5 Ways Essential Oils Can Improve Your Wellness

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Essential oils are pretty popular these days, and this post will discuss 5 ways essential oils can improve your wellness. Many people have begun to explore and embrace more holistic approaches to health and wellness. According to enthusiasts of essential oils, if you have any form of minor health ailment, welp, “there’s an oil for that!” The oils are used in various ways– applied directly on the body and via a diffusers, to name a couple.

Let’s look at 5 ways essential oils can improve your wellness, and then you decide if you think they warrant a try! 🙂

Improve Sleep

While there are several types of essential oils that can aid in your quality of sleep, the most commonly prescribed oil is Valerian. This substance has a long history of use when it comes to promoting a calm, restful state.

As far as application, Valerian can be inhaled through the use of a diffuser, or applied topically to the back of the neck and soles of the feet. The gentle sedative property of this essential oil is reported to promote a better night’s sleep.

Promote Healthy Digestion

Peppermint oil is often used to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by irritable bowel syndrome such as cramping, nausea and flatulence. When ingested, peppermint oil can actually help soothe problem areas of the GI tract such as the colon.

Peppermint has a lot of other uses too…

Counter intuitively, peppermint mint oil, when consumed raw, can actually cause heartburn for some individuals. It is therefore recommended that this substance by ingested in a coated capsule form, allowing the user to experience the benefits to digestion without adverse side effects.

Serve As A Natural Pick-Me-Up

Essential oils derived from citrus plants have a long list of uses. One of these benefits is their ability to increase alertness and concentration. For this effect, lemon and grapefruit are the most widely utilized.

Due to the strong, invigorating scent of citrus essential oils, most recommend placing them in a diffuser to let the scent permeate your work area. Aside from the clean, pleasant smell provided, you just may be able to avoid going back for that second cup of coffee.

Decrease Inflammation

Inflammation, in any of its usual forms, often spells bad news for overall wellness. Fortunately, there are several types of essential oils that provide relief from this ailment.

Tea tree oil can be used to treat acne and red, irritated skin that coincides with this condition. Applying the oil topically to affected areas is reported to soothe inflammation.

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Eucalyptus and rosemary oils are often utilized to alleviate swelling of the throat and sinus tracts caused by conditions like allergies and congestion. Method of application varies from product to product, ranging from ingestion to topical use.

Avoiding Harsh Pharmaceutical Agents

As with any form of holistic medicine, essential oils allow the user to gain relief from common, relatively mild discomforts without turning to more potent forms of modern medicine.

While it is true that some essential oils may come with adverse side effects, these are almost always much more benign that the serious harm resulting from many pharmaceutical agents. We’re all familiar with the rapid dialogue at the end of every medicine commercial where they list off 100 side effects for a drug intended to treat one thing.

Modern medicine certainly has its place in our healthcare, but sometimes finding the answer from a natural source is the better option, or, at least, worth exploring. 🙂


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