Essential oils have been around since ancient times. They have been used to embalm the dead, heal the sick, and lift the spirits. The oils are distilled from plants, and they are volatile, which means they evaporate. Many believe essential oils have healing properties, more modernly called “aromatherapy.” During the off season, it can be fun to play with essential oils from your favorite plants, possibly making your own lip balm or hand salve. Below are some details of a few essential oils and a caution list. Check out my projects page for basic recipes, and even one for making your own perfume.
Lavender – Immune-boosting
Best known of all oils. Great for a first aid kit at home. Regarded as the most versatile essential oil therapeutically. Good for all skin types and a cell regenerator. Good for burns, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, rashes and infections.
Rosemary – Stimulating
Overall, good for stimulating both mental and physical levels. Helps prevent dandruff and hair loss. Good for dry skin, mature skin, cellulite and parasites.
Bergamot – Confidence-building
Comes from the rind of a small fruit native to Italy. Valuable for depression. Blends well with many oils. Used to flavor Earl Grey tea. Good for most skin types. Works well as a deodorizer.
Peppermint – Cooling
Known to aid digestion. Used widely in both confectionaries and medicines. Insect repellent. Relieves itching.
Sandalwood – Calming
One of the oldest perfume materials. Has a warm, sweet, rich, woody fragrance. Good for all skin types. Emollient and useful on rashes, inflammation and chapped skin.
Grapefruit – Uplifting
Oxidizes quickly for a short shelf-life. Helps one get out of a rut. Good for acne, cellulite and antiseptic.
Never take internally.
Never use essential oils undiluted or directly on the skin.
Keep away from eyes and out of reach of children.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to replace medical advice. Consult a qualified health care practitioner before self-treatment with any product.