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Essential Oils’ Benefits: 5 Essential Oils to Use in Summer

Essential oils’ benefits include reducing your stress and anxiety

Coconut oil benefits your skin and hair by protecting them from the sun

Lavender oil, lemon oil and tea tree oil are common essential oils

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Bajaj Finserv Health
April 8th, 2022
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Essential oils are made with concentration and plant extracts which can be used on your body. With summer around the corner there will be hotter days, scorching suns and outdoor activities. It is important to protect your skin and health during this time. Essential oils can help you do that by providing a series of benefits. Read on to understand about different essential oils’ benefits and their uses. 

Essential oils’ benefits

Essential oils may be beneficial in aroma-therapy, a kind of complementary medicine that uses the sense of smell to improve your health, or you can apply them to your skin. Essential oils may help to: 

  • Boost your mood [1] 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Increase attentiveness 
  • Improve job performance 
  • Enjoy better sleep quality
  • Kill bacteria, viruses and fungus 
  • Lower pain and anxiety  
  • Ease inflammation 
  • Relieve headaches  
  • Reduce nausea 

Additional Read: Benefits of Turmeric 

Essential oils

Common essential oils and their uses  

Lavender oil 

Lavender oil is gentle and you can utilize it in a variety of ways. Try adding it to your bath or diffuser to use as aromatherapy. You can also mix it with water to prepare a room spray, or apply it on your body. You can also add some to your non-scented creams to give them a fresh aroma. Lavender can help with sleep, stress and pain. Before the discovery of antiseptics, it has been used as cleaning agents in hospitals.

Peppermint oil [2]

Peppermint oil may help to 

  • Ease headaches 
  • Boost memory 
  • Support digestion
  • Fight fatigue
  • Reduce gut spasm 
  • Improve mood 

Besides all these, the oil acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. Peppermint tea can help settle your stomach, if you have issue like irritable bowel syndrome or gastric indigestion.

Methods to use essential oils

methods to use Essential Oils

Tea tree oil

You can use tea tree oil as an anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-septic remedy, and it can also be used to treat acne. Pour a few drops of tea tree oil into a cotton swab and apply it to the area affected with acne. It can also be used to treat athletes’ foot and ringworms. Note that tea tree oil can be neurotoxic, so it is better to consult with a specialist before you use it in your home.

Lemon oil

This oil is made from the extracts of lemon peels. You can diffuse the oil into the air for aroma or apply it by mixing with a carrier oil. It is known to kill bacteria and benefit conditions like  

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Pain in your body
  • Nausea and vomiting [3]

Lemon oil is safe for using but use it in limits. Make sure you follow the instructions of an expert.

Orange oil 

This essential oil is made from the rinds of the citrus fruit. It can be diffused into the air or applied on the skin mixed with a carrier oil. It can also be used as a cleaner at home. Orange oil may  

  • Reduce anxiety  
  • Lower pain 
  • Kill bacteria  

If you have sensitive skin, be sure to take advice from your doctor before applying this oil on the skin. This oil can help provide glow in the summers. Both lemon and orange oil may help remove tan from your skin and leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

essential oils uses

Coconut oil 

Coconut oil has endless benefits and is used widely in the months of summer as it can have a cooling effect. It can be applied on your skin or on your scalp. If you are worried on how to stop hair fall, this can be an ideal solution. Many people also use coconut oil in their cooking. 

Coconut oil benefits in many ways like  

  • Burning fat in your body 
  • Working as a quick source of energy 
  • Having antimicrobial effects 
  • Helping reduce hunger
  • Reducing seizures 
  • Boosting your skin health 
  • Protecting your hair specially in the sun 
  • Improving oral health 
  • Helping reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  •  Acting as a good anti-oxidant 

Additional Read: Kadha for Immunity

Now that you know about essential oils’ uses and benefits, make sure to be mindful about how and why you are using them. Usually, small amounts like a few drops are used, and using them frequently may lower their effectiveness. If you are allergic to any substance, you should take proper care before using these oils. For more advice on how to use these essential oils, take an online doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. You will get guidance on which oils can cater to your specific needs and how you can use them in the right way.

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