5 essential oils

5 Most Popular Essential Oils

Essential oils have penetrated into various fields today. In the olden days, these oils were used only for aromatherapy or for treating physical ailments. Today, the scope of these highly effective essential oils has widened so much that we find them being used almost in all our daily tasks. Some of these oils are considered to be safe for new-born babies and pets as well. A few rare oils can also be consumed internally to treat various kinds of disorders. With a wide variety of applications and types of these oils, you have to be aware of some of the most popular oils that we use on a regular basis and their characteristics. Read on to know more about this.

  1. Bergamot

Though this oil has its roots in South East Asia, it is found in plenty in Italy. This oil has a citrus flavour and is extracted as a result of fruit rind pressing. One of the most common applications of this oil is in making perfumes. It is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils available in the market. Extracted from the fruit of the Citrus Bergamia tree, this oil should be diluted before being used anywhere, as it can burn one’s skin if applied directly.

  1. Chamomile

This relaxing essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Chamomile plant as a result of  steam distillation process. When you look for these oils in the stores, you may come across two types in these – Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile. Both of these types have almost similar characteristics. You read the instructions carefully while using these oils as most of these types are prohibited for use by pregnant women.

  1. Jasmine

This oil is considered to be quite expensive because it is extracted from the Jasminum grandiflorum, which is grown only in some parts of China. Jasmine oil is known for its exotic fragrance. Hundreds of thousands of jasmine flowers are subject to solvent extraction method in a phased manner to produce about one ounce of jasmine oil. Due to the rare nature of this plant and the complexity of extraction procedures, this is one of the most expensive oils in the market today.

  1. Lemon

Lemon oil is another popular essential oil that we use for our mental and physical health, aromatherapy, beauty treatments and various household uses. When the fruits of Citrus Limonum tree are peeled through cold expression methodology, lemon oil is extracted.  The most significant feature of this oil is its aroma.

  1. Lavender

This is one of the most common yet one of the most useful essential oils that we use on a daily basis for a variety of purposes. Lavender flowers undergo steam distillation process after which we can extract lavender oil from them. It is one of the most ancient oils and has been used from time immemorial for relaxation of mind, body and soul. One of the major highlights of this oil is that it is suitable for people of all age groups. There have been only rare instances where people have reported allergic reactions due to the use of this oil.