Usage of Essential oils which is the core of Aromatherapy is a promising branch of alternative medicine, capable of curing a numbers of common ailments that we face in day to day life without any potential side effects.
Besides that it is proved to cure a number of serious disorders like Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Arthritis and Nerve tension effectively. The presence of powerful aromatic compounds in essential oils said to enhance its therapeutic property. The unique anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammable properties of essential oils work wonderfully in treating a number of health problems.
What are they?
Essential oils are purest form of liquid that is extracted from various plant parts such as leaf, flower, stem, bark even root. This oil is nothing but highly concentrated form of plant essence which is extracted by the process of distillation.
They contain powerful aromatic compounds which gives a distinct fragrance to a particular plant species. These oils are usually colorless or light colored one and it may contain a little or no oiliness at all. Along with this essential oils are highly volatile in nature which quickly gets absorbed by the body to provide quick relief.
From age old times essential oils are playing an important role as a beauty aide and mood enhancer but with time their usage as a popular alternative therapeutic aide is gaining more attention worldwide. Other than the cosmetic application, essential oils as an alternative medical and culinary (edible) aide, is slowly gaining much accolade.
There are hundred varieties of essential oils manufactured all over the world. Out of them some of the best names which are broadly popular are Lavender oil, Thyme oil, Lemon oil, Tea tree oil, Peppermint oil, Patchouli oil, Eucalyptus oil, Sandalwood oil, Rose oil and Rosemary oils.
As these oils are in highly concentrated state, they can be administered through nasal inhalation or direct skin application after a necessary dilution with carrier oil (generally a vegetable oil extracted from the kernel or seed of a plant such as almond oil)
How they are extracted
Essential oils are extracted from different plant parts by the process of steam distillation. Hot steam percolates deep within the plant to draw out volatile plant essence, which is later condensed to obtain the purest form of essential oil. Each essential oil generally contain about hundreds of chemical compounds which give it a distinct aroma.
Essential oils to arrest premature aging
Most essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties which fight against cell disrupting free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for destructive cellular DNA activity by bringing electrolyte imbalance. Besides aging there are number of other life threatening diseases such as cancer and lungs dysfunction which get triggered by uncontrolled free radical production.
Essential oils such as Clove oil, Tea tree oil, Oregano oil, Rose oil, Lavender oil, and Prime rose oil etc. are said to contain a rich source of antioxidant to fight against the ill effects of free radicals. They penetrate deep within the skin pores to repair the damage from within.
Essential oil plays an important role in flushing out lymphatic toxins from the system to maintain the youthful exuberance. They not only play the dual role of an antimicrobial reagent and that of an astringent but also moisturize the skin to improve its elasticity and cell renewal capability up to a large extent.
Essential oils can be taken orally (Clove oil) or applied directly on skin. A few drops of Lavender or tea tree oil massage on skin can fade serious signs of aging. These oils can also be added to the face masks or to the water meant for bathing purpose. By soaking the entire body in essential oil rich water for a considerable time can relieve skin irritation and inflammation effectively to give it suppleness. It also reduces the sebum production effectively thus keep body odor at bay.
Essential oils to soothe mind and soul
Another important aspect of these oils is that they have a strong influence on mental function. It stimulates brain’s ability to overpower stress and improve blood circulation for a better mental clarity. Research has also proved that with regular application of essential oil, memory power improves a lot along with better concentration span.
It also abets the problem of sleeplessness (insomnia) to induce uninterrupted night sleep. These oils soothes tired nervous system with their unique therapeutic property which efficiently handle the problem of anxiety, depression, mood swing, learning disability etc. They also help the olfactory nerves to improve with the sense of smell.
Essential oil of Rosemary, Peppermint, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Lavender, Cedar wood, Melisa etc. said to work wonder for brain health. They can be either applied directly on the back of the neck, on the temples or can be inhaled by taking a drop or two on the handkerchief. It can be air diffused to spread the fragrance in a wide area.
Essential oils can heal the problem of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang ylang, Geranium, Neroli, Jasmine and Rose are very helpful in treating these diseases.
Essential oils and gum diseases
Gum diseases are quite bothering at times .Inflammatory gum disease, bleeding gum and bad odor are some of the serious forms of this problem. These problems can be effectively addressed by using essential oil. Because of their anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and anti microbial property they treat most of the gum diseases quite easily.
Oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Neem, Aloe Vera and Chamomile are some of the effective aids in treating gum diseases. They can be directly used as mouthwash or can be rubbed directly on diseased gum surface to accelerate healing.
Essential oil and cancer
Essential oils as a potent alternative therapy to heal different types of cancers such as Lung cancer and skin cancer is gaining importance worldwide. As these oils are store house of various chemical constituents in their purest form like terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides etc.
They act against the cancerous cells and destroy them completely. Oil of Frankincense and Orange are said to have promising healing effect in treating cancer.