5 Essential Oils to Jumpstart Your "Oilbularyo" Kit
While there's now a pill available for practically every medical condition out there, there has been a revival in popularity for essential oils, which have been used across many cultures for thousands of years. Essential oils are said to bring in numerous medical and therapeutic benefits—in fact, oils are now even being used as substitutes for vaccines, which has become highly controversial in the medical community.
The appeal? Oils from plant extracts are all-natural, plus they smell damn great! Now, we here at Coven are definitely pro-vaccine, but we won't knock off the fact that essential oils do have therapeutic benefits. Here are some of the most popular scents we recommend if you're a budding oilbularyo who's just about to stock up on her arsenal.
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Lavender is arguably the most commonly used essence for calm and relaxation. It helps with stress and sleeping, especially if you have insomnia and anxiety. In fact, a 2017 medical study found that lavender oil improved the sleep quality of ICU patients who had difficulty sleeping. Try adding several drops on your pillow for a more restful sleep.
Lavender also has antioxidant properties, and is commonly used to aid in wound healing and treat several skin conditions that cause blemishes or inflammation. For those with sensitive skin, try diluting lavender oil in water first before directly applying it on your skin. However, make sure to run this by your dermatologist first.
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Lemon oil has numerous benefits, most notably on the skin. It has detoxifying properties that help clear skin, excessive sebum, and dead skin cells. It also helps get rid of dandruff, and treats callouses, corns, and bunions on the feet.
Lemon oil also works as a disinfectant and removes grease, which is why it's commonly used in dishwashing soaps. Bugs also aren't fond of it, which is why it makes for a good insect repellant. Its citrusy scent is also refreshing, and is a good addition to your laundry routine.
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Peppermint is more than just a refreshing flavor! There's a reason why mint candies are a staple among those with motion sickness, or why Filipino moms use Vicks as a salve to everything. Menthol in peppermint has been proven to ease nausea, headaches, and bloating, and also works as an effective topical cream for rashes and a muscle relaxant for joint pains. It's also a common home remedy for sinus-related problems such as cough or colds.
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Rose is more than just a pretty flower, and it's also no surprise why its fragrance is so sought after. It's a popular essence in skin care, but studies also show that rose oil is great for easing pain, whether it's headaches or menstrual cramps. When inhaled, rose oil is believed to stimulate the production of endorphins, which can also lower stress, depression, and anxiety.
Rose oil is not to be confused with rosehip oil or rose water, which come from different parts of the plant and require different distillation processes.
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Ylang ylang yields a primary compound called linalool, which has stress-reducing properties. Like lavender, it works as a mild sedative that helps ease anxiety and controls blood pressure. In a 2018 study, it has also been found to work as an antidepressant and improves mood. Used topically, it can promote hair growth and ease skin irritation. In the bedroom department, it's also a popular aphrodisiac.
Take note that the use of essential oils must be cleared by your doctor, and should never be ingested unless specifically labeled otherwise. Invest in a diffuser to spritz up your bedroom, or carry a small bottle to take with you wherever you go. ♥