Most of us have heard of essential oils in some way or another, but some people might not know that they have some benefits other than just their pleasant smells.
Here is a list of some essential oils to add to your shopping list to improve your moods – as well as leaving your room smelling fresh and fragrant.
Eucalyptus is known for being beneficial for colds, flus, bronchitis and sore throats. It is also a natural insect repellent, which is great to know before summer hits. Some of the ways you should use eucalyptus oil is to add it to hot water and inhale, or diffuse. One warning though is that is can be toxic to cats and dogs, so if you have some furry friends in your house I’d advise you to avoid it.
Frankincense is another essential oil which is beneficial for physical ailments. Frankincense can be good for treating scars and cuts, and it’s also good for oral health. It should be used by diffusing or adding it to mouthwash or serum.
Lavender is typically a favourite for people. The smell alone encourages buyers. What some people don’t know however, is that it has great practical uses to improve your health. So not only is it good for improving sleep, but it also reduces stress and anxiety. Another lesser known quality of lavender is that it helps with minor burns and insect bites. Lavender oil should be diffused, or a few drops should be added to your bath for the best results. A warning with this one is that it can be toxic for cats, so please be careful while using.
Lemon usually isn’t an essential oil that people think of, but it’s definitely an important one in the group. Lemon aids digestion and it also boosts mood and energy levels. Lemon oil should also be diffused, but it can also be added to cleaning products as it is antimicrobial.
Peppermint is another essential oil that can get overlooked sometimes. Peppermint is known for aiding digestion, relieving muscular pain and aches, and relieving migraines and nausea. You should also be using this one if you have some studying to do, since it also improves concentration. This should be diffused or added to hot water and inhaled.
Hopefully this list has encouraged you to invest in essential oils – your body will thank you for it!
Caoimhe Looney is the Editor-in-Chief of Student Independent News for the year 2023/24. She is a Final Year Journalism and Law student in the University of Galway. Caoimhe has been writing for SIN for two years and was previously Health and Lifestyle Editor.