5 Health Benefits From Taking Common Oils

5 Health Benefits From Taking Common Oils

When you type “essential oils for better health” into Google, you’re bombarded hundreds of different oils. It’s like when you’re rummaging around in your closet, you knock over the top shelf, and everything you’ve been shoving up there for years comes falling down on you.

Essential oils are only one type of oil too — we certainly don’t want to forget about the healthy fatty oils like fish, or CBD oil which is causing a fuss. So how about we try out something new with this article?

Instead of throwing out 50 oils that can kinda help with anxiety, I’m going to give you my favorite 3 oils for it — in no particular order. And i’m not stopping there — I’m going to do this for the top five illnesses that are plaguing our health and deteriorating our lives.

Lower Anxiety & Stress

1. Lavender

Lavender is often hailed as the queen of the essential oils, and this won’t be the last time you see her on our list. While lavender is bountiful with different health benefits, she’s most famous for her success in fighting anxiety and stress. Both human and animals studies have time and time again shown lavender is effective in treating many neurological disorders.

Aromatherapy is the most common method for taking lavender, with topicals directly on the skin coming in second.

2. Rose

Rose essential oil is loaded with the phytochemicals citronellol and geraniol — together they make up the majority of the phytochemicals in rose oil. Studies show that these two phytochemicals can notably lower blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and breathing rate.

Like most essential oils, aromatherapy is the preferred application method for rose oil — ointments are available as well. Essential oils are lipids that give plants’ their aroma, so it’s easy to see why aromatherapy/inhalation is the preferred application method.

3. CBD oil

CBD is gaining a lot of popularity for its medical use in a vast number of treatments — like lavender, expect to see this one again on the list. Many people are finding it a perfect supplement for getting through their stressful work days and tolerating the hectic nature of the world in general.

CBD oil comes in two versions — isolate or full spectrum. You’ll want to know what is full spectrum cbd oil version for anxiety. Simply administer CBD oil by holding it under your tongue for a few seconds moments before swallowing.   

Reduce Inflammation and Pain

1. Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids anti-inflammatory properties are not to be taken lightly. This is because studies show that omega-3 EFAs are just as effective as ibuprofen when treating inflammation and arthritic pain. Even better, they are a safer alternative to them.

Fish oil is loaded with omega-3s, and you can find fish oil pills in grocery stores far-and-wide. Look for no burp pills or store them in the fridge if you’re having an issue with, really, the only side effect from taking fish oil.  

2. Peppermint

Have a sore throat or are your muscles aching after a long workday? If so, look no further than peppermint. Peppermint is both an analgesic and produces a mild anesthetic effect that’s great for treating pain from workouts, aging, and colds.

Analgesic means you see slight pain relief without losing feeling in your limbs or muscles. Anesthetics, on the other hand, are more powerful and can completely block pain, but you lose motor control and feeling in your muscles.

Peppermint comes in soaps, oils, teas, etc., and there is no best form — oil is the most malleable, however.

3. CBD oil

CBD oil is the first to make a reappearance on our list as CBD can help with inflammation and pain by lowering your hypersensitivity. The big reason you’ll see CBD on this list so many times is due to how CBD works.

CBD lowers hyperactivity in the body because it closely resembles endocannabinoids which we produce to monitor and regulate overactive areas/processes — such as inflammation, anxiety, and they will even slow cancer development as you’ll see below.

CBD isn’t an essential oil, but like many, it requires a carrier oil that is high in fat to improve its absorption in the body along with its stability. Hemp seed oil and coconut oil are two best oils to look for when buying. And while both are great carrier oils for health, hemp seed oil resembles fish oil its high omega 3 and 6 concentration — this means it can improve CBD oil’s ability to fight inflammation.

Prevent Memory Loss

1. Lavender

Not to be outdone by CBD, lavender is back and ready to help fight many of the side effects of memory loss. Dementia is a frightening disease — losing your memory is so tragically difficult to mentally cope with by itself, but this isn’t all the happens. Anxiety and depression engulf those who suffer from memory loss and this is due to both physical and mental changes in the brain.

Whether directly inhaled, sprayed on linens, or used a massage oil, lavender will calm and help balance strong emotions and this makes it an important oil for fighting memory loss diseases.  

2. CBD oil

While inflammation starts out as a good self-defense mechanism, as we all know, things often go south with it. Inflammation of neural tissue is seen in many neurodegenerative diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s — research shows CBD can directly lower this type of inflammation. As well, CBD oil is rich with antioxidant properties that can kill free radicals that damage cells, age us faster, and cause illnesses.

CBD oil whether full spectrum or isolate — *see above* — can be used to create a variety of products from edibles to sprays to topicals. All use CBD oil as the base, and they are easy to make yourself at home — this way you can make edibles with your prefered dose.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary has been shown to stimulate brain activity and trigger improved functionality by promoting better memory. Because of these effects, it’s perfect to pair with lavender which can help with the anxiety and depression that comes along with memory loss. One study at the University of Northumbria looked at both rosemary and lavender separately when studying their effects on memory loss but saw how they could be utilized together for a more effective treatment.

Rosemary can be consumed in a number of fashions — even just breathing in the aroma from freshly cut rosemary can improve your health.

Fight Cancer

1. Lavender

Lavender can be an incredible help for many cancer patients as its calming effects can help with the mental exhaustion both cancer and chemotherapy bring along. Lavender’s active chemical, Linalool, was shown in a 2015 study to help against human melanoma cells. Last, studies have shown that it can help with both minor pain and improve the immune system — I wasn’t kidding when I said it was the queen of essential oils.

When looking for lavender, you’ll want to make sure it’s derived from real lavender or Lavandula angustifolia, instead of lavandin or Lavandula Intermedia — the latter is often used in perfumes and as an additive in lavender ES oil to create a cheaper but poorer-quality product.

2. Cannabis oil over CBD Oil

Since CBD oil appears on this list so many times, let’s change it up slightly this time — and it stokes the fire a bit, because why not?

You’ve probably heard the claim that cannabis or marijuana fights cannabis. Turns out stoners weren’t just blowing smoke as comprehensive research proves cannabis may fight cancer.

Cannabis fights tumor growth and development with its phytocannabinoids — CBD is one of those molecules. CBD and the vast majority of cannabinoids cannot produce a high. Now, there is one phytocannabinoid that does produce a high, and this is THC — when CBD is derived from hemp, it lacks THC and can’t get you high.

Preclinical studies show Both CBD and THC can target and turn off pathways that give cancer room to grow. Besides stopping their spread (metastasis), another cancer-fighting mechanism of phytocannabinoids includes inhibiting angiogenesis (blood cells that cancer cells signal for so they can grow).

While THC produces a high, many cancer patients in legal states will want to check it out as it goes above and beyond in multiple ways when fighting cancer — it really helps with the side effects of chemotherapy. Speaking of chemo; CBD oil and any oil should never be used as the sole treatment for fighting cancer. Small preclinical studies have shown cannabis can fight tumor cells, but not anywhere to the degree that radiation therapy and chemo do.

3. Fish Oil

We just can’t escape inflammation, can we? In fact, besides causing both arthritis and pain, inflammation is linked to a variety of cancers such as liver, lung, colorectal, and prostate.

Unfortunately, fish oil can’t kill cancer cells when they are already in the body, but it will help with the side effects of chemotherapy by reducing pain and discomfort. As well, it will help patients maintain both muscle mass and weight which is vital for successfully fighting off cancer.

If you don’t feel like taking fish oil capsules, simply eat seafood once or twice a week. Fish is wonderful for you — countries that consume more fish are frequently shown to have lower cancer rates. Just make sure to check out a mercury chart as some fish, like Albacore Tuna, can only be consumed once a month because humans have severely polluted their waters.

Improve Sleep

1. Vetiver

Derived from the roots of the perennial bunchgrass native to India, vetiver is well known for its calming and grounding effects on emotions — perfect for quieting those stupid late night thoughts and worries that keep us awake.

Vetiver can be inhaled, ingested, and applied as a topical — the smell is pungent and musky, so you may want to work your way up to it by using a lighter oil or slowing increasing the amount of vetiver you use at a time.  

2. Rose and Orange

You’ve already read how rose essential oil can help with anxiety and stress, so if these issues are plaguing your sleep, try combining some rose oil with a touch of orange oil. A 2014 study showed that when together, they produce notable sedative effects and reduced anxiety that lead to positive results for treating insomnia.

Honorable Mention #1: Lavender

Do let this fool you into thinking lavender isn’t the best for sleep — it probably is  — but just like CBD oil, we have covered this oil thoroughly already.

Honorable Mention #2: CBD oil

Again, this oil is great for sleep. Low and average doses won’t make you tired, but many people report sleeping better and feeling more rested in the morning. Cannabis oil with THC is better for sleep by far, however.

 



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