Es­sen­tial guide to know your oils

Do you love es­sen­tial oils but are con­fused about which ones to use and when? Well, ex­perts have a so­lu­tion for all your woes. Read on...

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Su­san Jose ■ su­[email protected]

Es­sen­tial oils have more or less been a part of ev­ery girl’s beauty ar­se­nal. The rea­sons vary — dab­bing some of it for sim­ple van­ity, burn­ing it in your room for a spe­cial night or de­pend­ing on it calm your­self down to com­bat stress and anx­i­ety. How­ever, it seems that a lot of times aroma oils and es­sen­tial oils are con­fused with each other. While aroma oils may im­i­tate the smell and pro­vide sim­i­lar ben­e­fits, es­sen­tial oils are the real deal.

Alka Shah, who has been prac­tis­ing aro­mather­apy for the past 20 years, ex­plains, “Es­sen­tial oils are con­cen­trated as they con­tain the ac­tual essence of the flow­ers, roots and herbs from which the oils are ex­tracted. Thus, they have ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties. The aroma oils are syn­thet­i­cally made to re­sem­ble the smell of the ac­tual sub­stance. So, though they smell good, they do not have any heal­ing or ther­a­peu­tic value.”

BEN­E­FITS OF ES­SEN­TIAL OILS

Es­sen­tial oils are pre­dom­i­nantly used in aro­mather­apy treat­ment. “Re­search stud­ies have in­di­cated that the use of aro­mather­apy has both phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits. It is used not only as a pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proach but also as an ac­tive treat­ment dur­ing acute and chronic stages of ill­ness. It helps with skin is­sues, re­duc­ing anx­i­ety, curb­ing stress, mood up­lift­ment and more,” says Nam­rata Da­gia, cu­ra­tor of aro­mather­apy bath salts and can­dles.

THE WAY IT WORKS

While in­hala­tion is an easy way to reap their ben­e­fits, one can also opt to ap­ply them on sev­eral points such as the tem­ples, cen­tre of the wrist but above the palm and be­low the ear lobes on the back of the ears. As the oil is in­haled, it leads to a change in ac­tiv­ity of the neu­rons in the brain, which re­sults in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a changed mood or emo­tion.

Neeta V Shetty, founder of an es­sen­tial oil blends and skin­care prod­uct range, goes on to list some of the most pop­u­lar es­sen­tial oils and their ben­e­fits. It’s of­ten used for spir­i­tual pur­poses as it has a very calm­ing, med­i­ta­tive and re­lax­ing ef­fect with­out hav­ing the seda­tive qual­ity. re­lieves symp­toms of tress and anx­i­ety. It lso as­sists with anger man­age­ment.

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