Basic usage and efficacy of essential oils
'Essential oils' are volatile aromatic substances extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, roots or fruits of plants by steam distillation, extrusion, cold immersion or agent extraction. Different essential oils have different effects and usages. Some are hair care, some are skin care, and some are just air fresheners. Let's take a look.
In simple terms, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that extract the aroma and flavor of the plant, the 'essence'. Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its unique essence. The methods of manufacture are mainly distillation or mechanical methods (such as cold pressing), and after the aromatic chemicals are extracted, they are mixed with a carrier oil to make products that we can use every day. The most common use of essential oils is still aromatherapy, where the chemicals in essential oils interact with the body through various methods. When used on the skin, certain phytochemicals are absorbed to achieve antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, healing, deodorizing, calming, insect repellent, and delicate skin effects.
When used on the face, rose essential oil can help the skin moisturizing and hydrating, effectively dilute the fine lines of the skin, and help the skin to restore fullness and elasticity. At the same time, rose essential oil also has the functions of regulating endocrine and supplementing estrogen, which can effectively relieve irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, etc., but it should be noted that pregnant women cannot use rose essential oil. Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects. It can effectively soothe the skin when used on the face. Lavender essential oil can be used for acne-prone skin, scars, burns, and sunburns. At the same time, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the aromatherapy lamp at night, which has a good sleep aid effect. It should be noted that people with low blood pressure and pregnant women should not use lavender essential oil. Tea tree oil has the strongest anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effect among all essential oils. After use, it can effectively improve the balance of water and oil in the skin. It is especially effective for acne-prone skin. It should also be noted that pregnant women are not recommended to use tea tree oil.