From herbs to trees, essential oils are extracted from all kinds of plants, hence the importance to explore each category of oils and understand their uses. While individual oils within groups may have similarities between them, each of them is unique. For example, herbal oils are a different category than spices. Herbal oils, according to experts, come from the leafy green part of a low-growing plant. Spice oils, on the other hand, come from the root, seed, stem, flower, fruit or bark of the plant. This leaves Lemongras, Basil, Cilantro, Melissa, Marjoram, Patchouli, Oregano, Spearmint, and Rosemary in the herb category.
Each of these herbal oils can be taken internally, and are great for adding taste to recipes. Besides cooking, herbal oils can also aid in digestion and support a healthy immune system.
When diffused, this oil promotes mental alertness and lessen anxious feelings. But it can also be rub into areas of your skin that need some soothing after a busy day. Some women have reported it to help easy feminine discomfort during menstruation.
In addition to providing a refreshing feeling after a long run, lemongrass (when combined with a carrier oil) can be applied to the skin to enhance a soothing massage.
This herbal oil is considered a powerful bodily cleanser and detoxifier when taken internally. It is also known to help eliminate unwanted odours when used in a room spray or diffuser.
When used topically or aromatically in a diffuser, Melissa oil promotes a feeling of relaxation. It can also help calm tension and nerves just by putting a few drops in your palms, inhaling deeply, or cupping them over your nose.
Marjoram is a herbal oil valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system. Some believe it can also promote a healthy cardiovascular system.
When used aromatically or topically, it has a grounding or balancing effect on emotions. You can also add a couple of drops to your facial routine to promote a smooth glowing complexion or add it to a lotion to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and skin imperfections.
In addition to supporting healthy respiratory function when taken internally, oregano is also a powerful cleansing agent when combined with water in homemade cleaners.
When added to water Rosemary can help reduce nervous tension and fatigue. You can also add a few drops to scalp and massage it to promote a full, healthy-looking hair.