Benefits of essential oils


Want to de-stress yourself at home without going to the spa ?  Essential oils are here to give you a similar soothing experience.  Extracted from various flowers and plants, these body oils help to unwind both physically and mentally.  Some of these oils have anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  BT talks to aroma therapists to know more about the ” benefits of essential oils”.
Naushad, an aroma therapist at a spa in Bengaluru, says, ” Body oils help the skin glow.  Lavender, eucalyptus and cinnamon oils are used as stress-busters.  The aroma of these oils improves blood circulation and also improves the texture of the skin.  A combination of lemon and rosemary oils and anti-cellulite oils helps to reduce body fat”.
Ajay, another essential oils expert, says,” Extra virgin olive oil contains a good amount of minerals, which are good for hot oil massage.  It helps to reduce body pain.  Harmony oil, made from flower and leaf extracts, is also good for mental health”.
So, how often should one go for massage and what should be the ideal duration of the therapy ?  “People who have a


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sedentary lifestyle should go for aroma therapy at least once in a week, while for others once in every 15  days or a month is good enough,” Ajay adds.

LAVENDER : Lavender oil as the quality of providing good sleep and helps to improve your nervous system.  This oil also helps to remove dandruff, and tackle eczema and hair loss.
CINNAMON : Cinnamon oil is rich I manganese, iron and calcium.  It improves brain function, purifies blood and helps to ward off diabetes.  Application of the oil on the body during winter nights keeps us warm and protects us from cold, cough and breathing problems.  As other oils, this oil is also used as room fresheners.
EUCALYPTUS : This oil helps to keep respiratory infections, body pain, wounds, burns and ulcers at bay.  It is also used in toothpastes, cough drops and lozenges.  It is beneficial for mental health and used in many medicines.
OLIVE : Olive oil is considered good for dry skin.  It brings out the skin’s natural texture and acts as a conditioner for the hair and nails.  The oil is rich in Vitamin E and A, which also helps to regenerate skin cells.  It can be used as body lotion, eye makeup remover, lip scrub as well used as used in homemade face packs.  Aroma therapists mix olive and lavender oils for a cooling effect in summers.
ANTI-CELLULITE : Regular massage with this oil helps to remove toxins from the body.  It burns fat and reduces cellulite.  The different varieties of this oils include hazelnut, juniper, citrus and jojoba.
——————Vikram.Kapoor@timesgroup.com. and Tessa Adeline Nelson.

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