anxiety, depression

3 Health Issues to Mitigate Using Essential Oils

Let’s face it, everyone gets sick. And we all have demons we battle throughout our lives. It’s just an unfortunate reality of life. And when we do get sick, or when we’re suffering from some other physical or emotional ailment, the last thing we want to do is make that expensive and rather inconvenient doctor’s appointment.

Sure, sometimes, a visit to the doctor is necessary. But what if you could not only avoid those pesky doctor’s visits, but live a healthier and more natural life? While many natural health alternatives are not approved by the FDA (I have to throw in that disclosure), organic products such as essential oils have been widely used to treat a number of health problems, including everything from:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Respiratory issues
  • Other general health problems

Just to give you a brief outline, essential oils are natural compounds of aroma extracted from a range of different plants. Most oils are clear, and are comprised of a liquid that is distilled generally through water or steam. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you by laying out the entire manufacturing process.

So without further ado, here are three common health issues to mitigate by using essential oils.

1. Weight Loss

Looking to burn that unwanted fat? While you should always research any essential oil products before whipping out your credit card, these natural medicinal alternatives can be an excellent solution for that oh-so-dreaded obstacle of weight gain.

Sure, you can pop some pills or go through laborious health food diets. While these methods certainly can be effective, you may consider supplementing such activities with organic alternatives like essential oils, diet shakes, and natural supplements.

It takes a lot of patience to lose weight. And a whole lot of endurance. Weight gain happens steadily over time, so naturally, weight loss can be a lengthy and tiresome process. But combining these healthy practices into one comprehensive weight loss plan can certainly expedite the process.

And to think, you’ll be doing in a 100% natural way.

2. Anxiety and Depression

I’m not a doctor. I don’t have the certifications to prescribe medicine. And without a doubt, there are plenty of medicinal cases that require professional attention. But natural alternatives such as essential oils have been known to be effective in mitigating a range of mental, physical, and psychological issues — everything from insomnia to anxiety and depression.

There are a variety of oil options to consider, and depending on your physiological makeup, some oils may be more effective than others. Whether it’s stress, depression, or trouble sleeping, you may consider some of these oils:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Wild Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Patchouli

You can use them individually or you can blend them together for maximum effect. All of which, especially if you blend them together, can help relieve stress throughout your days and nights.

3. Skin Care

You have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to treating your skin with essential oils. And it often depends on what sort of care your skin requires. A 100% natural skin care solution, essential oils have been known to be effective for maintaining and treating imperfections in your skin. For starters, there are a number of culprits when it comes to skin and acne breakouts, including:

  • Diet: Food allergies can cause breakouts of acne
  • Infections: Bacteria can be an impediment to normal skin function
  • Psychology: Stress can be a major contributor to skin imperfections

To mitigate any skin irritation as a result of using essential oils, you’ll want to first determine your skin type. Then you’ll want to ensure that you use the safest and most effective oil, because potent, undiluted oils can potentially cause forms of skin irritation. Keep in mind, you can always dilute with carrier oils like grapeseed or fractionated coconut oils.

A True Natural Alternative

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to exploring the world of essential oils. There are countless brands to consider and a plethora of products to choose from. So first identify what you will be using the oil for, then research what would be the best solution for you, and finally, identify an established brand that you can trust.

That’s my two cents. Supplement your current health efforts and get on to living a healthier, all natural lifestyle.

A teacher and natural health guru, Heather Koenig has a passion for all things natural. In addition to living a natural lifestyle herself, Heather loves sharing her expertise with others on her website Essential Oils – Natural Living.