Which effects have essential oils for mind, body and skin?

Aromatherapy has a long tradition and has been used in ancient Egypt to influence body, mind and spirit in a positive way.

Nowadays, essential oils are used in alternative therapies (e.g. for curation of diseases and mood disorders), for production of medicaments (e.g. salves) and for relaxation in modern spa facilities (e.g. essential oils in whirlpools and steam baths). Essential oils have some direct effects on organs and body functions.

Please find below an overview with some commonly used essential oils and their effects on your body, mind and spirit.

Some effects are scientifically proven, others not proven, but traditionally known to appear. Please keep in mind, for private use you should carefully consider the dosing of the oils. Also it is very crucial to be assure of your toleration of the related substances, especially regarding individual allergies.

Eucalyptus oil

Mind: activating, boosts concentration, brightens up the mood

Body: expectorant, anti-inflammatory, desinfectant, antibacterial, fever reducing, boosts oxygen transport to cells, antiviral, curation for cough and croakiness

Skin: anti-inflammatory

Camomile oil

Mind: calming, relaxing

Body: anti-inflammatory

Skin: calming, wound healing

Lavender oil

Mind: calming, sleep-inducing

Body: anti-inflammatory, regenerating, digestive, harntreibend, reduces abdominal pain, antispasmodic, stabilizes heart circulation, curation for cough and asthma

Skin: anti-inflammatory, reduces fluid retention

Salvia oil

Mind: activating

Body: cleaning, detoxing, expectorant, increases resistance, digestive, leberstärkend, antispasmodic, regulates sweating

Skin: anti-inflammatory

Thyme oil

Mind: activating

Body: antispasmodic, expectorant, antibacterial, digestive, anti-inflammatory, pain killing, boosts sweating

Skin: anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, calming

Jasmine oil

Mind: brightens up the mood, vitalizing

Body: antispasmodic

skin: calming, healing

Orange oil

Mind: brightens up the mood, harmonizing, sensual, warming, boosts concentration

Body: activating, digestive, boosts fundtion of gall, kidney and bladder, digestive, fever reducing

Skin: desinfectant, calming, tightening

Citron oil

Mind: brightens up the mood, increases attention

Body: antispasmodic, increases resistance, citron massage oil boosts lymph function and has regenerating effects (popular among athletes), a bath with citron has vitalizing and detoxing effects

skin: anti-inflammatory, desinfectant, hemostatic, tightening, cleaning

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