Saturday 23 May 2009

Essential Oil Properties

Essential oils are derived from plants, nuts and roots and
provide an extremely concentrated extraction useful for a
variety of home, health and beauty remedies. Unlike fragrance
oils, which are chemically synthesized in a manufacturing
facility, essential oils are organic. They contain natural
nutrients and vitamins that can be used in recipes to treat skin
conditions, promote healthy hair, freshen a stale room in your
home and so much more. Every essential oil has its own unique
properties and uses and here we'll go into an overview of some
of the more popular oils.

Lavender is an essential oil that most people are familiar
with. Lavender essential oil is derived from a flower and has a
clean, fresh floral smell with a herbaceous undertone. It blends
very well with other essential oils, especially those also
derived from flowers. Lavender is great for room air fresheners
and skin essential oil products.

Geranium is another popular essential oil and for good reason.
It has a light, lemon fresh smell and blends well with other
essential oils. Perhaps most importantly though, Geranium
stimulates the adrenal cortex which makes it a great hormone and
mood regulator. For this reason, it is used for menstrual
problems and also for massage blends because of its uplifting
and antidepressant qualities. It also helps regulate sebum
production making it an essential oil valued for use in skin

Jasmine is an emotionally warming and uplifting essential oil
that is used to inspire and instill a sense of confidence. It is
great for dry, sensitive and mature skin and also works
wonderfully as a room spray or massage blend. Jasmine is often
used during childbirth to alleviate pain and strengthen
contractions. Blended as a massage oil, it can be applied to the
mother's lower back and abdomen at the first onset of labor for
the best results. It is worthy of note that Jasmine should be
avoided during early pregnancy especially by women with a
history of miscarriage.

Sweet Orange is another essential oil of choice for many
because of its familiar, joyful scent. It blends well with other
citruses as well as spices and is used as a massage to treat
digestive problems such as cramps and constipation. Orange is
very cheerful and helps reduce fear of the unknown and
stimulates self confidence.

Even better for upset stomachs is peppermint. Peppermint
essential oil gently massaged over the abdomen does wonders for
all kinds of digestive problems. It also works well for problem
skin as it cleans deeply and decongests the skin. It also works
well to alleviate feelings of insecurity and promotes a degree
of boldness and clarity.

There are so many essential oils, each with their own unique
properties and benefits. Using essential oils in massage blends
and room fresheners can help balance moods and restore and
maintain a healthy lifestyle. Essential oils are part of a
holistic approach to wellness and focuses on prevention rather
than cures, though they are useful for warding off aches and
pains as well.

About The Author: Eric Pratt has been using essential oils for
years, making everything from soaps to room mists that bring a
tranquil quality to his family's home. Visit for free recipes for
essential oil massage blends, air mists and much more.

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