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All About: Essential Oils

Mr. Cogswell with this essential oil diffuser

Mr. Cogswell with this essential oil diffuser

Mr. Cogswell with this essential oil diffuser

Mr. Cogswell with this essential oil diffuser

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Since as early as 2000 BC essential oils have been used for medicinal benefits, beauty care, spiritual enhancements, and much more. Lots of people use essential oils, but few actually know about them. Here’s some helpful tips, tricks, and facts all about essential oils:

Let’s start from the very beginning. What are essential oils? It’s pretty simple actually, essential oils are aromatic compounds extracted from plants. Each essential oil has a unique composition that varies plant to plant, which gives the plant its unique scent and flavor. Actual essential oils themselves are not complicated, it’s what they’re used for that starts getting more complex.

There’s dozens of different essential oils out there and they all have their own uses and benefits. Here’s a list of just a few of them and their uses:

  • Peppermint– Often used for energy, indigestion, congestion, and sore muscles
  • Lavender– Often used to treat cold sores, Eczema, dry skin, or as a calming sleep aid
  • Lemon– Used for concentration, treating a sore throat, as insect repellent, and nail/hair care
  • Rosemary– Helps digestion and respiratory function, helps reduce tension from nerves and fatigue
  • Grapefruit– Used to treat acne or oily skin, reduces cellulite, relieves muscle and joint pain
  • Sandalwood– Treats sore throats, nausea, indigestion, coughs, and insomnia
  • Rose– Improves acne, balances hormones, and reduces anxiety

There’s many different ways to use all of these and the many more essential oils out there. You can compress, gargle, diffuse, spray, massage, and much more. Mr. Cogswell, for example, likes to use a diffuser with different oil blends in his room, especially on test days. Once you choose your oil make sure you do your research and know how to safely use it. Some have to be diluted, some don’t. Some can be applied directly to the skin, some can’t. Most oils will come with directions, but if they don’t you can always look it up online and find tons of information.

If you do still have any questions about essential oils online is a great place to look.  Here’s a few great resources:

https://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/default.asp

https://www.planttherapy.com/essential-oils

https://draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/

Spend some time researching and finding the perfect match for you. Enjoy!

 

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Karly is a junior at Pinckney Community High School. She is on the varsity volleyball team and also plays club volleyball year round. In the rare occasion...

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