Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Popularly praised for their therapeutic properties, essential oils are basically plant extracts that are made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant to capture the compounds that produce fragrance. The storied practice of using this extract for therapeutic benefit is called Aromatherapy and is one of the best natural home remedies. Essential oils can make a positive impact on your health, mental composure, and well-being if used safely either inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Aromatherapy has many benefits, but the 5 that we will be focusing on are as follows:

Relaxing Your Body

Helping you relax is probably the most well-known use of this therapeutic extract. Many essential oils affect your brain, nervous system, and muscles, to promote feelings of comfort and relaxation. The most promising that help you to relax are Lavender, Rose, and Jasmine.

Promoting Restful Sleep

If you are having trouble sleeping, essential oils might help you get a better night’s rest. Essential oils can help you to feel relaxed, lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. The most potent of the elixirs that can help aid in sleep are Chamomile, Lavender, and Sage.

Improving Memory and Focus

Essential oils can also be used to help you be more productive by improving focus and cognitive function. Minty and citrusy aromas in particular are great for stimulating brain function. Try using these essential oils to help boost your brain and get stuff done: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil.

Clearing the Sinuses

Certain essential oils can serve as a gentle home remedy for nasal congestion. Others have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that can help clear your airways. Try using these essential oils to help clear up your sinuses and breathe more clearly: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree.

Helping with Digestion

Some essential oils can help to soothe upset stomachs and support healthy digestion. Ginger for example stimulates the digestive system and relieves bloating. Peppermint oil works by relaxing your digestive system and reducing smooth muscles spasms.

Whether you are using essential oils for the benefits of aromatherapy or just like them because they smell good, these essential oils will definitely help you to Live Well!

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