Top 5 Essential Oils & Their Health Benefits

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Essential oils are often used as an alternative medicine, in aromatherapy, to treat certain health conditions or to support your general well-being. However, some of the health claims associated with these oils are debatable. Indeed, despite their general use, very little has been proved concerning their ability to relieve/treat certain health conditions.

Nevertheless, a few studies have actually shown the health benefits of some essential oils, let’s take a look at the top 5 essential oils and their health benefits.


How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are the essence of a particular plant, which has certain health benefits to human being. The oil is the distillation processing of a plant to the point that the whole essence of the plant is homogenized in one liquid = the oil.


Essential oils are not meant to be swallowed. Indeed, they are used by inhaling them or applying them directly to some parts of the skin or hair.


Essential Oils Health Benefits

●     Anxiety

One of the most common alternative ways to treat anxiety is to use essential oils. Many studies have shown that inhaling essential oils alongside traditional therapy can help relieving anxiety. It seems that the very particular smell triggers certain parts of the brain helping our body and mind to relax. You might have a very different reaction to each essential oil, it is then important to do some research and experiment beforehand with various types of herbs and plants.


●      Headache and Migraine

Researchers have found that when applying on people foreheads and temples, essential oils help soothing headaches and migraines. Peppermint and lavender oils seems to be particularly efficient for people experiencing migraines. It can be applied directly on the skin or used in a diffuser.


●     Antibacterial Use

Pharmaceutical and medical industry are severly facing a growing problem. Indeed, despite the presence of antibiotics bacteria are more and more able to survive. However, some studies seems to show that tea tree oil and peppermint oil have positive results in eliminating some bacteria. Still, its use for viral bacterial infections has not been proven to be effective.


Top 5 Essential Oils:

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to be very helpful for treating anxiety and improving athletic function in some adults. More studies seems to also show that when peppermint oil is used as a scent, it can have positive effects on fighting certain bacteria as well as relieving headaches.


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