Insomnia, allergies, anxiety, hair loss, easy fatigue, and the state of how not to manage the skin …… Still blaming the water? What do you know about aromatherapy from its popularity in Ancient Greece to present day France?
Speaking of essential oils, do you know how much the French love them! A drop if you can’t sleep, a drop the night before an exam, a drop if you’re bitten by a mosquito, even a cold can be cured with essential oils! The last time I went to a classmate’s house and opened the closet to put clothes in, I found a closet full of yards of essential oils!
First of all, let me give you a little science on this essential oil thing, even though from the name it sounds as if essential oils are the same as olive oil, peanut oil, camellia oil, etc., they are actually two completely different things! Essential oils are actually not exactly oil components, but rather a liquid mixed with various organic compounds extracted from the whole plant, including roots, stems, leaves, flowers and other components by distillation and other means. Due to their very high purity, all the essential oils have antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Although it is a complementary therapy, in many European countries, essential oils are covered by health insurance and doctors can also prescribe essential oils to patients for the right conditions.
Wondering what essential oils the French use and what they usually do with them besides bathing? Then check out the 10 essential oils that the French recommend as the most can’t-miss.
1.Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) – l’Huile essentiel de Lavande Officinale
A must-have jack of all trades in the home
If the Chinese all have an obsession with lavender in Provence, the French are no less obsessed with lavender essential oil than we are. If there’s only one essential oil in the house, it has to be lavender! The “blue gold” of the French, pregnant women and young children can also use it! It is the most versatile and works well with any kind of essential oil.
Anxiety and stress relief
Relief of muscle aches and pains
Relief of insomnia
Relief of headaches
Pain relief for burns
Calming after shock or anger
How to use
The most common usage, of course, is the use of essential oil aromatherapy machine, while aromatherapy, but also can give the room humidification, the room aroma only a girl’s bedroom feet! A few drops of essential oil in the bath is also the choice of many fairies, mixed with a handful of coarse salt and massaged into the joints to reduce joint pain. It can also be used to relieve stress on the eve of exam preparation. In addition, lavender essential oil’s sleeping effect is also well known, insomnia or headache, drop two drops in the pillow, to give you a good night’s sleep oh.
2.Eucalyptus essential oil – L’huile essentiel d’Eucalyptus radié
Essential oils for colds and rhinitis
Eucalyptus is what we call eucalyptus, the kind that koalas like to eat. Eucalyptus essential oil has no small amount of medical value for humans either. As mentioned earlier, all essential oils have antiseptic and disinfectant properties, but eucalyptus essential oil is the most potent antiseptic of them all. This is a great way to get the most out of your home, but it’s also a great way to get the most out of your home, so that you can get the most out of your home.
How to use
Colds: 1 drop of essential oil on a sugar cube
Nasal irritation: after cleaning your nostrils, put 2 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale deeply
3.Camphor essential oil – L’huile essentiel de Ravintsara
Flu season vaccinations
Disinfection and antiseptic is a strong point, especially when the flu virus is spreading like wildfire, and camphor essential oil may be even more effective than eucalyptus oil in preventing people from getting sick, really giving you a sense of security in minutes during the flu season! This oil is also baby friendly and can prevent bronchitis, and scars from chicken pox and herpes in newborn babies. It is also great for refreshing and reducing physical and mental fatigue.
How to use
Prevent bronchitis: mix 10 drops of camphor oil with 10 drops of almond vegetable oil and apply to the arches of the feet, chest and back.
To prevent the flu: put two drops of essential oil on your palm, rub your hands and breathe deeply through your nose.
Prevent shingles: mix 10 drops of camphor oil with 10 drops of St. John’s Wort oil and apply it around the painful nerve 3 to 5 times a day.
4.Tea Tree Essential Oil – L’huile essentiel d’Arbre à thé
The Magic Tool for a Rotten Face
In addition to eliminating acne and pimples, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-intestinal parasitic properties, and was also used against E. coli and staphylococcus in World War II.
How to use
For sore throat: add two drops of tea tree oil to a coffee spoonful of honey and take it orally four times a day for three days.
Acne pimples: apply tea tree oil with a cotton swab to the pimples
For hemorrhoids: apply 2 drops of tea tree oil to your hemorrhoids three times a day
5.Lavender (Broadleaf Lavender) – L’huile essentiel de Lavende aspic
Essential oils for healing
Why is there a lavender? In fact, different varieties, different vegetation zones, and different percentages of camphor contained in plants make different essential oils with different ingredients and effects. It goes well with all kinds of other essential oils!
Anti-toxic, wound healing, immune boosting, these are the plants that pioneered aromatherapy! Great for burns, sunburns and insect bites including snake venom, it can also be used for acne and herpes.
How to use
For burns: mix 2 to 6 drops of essential oil with after-sun repair lotion and apply to the burned area, every 15 minutes
Sunburn: mix 5mL of lavender oil with 5mL of vegetable oil and apply to the sunburned area 3 to 5 times a day for 5 days
6.Chamomile Essential Oil – L’huile essentiel de Camomille romaine
The most Buddhist of essential oils
Chamomile essential oil is very calming to the central nervous system, which can help fight stress, help sleep, soothe, and relieve spasms. On the eve of exams, interviews, and confessions [mistakenly] unsettled, try using chamomile essential oil to decompress.
How to use
Stress: apply 3 to 4 drops of essential oil to the backs of your hands, the soles of your feet, your arches and your spine
Shocked or irritated: apply 3 drops of oil to the palms of your feet and repeat until calm is restored
Anxiety: Same as stress, or rubbing essential oils in the palm of your hand and inhaling deeply
7.Wintergreen essential oil – L’huile essentiel de Gaulthérie
Natural painkillers from China
Wintergreen essential oil contains naturally occurring methanolic salicylic acid and is known as a natural pain reliever. The aroma is also said to have a sweet peppermint flavor and is produced in China and Canada, the only countries in the world where it is produced.
Reduces swelling and pain, anti-rheumatism. Good relief for sprains, cramps, joint pain and muscle aches.
How to use
Cramps: mix 3mL of wintergreen essential oil with 15mL of vegetable oil and massage over the sore muscles, taking 5 to 6 drops at a time.
RHEUMATIC: Mix 3mL of wintergreen essential oil with hazelnut oil and massage on the affected area 3 to 4 times a day.
Caution Wintergreen essential oil is very pure and should not be consumed and must not be used directly, it must be mixed with other vegetable oils. It should not be used by pregnant women.
8.Helichrysum essential oil – L’huile essentiel d’Hélichryse
The most precious of all essential oils
It’s said to be the most expensive of all essential oils! Probably because of the delicacy of the ingredients and the complexity of the effects. Derived from waxwort from Italy and Corsica, it has a strong woody aroma with some spice to it.
It has very good anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antiviral, antiseptic, choleretic, diuretic, promotes cell regeneration, fungicidal, hepatic, sedative and spleenic effects. But it is best known for activating blood circulation and resolving blood stasis. It’s also an anti-aging flower in the skin care world~.
How to use
Anti-wrinkle: Apply 1 drop of waxflower essential oil mixed with hydrating cream.
For bruises: apply a few drops of essential oil to the bruise, five times a day.
Varicose veins: mix 5mL of waxflower oil with 25mL of St. John’s Wort oil and apply to your calves morning and evening.
9.Thyme essential oil – L’huile essentiel de Thym à Thujanol
The Most Valuable Essential Oils for Health
Thyme is one of the editor’s favorite spices! Made into an essential oil, it has a very sweet and strong herbal scent. This is probably the most valuable essential oil in terms of health benefits.
One of the most antiseptic essential oils, it is antibacterial, antiviral, effective against dandruff and hair fall, treats colds, coughs and sore throats, relieves heart and mouth pain and fatigue. It can also be used to fight infectious diseases and to boost the immune system.
How to use
For liver protection: take a few drops of thyme oil and apply it to your heart.
Tiredness: apply the oil to your fist and lightly punch the area where your kidneys are located
Digestive aid: add a few drops of thyme essential oil to the salad dressing
Preventing infectious diseases: put drops on the palm of the hand and inhale deeply
10.Peppermint essential oil – L’huile essentiel de Menthe poivrée
Essential Oils for Your Home
There’s no one who doesn’t like the mint and spearmint scent! Home Essentials! In fact, we usually do not see a lot of life, such as big grape toner, bee lip balm, LUSH mint refreshing mask all have spicy mint essential oil ingredients.
Needless to say this aspect of invigorating the mind is also good for relieving stress and increasing concentration. The effect of clearing the throat and moistening the throat, eliminating bad breath, and reducing inflammation and itching is also very good. In addition love motion sickness baby can also be always prepared. To help digestion, anti headache, etc., are those longest in life to meet the most distressing small problems, spicy peppermint essential oil can help you solve, can be a home essential good product ah ~.
How to use
Indigestion (nausea): 2 drops of essential oil on the underside of the tongue, or mix with a spoonful of honey
Headaches: apply 2 drops of essential oil to your temples and forehead
Having said that, we should also note that we must not use 100% pure essential oils directly on the skin, as they are volatile and corrosive, and must be stored in a container protected from light. Need to massage on the skin, because the essential oil is basically insoluble in water, so to use vegetable oil to dilute (such as our cooking with olive oil on). But part of the market directly bought essential oils, is already diluted, the concentration is 15%, this time can be used directly on the skin. And in addition to the above, pregnant women, young children and allergy prone people should be cautious to use, after all, high-purity essential oils are still toxic and allergic properties.
How about the desire to turn on the aromatherapy machine and breathe in the sweet air of natural plant essences right away? Who isn’t a sophisticated dwelling girl these days.
Essential oils have a very long history in Europe as a complementary therapy, but even more so as a way of living a wellness lifestyle. Why not give it a try and enjoy the physical and mental nourishment in the delicate aromatic molecules?