Essential oils are the new fad in town. From beauty to wellness products, we find
essential oils to be an “essential” part of almost all formulations. But what makes them so special? What are they and do they actually work? We’ll answer some of these questions that you might have along the way.
What are essential oils?
Medicinal or Aromatic plants like lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium etc. are used to extract chemical saps called essential oils. The oils, or "essence" of the plant are captured using various steam distillation, cold pressing and extraction processes. Each essential oil's distinctive essence is derived from distinct aromatic components. Following extraction, the aromatic compounds are mixed with a carrier oil to produce a finished product that is ready for use. The properties of these oils are based on the properties possessed by the parent plant itself.
Why can’t I ingest essential oils?
Essential oils are majorly used in aromatherapy practices and are thus inhaled via diffusers or steamers. They are however not to be ingested in any capacity as their high concentration can prove to be quite dangerous for us. The oils cannot be digested by the stomach’s acids and thus can burn the stomach’s inner lining
How do essential oils work?
The chemicals present in essential oils are said to stimulate certain areas of the limbic system and thus help regulate bodily functions like the heartbeat, breathing rate, and eventually your state of calmness. This also plays a big role in helping deal with emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory
To better understand how essential oils can help us, we’ll take the example of eucalyptus oil and look at its uses.
1. Mosquito repellent
Add one part eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil to three parts of water in a spray bottle
and spritz wherever required. This repels mosquito and prevents them from getting anywhere near the isolated corners of your home
2. Helps with cold and stuffy nose
Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a diffuser or steamer and inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes at least thrice a day when sick. This helps greatly with nasal congestion and migraines.
3. Calms nerves
Before any major operation or surgery, one tends to get overly nervous or
anxious. This can be helped by inhaling eucalyptus oil fumes. Using any other form of relaxant before a surgery may not be suitable
4. Household cleaner
Eucalyptus oil works to remove gunk from hard to reach areas when used
undiluted on window sills or dampened corners. It also works to remove the sticky remnants of glue, tape, and other adhesive materials.
Add a few drops to your mopping bucket or the mop itself and it will act as a
disinfectant against most bacteria. The chemicals in the oil help eliminate a large number of disease causing bacteria or germs present on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
6. Natural room freshener
Drop a few teaspoons of eucalyptus oil in your potpourri or water bowl
arrangements to make your rooms smell clean and fresh. You can also put a few drops on cotton rounds and place them around your wardrobe to make the closed area smell less damp and more fresh. It can also help keep out moths.
As we can see, essential oils have a large variety of uses ranging from being a relaxant to a disinfectant. Depending on what you are looking for, you can use our Eucalyptus Essential Oils in various versatile ways that will do exactly what you need them to. An essential in your self care routine this 2023.