What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree and have several healing properties. The oils in the plants are made up of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even penetrate the blood-brain barrier. These oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma and can be used in aromatherapy and their benefits range from mental to physical healing.
What Is Chamomile Essential Oil?
When you think of chamomile, often times you think of chamomile tea. But did you know that chamomile essential oils possess many great benefits for our health. It is the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind and for good reason. Many preparations of chamomile have been developed and used over the centuries.
Chamomile can be used to help calm the mind, treat skin conditions, relieve digestive issues, reduce inflammation and so much more. Let’s find out a bit more of why this herb and its essential oils are so popular.
Benefits of Chamomile Essential Oil
Fights Anxiety and Depression
Roman chamomile essential oil is one of the best essential oils for anxiety. It has been used as a mild sedative to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. The aromas are carried directly to the brain and acts as a natural mood booster to help promote relaxation.
Reduces Symptoms of Insomnia
Having a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting a full night’s rest? Whatever the situation, you may be in luck thanks to the sedative properties of chamomile essential oils. Chamomile has relaxing properties that promote healthy sleep and can help fight the symptoms of insomnia.
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Natural Allergy Reliever
Tired of suffering from seasonal allergies? Thanks to the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties found in roman chamomile it can help relieve those annoying allergy symptoms. When inhaled, it can relieve mucus congestion and irritations. When applied topically, roman chamomile can reduce swelling, and relieve skin irritations associated with food allergies or sensitivity, along with seasonal allergies.
Helps Alleviate PMS Symptoms
Roman chamomile essential oil contains antispasmodic properties that can help soothe symptoms of menstrual cramps, headaches, back pain and body aches commonly associated with PMS. Chamomile essential oil can also clear up acne that may appear due to hormonal fluctuations.
Boosts Skin Health
Roman chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties and when applied topically, it can relieve skin irritation and promote smooth, healthy skin. In natural medicine, it has been used to treat wounds, bruises, burns, gout, ulcers, canker sores and skin conditions such as cracked nipples, ear and eye infections, chicken pox, poison ivy and diaper rash. It also works as a natural remedy for those who have eczema.
Supports Digestive Health
How many times have you wanted a way to get rid of unwanted digestive issues without having to take over the counter medication? Due to the antispasmodic properties found in Roman chamomile, it has been used to treat or relieve digestive issues such as gas, acid reflux, diarrhea, leaky gut and vomiting. It is especial good at getting rid of gas, relaxing the muscles in the stomach and soothing the stomach allowing food to pass with ease through the intestines. Roman chamomile can also be used internally and topically to get rid of nausea because of its relaxing properties.
Promotes Hearth Health
Roman chamomile possesses high levels of flavonoids and is great for providing cardiovascular protection. When taken internally, it has been shown to significantly reduce morality from coronary heart disease. These same flavonoids may also lower blood sugar and can have a relaxing effect on the heart.
May Relieve Arthritic Pain
Suffering from pain in the joints due to arthritis? Add a few drops to your skin topically or to a warm bath the relieve the pain. The anti-inflammatory properties can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and reduce inflammation that can be causing the pain from arthritis. It can also help reduce the pain in the knees, wrists, lower back, fingers and other problematic areas.
Essential Oil Applications
Essential oils can be used to help with many ailments ranging from mental to physical ailments. You can find an essential oil that helps with just about anything. Think of them as nature’s gifts. We can reap the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy, oral application or topically. Each application has its own benefits and its own precautions.
Aromatherapy is a term used when we use essential oils aromatically. When the aromas of an essential oil Is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate mental responses in the limbic system which can trigger a powerful emotional response.
Aromatherapy can be obtained by adding a few drops of oils to your bath or shower, by relaxing in a warm bath with bath salts and essential oils, by diffusing the oils in an essential oil diffuser, using room or body sprays containing essential oils, essential oil nasal inhalers, essential oil roll ons used as perfumes or colognes, or just simply inhaling the aromas from the bottle.
Topical application is the process of placing essential oils on your skin, hair, mouth, teeth, nails or mucous membranes of the body. When the oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and penetrate the skin rapidly due to their small molecular makeup.
Most essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils such as coconut oil or almond oil before direct application to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause serious harm or negative skin reactions if not diluted or used properly. Once mixed with a carrier oil, you can apply the mixture directly to the bottom of your feet, pulse points, the affected area, rims of the ears or using a compress.
You can use essential oils topically through body butters, lotions, bath salts, body scrubs, essential oil rollers or massage oils that contain essential oils in them.
Many essential oils can be ingested- taken by the mouth or eaten. You can cook with foods that contain essential oils in them such as lemongrass, ginger or cinnamon. You can also use them in teas to create our own herbal tea remedy. A few popular teas would be chamomile tea or peppermint tea. A few other common ways to ingest them is through capsule form, adding a few drops to your beverage or food dish or by adding a few drops of essential oils under your tongue for fast absorption.
Essential Oil Precautions
When using any type of essential oil topically for the first time, it is always safe practice to perform a patch test on a small part of your skin before full body application. To do this, dilute the essential oils in a 1:1 ratio, then apply a small amount to the inner part of your forearm or a sensitive part of skin. Wait 24- 48 hours to be sure that no negative skin irritations occur such as swelling, redness, hives or rashes. It is best to start with an even ratio, then work your way up slowly to avoid any irritations.
When inhaling essential oils for the first time, keep the amount of exposure at a minimum to be sure you or anyone else in the household doesn’t experience any negative effects of the aromas. If you do, then ventilate the room being diffused immediately. If irritations continue to occur, seek medical or professional help.
If you are ingesting essential oils, it is critical to make sure that the essential oils you use are safe and pure and are a very high quality, organic, “therapeutic grade” brand. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers these safe for consumption and has approved some essential oils generically for internal use and given them the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation for human consumption.
It is best to talk to your doctor if you are unsure how using essential oil will impact existing health conditions such as heart disease, liver damage, cancer or skin disorders. If you have a reaction, or unsure about using any type of essential oils, it is best to speak with your doctor.
If you are taking any medications that you are not sure if they will interact with essential oils, be sure to speak to your physician before use. If you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly, be sure to speak to a physician or professionally before using essential oils.
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Essential Oil Storage
Be sure to keep essential oils out of direct sunlight. Some essential oils are light sensitive and will lose their benefits if exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Some essential oils can be corrosive if used in plastic in their concentrated form. This is also why most essential oils or products that contain essential oils in them are packaged in deep amber or cobalt glass bottles.
Be sure to keep your essential oils in a cool dry place out of the reach of children and pets.
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