Essential oils have been making headlines lately, and with good reason: these naturally derived oils have a whole host of health benefits and healing properties that have been used in ancient cultures throughout the ages. With more and more people being extra mindful about what they expose their bodies to, many are turning to essential oils as a natural way to supplement their daily routines and enjoy their therapeutic benefits. At Nature’s Artisan, we use essential oils to provide great flavor and added health benefits to our mouthwashes—but did you know each of the oils we use has unique beneficial uses of its own? Read on to find out!
*Disclaimer: essential oils are concentrated and powerful, and should be used with caution. Consult your health practitioner for more information.
Mandarin orange essential oil: Derived from the mandarin citrus fruit, this flavorful oil provides antiseptic properties that helps heal wounds and prevents infections. Like many citrus oils, it is thought to be a mood booster and provides relief from stress and inflammation. In addition, it facilitates healthy digestion, and is also great for respiratory and circulatory problems.
Thyme essential oil: This fragrant oil has an impressive array of beneficial uses—the essential oil of thyme contains 20-54% thymol which is a strong antiseptic. As a matter of fact, even the “big guy” in the mouthwash category uses thymol as an ingredient! Thyme essential oil is known for helping everything from improving symptoms of arthritis and gout to reducing blood pressure and eliminating intestinal worms. For more common issues, it can act as a memory booster and antidepressant, and also safeguard against wounds and infections and reduce scarring.
Ginger root essential oil: Ginger has long been used in India and China to help with everything from stomach problems to inflammation. The benefits of this spicy oil are based in the stomach, as it’s effective against nausea, heartburn and indigestion. Recent research by the American Cancer Society has shown that ginger may also be helpful in combating the growth of cancer cells. In addition, ginger induces sialagogue action which is the stimulation of saliva production, leading to a healthier mouth.
Rosemary essential oil: Though most people think of rosemary for its culinary uses, its oil is also beneficial for memory and improving clarity of the mind. Many people use rosemary to promote healthy hair growth and reduce headaches. It is also great for pain relief and stress relief, and has been shown to lower cortisol levels and give your immune system a healthy boost. Rosemary essential oil also contains antioxidants including rosmarinic acid.
Spearmint essential oil: The cousin of peppermint oil, the use of this slightly more tame mint oil dates back to ancient times. The menthol content makes it great for relieving a stuffy nose or cough, and it is commonly used in aromatherapy to treat headaches, nervousness, and fatigue. It has also been shown to stimulate nerve and brain function as well as blood circulation.
Anise essential oil: Anise imparts a licorice-like flavor to candy and cooking, but the use of this oil dates back to ancient civilizations, like the Romans, who used it to promote digestive health. Today, many people use it as a pain reliever for arthritis as well as a treatment for respiratory conditions and nausea. It can also be applied topically with a carrier oil, like almond oil, to relieve stomach pain. Best of all, anise contains the component anethole, which has potent antimicrobial properties.
Tea tree essential oil: Perhaps the most commonly used essential oil variety, this astringent oil provides relief for coughs, colds, and congestion, and can be used in the treatment of wounds to protect from infections. It has also been shown to reduce dandruff and hair loss, boost the immune system, and promote absorption of nutrients from food.
Lemon peel essential oil: Zesty and fragrant, this citrus oil is considered to be a mood booster and has been shown to reduce stress. It is also useful in treating both asthma and cramps. Research has shown that lemon oil promotes healthy digestion.
Bergamot fruit essential oil: With a sweet citrus scent, this fragrant oil is pleasant to smell and to use. Its soothing scent has been known to reduce stress and increase positivity, thusly helping to treat depression. It can also be applied topically to soothe insect bites and eliminate scarring and acne marks.
Pomegranate seed essential oil: Pomegranates have gained popularity in recent years due to their high volume of antioxidants. The oil provides an even more intense dose, helping to fight against free radicals and reduce inflammation. It has also been shown to help smooth skin and reduce scars and wrinkles thanks to its healing, anti-aging, and circulatory properties.
What is your favorite essential oil? Do you use any of these oils in your daily life? Let us know in the comments!