Five Oils to Improve Your Health This Winter
Many essential oils smell amazing, and are in fact, used in perfumes. However, their benefits go way beyond the power of smell, and some can actually improve your health.
Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. These oils give plants their distinctive smells, as well as provide protection against predators and disease, and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to a plant, they can assist our bodies in healing. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Recently, there has been a resurgence in their popularity. Practice preventative care at home, and learn to use essential oils today.
**There are a plethora of oils available, and before using any oil, be sure that it’s of high quality. Don’t apply most oils directly to your skin (dilute with a carrier oil) or ingest them. Consult your doctor about any health concerns. One of the easiest ways to get essential oils into your system is to diffuse them (aromatherapy). When you breathe the oils in, they go directly into your lungs, and are then absorbed into your blood stream, and carried throughout the body quickly.
Here are five oils to begin with that can help keep you healthy this winter:
Oregano has been used as a means to fight colds and the flu, keep the digestive tract healthy and soothe problem skin. It has often been referred to as nature’s antibiotic. Diffuse or take in a gel cap when starting to feel sick. **Oregano is a very powerful oil, and is not for everyone. Please use with care!
Eucalyptus oil is effective in treating respiratory problems ~ colds, cough, runny nose, asthma, etc. I love to rub eucalyptus on my chest at night before bed to aid in breathing. It’s also lovely in a diffuser throughout the day.
Lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world, and lemon oil is amazingly powerful. It is known for its ability to clean toxins from the body, and because of it’s high vitamin content, is a wonderful booster for the body’s immune system. Drink in water everyday to reap the benefits.
Melaleuca, otherwise known as tea tree oil, has been used for centuries by cultures around the world to heal wounds. It is considered to be anti-fungal and anti-viral (among other things), and these days is most commonly used to support the immune system, respiratory function, and aid in muscle and joint health. Mix with oregano in a gel cap when fighting off the flu or a cold.
Lavender essential oil’s health benefits include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Diffuse with eucalyptus during the day or put a few drops on your bed sheets at night for ultimate relaxation.
These are a few to get you started. Remember, that these oils are powerful, and yet, not a miracle cure. If you have questions or need help, please be sure to ask.
Be healthy, and MOVE. you are meant to.