You’ve probably heard of essential oils. Very likely you or someone that you know uses them on a regular basis, but is using essential oils a good choice for you?
First off, if you’re unfamiliar with essential oils, a definition is in order. One writer named Emma described them and the process of getting them this way:
Getting essential oils from plants is done with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark.
After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.
You can see how this highly potent extract of a plant or herb can be extremely useful for many purposes.
Essential oil use is again growing in popularity (their usage was very common before the legally enforced monopoly of pharmaceutical medicine), and, in fact, many of your favorite over-the-counter and home remedies owe their effectiveness to essential oils in the ingredients.
But, if you’ve looked into essential oils, then you know that there is an incredible variety of oils available, and, if you tried to buy every oil available, you could be looking at a significant outlay of cash. So, if you could only pick a few essential oils to have in your collection, which ones should you buy? Robin Marri Miller says that, if you can only have six oils, then you should have these six oils:
- Tea Tree: This oil is native to Australia and has antiseptic, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties.
- Lavender: This oil has healing properties and also has been found to help people relax and fall asleep easier (useful in stressful times).
- Peppermint: This oil helps to ease pain in sore muscles and can help with digestion. Also, the aroma helps to clear sinus drainage and can help a person to stay alert.
- Rosemary: This oil has analgesic and relaxing properties.
- Oregano: This oil has antimicrobial properties and is excellent for treating wounds and bites.
- Helichrysum: This oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties along with other health related properties.
So, there you have it: six essential oils which you want in your medicine cabinet and that you may also want to keep in your bug out bag so that you can be ready when other medical care isn’t available or if you want to have more natural options.