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March 2012
Rejuvenate with Essential Oils
Prathyusha Sen
 
Every shrub, flower, bush, seed or root contains natural oils. They are often aromatic and usually volatile substances, which help in protecting the plants against insects, diseases and other environmental conditions.

These essential oils can be extracted from their sources using steam distillation process and obtained in concentrated and potent forms. Contrary to their names, essential oils are not oily and are in fact clear liquids with strong aromas, though a few essential oils such as orange, lemongrass or Pratyusha Sen patchouli do have a yellow or amber tinge.

Varied applications
  • Essential oils are used in aromatherapy as their aroma has physiological and psychological therapeutic properties.
  • Essential oils are used in the preparation of several cosmetic items as they have skin benefits and provide fragrance as well.
  • They are used in compresses for their healing properties.
  • Essential oils are used as natural air fresheners in homes.
  • They are used topically for treatment of insect bites or wounds
Know your oils
The quality and prices of essential oils vary according to the rarity of the oil source, the country of its origin, the climate in which the plant grows best, the distillation quality and the oil yield. Essential oils are also available as blends of two or more oils. Essential oils are packaged in very small bottles made for individual use. They are sold in small quantities since they lose their scent and therapeutic properties if stored for long periods of time.

Essential oils provide natural healing. These oils are synthesized through highly complex procedures retaining their molecular structure to deliver the best results. Using essential oils leaves no side effects and delivers slow but sure results!

Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrant oils. Perfumes are artificially created whereas essential oils are natural plant derivatives and have a stronger scent. In fact, just a dab of any essential oil goes a long way in ensuring that the fragrance lingers for long.

 
Commonly Used Essential Oils
  • Lavender - Lavender is used to soothe and calm the mind and induce sleep
    in case of insomniacs. It also helps in healing eczema and acne.
  • Lemongrass – It is a pain relieving oil used for headaches and to get over jet
    lag. It tones the muscles by getting rid of cellulite and has medicinal properties
    which are helpful in treating respiratory infections, colitis, gastro-enteritis and
    indigestion.
  • Rose – It is essentially used for skin care to keep the skin soft and
    supple. Rose oil also helps in treating depression.
  • Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil has long been recognized as a treatment option
    for cold and flu. A drop of eucalyptus oil in a spoonful of sugar helps in clearing
    blocked noses. It is antispasmodic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. This oil
    is used in massages for relieving aches and pains in the muscles.
  • Sandalwood – It is used primarily for its aroma. When mixed with a carrier-oil, it relieves skin inflammations and itching. – It is used primarily for its aroma. When mixed with a carrier-oil, it relieves skin inflammations and itching.


    
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