Essential Oils and Their Many, Surprising Benefits

Essential oils have been used for hundreds, probably thousand of years for everything from scents to calming anxiety, healing, anxiety, insomnia, freshening breath, and soothing joints. Today essential oils are more popular than ever, especially lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils.

Essential Lavender Oil

Lavender has shown to have anti-anxiety benefits along with soothing pain. Lavender essential oil can be added to your organic dryer balls and leave your laundry spelling wonderful. Island Slumber customers use essential lavender oil at night -- a few drops on their pillow and a drop on each wrist -- to ensure a restful, relaxed sleep. Lavender essential oil aromatherapy is even used to relieve anxiety in high-risk postpartum women.

For insomnia patients, lavender oil is shown to reduce sleep problems and improve daytime energy levels. Nursing home residents, too, have shown improved sleep with essential lavender oil aromatherapy.

Essential Peppermint Oil

History tells us that mint plants for medicinal purposes go all the way back to the times of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Today, modern research is still touting the benefits of essential peppermint oil.

Peppermint tea is an ideal choice before bed, as it’s naturally caffeine-free. Peppermint oil dropped onto your organic dryer balls, adds zest and freshness to your laundry. Peppermint oil aromatherapy ensures a good night’s sleep. Part of the reason is that is a mild muscle relaxant.

Peppermint is an aromatic herb in the mint family. It’s a hybrid mint that’s a cross between spearmint and water mint. It can be found naturally in North America and Europe. Peppermint essential oil can be extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and is used for a variety of different purposes.

Essential Eucalyptus Oil

Originally native to Australia, eucalyptus trees are now grown all over the world and used for their medicinal properties. Their healing power comes from eucalyptus oil, which is made from the tree’s oval-shaped leaves.

The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the essential oil. After the oil has been extracted, it must be diluted before it can be used as medicine.

Some of the amazing benefits of essential eucalyptus oil include:

Easing a cough and clearing your chest

While eucalyptus oil cannot necessarily stop your cough, inhaling eucalyptus vapors can loosen mucus so that when you do cough, it is more easily expelled

Keeping the bugs away

Eucalyptus oils an effective alternative to toxic pesticides for keeping mosquitos at bay.

Disinfecting wounds

The Australian aborigines used eucalyptus leaves to treat wounds and prevent infection. Today the diluted oil may still be used on the skin to fight inflammation and promote healing.

Breathing easy

Respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis may be helped by inhaling steam with added eucalyptus oil. It’s also possible that eucalyptus blocks asthma symptoms.

Freshening breath

Mint isn’t the only weapon against bad breath. Because of its antibacterial properties, eucalyptus oil can be used to fight the germs that cause unfortunate mouth odor. Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain the essential oil as an active ingredient. It’s possible that eucalyptus products may also help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth and gums by attacking the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Easing joint pain

Research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the-counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain essential eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions. It may also be helpful to people experiencing back pain or those recovering from a joint or muscle injury. Talk to your doctor about if it may be right for you.

Island Slumber keeps their customers happy with all three of these amazing essential oils. Visit us online and discover for yourself the extensive benefits of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils.

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