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Health benefits of essential oils

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Health benefits of essential oils

Essential oils have health benefits that include reducing anxiety, encouraging focus and brain health, and providing anti-inflammatory effects. By using them in your daily life, you open yourself up to these benefits.


Here at anatomē, we love to talk about essential oils and the ways that they can help support your wellbeing. The use of essential oils in health is not only widespread and popular, but also has a centuries old history where they have been used for multiple issues and health conditions. Essential oils have exceptional health benefits that range from reducing anxiety, to encouraging focus and brain health, and providing anti-inflammatory effects. We’re gonna take you through some of our favorites and what they can do to help!

 

Almost half of people who experience stress and anxiety use alternative therapies to help them calm down. Thankfully, this actually works. Multiple studies have found that pairing scents with traditional stress and anxiety relievers can reduce these symptoms even more (1). One of the most popular essential oils for reducing anxiety is lavender. Lavender is suggested to have properties that include mood stabilisation, soothing, pain relieving, anticonvulsant, and has properties that protect the brain’s health (2).  Lavender isn’t the only anxiety reducing essential oil. Other effective essential oils for reducing anxiety are ones that are rich in terpenes. Terpenes are a chemical compound that naturally occur in plants like Scot’s Pine, Canadian Black Spruce, and Sandalwood, which have been proven to reduce anxiety. 

Best Essential Oils for stress and Anxiety: Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, Black Spruce, Pines, St Johns Wort many found in our Balance + Stability Oil Blend

Not only can essential oils reduce your anxiety, they can help to encourage you to focus better, have a better memory, and they can improve your brain health. Even though ginger is more commonly known for its help with your gut, it’s also been found that it can reduce inflammation and is a great antioxidant. Ginger was also found to improve reaction time and memory (4), and can also protect against a decline in brain function. 

Best oils for Headaches: Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender, Clary Sage, Basil, Orange.  Focus +  Concentration supporting brain function.

Sleep is something that we all struggle with, luckily, essential oils are here to help! Not only is lavender helpful for reducing anxiety, but it also helps to kickstart the sleep process. Smelling lavender before bedtime helped improve the sleep quality of women after childbirth and in patients with heart disease, as some studies have shown (5,6). Also, lavender isn’t the only essential oil that does this! It’s been shown that peppermint, chamomile, and jasmine also have great effects on sleep quality (7).  Discovery our Recovery + Sleep Oil.

Best Oils for Sleep: Chamomile, Seaweed, Lavender, Peppermint, Clary Sage.

Essential oils can also help with inflammatory conditions. Cypress, peppermint, tea tree, juniper, and other essential oils have all been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Ingesting thyme, oregano, caraway, and rosemary oils have been found to activate the remission of colitis. Since bacteria has rudely started to become antibiotic-resistant, there has been a renewed search for compounds that can fight bacterial infections. Some studies have found a positive correlation between cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and tea tree oil and antimicrobial effects (11,12).  

Best Healing and Anti-inflammatory Oils: Rosemary, Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Camphor, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lemongrass. 



  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26473822
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
  3. http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/90/5/530#ref-30
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253463/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26211735
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26211735
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24720812
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19774507
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2233768/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203268/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3853939/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/
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