Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been part of human life for years in many cultures and nations. Essential oils serve multiple uses in everyday life. Essential oils are produced from extracts of different parts of a certain plant which individually produce their own uses and benefits.  It could be used to enhance psychological and physical well being of an individual, cosmetics, cleaning material and most of all, it could serve as a medicine to enhance health of the person depending on what and how the product is used.  The thing about essential oils is that in terms of using it for medicine, it is pretty much organic that it provides no side effect.

Lavender

This is a plant that many of us see with the color violet and many of us like. Aside from its breathtaking blooms, lavenders are very fragrant which is also why many uses this as an ingredient in making perfumes.  The thing about lavenders that made it very useful and common in making essential oils is that because it is equipped with soothing and calming qualities that calms irritation, relieves anxiousness and depression, and cures insomnia. This herb is very good for the skin which promotes perfect benefits of essential oils.  Therefore essential oils basically offer fragrance and advantages with lavenders in it.

Peppermint

This is a menthol plant which is considered as one of the ancient European herbs that are used for medicine.  It goes back to Greek Mythology too. This is frequently used as food flavouring and to add fragrance to make-ups and soaps. Peppermint as essential oil can even serve as a medicine to improve one’s health that can be supplements for the body and ointments for the skin. Similarly to lavenders, an essential oil with peppermints provides a calming effect and cool sensation to the body. This is suggested to certain illness like nausea and gastric lining as it has the capacity to reduce muscular spasms. It even refreshes the breath,  cure headaches, increase mental capacity or focus, and even boosts energy. However, peppermints could result to side effects and are dependent to the person who intakes medication as it affects with the peppermint. Its basic use and benefit is for dietary supplements and skin care.

Eucalyptus

This is from a evergreen tree that mostly grows in Australia. The thing about eucalyptus is that it heals wounds fast which was a basic ingredient for folk medicine. This cleanses toxic in the body that allows it to heal certain common sickness. It can even provide nourishment, like our hair. It can even serve as a cleaner as it removes dirt. Eucalyptus also reduces odor, removes spots and treats wounds. It doesn’t also work as a medicine but it is also useful for the household as essential oils from eucalyptus can be converted to certain products that could be used at home.  Moreover, it boosts the immune system of the person, soothes anxiety and stress,  cure respiratory issues,  improve skin care, prevents and manages diabetes, and decreases inflammatory activities. However, the raw product of eucalyptus is poisonous, potent and very dangerous for any person unable to know its qualities. Also, taking enough and appropriate amount of eucalyptus must me noted. Intake of unofficial measure is dangerous as it is extremely toxic.

Types of Headaches

1. Migraine

Migraine can cause throbbing pain sensation. This usually occurs only to one side of the head. The exact cause of migraine is hard to tell. However, before migraine takes into effect, these are the common symptoms to be observed;

A. Sensitivity to light or sound
B. Mood swings
C. Food cravings
D. Stiffnecks
E. Increased urination and thirst
F. Nausea
G. Eye pain
H. Frequent yawning
I. Constipation
J. Vomitting

 

2. Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are a daily series of short headaches that goes on for weeks or months. The exact cause of cluster headaches are unknown. However, there are symptoms before cluster headaches occurs. These symptoms are usually observed;

A. Swollen eyelid
B. Runny nose
C. Red eyes
D. Flushed face
E. Restless feeling

There are also things that triggers cluster headaches. These includes;

A. Smoking
B. Alcohol
C. Change of weather
D. Strong odor
E. Bright lights
F. Hot showers

 

3. Concussion Headaches

A concussion is a mild traumatic injury. This is due to a shock or something that causes the head and the brain to shake quickly back and forth. Because of this it can alter the mental state of the person and might as well become unconscious.

A. Distorted memory
B. State of confusion
C. Slow reflexes
D. No sense of balance
E. Dizzyness
F. Irratability
G. Drosiness
H. Nausea
I. Light and noise sensitivity
J. Mild headaches
K. Vomitting

 

4. Ocular Migraine

Ocular migraine is also known as retinal migraines. It is an eye condition which causes visual problems and if worse, blindess. The blindness usually occurs on one eye and lasts for some time like an hour or so. This problem is rare that it is most likely to occur to 0.5% of all people who have migraine.

Ocular or retinal migraines has these symptoms;

A. One side of the head is in effect
B. Feels in pain
C. Nausea
D. Has a pulsating feeling
E. It feels worse when you move your head
F. Vomitting

5. Caffeine Headache

There are plenty of people who likes caffeinated drinks such as coffee and energy drinks. However, this might cause a certain kind of headache as well. Caffeine can cure and cause headaches so there is a need to understand which one cures and which one causes it.

These are some of the caffeine headache symptoms;

A. Headache
C. Blocked sinuses
D. Insomnia
E. Nausea
F. Vomitting
G. Brain fog
H. Muscle pain
I. Depression
J. Lethargy
K. Constipation
L. Sleepiness
M. Stuffy nose

 

6. Sinus Headache

Sinus and migraine are often confused to be the same. This is because the signs and symptoms of these two usually overlaps. However, the difference might be this; sinuses are usually not associated with nausea or vomitting which are common indications for migraines.

These are some of the symptoms of sinuses;

A. Runny nose
B. Fever
C. Swelling of face
D. Ear problems

 

7. Stress

Stress can lead to several kinds of problems. One problem that stress can cause are headaches. This works in an annoying way for stress has the potential to make you have headaches and headaches stresses you more. The best way to start and help yourself is to get rid of stress. Well, we experience a lot of stresses in our daily lives. In other words, we can not stop stress. It is part of life. However, we can lessen the stresses we receive and make it under control. There are plenty of ways to lessen stress, these includes;

A. Yoga
B. Meditation
C. Sleep
D. Stress balls

Listen to What Your Body is Telling You

“Health is wealth”. This is undoubtedly true. We often hear these phrases when we talk about health and it should be made priority by any individual for any person who is healthy can do and contribute much better things.

There are many ways on how to know if a person is healthy. Today, as technology advances, there exist hospitals where we could have regular check-ups. But before all that, our body can give us bunch of signals that may indicate whether we or we are not healthy.

Listening to your body is a must. There is a need to listen and to work with your body as one. There will be risks and negative effects if one neglects to listen to his or her own body. If you are hungry, then eat. If you are tired, then rest.

You are in control of your own body. Yes, you are the one who can manage yourself. You are your own person. Listening to your body will beneficial to you. However, neglecting your body needs may have corresponding consequences, some of which takes some time to show. Thus, do not abuse your own body.

There are plenty of indications that our body might show. These are some of it;

1. Allergies

Our body has a defense mechanism of its own. It could detect and react to foods or things that you are allergic to. For food allergies, there might be some sort of food which is not fit for you for your body is allergic to it. There are so many food allergies which include, allergic to shrimp, prawns, chicken, sweets, sour, spicy, etc.For other types of allergies, these include things like dust, sunlight, cold, heat, etc. These allergies can have a mild reaction and can also have deadly or fatal reactions. Listening to your body and caring for it would be most prescribed.

2. Symptoms of sickness

This is the most common indication that our body might tell us. Before most sicknesses start, our body may show several symptoms. Knowing these symptoms may help us prepare and know what particular sickness we are experiencing. It would be best to take the precautionary measures to minimize and avoid making it worse. These are some examples;

A. Symptoms of a migraine;

  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings
  • Stiffnecks
  • Increased urination and thirst
  • Nausea
  • Eye pain
  • Frequent yawning
  • Constipation
  • Vomitting

B. Symptoms of flu;

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Body aching
  • Head ache
  • Fatigue

3. Stress

Stress is a problematic word. It has the potential to transform or cause other several problems. It can cause fatigue, headaches, psychological and emotional problems, etc.

By definition fatigue which is also referred to as exhaustion is a physical and/or mental state of being tired. One cause why fatigue occurs is due to sleep deprivation. When we lack sleep, our body may experience these other consequences;

  • Lack of response
  • Slow or bad memory
  • Slow reflexes
  • Abnormal behaviors
  • Fatigue
  • Eye bags
  • Depression
  • Hastens aging
  • Gain weight

Help With Eating Disorders

Understanding the most common eating disorders

1. Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is recurring episodes of eating more food in a short period of time. People who have binge eating disorder tend to eat more than most people would be able to under similar circumstances with episodes marked by feelings of lack of control.

2. Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is formed by two words namely anorexia which means loss of appetite, and Nervosa which means for reasons of the nerves. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder mainly categorized by extreme, self-imposed weight loss of at least 15% of the individual’s minimum normal weight.

People with anorexia nervosa have the fear of gaining weight and distorted view of their bodies. Due to being afraid to gain weight, these people are underweight and have restrictive behavior.

They usually do purging, exercise, and regular weight checks. They have practice or observe food rituals like cutting a whole fruit into smaller pieces and eating variations of food in sequence. Also, people with anorexia nervosa tend to refuse to eat in front of other people.

People with anorexia nervosa have low self-esteem, over-reaction to stressful situations, need for approval, need for control, etc. Also, these people feel alone and sensitiveness to peer pressure. They have this perfectionist attitude as well. Group of people who have a big number in this eating disorder is athletes, teens or early adulthood, etc. Most of which are women.

There are multiple possible causes for having anorexia nervosa. These are the most likely causes;

a. Genetic -this gives them a signal that conveys hunger and fullness are the main cause

b. Biological- lower functioning of the hypothalamus

c. Social or environment- peer groups, popular culture, and higher rates where thinness is valued are the main causes.

3. Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa means “ox hunger”. This is an eating disorder which is mainly characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating. The disorder is rapid consumption of large amount of food in a discrete period of time, followed by attempts of purging the excess by using of vomiting laxatives. These people most likely either have a normal weight or overweight.

Biological cause;

a. The main cause is the deficiency in the neurotransmitter serotonin which plays a role in both mood regulation and appetite.

How to help people with eating disorders;

Since we already understand and know what these eating disorders are, we can now take a step further in helping people with these types of eating disorders.

Treating an eating disorder varies from each individual. There are therapies, behavioral therapies, medications, and other treatment methods.

Deciding on the possible way of treatment solutions should be based on the individual’s circumstances and needs.

Communicate with the person. It would be good to communicate with the person and talk about his or her condition

Try to understand and learn how to cope with eating disorders. If you can not do it yourself, ask help from other people. This is to ensure that you follow the proper steps and not go into a different and erroneous path like unhealthy diet, etc.

Helpful Information and Advice on Health Issues

As human beings, we are all so prone to external diseases mainly caused by our own wrong doings and mishaps. We always aim to be healthy and fit so that we can finish our tasks and works perfectly and without delay. However, as careful and as healthy as we are, we can’t get away with the most common health issues faced by the majority of the people in the world. In this matter, we won’t talk about rare illnesses but rather on the known ones that are scattered in our status quo. These diseases and advice on how to cure them may not necessarily appear to be effective to all since there are a lot of factors to be considered. However, it will ensure the utmost avoidance on being afflicted with these diseases.

Malnourishment

Malnourishment is common among children and some teenagers. A famous writer, Jose Rizal once quoted “The faith of our nation lies with the children of the generation”. In a general sense, this quotation functions to all countries with different languages, races, and cultures. Though one of the main reasons why these particular children are experiencing these is the incompetence of the government, we can still prevent this from happening through donating foods and vitamins for the kids. In this simple ways, we can help them build their lives, stand up, and be the change we need in the world.

Depression

Among all ages, this type of health issue is the hardest and the easiest to cure given certain circumstances. This illness is a matter between a person and himself after suffering from a certain event. The presence of exterior factors like families, friends, doctors, may cure this or may make it worse. According to philosophers, after sadness is always a happy event and the cycle go round forever.  As human beings, if we see a person depress, we tend to empathize to their grief and mourn with them. Furthermore, it is also our task to help them overcome this depression through being with them. Else, it may lead to a plus one to the death count of humans.

Obesity

Obesity is not an easy issue to face with. Our love to food weakens the resistance of our body in matters of consumption. In other words, it’s hard to not eat the food we want even though we know that it won’t be beneficial to our health. Obesity is often cured through a series of surgeries or exercises but can easily prevent through a very simple idea, mind set.

Environmental diseases

They say that the diseases we acquire as well as the calamities we often encounter are all punishments from Mother Nature. There is no exact evidence to support this claim. However, it seems true regardless of the fact. As the owners of the world we live in, it is just important to take care of it so that we’ll be able to live happily and peacefully. These environmental diseases can be prevented if in our own simple ways, we’ll take care of our community- keeping it clean, safe, and peaceful.