Discover the benefits of essential oils


Essential oils have become very popular in recent years. However, their use has been proven to date back several centuries, making them among the earliest natural remedies. For those not familiar with this concept, it may raise doubts, although many of these practices have been part of our daily lives, often referred to as "grandmother's remedies."

Before delving into how they work and what they contribute, it is essential to understand that they have scientific backing. However, their use should not be seen as a pharmaceutical or medical treatment but rather as a complementary approach to everyday well-being. It's also important to note that it's advisable to avoid such treatments during pregnancy or lactation, as there is insufficient research on their potential effects on the baby.

Essences are extracted by distilling plants, usually through steam or hot water. These essences help plants protect themselves from diseases, bacteria, or damage they may have suffered. Any part of the plant (leaves, flowers, roots, stems) can be used, and their properties can vary, including antiseptic, analgesic, soothing, antibacterial properties, depending on the plant and the part used.

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Before using essences, it's crucial to dilute them with other elements such as water, natural oils (like almond or coconut oil), or creams. Improper dilution can cause side effects such as skin irritations or negative reactions. Additionally, dosages should be tailored to the individual, with children and the elderly being more sensitive to such treatments.

What are the most common plants and their benefits? While many plants are used, some are more popular and common than others:

  • Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and aids in relaxation.
  • Eucalyptus: Helps reduce cold symptoms such as cough or nasal irritations, as well as muscle pains.
  • Lavender: Promotes relaxation and helps with sleep problems, migraines, and stimulates healing.
  • Peppermint: Digestive and helps combat headaches.
  • Orange and Mandarin: Combined with traditional therapies, they help reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Tea Tree: Reduces muscle inflammation and can be used to prevent lice due to its antiseptic qualities.

Common consumption methods include inhalation (using a diffuser is the safest way, but it can also be diluted in hot water by taking advantage of its vapor or applied directly to fabric), topical application (especially for massages, with a prior skin test recommended to avoid negative reactions), and adding it to bath routines (applying it to soaps or directly to bathwater, with careful dosage control). On the other hand, ingesting these essences is dangerous, although some specific ones pose no risk, it's better to avoid it.

Essential oils offer many benefits, and with proper use and risk avoidance, they can be valuable allies in your daily life. These are just a few examples, but there is a vast world worth exploring.