But what can they really do? Can lavender really help you sleep better? Does citrus actually boost energy? The short answer is yes, when used correctly.
From stress relief to minor pain management, essential oils have a wide range of uses and benefits that can complement traditional health care. As with any supplement, talk to your doctor before adding essential oils into your health routine. In the meantime, here’s some information about essential oils and how to use them safely.
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils extracted from flowers, fruits, seeds, and plants. Each oil has its own unique fragrance and chemical makeup. Here are some popular types of oils and what they’re often used for:
|Why people use them||Types of oil|
|Citrus||To boost energy or use for cleaning||Lemon, citronella|
|Floral||To relax or reduce anxiety||Jasmine, lavender, rose|
|Herbaceous||For a calming effect||Chamomile, eucalyptus, tea tree|
|Camphoraceous||To clear congestion||Camphor, eucalyptus, laurel leaf|
|Minty||For an energizing effect||Spearmint, wintergreen, peppermint|
|Spicy||To increase energy and focus||Basil, cinnamon, ginger|
When used correctly, essential oils can provide some wellness benefits. But there are no federal regulations around them, so try to buy from reputable companies, and beware of unsupported health claims.
If you’re planning to apply essential oils topically, like for aromatherapy or massage therapy, consider the following safety tips as well:
Looking for a way to relieve stress or minor aches and pains? Essential oils might be a good complement to your regular health care. As with any supplement or alternative treatment, it’s a good idea talk to your doctor before using essential oils for medicinal purposes.
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