10 reasons to try essential oils
- Essential oils are antiseptic and antiviral. They are believed to help combat infection by killing off viruses and bacteria.
- Essential oils can improve mind and body. The pleasant aroma can stimulate us psychologically and physically. Research suggests that aromatherapy for inhalation can cause neurotransmitters such as pain-reducing enkephalin and relaxing serotonin to be released.
- Essential oils are powerful antioxidants.
- Essential oils are thought to have a detoxifying effect on the body. Experts say they may help detoxify your cells and blood.
- Essential oils can be used through massage or inhalation. When applied topically or inhaled, essential oils are absorbed into your blood stream, promoting fast relief.
- Essential oils can purify the air. They can eliminate odours from cooking, mould and animals. Oils for the home are both relaxing and can cover smells – try keeping some in the front room.
- They are versatile and inexpensive. Essential oils are only used in small doses - one bottle will last a long time and can be used for various ailments. For example, lavender promotes relaxation, is believed to improve sleep and reduce itching from bug bites.
- They are quick to take effect. According to Jean V. MD, essential oils are lipid-soluble, therefore can affect the cells in your body within 20 minutes.
- Essential oils are small. They can penetrate every tissue in your skin. Try adding some oils to your bath for a relaxing dip.
- Research suggests they stimulate blood flow. According to researchers at Vienna University, essential oils help stimulate blood flow therefore increasing your body’s ability to deliver nutrients and oxygen.
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