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Essential oils: Not only are they good for skin, they have health benefits as well

Essential oils can be very good for our skin. Additionally, these oils (Jojoba oil, Chamomile and Lavender oil to name a few) can have other health benefits as well.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 22, 2017 11:32 IST
The health benefits of essential oils are many, say experts.
The health benefits of essential oils are many, say experts.(Shutterstock)

Oiling the body routinely through the year has many health benefits and if, we were to opt for essential oils, the benefits are manifold. Essential oils like Jojoba oil and Calendula extract not only work wonders for the skin, if applied religiously, they also have impressive health benefits, says an expert. Ghazal Alagh of MamaEarth lists their benefits.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties. (Shutterstock)

1) Jojoba oil is very effective at balancing skin condition, preventing it from becoming too dry or oily.
2) It has antibacterial properties. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin.
3) It also acts as moisturiser, relieving itching and dryness. It forms a protective layer over the skin, forming a barrier to external irritants, which can be an advantage in the case of eczema.

Calendula extract

Calendula oil helps in healing. (Shutterstock)

1) Some of the most impressive health benefits of Calendula include its ability to speed heal and improve the appearance of the skin.
2) It also boosts vision and reduces inflammation.

Lavender essential oil

To avoid any sort of difficult situation at work place, rub lavender oil on your wrist and temples. This will keep you calm.

1) Not only is Lavender oil soothing, it helps one sleep better as well.
2) It is also used to disinfect scalp and skin. It has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
3) It also promotes hair growth and treats various hair problems like hair loss, dandruff etc.

Chamomile oil

Chamomile oil is a natural cure for eczema. (Shutterstock)

1) Roman Chamomile promotes a smooth and healthy skin. It has been used as a natural remedy for eczema, wounds, ulcers, skin irritations, bruises, burns and even skin conditions like cracked nipples and diaper rash.
2) It has anti-spasmodic properties which allow soothing of menstrual cramps and body aches that are commonly associated with PMS.

Lemon Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is good for treating respiratory problems. (Shutterstock)

1) Eucalyptus helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful micro-organisms that can make you feel sick.
2) Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and even tuberculosis.
3) Eucalyptus oil has anti-microbial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes. It also heals bug bites and stings.

Important facts: Make sure you dilute the essential oil in any carrier oil before using it as undiluted essential oil can cause redness and irritation on the skin.

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