What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or essence of their source.
Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled through various methods.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of limbic system, which is a part of brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory
The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. As such, some people claim that essential oils can exert a physical effect on their body.
Aromatherapy is commonly used to fight:
*Stress and anxiety
*Headaches and migraines
*Sleep and insomnia
However, when inhaled or combined with a base oil for use on your skin, most essential oils are considered safe. Be sure to consider others in your environment who might be inhaling the aroma, including pregnant women, children, and pets.
Nevertheless, they may cause some side effects, including:
- asthma attacks
- allergic reactions