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Essential Oils - Types & Benefits

Essential oils are essences of plants that have healing benefits. While you can take advantage of essential oils in different ways, such as through the skin in a massage oil or bath, smelling them is a simple way to take in their benefits.

You might not think that smelling something would give you health benefits, but you'd be surprised. The scent travels to your brain's limbic area through your nose's olfactory nerves and triggers chemical responses there. So if you start to feel differently from smelling an oil, it's not all in your head -- your brain is sending messages to your body.

Essential oils cause different chemical reactions depending on the type of oil you use. For instance, lavender oil works to calm you down, whereas peppermint oil has the opposite effect and works to rejuvenate you. Amazingly enough, the scent of an essential oil can also tell your brain to trigger chemicals that relieve pain.


Ways to Inhale Essential Oils

 You can inhale essential oil scents in numerous ways: you can simply smell the concentrated oil from the bottle, add it to a bath or massage oils, try an electric or candle diffuser, or light an essential oil candle. By using a candle, you can skip dealing with the messy oils and you won't have to worry about any side effects, which can occur from applying the oils to your body.


Essential Oils for Meditation and Yoga

 Essential oils from plants can be included in the list of tools that can further your meditation or yoga session. Diffusing the scent into the air can change your state of mind.

During meditation, certain scents can help transport you to new levels of consciousness. Frankincense and cedarwood are scents that are particularly beneficial for meditation, and scents like lavender and ylang-ylang can help you calm your mind so you can relax in a state of meditation.


Essential Oils Fit Natural Lifestyle

Essential oils can also be part of the lifestyle of someone who wants to live more naturally with natural health methods. All essential oils have disinfecting qualities, so you can use them to naturally clean your home and your body. Adding them to massage oils or a bath and taking them in through the skin can have additional benefits like further pain relief and benefiting certain health conditions like athlete's foot and gum disease.


Nonetheless, essential oils can have side effects and generally need to be diluted from their concentrated state in a base oil or water. You should talk to a Certified Aromatherapist to learn more about using essential oils and talk to a doctor before using them as part of your treatment plan for a health condition. Nonetheless, inhaling them is the safest method of using them, so light an essential oil candle to relax or stimulate yourself.


Benefits of Essential Oils

While applying essential oils topically can have some added benefits, simply inhaling the scents can provide many benefits, usually effects to the mood, alertness and pain. Some of the benefits of inhaling some of the essentials oils you'll find in our aromatherapy candle line include:


Spearmint: Spearmint helps relieve pain, including that from headaches and migraines. It can uplift a depressed mood, ease nervous stress and counteract fatigue.


Peppermint: This oil is in the same mint family as spearmint, so it has similar reactions. It can help relieve pain and rejuvenate you.


Sweet basil: Also part of the mint family, this oil can help relieve pain and uplift you.


Rose: Rose is calming and balancing to the mind and emotions. It is also good for trouble sleeping and stress.


Sweet orange: This oil is uplifting, energizing and beneficial for a depressed mood or stress.


Cinnamon: Cinnamon is both calming and rejuvenating, plus it is beneficial for stress, good for fatigue, mood uplifting and pain relieving.


Clove: Beneficial for pain and disinfecting, clove also opens breathing passages and sinuses, lifts your mood, stimulates the mind and wards off bugs.


Cedarwood: Cedarwood is beneficial for congestion, it benefits anxiety, it is calming and it encourages sleep. It also eases pain, encourages meditation and wards off insects.


Frankincense: This oil is cleansing and calming, plus it encourages sleep, uplifts the mood, encourages meditation and opens the breathing passages and sinuses.


Geranium: Geranium is mood uplifting, it eases pain, it's disinfecting and it wards off bugs.


Patchouli: This scent is stimulating and uplifting, plus it wards off insects.


Ylang-ylang: Ylang-ylang is beneficial for stress and sleep, calming, uplifting to the mood and it eases pain.


Lemon oil: This oil provides clarity of the mind, refreshes you and boosts your mood. Plus it cleans the air and is beneficial for stress and sleep.


Lavender: This oil is very calming, plus it relieves pain and is beneficial for stress. It also helps you sleep and encourages open breathing by opening the breathing passages and sinuses.


Essential Oil Research

Extensive research has backed up the healing benefits of essential oils, although much of the research is performed on applying the oils to your skin or ingesting it, which can be done with certain oils. Nonetheless, research also looks at inhaling the scents.

For example, research from the 1990s from the University of Cincinnati discovered that smelling peppermint improved concentration during tests. A study by Wheeling Jesuit University found that peppermint helped the alertness and performance of drivers.

A 2012 study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that inhaling lavender affects your nervous system. In the study, it lowered participants' heart rate, temperature and blood pressure.

These are only a few of the studies done on essential oils. Nonetheless, you should talk to a doctor and Certified Aromatherapist before using essential oils to treat a health condition

2 Jun 2013

Last Update: 4 Jun 2013

Article/Information supplied by Blue Banyan Meditation Products

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.