by Elise Morgan
Essential oils may seem like the unicorn of the medical world. The essential oil industry’s list of
assets is vast, intriguing, and honestly – pretty confusing, leaving many of us asking, “Are these
plant extracts actually effective?” The answer that has repeatedly been proven through science
and research is “yes”.
Although the use of essential oils may sound new to us, they have actually been used for
thousands of years by our ancestors to enhance physical and mental well-being throughout
their daily lives. So how, exactly, can essential oils help you?
1. Fight off sickness
Some essential oils like cinnamon and eucalyptus are known to help the body stimulate
the growth of white blood cells. This results in a boosted immune system and a healthier
As an added bonus – if you’re already feeling sick, using a diffuser can increase the
needed humidity in the air to relieve your cough and sinus pressure.
2. Sleep better
Getting a good night’s rest is an essential part to our body’s health and wellness, but
sometimes a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In fact, the CDC has reported that 1
in 3 Americans are not getting enough sleep at night, leading to researchers and other
professionals to turn to essential oils for support.
At the very basis of their usages, essential oils have relaxing properties that can help
almost any night owl get a good night’s sleep. Chamomile and lavender are the most
well-known for assisting us in our sleep, helping our mind and body start to relax and
wind-down for bed.
3. Safer than candles
If you love candles for the aromas that they give off but are worried about an open
flame in your home, essential oils may be a more suitable option for you.
With an essential oil diffuser, you can continue your aromatherapy practices while you
sleep without having your mind constantly worry about the potentially hazardous
situations that candles bring, such as burns, wax spills, or even having your pet knock it
4. Increase Your Energy
When we don’t wake up feeling refreshed, we often turn to (multiple) cups of coffee to
combat our lethargies. Oftentimes, this may not be the healthiest option for us, as
coffee can sometimes lead to headaches, a rise in blood pressure, and in some cases, an
increased risk of heart attacks.
To completely eliminate these effects from coffee, consider using essential oils that will
increase vitality and reduce fatigue. Some great essential oils for boosting energy are
peppermint, grapefruit and lemongrass.
If you haven’t yet hopped on the essential oil train, it’s not too late – the market size in the US
is valued at $3.36 billion and is only growing, with an expected growth rate of 9% from 2016 to
2024. If you’re looking for a technique that will leave you sleeping better, feeling more
energized, and is all-around safer than traditional methods, essential oils might just be the right
option for you.