Essential oils, by definition, are the very essence, or life force, of plants. They boost growth and may help alleviate symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome such as PMS, cellulite (from weight gain), depression, anxiety and oily skin.
Aromatherapy, on the other hand, is the utilization of these essential oils and fragrances.
Theophrastus, an ancient Greek philosopher and botanist, said “Oils applied externally affect the body internally.” You may have heard before that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and what you put on it is absorbed into your bloodstream. Essential oils can be applied via warm or cold compress, inhalation, massage, or aromatic bath, where the soaking in warm, scented bath water and the inhaling of its aroma have the power to instantly calm and invigorate.
Below are just some of the more familiar oils and their benefits:
Basil, rosemary and peppermint stimulate the nerves as well as the brain, increasing energy levels and the ability focus. Rosemary also helps lower cholesterol levels, increase low blood pressure and is also used to treat migraines.
Bergamot alleviates depression and lifts up one’s spirit. It relieves anxiety when inhaled.
Chamomile relaxes and helps to combat stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Geranium is a soothing massage oil that helps prevent cellulite.
Ginger, quite the strong oil, is an anti-inflammatory and has been known to treat nervous tension, as well as cramps and poor circulation.
Lavender in bath water is said to aid in the reduction of cellulite. Also, those with oily hair can add two drops of this essential oil to the final rinse after shampooing to put an end to their problem.
Aromatherapy and essential oils may be safe and all-natural, but in their concentrated form, these oils may have adverse effects when applied directly onto the skin, so it is highly recommended that they be diluted in a carrier or base oil before use.
Safflower, sesame and sunflower are easily absorbed carrier or base oils that may be used by all skin types. Jojoba is known as the best base for oils to be smoothed into the skin.
Note: Always test one or two drops of oil on a small patch of skin first to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to it.
As you can see by this list, which is only a starting point, essential oils can be used to help alleviate many symptoms naturally and in a pleasing scented way.