Effects of Essential Oils
To benefit from essential oils, they need to be absorbed by the body. This can be over the skin as a massage, a compress or an embrocation, via the respiratory tract by inhalation or by ingestion. The active substances of the essential oils get into the blood circulation an reach the organs. By absorbtion via the skin essential oils work double: local on the skin and by absorbtion into the blood circulation.
Based on their different chemical composition, essential oils have different application areas e.g.:
Digestive system: e.g. Peppermint, Ginger, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender
Respiratory system: z.B. Eucalyptus globulus, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lemon, Myrtle
Immune system: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Benzoe, Lemon
All essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant and fungicidal properties.
Essential oils can have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving properties or stimulate blood flow.
Some oils like Lemongras or Rose Geranium work as a natural repellent.
The scent molecules were noticed by the sense of smell. The scents affect the limbic system, one of the oldest brain parts which is responsible for emotions, instinctive behaviour or the reward system. The hormon production is affected by this reaction, essential oils have relaxing, anti-depressive or stimulating effects on the psyche.