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Benefits and risks of essential oils

 Extract essential oils from plants; As the oil possesses the flavor and aroma of plants, and these oils are made through distillation with steam or water, or other mechanical methods, and after distillation of these chemicals, they are mixed with a type of oils to produce ready-to-use essential oil, and these oils are usually used in aromatherapy Types of essential oils are suitable for eating sometimes, but they are not always considered safe, and you may be advised to avoid eating them. A common way to use essential oils is to inhale their scent, or apply them to the skin. As it has some medicinal properties when absorbed, and may stimulate the sense of smell as well, and among the most common types of essential oils are peppermint oil, rose oil, chamomile oil, tea tree oil, and jasmine oil.


Benefits of essential oils:

There are few studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of using essential oils in treating some medical conditions, but their use has been widely popular, and we mention among the potential benefits of essential oils:


 Reducing stress, stress and depression:

Some preliminary studies indicate that the use of essential oils in aromatherapy can treat tension and stress, and these oils can also be used during massages to relieve tension, but it has been observed that their effect only lasts during the period of massage therapy.


Relief from headache and migraine:

Studies indicate that the use of peppermint oil or lavender oil can reduce headaches, when applying these oils to the skin, and it has also been noted that using a mixture of sesame oil and chamomile oil can be effective in treating headaches and migraines.



Reducing inflammation:

One study in mice indicated that consuming a mixture of thyme oil and the common aromatic oregano oil reduces colitis, and one study conducted on rats found similar results when using pomegranate oil and caraway oil, and this happens because of the possession of these oils. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is worth noting that these studies have been conducted on animals, and there is insufficient evidence to show the safety of using these oils for humans.


Possesses antimicrobial properties:

 Some laboratory studies have indicated that tea tree oil and peppermint oil have anti-microbial properties, but these studies have not yet confirmed the effectiveness of these oils when used by humans. Whereas, it is not yet known if it has the same effect in treating bacterial infection in humans.


Risks of using essential oils:

 There are some risks that can occur as a result of consuming essential oils, including:

        • It can cause side effects when used with some types of medicines. As it can reduce the effectiveness of these drugs in the body, and it can also exacerbate some disease conditions in some people, and among those people who suffer from hormone-sensitive cases; For example, people who suffer from tumors in the breast or ovary are advised to avoid oils that contain estrogen-like compounds, such as sage, and others, and people who suffer from high blood pressure, and these people are advised to avoid essential oils that have stimulant or stimulant properties, Including gravel oil.

        • The use of some concentrated oils can cause toxicity to the nervous system, liver or kidneys. As it may be toxic and dangerous if swallowed, and may lead to death in some cases, and therefore it is advised not to use oils with a concentration of more than 5%.

        • People who suffer from some conditions or diseases are advised to be careful when using essential oils in aromatherapy, and among those people who suffer from allergies, such as hay fever, for example. People who suffer from asthma, people who suffer from certain skin problems, such as psoriasis or eczema, and people with epilepsy.

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