Essential oils are used to stimulate smell through aromatherapy.
They can also be mixed with carrier oils and used directly on the skin or hair.
There are many types of essential oils: they can be distilled from leaves, flowers and plant seeds.
To help you select the many offers on the shelves, we have compiled a list of essential oils, along with specific recommendations for use.
Oil with peppermint
Peppermint oil has a delicious scent that tends to wake up, open up the bronchi and respiratory tract. It also has benefits found for irritable bowel symptoms (IBS).
The essential oil of peppermint comes from the plant of peppermint, Mentha x Piperita, in the Pacific Northwest and was acquired by steam distillation.
Lavender essential oil provides a soothing and relaxing scent. It is often used in aromatherapy to relieve stress. Lavender oil is also an excellent massage oil when mixed with carrier oil. This essential oil is obtained from certified organic lavender imported from France. It is steam distilled.
Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used in wound care, to remove lice and to control dandruff. Tea tree oil can be added to shampoos or used in diluted form on the skin for small fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. It can be irritating to the eyes, so be careful if it is used in combination with shampoo or as a treatment for lice. This tea tree oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Australian trees of Melaleuca alternifolia.
Oil with bergamot
The essential oil of bergamot comes from the peel of the fruits of Citrus bergamia, a hybrid combination of oranges and lemons. Its seductive and distinctive fragrance enhances body lotions, massage oils and colonies. The essential oil of bergamot can help reduce stress. It contains compounds that can also help relieve pain and inflammation.
Some people find bergamot oil irritating to the skin, so you need to perform a patch test (we’ll talk about it in more detail).
Being a citrus oil, the essential oil of bergamot can make the skin photosensitive. If you apply it to the skin, cover yourself before going out or use it at a time you can avoid exposure to the sun.
Oil with chamomile
The comforting fragrance of chamomile has reconciled the sleep of many people for centuries. Chamomile essential oil has multiple health benefits, including reducing anxiety. There are two types of chamomile, German and Roman.
German chamomile is richer in chamazulene, an active ingredient believed to give chamomile its health benefits.
Oil with Jasmine
Jasmine, a legendary plant considered an aphrodisiac, has a deliciously sweet scent and is used to make sweets and popular fragrances.
This, among all the essential oils listed above, is the only product extracted with a solvent.
How to choose
Essential oils must be stored gently to preserve their organoleptic characteristics.
It is in fact preferable:
- use glass containers, not plastic;
- choose oils that are not extracted by chemical processes;
- choose oils stored in dark containers so that they do not suffer degradation by light.
The world of essential oils is certainly very fascinating because they can be used to generate a wide range of products that are widely used both for the care of the person, that of the environment in which we live.
Depending on your personal tastes and the benefits sought, you can orient your choice on different