For a long time, essential oils have been considered to be used for their medicinal and aromatic benefits. Essential oils are gathered by the process of distillation. Chemists have been using essential oils for various medicinal applications throughout history. There is a lot of research that is being undertaken currently on the medicinal benefits of these oils. There are a number of physical benefits that are associated with essential oils. Some of the benefits and uses are discussed in this article.
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Some oils, such as clary sage, geranium and thyme, help to balance out estrogen and progesterone levels in your body, which can improve conditions like infertility and PCOS, as well as PMS and menopause symptoms. A 2017 published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters indicates that geranium and rose have the ability to influence the salivary concentration of estrogen in women. This may be helpful for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms that are caused by declining levels of estrogen secretion. (2)
If you are frequently faced with digestive problems, it is a good idea to try treating your digestive problems with essential oils. Oils such as ginger, tarragon, peppermint and clove are some of the many essential oils that help in digestive problems by reducing inflammation, relaxing the muscles in the digestive tract and reducing the symptoms of nausea, upset stomach and bloating.
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Health benefits: This oil inhibits microbial growth, treats rheumatism and arthritis, protects against sepsis, tightens gums and muscles, and helps stop hair loss. It also reduces chances of hemorrhage, removes gas, improves circulation of blood and lymph, removes toxins, facilitates digestion, increases urination and subsequent removal of toxins. Furthermore, it purifies blood, reduces obstructed menstruation, soothes fever, reduces blood pressure, clears the bowels, stimulates functions, and restores uterine health.
A 2014 systematic review conducted at the University of Minnesota evaluated 15 quantitative studies, including 11 randomized controlled trials that examined the effects of essential oils on sleep. Researchers found that a majority of the study findings suggest a positive effect of oils on sleep deprivation and disturbances. Lavender oil was the most frequently studied oil and of all evaluated studies, no adverse events were reported. (20)
I made a concoction that kept cats from peeing in my bushes… Probably work for squirrles too. Put water and a couple drops of dish soap (to help it stick) in spray bottle… Add cayenne pepper, shake and spray. Or sometimes I just put the cayenne pper and some pepper flakes in dirt around and left it at that. If it rains you will have to re-apply, of course. Hope it helps.