into active mode.
Essential oils are one of the main components in aromatherapy applications. Many practitioners of aromatherapy diffuse certain essential oils in the room to relieve stress and induce calmness. The scent of these essential oils helps people to relax and be relieved from tensions.
But not all essential oils have the same effect, for there are certain oils whose aromas can be stimulating.
Aside from their effects on the brain, diffusing essential oils can also help to purify the air and rid it of foul odor and airborne pathogens.
Essential oils can be applied directly on the skin for localized treatment and they can be used as massage oil to obtain relief from muscle and joint pains.
Their chemical structure allows them to penetrate the skin and into the bloodstream to provide internal benefit to the entire body.
There are certain types of essential oils that can be taken internally to address certain health issues.
These are the oils that contain powerful antioxidants, and they are used as dietary supplements to support your health and to strengthen your body's resistance against inflammation and degeneration.
Although many aromatherapy practitioners are not in favor of the internal use of essential oils, there are actually lots of essential oils which are safe for dietary use.
But since some essential oils are toxic, you should not take any essential oil product internally without the supervision of an experienced aromatherapy practitioner.
You also need to read the dietary supplement facts of that product before deciding to take it.
As a word of caution, you should use only 100 percent pure therapeutic grade essential oils for best results and to avoid unwanted effects.
Always read and follow warning labels and instructions before using essential oils.
Pregnant women and people with medical conditions are advised to consult a medical professional before using essential oils.
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