Pre-historic humans 20,000 years ago used plants for their scent and therapeutic benefits, today we call them essential and aromatic oils. These aromatic compounds are found in flowers, roots, trees, seeds, and other plant parts. The essential oils have practical uses as ingredients in food preparation as well as beauty to health products and even spiritual and religious uses. To date, more than 3,000 unique varieties of aromatic essential oil compounds have been identified with endless practical uses.
Essential oils can be used in making safe, organic homemade body lotions, shampoos, deodorants, soaps, shower gels, bath salts, cleaning and other natural products. Essential oils such as cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, and cajuput are commonly used for inhalation therapy. Citronella, lavender, and peppermint have been shown to act as a natural repellent against mosquitos and other insects. To freshen the air in your home, try using a couple drops of lemon oil in a diffuser. Try a bath bomb made with lavender oil in the bath to de-stress after a long day.
Essential oils have been used for pain, anxiety, depression, weight loss, digestive problems, sleep and so much more. If you have any questions about essential oils and how they can enhance your life, contact us at Mid-Michigan soaps for more information.
When using essential oils, be sure to also carefully read the safety information for any product you choose to use. The information in the article or on this website is not intended or should be considered as medical advice.