It’s good to have some aromatherapy products at home. They are useful for the ease and relief of minor discomforts that can interfere with your rest or sleep.
Essential oils are extracted from plants which are capable of producing extracts that contain medicinal properties. These properties are capable of alleviating or providing relief to specific types of discomforts or sicknesses.
Here are some of the most popular essential oils and their uses and benefits:
1. Basil Essential Oil
Basil is an aromatic plant whose extracts are sometimes used as an ingredient for making perfumes. This essential oil has an aroma that is similar to the scent of camphor, and most aromatherapy practitioners use it to relieve cold, stimulate focus, and to re-energize. It is also used to keep a person alert especially during daytime.
2. Cassia Bark Essential Oil
Cassia bark is also known as Chinese cinnamon. It is very popular in cooking for its scent which helps to enhance the quality of many foods.
Cassia bark or Chinese cinnamon essential oil has a comforting, energizing and warming effect. But it needs to be handled with care because it can cause irritation or a burning sensation once it comes into direct contact with the skin.
3. Red Cedar Essential Oil
Red cedar essential oil is extracted from the juniper tree. Its aroma has a relaxing effect that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. This essential oil is also believed to have the ability to revive energy and strength.
4. German Chamomile Essential Oil
This essential oil is also known as blue chamomile. It has a sweet apple-tobacco like aroma which has a calming, soothing and relaxing effect especially when it is used as massage oil. German chamomile essential oil is also used as an ingredient for certain perfumes.
5. Citronella Essential Oil
There are two types of citronella essential oil, the Java type and the Ceylon type. The citronella plant that produces the Java type is very common and it is cultured in many tropical countries. The Java type citronella essential oil has a floral aroma that is used as an ingredient in perfumery.
On the other hand, the Ceylon type citronella essential oil is extracted from the plant that comes from Sri Lanka. It has a fresh, grassy and warm aroma and it is commonly used as an ingredient in room sprays, scented candles and other household products.
6. Coriander Essential Oil
Coriander essential oil is extracted from the seeds of coriander, an annual herb native to Southern Europe. It has a spicy, pleasant, sweet aroma that blends well with other scents like clary sage, cinnamon, jasmine and bergamot. It is used as an ingredient in masculine perfumes and light floral colognes.
7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
For centuries, eucalyptus is known for its purifying and invigorating properties. It is used as an ingredient for topical preparations such as liniments and salves. Many practitioners of aromatherapy recommend it to clear nasal passages and lungs.
8. Fennel Essential Oil
This essential oil is extracted from fennel, a Mediterranean spice which is known for its sweet, earthy and anise-like aroma. It contains nurturing and restorative properties that help to revitalize and relax the mind and body.