The modern way of life can be extremely stressful at times and can easily become overwhelming. Many people long for what they believe to be quieter times gone by, though this is often likely to be a case of the grass being greener on the other side… This is why we are emphasising the importance of essential oils.
Why Essential Oils are still important today
One thing that we can learn from our ancestors is the power of natural extracts to make us feel better. Generations of humans from all cultures, countries and climates have made use of plants and minerals in medicines and for relaxation. This knowledge has not been lost, despite the appearance of extremely effective medicines in modern times. Natural substances are still widely used in aromatherapy with essential oils and carrier oils.
Essential oils are more widely used in modern products than you might expect and are usually extracted through distillation. They are used to naturally fragrance bathing products, perfumes and cosmetics, as well as in some types of household cleaner. In terms of alternative medicine, essential oils are most frequently used today in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is considered an Alternative Medicine
Aromatherapy is frequently used to uplift mood and relieve stress, especially when combined with massage by a professional. In some countries, the antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of plant extracts are more widely regarded. They even have some oils and extracts available through prescription. In the UK aromatherapy is generally considered a form of alternative medicine, and we are not allowed to sell them as medicinal products or make any health claims.
Some essential oils are well known for their efficiency in treating minor ailments. These include eucalyptus and/or peppermint to help promote effective respiration, and tea tree oil for its antimicrobial action. Others are not so well known, including Dill essential oil which has many benefits shown in our blog post here. There are huge numbers of plants which can be distilled and used for aromatherapy. If you want to look further into treatments, it may be worthwhile contacting a local aromatherapist, or doing some research online. As with any search on the internet, make sure you gather information from reliable and trustworthy sources.
Always buy essential oils from a reputable dealer
If you decide you wish to purchase any essential oils, make sure they are also from a reputable company, ideally a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council. If you want to get the best out of aromatherapy it is advisable to start with good quality products. Purchasing a book on how to get the best from essential oils can also be useful, though talking to a professional first may well be the wisest course of action.
No matter why you have an interest in aromatherapy, it can be a useful and rewarding past-time. Learning about plants and how they can be used in medicine will help to make sure the knowledge from our ancestors never fades away. Some of these historical uses of natural substances have been taught for centuries and in some cases much longer. Learn to improve your mood and increase your wellbeing using the powers of aromatherapy.
This concludes the importance of essential oils.