A current trend that has become popular over the last few years is the use of essential oils to heal the body emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This term “essential oils” is misleading of its makeup, however, because there actually is not any fatty acids present in this product. In reality, each essential oil is created from a different concentrated plant component.
Some of the essential oils I want to mention today include: lemon, peppermint, and chamomile. The component these types of essential oils all have in common include helping soothe the digestive tract. Each essential oil’s specific healing properties are listed below:
1. Lemon oil: Lemon oil works mainly as a detox for the body. It helps clean out all of the waste and unessential toxins inside the body. Another property of lemon oil is that it increased concentration and focus.
2. Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil’s benefit to the digestive system is that it helps with indigestion. Indigestion is a discomfort in the stomach region due to problems with digesting food properly. Unlike some essential oils, peppermint can be placed directly into food or drink. Another great benefit from this essential oil is that it can increase alertness and clarity of the mind. So whenever you’re feeling stressed but need to finish that important essay, add some peppermint to your water and drink up!
3. Chamomile: Many people are familiar with chamomile tea, but unaware that it can be used as an essential oil, as well. Chamomile has great relaxing qualities, which is why most people drink chamomile tea before bed. It also has the same calming effect on an upset stomach.
Before using essential oils it is important to know what kind you are using and whether it is steam distilled, medicinal, or pure. Another precursor is that most essential oils cannot be directly applied to the skin because they are highly irritable. Most should be diluted with water or carrier oil, such as almond. On the other hand, some oils, such as peppermint, can be ingested. As long as you are aware of how to properly use the oils, they are a great way to heal and relax the body!