Essential oils have been a part of traditional and alternative medicine for thousands of years. In fact their medicinal properties have proved so potent that they are now used to heal hormonal imbalances, toxicity, stress overload, low moods and lack of energy. There’s no wonder essential oils are gaining popularity - especially considering just how easy, safe and cost-effective it can be to relieve symptoms of otherwise worrying ailments. Simply drop onto your wrist or into a diffuser for a hit of nature’s best kept secret. Oh, and a beautiful au naturale perfume.
But what exactly are the benefits of these mighty oils? We thought you’d never ask...
Essential Oils Help To Balance Hormones
Estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and testosterone are all hormones that regulate our mood, temperature, cycle and a whole lot more. And when they’re out of whack, so are we. The good news is - essential oils such as Sage, Geranium and Thyme help balance the levels of these hormones in our body and have even been found to improve conditions and symptoms of PCOS, PMS and menopause symptoms.
That’s not to mention that essential oils also lower cortisol levels, which helps to improve our mood, reduce symptoms of depression and actually increase testosterone levels in men, increasing libido.
Boosts Immunity & Fights Infection
It’s not surprising, due to their medicinal use, that many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. This means they are powerful immunity boosters that fight infection. Some of the best essential oils for this include Oregano, Ginger, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint and Cinnamon.
A rather well researched benefit of essential oils is their role in aiding and improving digestion. While some oils help to relieve an upset stomach and gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, others can aid digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes that make it easier to break down and absorb the nutrients that our bodies need. Ginger essential oil for example does exactly that by easing indigestion, constipation and ulcers. Peppermint on the other hand is useful for rapid relief of IBS. Some other essential oils that are helpful for digestion include Fennel, Lemongrass, Morjoram, Black Pepper and Juniper Berry.
Boosts Energy Levels
Recent developments have found that essential oils can actually boost our energy levels and improve athletic performance. This is because some oils have stimulating effects that can increase oxygen to your brain, which will leave you feeling refreshed, focused and energised. Some great examples of energy boosting essential oils include: Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.
Improves Brain Function
Essential oils have what we call ‘neuroprotective’ effects and can help improve cognitive performance. In fact, essential oils have also been shown to improve learning, memory and ability to focus. Oils such as Peppermint can improve sustained attention over a long period of time, while oils like Lavender can be useful for people going through tough exercises or particularly stressful situations.
There’s no denying that essential oils are one potent package, but where do we find high quality essential oils?
ECO. Modern Essentials is our one stop shop for all of our essential oil needs. Specialising in 100% pure essential oils and blends to support overall health and wellbeing. ECO. Modern Essentials' Top 3 Oil Trio (Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus & Lavender) features in our Summer Box, and you can check out their entire range on their website: www.ecomodernessentials.com.au.