Essential oils’ popularity dates all the way back thousands of years ago. They have a variety of purposes, from health concerns to skin beautification and household maintenance. In essence, this oil is not just one type but hundreds of different kinds of organic compounds harvested from herbs, flowers, and other plants. These plant varieties are known to possess medicinal properties that are helpful in the preservation of emotional and mental health and the maintenance of physical fitness.

Over the years, these natural oils were studied and their extracts processed to become essential oils and even medicine. While most people consider them fragrant and appealing, health researches have shown proof of their effectiveness in different aspects. The outcome from these researches paved the way to the further development for other uses of essential oils. Today, essential oils are considered to have utmost importance in different fields, and more plant extracts are discovered to have healing properties.

Basic Applications of Essential Oil

Once essential oil gets extracted from plants of different kinds, users process them for different uses and purposes. They are even mixed with other substances or chemicals to produce a new product. However, pure essential oils for specific uses do not mix with any other element. There are four common applications though where the essential oil is most popular.


Aromatherapy is perhaps the most popular use for essential oils. According to experts, the fragrance from the oil activates the smell receptors of the nose. These receptors then send signals to the brain through the nervous system. These scents activate several parts of the brain just like the hypothalamus and the limbic system. The hypothalamus can be affected and therefore releases a chemical called serotonin. This serum gives off a happy feeling. On the other hand, the limbic system is responsible for your emotions, so it gives off positive feelings due to the scent. People put them in oil diffusers, so the smell is released naturally. They are very popular in homes, and the types vary from simple to elaborate and complex ones. All these oil diffusers are excellent; the choice will vary based on your taste.

Experts advise that essential oils for aromatherapy should never replace medications, but they can help for better relief. Based on scientific researches, these oils help ease mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. It also gives off a relaxed feeling and helps in destressing.

Furthermore, it is proven to help improve the lifestyle of patients who have dementia. The smell from certain essential oils even comforts and eases pain like osteoarthritis, kidney stones, cancer side effects including nausea, vomiting and pain, and several other illnesses. Among the uses of aromatherapy, the most common is to improve the quality of sleep. It helps people who feel tired and restless and those with insomnia sleep better. It can soothe sore muscles and relax the body. It also improves one’s mood and helps in refocusing and enhancing energy.

Topical Application

Although it is not popular, essential oils replace regular oil during a massage session. The chemical weight of essential oil is less than 1000 of the weight of a molecule. And based on experiments, if a substance’s molecular weight is less than 1000 of the mass of a particle, the skin can quickly absorb it. It means that essential oils when applied topically, can enter the surface through the pores and into the bloodstream. The bloodstream carries it to different parts of the body. Additionally, it is also known to fight bacteria when put on the skin.

Personal Care Application

When it comes to personal care, essential oils are mixed with many different substances and chemicals to produce beauty care products, just like soaps from It is not only done by manufacturers, but there are many DIY products you can create at home in the name of beauty. Among the most popular products with essential oils are cosmetics like lipstick and lip balm, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, and perfumes. When it comes to household cleaning, you can see them in household cleaners and bug sprays, and other insecticides.

Medicinal Application

In the field of medicine, essential oils are considered to be very powerful. You can ingest them but with a minimal amount. It is often diluted in a lot of water or mixed with other substances to produce certain medicines. It is of utmost importance to note that if you are not sure, never ingest any essential oil as it may cause adverse health risks. Some oils like oregano and clove are good but never take them without being diluted in water, and the intake should never exceed seven days. On the other hand, lemon, peppermint, and frankincense may be taken with water alone. These three are known to offer excellent internal benefits when ingested in the proper amount.

Benefits of Different Essential Oils

There are perhaps hundreds of different essential oils in the world today. Some have multiple advantages, and both experts and consumers prefer them. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Hair loss is a very persistent problem for millions of people all over the world. Lavender, sage, and rosemary are helpful in stimulating hair follicles so the hair can thicken naturally again. On the other hand, frankincense can reduce age spots while helichrysum and myrrh offer natural SPF skin protection. If you are experiencing skin irritation, an effective way to calm it down is using chamomile or lavender. If acne is your problem, then use geranium or melaleuca from the tea trees to improve the condition.

Essential oils are also used to help in weight loss. You have to understand though that they can boost weight loss but proper diet and exercise is still the key. Among the most common essential oils proven for losing weight are peppermint oil, ginger oil, grapefruit oil, and cinnamon bark oil.

These natural oils are also beneficial when it comes to first aid. Frankincense and lavender are known to speed up the healing of burns, cuts, and bruises. They also help in relieving rashes, stings and are known to reduce scarring. Peppermint on the other hand aids in improving joint and muscle pains. It is also known to reduce fever and relieve headaches.

There are certain types that are known to be useful as insecticides and bug sprays. Lemongrass, citronella, clove, catnip, and eucalyptus are commonly found ingredients for sprays and insect repellants.

Author's Bio: 

We have always been conscious about the chemicals in the foods we eat and feed our families with, so you can imagine how appalled we were when we realized the soaps we were bathing our children in had harmful chemicals in their ingredients! Right then, we decided we could make a better soap - the greatest soap - so that no family would have to worry about their soap harming their children's skin. We created an all-natural goat milk soap that you can trust for your entire family, giving you hydrated skin and peace of mind. From our family to yours, we are proud to share GOAT Soap.