What Are Essential Oils Used For?
Essential oils are getting quite popular these days. They provide many benefits to families and individuals that want to get healthy and stay healthy in natural ways. What are essential oils used for? Their versatility lends to many applications, ranging from helping people have healthy immune systems to supporting their respiratory system. Where emotions are concerned, they can be used in situations where a quick way to de-stress is needed.
Essential oils are aromatic liquids extracted from plants. The essence of herbs and spices in concentrated liquid form, they smell nice, have therapeutic properties and can even be used in cooking and cleaning.
Medical professionals and researchers are now taking note of essential oils in a serious way, integrating them into their practices more than ever before. Vanderbilt Hospital in the United States did a study to answer for themselves the question, What are essential oils used for? The ER’s Wellness Committee decided to test the oils to see if they would improve the “hospital smell” and the workplace atmosphere. They wanted to decrease stress and increase energy. What they did was something called diffusion – letting the aromatic molecules of several essential oils dissipate into the air so that people would smell them. What this did was allow people to inhale the aromatic benefits inherent in the properties of each oil.
According to their survey of over 100 ER staff members, 41% of them said they were stressed out at work before the oils. After using the oils, only 3% were stressed. Prior to using aromatherapy, 60% of the staff members were frustrated at work. After diffusing the oils, 6% felt frustrated.
So what are essential oils used for when it comes to emotional fitness? In this article we’ll highlight some of the emotional benefits inherent in the properties of five oils applied to five major types of emotions that affect your health.
1. Getting Worried? Bergamot Is Assuring. Its essential oil comes from the skin of the bergamot orange, a fruit that looks like a yellow orange and native to southern Italy. Used to flavor Earl Grey tea, it is soothing for stress. Diffuse it in the classroom, at work, or at home when tension or stress levels are high. Bergamot can help restore those struggling with what others think of them or being hard on themselves when making a mistake. If you have a child that has a hard time appreciating her body or blend of talents, diffuse Bergamot for a sense of self confidence.
2. Feeling Angry? Try Cardamom Tea. A flavorful spice used for great Indian flavor in cooking and baking, Cardamom is cleansing and invigorating. For alleviating occasional feelings of stomach discomfort, drink Cardamom Tea after overindulging at dinner. Breathe it in for a sense of openness, a clear head and mental clarity. Its relaxing aroma can soothe those struggling with anger over a frustrating problem.
3. Suffering from Heartache? Ylang Ylang Is Calming. Its essential oil is produced from the sweet, yellow flowers of the Ylang Ylang tree grown throughout tropical Asia. It has an intense scent, which is the reason many people prefer to blend this oil with other oils, such as Geranium, to mellow it out. Apply over the heart for a calming, uplifting effect. If your preteen is heartbroken, diffuse Ylang Ylang to lift her mood and promote a positive outlook.
4. Feeling Sad? Smell Geranium. Its essential oil comes from steam distilling the flowers, leaves and stalks of the Geranium plant. It can sometimes be described as resembling Rose oil. Geranium has emotional balancing properties that support love and trust. It encourages emotional honesty and forgiveness, helpful when there’s been a loss of trust in relationships.
Strengthening and stabilizing, it gently supports the surfacing of suppressed grief. Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub together, and cup your hands over your nose and mouth. Breathe slowly for a calming, grounding effect.
5. Fear Stopping You? Cassia Can Help. Cassia has been used in ancient history for ceremonies and medicinally in teas for stomach discomfort. It’s often mentioned as one of the holy oils of the Bible. Cassia is so potent that you can apply it on the bottoms of your feet and sometimes taste it on your tongue within 2 minutes. This oil works well and only a little is needed to affect a change. Cassia helps the shy and timid who hold back and try to hide. If you have kids that are afraid of making mistakes or feeling embarrassed, diffuse Cassia to gently challenge them to try anyway. They may surprise you (and themselves!) as they let their light shine.
We’ve only scratched the surface in talking about what are essential oils used for. There are many more oils as well as proprietary blends designed to target other emotions within the five major ones mentioned in this article.
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