The Many Health Benefits of Essential Oils
By Space Coast Daily // April 9, 2019
Over the last few decades, aromatherapy has become a burgeoning industry.
Latest figures suggest that $1.2 billion was generated by its associated products and services, with the biggest growth in the next ten years set to happen in the far east, which is also where we expect to see the production of essential oils to match.
Essential oils are naturally obtained by distillation, which produces concentrated forms of the natural oils found in plant leaves, stems or flowers. Not only do these essential oils have distinct aromas and healing properties, but some have other benefits too.
More than just a fragrance
Should you need to feel a sense of relaxation as you enter your home, then perhaps a few drops of lavender in your oil diffuser could help you unwind after a hectic day. On the other hand, if you need to feel invigorated as you work long hours on a project, then lemon oil might be a better option for you.
Companies such as GAEA Royals essential oils have formulated many different blends to address certain conditions as the usefulness of essential oils isn’t just limited to fragrances either.
Some, such as Valerian and Tea Tree, can help temper the irritation of a rash when applied to the skin, while Blue Cypress has been known to help ease joint pain in those of us who suffer from arthritis. Depending on the specific oil, you may need to dilute it before application, which can be done with a ‘carrier oil’ such as coconut.
One of the many uses for hemp
One particularly interesting addition to the essential oils family is CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC (the part that gets a user ‘high’), CBD has no psychoactive effects but instead has been reported to help alleviate many different ailments.
Some users report a feeling of general wellbeing when using CBD oil, while those who suffer from depression say that it can not only lighten their mood but also help them fight their condition long-term.
This is hugely encouraging, as many who suffer from this debilitating mental condition can develop a dependency on the current crop of opioid-based remedies.
Considering the scale of this issue, having a more natural alternative is a huge boon for those people who are having difficulty in this area.
CBD has only really entered the national zeitgeist in recent years, as the law surrounding cannabis and hemp has been relaxed across the United States, but it looks to be gaining notoriety as more people become aware of the benefits of CBD oil, and begin to separate the idea that anything associated with hemp is hedonistic.
Nature knows best
Essential oils, CBD included, are an extremely safe and natural way to help change your mood, aid your sleep, and even alter your outlook on life.
As more tests are conducted in the future, we may start to see aromatherapy and its subsidiary departments becoming even more popular as society takes a keener interest in less aggressive forms of medication.
This trend has been seen across the food industry for a while now, with reduced sugar, reduced fat, and natural products leaping in popularity, to see the same happen in the medical fields wouldn’t be much of a surprise at all.
So whether you are trying to lift your spirits, relieve joint pain, or simply wish to have your home or car smell as fresh as a summer’s meadow, essential oils can be the answer to more than one of your questions.
With the popularity of these oils growing exponentially, maybe it is time to get yourself an oil diffuser and check out nature’s natural remedies, rather than the synthetic alternatives that you may currently be privy to.
With so many different types available, the hardest part of getting into the world of essential oils is choosing which type to start with. If in doubt, grab a few different tester bottles and let your nose make the choice for you.
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