As a painfully shy and introverted child, school was an ongoing nightmare on so many different levels. But I remember that, no matter what had happened at school, as soon as I reached our street everything seemed a bit more bearable. Home was a calm, non-threatening place and I could hardly wait to arrive there safely. Better yet, I could usually smell biscuits, or sometimes even cake, hot from the oven as soon as a walked through the front gate. What a welcome!
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Although everyone has their own ideas and perspective about what makes for a welcoming home, for me, it reflects a combination of elements. Yes, a sense of calm is important along with colour and character. And although lighting and comfort are important elements, it's more than just that. Some would include pleasant sounds or music.
But for me, a pleasant aroma is a big part of it, too.
Essential oils provide more than just a pleasant perfume
You may already know of numerous essential oils and even be vaguely aware of some claimed benefits of 'aromatherapy'. But, how much do you truly know about the properties of essential oils? Most people know they have a pleasant aroma. They may also be aware that they are pure and that they are natural essences extracted from plants.
However, many people do not understand how or why essential oils can go far beyond being merely perfumes or how they can also improve their health and wellbeing. I'm certainly no expert but I've been doing a lot or reading about essential oils. Here's some of what I have discovered:
Essential Oils for Improving Health
Four extremely popular essential oils are discussed in some detail below. Their different properties, benefits and uses will give an indication as to how useful essential oils can be, especially when it comes to improving your health.
Tea Tree oil is widely used as a primary ingredient in many beauty products. Tea tree oil extract has numerous positive properties as an essential oil. It has antifungal, antiseptic and astringent qualities, making it a popular additive for many soaps, lotions and shampoos.
Tea tree oil is perfect for fighting bacteria and germs. It is commonly used in oily skin and scalp preparations and helpful for treating skin problems such as dandruff and acne. It is perfect for dabbing on superficial cuts, scratches and sores to kill or prevent infection.
If you are working with the pure essential oil, be sure to dilute it first as it can cause burning and irritation to the skin if used undiluted. You can mix it with some carrier oil or water to make it gentler for your skin.
Ginger is considered to be a very versatile essential oil. Ginger essential oil is a popular remedy for increasing circulation and blood flow and calming the stomach. As it is a wonderful digestive aid, it is used frequently to combat nausea. It is a great help for those experiencing an upset tummy due to pregnancy or travel sickness.
It has also been found to be a helpful remedy for anyone experiencing vomiting due to the effects of chemotherapy.
It can also help combat a sore throat when taken at the first sign of a cold. Ginger root oil can also make a delicious hot drink, especially if you brew it with some lemon and honey.
Lemon oil is a deliciously fragrant essential oil that is useful for a variety of purposes. Lemon oil is a well-known anti-oxidant. It offers great antiseptic properties, making it an excellent aid for common colds, bronchitis, asthma, flu and other respiratory issues.
The high vitamin C content in lemon oil is beneficial for boosting the immune system of the body and fighting against different contagious infections and illnesses. Lemon is also popular for improving digestive processes.
It does however, have some photo-toxicity properties, therefore, some people may experience irritation if they are using lemon oil and are exposed to direct sunlight for a long time.
Rosemary is another common essential oil that has extremely diverse properties. It is commonly used for combating fatigue, combating stress and improving one's memory. Rosemary has stimulant, astringent and antiseptic properties.
These examples are only a few of the many readily available essential oils that are useful for improving your health. Once you have tried them and experienced their natural benefits you will be looking for more ways to use the power of essential oils in your life!
If you'd like to learn more about essential oils, you can find ithere.
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