How Essential Oils Affect The Body

How Essential Oils Affect the Body

Skin & Muscular System

Use of essential oils for skin conditions is one of the most well-known forms of aromatherapy, particularly using tea tree to prevent and heal acne. Many people are also familiar with muscle rubs like Rub-A535, which uses synthetics to mimic the effects of natural oils like cypress, and peppermint. These are physical effects, using tea tree as an astringent or peppermint to stimulate circulation and release muscle tension. Skin application works best.

Here are some popular oils for common skin and muscular conditions:

Respiratory System

Another popular and well-known form of aromatherapy is using eucalyptus to relieve coughs and sinus congestion, but there are many other oils that are helpful for a wide range of respiratory problems. Many of these oils are also antibacterial and antifungal, helping to prevent as well as treat these problems. Inhalation or sonic diffusion is the best way to get the effects of these oils, although diluting them and rubbing them onto the chest also works.

Digestive System

Even without ingesting essential oils, they can still help with a wide range of digestive issues. Inhalation works well for these purposes, as does as diluting in carrier oil and rubbing gently onto the stomach.

Genito-urinary and Endocrine System

Some essential oils act as phyto hormones that can mimic and produce results similar to our own. Because of this, they can level out hormonal fluctuations and their related symptoms. For best results, diffuse or apply to the stomach and chest in a carrier oil.

Immune System

Virtually all essential oils are antibacterial and anti-viral; some are just stronger than others are. Eucalyptus, tea tree and niaouli are the most antibacterial and antiviral essential oils. Some oils, like thyme, also stimulate the immune system. For antibacterial uses, diffuse or dilute in any kind of base. To stimulate the immune system, dilute in a carrier oil and apply to the glands, or use in bath salts.

Nervous System

From stress relief to sleep disorders and everything in between, the majority of people first looking into aromatherapy is drawn to it to manage problems related to the nervous system. Diffusion and pulse-point application (using a roll-on) are most effective, but almost all methods of application work well.

Spiritual System

Our minds and spirits are greatly affected by essential oils.