Essential Oils : All you need to know about them

Off late, in fact for quite some years now, we see and hear a lot about essential oils in various areas of our day to day life. I am writing this little blog to give my 2 cents about these much-spoken oils and how they are put into use.
So, what exactly do we mean when we say “essential oils”? It simply means that they carry the “essence” of the plants they are obtained from. These oils are a concentrated form of the chemicals or properties of the plant and are completely natural. These oils are obtained through various processes.
Essential oils are majorly used in Aromatherapy, and these fragrances when inhaled, helps us relax, ease our stress or anxiety. They are used in diffusers, nebulizers, candles or burned as incense. Let’s say it is a form of ‘alternative medicine’, but these oils are not used to treat any serious health conditions.
Apart from Aromatherapy, these oils have found their way into various other aspects like skin care, haircare, perfumes, body oils etc.
It is known that when applied to the skin, scalp or body, the useful chemical compound are easily absorbed by the body. However, it is advised that these oils should never be applied directly to the skin. They have to be diluted using another oils, known as “carrier oils” before massaging it to the desired area. Olive oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Wheatgerm Oil are the popular carrier oils; also very good for skin and hair. When applied directly to the skin it may cause severe irritation and burning, and in some cases headaches. People with breathing issues should be careful before they decide to use these oils. They need to be used with extreme caution and if ingested in high concentration, can be dangerous.
The essential oils being rich in antioxidants, the beauty industry widely uses them to add fragrance to body washes, soaps and creams. They also play a huge part in skincare and haircare products.
Rosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Sage, Peppermint, Basil, Lemon, Orange, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rose, Cinnamon, Clove and Chamomile are the few oils that are more popular and regularly seen on various labels.
I have quite a few in my collection that I extensively use in my skin and hair regime, which I have not mentioned in this blog. Obviously, I will write about it in separate blogs.
The sole purpose of writing this blog is to let my readers know a little about what these oils are all about. I have tried my best to provide the required information and caution about these oils.
So that’s it people…..do let me know what you think of this one XOXO.

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