Ancient and holistic practices such as Yoga and meditation has proven to have many physical and mental health benefits that can not only lower high blood pressure, alleviate headaches, but even ease syndromes related to Carpal Tunnel. The combination of Yoga and meditation with aromatherapy only elevates and intensifies these benefits for the greater good. Aromatherapy, a practice that has been around since the dawn of time, is a technique that uses essential oils for both physical and psychological effects. By adding some of the most common essential oils such as, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender and even Cinnamon to your everyday regimens, you can eliminate body aches and pains, improve your digestive system and cure common flu and cold symptoms. While Vashtie has been using prickly pear oil in her daily routine, here is a list of common essential oils, their benefits and how using them can better your life:
Found in perfumes, body soaps, home cleaning products, etc., Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is probably one of the most popular and versatile of all essential oils. Used by ancient Egyptians and Romans for various reasons including mummification and bathing, Lavender can reduce emotional stress, restore skin complexion and improve psoriasis. Drinking lavender tea and lavender lemonade helps relieve headaches, reduce depression and improves insomnia. Evidence also shows that lavender helps relieves hangovers. By adding lavender flowers to your bath, the anti-inflammatory components can help reduce inflammation through the body and muscles.
The next most versatile essential oil after Lavender of course is, Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be found in almost everything from tea, toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, and other products that helps freshness bad breath, soothe digestive issues and reducing stomach ailments. By adding Peppermint oil to your body wash and shampoos, these products now have the antiseptic and antimicrobial ability to help cool skin from sunburns, eliminate dandruff and improve frizzy hair. Peppermint oil has also been used for headaches and swollen lymph glands. To help control coughing and to boost your immune system, you can add a drop of Peppermint and lavender oil to a diffuser.
Frankincense and Myrrh:
We all have heard the story of the 3 wise men whom come bearing gifts after the birth of baby Jesus. Two of the three gifts were Frankincense and Myrrh. Frankincense has the abilities of drawing in spiritual connections and releasing powerful vibrations for protection and meditation purposes. Alongside of its spiritual benefits, Frankincense also carries the antiseptic qualities that makes it useful for preventing oral issues, such as toothaches, cavities and other infections.
Myrrh and Frankincense goes hand and hand when it comes down to spiritual benefits and uses. Myrrh is highly recommended as a sedative and an antidepressant as a natural alternative. Myrrh comes from a tree called Commiphora Myrrha commonly found in Africa and the Middle East. Used as an antiseptic also, Myrrh can be used to clean and heal wounds, a practice that is still a part of traditional Chinese medicine today. Myrrh oil can also be added to your daily skin care products to help with skin rejuvenation and to help the anti aging process.
Palo Santo wood or “Holy Stick” is popular for the removal of evil spirits and hard luck when burned. Palo Santo originates from a tree that grows in South America and is related to both Frankincense and Myrrh. The miracle wood is not only known for its ceremonial benefits, but its many medicinal purposes too. Anxiety, depression and emotional pain are traditionally relieved with the use of Palo Santo oil. Mixing the essential oil with coconut or jojoba oil, and applying it to your head, chest and spine can help you unwind after a long day and sleep easier.
Clary Sage oil is one of the top essential oils for hormones ,heavy menstrual cycles and cramps. A herb that is native in the northern Mediterranean, and some areas of North Africa and Central Asia, Clary Sage is an antispasmodic herb that help heals symptoms of menstrual cramps and headaches. Clary Sage is also anticonvulsive and reduces convulsions, whether epileptic or other nervous disorders. One of the most popular properties of the Salvia Sclarea plant is its aphrodisiac traits. Studies shown that Clary Sage oil is equally effective in both women and men. By affecting the hormones of the body, it boosts the libido and heightens sexual desires, increases performance and improves impotence.