Why Essential Oils Are Good for You

Earlier we discussed Essential oil diffusers and why they are good for you. With all their purported health and therapeutic properties, we decided to cover them separately. They are essentially( pun intended) extracted from plants and have been used for centuries for their aromatic and medicinal qualities. In this article, we will delve into the reasons why essential oils are good for you as well as explore their diverse applications and potential health advantages.

Understanding Essential Oils

Defining Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that are obtained through processes such as distillation or cold pressing. They capture the essence of a plant’s fragrance and contain compounds believed to have therapeutic effects. These oils are very versatile and can be used topically, aromatically, or even ingested. This depends on the type and quality.

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Exploring the Benefits
  1. Aromatherapy:
    One of the most common uses of essential oils is in aromatherapy[1]. Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit. Their pleasant scents are believed to promote relaxation and alleviate stress. Inhaling the aroma of essential oils can stimulate the limbic system which is the part of the brain that controls emotions and memories thus leading to relaxation.
  2. Skin Care:
    Many oils possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties[2]. Thus, these make them valuable additions to skincare routines which help soothe irritated skin and promote a healthy complexion. Examples include tea tree oil for acne-prone skin and lavender oil for calming and moisturizing.
  3. Pain Relief:
    Certain oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus oil, are known for their analgesic properties. When applied topically, they can provide relief from headaches and joint pain. Massaging diluted essential oils into the affected area can provide soothing relief and promote relaxation[3].
  4. Respiratory Health:
    Inhalation of these oils can also support respiratory health[4]. They clear congestion as well as reduce inflammation thus relieving symptoms of conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil, in particular, is commonly used to ease breathing and curing coughing.
  5. Mood Enhancement:
    They can have a deep impact on mood and mental well-being[5]. Citrus oils such as lemon and orange are known for their uplifting properties. Floral oils like jasmine and rose on the other hand can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.

Safety Considerations

Essential oils offer numerous benefits but it’s essential to use them safely and responsibly. Some oils can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions, especially when applied undiluted. It’s therefore important to dilute essential oils with carrier oil before applying them to the skin. Better to perform a patch test to check for sensitivity. Additionally, certain oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by individuals with specific medical conditions. It’s always best to consult a medical practitioner when in doubt.

Promoting Sustainability

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Natural Sourcing

As these oils are mostly derived from plants, they are mostly sustainable. The companies involved often ensure that plants are harvested ethically and without causing harm to the environment. By supporting these companies the consumers contribute to the preservation of natural habitats and biodiversity.

Reduced Chemical Exposure

They are derived from natural plant sources unlike synthetic fragrances and personal care products. Therefore, choosing products made with essential oils reduces exposure to potentially toxic substances and minimizes environmental pollution.

Versatility and Longevity

They are also highly concentrated which means that a small amount goes a long way. They last longer and are thus better than single-use products or disposable air fresheners. This promotes a more sustainable lifestyle.


In conclusion, essential oils offer a myriad of health benefits for both physical and mental well-being. By incorporating essential oils into your daily routine safely and responsibly, you can experience their many advantages while supporting sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Let us know your experience and share it with others. We would love to hear your feedback!

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