Plant extracts, and later on, essential oils have been used for thousands of years in many cultures. They used to be the primary source of treating and improving people’s health and calming down their nerves. Today, we have essential oils for health and wellness that can help improve the quality of our lives.
In this article, I will make sure you know what those essential oils are. Also, I will tell you a bit about how to use them to enjoy a more fulfilling life. I will give you the details on their properties and benefits so you know what to use them for, too.
The first chapter will give you a glimpse on how essential oils work. Also, find out exactly how they can find the source of your health or cosmetic issues and make them better. Just like a pharmaceutical drug does.
After that, you can find out a few good reasons why to improvise your own Spa at home, and what essential oils blends to use. It is cost-effective and it will help you relax completely.
Every now and then, you need it and if you don’t have the time or the money to go to a professional Spa, don’t lose hope. You have this natural and amazingly simple way to still enjoy a Spa’s benefits whenever you’re in the mood.
Now, let’s see how these essential oils for health and wellness can be used, for what and also why.
Did you know?
- When using essential oils for health and wellness, make sure they’re 100% pure. That purity is paramount in Aromatherapy.
How Do Essential Oils Work and How Do They Know What to Target?
I chose to begin with this question because the way essential oils work is somewhat mysterious to most beginners. Like myself, I’m sure you would also like to find out how exactly they “know” what to target.
Why do we use essential oils? Because they possess therapeutic properties. And because they can help us improve the aspect of our skin and internal health. Also, because they don’t have many side effects like drugs do. Though, some essential oils can be very dangerous if taken in large doses.
But how do essential oils “know” what to target? This is one of their most amazing properties. Especially if we think those oils are produced for totally different purposes.
Plants produce oils mostly to survive. They produce the oils to protect themselves against predators or infections. Or, they produce them to attract pollinators to spread their seeds and keep the crop alive.
Essential oils contain hundreds of different molecules. Each with its own role, they combine together and give the oil its power to ward us from various health threats. But these molecules are selective. They attach themselves to a certain organ that needs help and start killing germs, bacteria, fungi, certain viruses, etc.
Essential oil molecules can also help with the exchange of neurotransmitters to the brain. Those molecules react to our body’s real needs and stimulate all the vital processes.
That’s how essential oils work for our health and wellness. They can help us overcome so many mild conditions, like headaches, stress, anxiety, or heal our scrapes, burns, and dry or sensitive skin.
How to apply essential oils for health and wellnes:
Not only are they useful in preventing or improving many health conditions, but they also smell incredibly well! Basically, whatever you do with them, you’ll still benefit from their properties, one way or another.
Essential oils can be used in many different ways:
1) They can be applied on the skin through gentle massages and blends.
Essential oils need to be diluted to avoid skin sensitization or irritation. That may happen because they’re very concentrated substances. They can be diluted in carrier oils or vegetable oils. Carrier oils help the essential oils disperse evenly and cover a wider skin area.
With their disinfectant, soothing or pain relieving properties, essential oils usually work very fast. You can feel their effects on the skin in a few minutes after use. That’s especially good if you’re suffering from stings, burns or itchiness and need to put an end to those symptoms.
Best places to apply essential oils blends on the skin to get instant effects are:
- On the bottom of the feet,
- On the temples,
- At the back of the head,
- Directly on the affected skin,
- Around the belly button,
- Or over the heart.
2) They can be diffused into the air.
Our body responds well to scents. Once inhaled, the aroma of an essential oil can travel through the nose straight to the brain. It can affect the nervous system, influencing the mood and calming down the nerves.
The inhalation of essential oils can also stimulate the hormones and influence other vital processes. Essential oils for health and wellness can be used in electric diffusers to energize your mind and body or to relax. On top of that, essential oils will also purify the air where they’re diffused.
3) Lastly, essential oils can be taken internally.
But only if they’re pure Aromatherapy grade and you’ve done a good research before. Or, you can take essential oils as supplements, if you’ve talked to a doctor about your intention.
Some essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties. It means they can protect against internal or external inflammations, and kill the bacteria and germs that cause them. Others can promote a good digestion or a good functioning of organs like kidneys, liver, etc.
To derive health and wellness benefits from your essential oils make sure your provider is trustworthy. That means they shouldn’t be involved in any lawsuits, scandals, false claims etc.
Also, for good quality oils, read the information on their labels carefully. They need to contain:
- The Latin name of the plant,
- The extraction method (cold pressed or steam distilled are the most common and safest),
- And the country where the plants come from.
Did you know?
- There were ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics found with recorded natural recipes containing plant extracts. Those recipes were used to improve the health and wellbeing of people.
10 Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
The following 10 essential oils that I’ve chosen have proprieties that can help with many types of conditions. Conditions like lowering the cholesterol or losing weight and improving the aspect of cellulite.
Or they can hydrate the skin, relax the mind and keep away dark thoughts. Not to mention they can improve various skin conditions too.
Some of these essential oils are widely used in SPAs all over the world. It’s because of their strong influence over the brain and the nervous system. Knowing about them will help you create a small SPA-like ambience at your home, with almost no trouble.
- Rosemary essential oil
British doctors use this oil to help strengthen cardiovascular conditions and lower cholesterol. Besides that, Rosemary oil can also be massaged on the stomach area for a better digestion and circulation.
It’s also good at treating numerous skin conditions like acne or dermatitis. Rosemary has been the subject of many studies, where they proved its effects on the brain. It can boost the short-term memory and keep you more alert and productive.
- Oregano essential oil
This oil is a great essential oil for health and wellness, because it can also lower cholesterol. But that’s not all! The health benefits of Oregano essential oil include anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
It can protect against infections. It also has antioxidant properties. These properties make Oregano oil good against premature aging and cell regeneration.
- Grapefruit essential oil
This oil is important because it can help reducing the appetite and the abdominal fat. These properties make it a good ally in weight loss programs. It is also very uplifting and has disinfectant properties. Grapefruit oil is good at keeping an oily skin clear and tone up the body.
- Peppermint essential oil
This oil is part of those necessary essential oils for health and wellness because it can also help you lose weight. It can help with the digestion and also reduce cravings and appetite.
Diffusing a few drops into the air, Peppermint oil can keep your mind alert and your body energized. It can also be used to relieve respiratory problems and pain, in general.
- Bergamot essential oil
Bergamot oil is good at lowering the cortisol level in the body through its uplifting effects. It can also induce more positive thoughts. It depends on how you look at these features of Bergamot oil.
It can either stop someone from eating their way through emotions, thus lead to weight loss or weight management. Or you can look at it as a tool to feel good throughout the day. In local applications, Bergamot oil can also relieve pain and help create new tissue and improve scars.
- Rose essential oil
Rose oil is one of those essential oils for health and wellness that are good at almost everything. It acts as a good anti-depressant, and it also makes the skin look beautiful, young and radiant. It’s a good aphrodisiac and antibacterial. Rose oil makes for a perfect ingredient in a homemade Spa session.
- Palo Santo essential oil
Palo Santo is more of a spiritual essential oil. It can soothe the mind and the body through inhalation and massages or compresses. It can also boost the immune system and it has purifying properties. It helps the skin regenerate faster and relieves joint pain. Palo Santo can calm your nerves down and make you feel more settled.
- Cypress essential oil
Cypress is a relaxing essential oil for health and wellness. It can improve the excessive perspiration of the feet and relieve rheumatism pain. Cypress oil also has antiseptic properties. It can improve spasmodic reactions and tighten the skin, hair follicles and gums.
- Sweet Orange essential oil
The scent of Orange oil is warming for the heart. It may influence a person’s mood, making them feel euphoric. It should be used especially during cold or rainy seasons. It has disinfectant properties and it can also relieve local pain. Orange oil may keep you energized and improve your cognitive function throughout the day.
- Jasmine essential oil
Jasmine is among the top essential oils for health and wellness that promote a good self-esteem. Thanks to its warm and uplifting aroma, Jasmine can be a good anti-depressant too.
It can also be a good aphrodisiac, because it relaxes you and stimulates the release of serotonin (happy hormone). It is nourishing to the skin and it can also help relieving coughing episodes.
Now, you have the essential oils, but what could you use them for except daily skin and body care? Well, you could set up your own Spa at home. It’s true, it would be easier to just go to one, without having to clean afterwards.
But sometimes, there’s no budget for a professional Spa session. Does that mean you should stop pampering and relaxing yourself? No, it doesn’t. If you have a few of the aforementioned essential oils, you could have a blast at home too.
How and why would you do it?
- Because it’s totally relaxing and uplifting.
- The ritual itself takes you in a place somewhere far from your daily schedule and worries.
- You and your skin will look radiant and beautiful afterwards.
- You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and energized for a new working week.
- You can lit up some scented candles and put them around the room or in your bathroom.
- Choose your oils and use a mixture to massage your skin, nails and hair.
- You can also pour a few diluted drops in a warm bath and then sip from a glass of wine or read something nice.
- Put on cosmetic masks and diffuse a few drops of essential oils to regain your mental and emotional balance. Or to regain your inner peace again and energize your body.
Any of these 10 essential oils for health and wellness can help you achieve what you desire. Of course, there are other essential oils that could do the same. You just need to do a bit more research to see which ones you would like better.
Some of the Best 5 SPA Aromatherapy Blends
In case I’ve aroused your curiosity and you’d like to try a Spa session at home, you could inspire yourself from the next blends to get started.
Aromatherapy Blends to Diffuse
1) Kick Start Your Day
- Grapefruit essential oil: 2 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 1 drop
- Peppermint essential oil: 1 drop
Add these essential oils in the water of your diffuser to kick start your day with enough energy, cheer and creativity.
Depending on your diffuser’s instructions you could add more drops of essential oil. Or, you can focus on only one of them if you like its effect more. Of course, you can also replace the oils, but I chose them because they’re stimulating and uplifting.
2) Get in the Mood for Holiday
- Rose essential oil: 2 drops
- Orange essential oil: 2 drops
Your next vacation is coming soon and you’re probably there already in thoughts. Why not diffuse this easy blend in your bathroom while enjoying some “you” time? Or in the house while doing something else you like? Use this blend to kill some time and make the waiting more bearable.
Aromatherapy Blends to Massage into the Skin
3) Romantic Nights
- Jasmine essential oil: 5 drops
- Rose essential oil: 5 drops
- Orange essential oil: 4 drops
- Palo Santo essential oil: 3 drops
- Sweet Almond carrier oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Mix the ingredients together and keep the blend stored in the fridge. Shake well before each use. Massage this blend all over your skin, temples, back of the neck and wrists to get you in a relaxing state of mind. It will stimulate the production of more serotonin (happy hormone), and make your evening with your loved one really memorable.
4) Protection against All Bacteria and Anti-Aging Lotion
- Rose essential oil: 5 drops
- Oregano essential oil: 6 drops
- Rosemary essential oil: 4 drops
- Coconut carrier oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
After mixing all the ingredients, keep the blend stored in the fridge. Shake well before use and use all over the body and/or face. All of these essential oils can protect the skin from fungi or bacteria growth. But they can also tighten the skin or improve scars and stretch marks. Bottom line here is that all these oils can protect against premature aging.
Aromatherapy Blend to Use in a Bath
5) Skin Beautification and Calming Down the Nerves
- Jasmine essential oil: 2 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 3 drops
- Orange essential oil: 2 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 3 drops
- Sea salt/Epsom salt: 2 teaspoons
- Or whole milk: 1 cup
You can pour these essential oils on the salt and then release it in your bath water. Or you can pour them in milk, stir well and release it into your bath water. It’s your choice.
The essential oils will blend and then disperse well into the bath water if they’re mixed with salt or milk first. This is a really pampering Spa session and you can replace those oils with whatever else you like.
In conclusion, essential oils for health and wellness can help us look fresher and younger. They can ward us from many daily threats, such as viruses, fungi, germs, inflammations and mild pains. Plus, they can be used in so many simple ways.
It would be a shame not to try at least once to make your own Spa session at home to see how it goes. It’s all for your skin and well-being. You could also be saving up a lot of money to use for other important things you need.
Which essential oils are your favorites? Have you ever tried a Spa session at home? I know I don’t miss out on any occasion to do it.