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Essential Oil Properties

Apr 14, 2008
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 care.

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 soap to room mists that bring a tranquil quality to his family's home. For more free information on essential oil properties be sure to visit his aromatherapy essential oil recipe site.
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