CEDARWOOD – is one of the first ever essential oils ever extracted. It’s said to be first used by ancient Egyptians as far back as many centuries ago. It is extracted from a North-American tree (Juniperus Virginiana), and the extraction is carried out by the application of steam distillation
Cedarwood Aromatherapy oil has a yellow color and can either be mixed with facial creams or applied via vapor inhalation if intended to serve as a massage oil blend. It is often used as a calming agent to help reduce stress and anxiety and is also believed to provides a spiritual lift. In addition, it also helpful in alleviating skin issues, to ease urinary tract infections as well as aiding respiratory problems.
Note: Pregnant women should not use this oil. It is also harsh on the skin if in it’s raw state.
BERGAMOT – This essential oil is extracted from the Citrus Beragamia tree, and then the citrus scent is applied to it. It is one of the most commonly used aromatherapy oils and is also used in colognes and perfumes. Bergamot is extracted by squeezing out the oil from the rind of its parent fruit.
Bergamot can be mixed with other massage oils and applied to bath water as a remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, anorexia, and some infections which include skin infections like eczema and psoriasis.
However, it is important to note that direct application o this oil to the skin can cause burns.
CHAMOMILE OIL – This essential oil is an extract of the leaves of flowering Chamomile plants via steam distillation. Chamomile plants are of two varieties, the German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile and the aromatherapy oil can be extracted from either of the two, although both have slightly different healing properties.
Both varieties of Chamomile can be mixed with massage oils, for use in steam or vapor inhalation therapy or blended with body creams and lotions. They are also be used as analgesics and for acne removal.
Chamomile is very useful as a calming agent, as well as antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant and an overall mood lifter. The Roman Chamomile oil can be used in mouthwash as an analgesic while the German Chamomile is often more effective in battling digestive and urinary tract related issues.
Note: It is to be avoided when pregnant.
EUCALYPTUS – Eucalyptus oil is an extract of the Eucalyptus tree which is of Australian origin. Although there are over 500 varieties of the tree, the oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves on only a few of them. It has a strong scent which makes it easily distinguishable. Eucalyptus as an essential oil is very effective in managing respiratory diseases and to help. It also has the ability to enhance concentration.
Also, it is used as an antispasmodic, antiseptic, diuretic, decongestant, and stimulant. It also has cooling properties, which gives it deodorizing characteristics; therefore, it helps fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also helps with muscle pains and aches.
Note: Like most other essential oils, it should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as epileptic patients.
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