Top 5 Indian essential oils and their benefits
Indian native essential oil benefits
India, the land of colors and food, diverse cultures, traditions, and ancient practices, prides itself on founding Ayurveda which dates back to 5000 BC. Ayurveda is the use of nature to enhance wellness and bring healing to the body and mind. From its lush green forests of the north to ‘Gods own country’ in the south, we bring the purest essential oils to help improve your lifestyle. Here is a list of the top 5 Indian native essential oils with promising medicinal values.
Wonder why Indians and curry leaves are inseparable? curry leaves are a native to India and they end up being added to every possible food item and with good reason. The luscious green leaves which are grown over most regions of India has a wide range of benefits. They are most commonly used to promote healthy and rapid hair growth. Curry leaves are rich in proteins and beta carotene which help improve the strength of follicles and roots, reducing hair loss. It additionally treats greying hair, restoring its original color. Being rich in antioxidants it treats dandruff and other scalp allergies. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil and apply it on the scalp and massage, let it stay for a couple of hours before you wash. It is also known to reduce stress and anxiety, bringing about a sense of calm and peace. Apply a few drops on your pillow or diffuse it with a carrier oil to reduce your stress and blues. Other curry essential oil benefits include its treatment of infection, wounds, cuts, and boils. Applying curry oil enhances healing and promotes regeneration.
Blends well with basil, clary sage, cinnamon, and cardamon
Rosewood essential oil- North Indian rosewood which is another native to India and Iraq is prized for its warm yet spicy aroma. Rosewood essential oil benefits include its prominent role in making soaps and deodorants. It is also a potent anti-depressant and a mood elevator. Rub 1-2 drops of oil on your palms and inhale directly or spritz it on your pillow before you hit the bed. Rosewood is used in the treatment of pimples and acne, additionally, it is used on the skin as a cleanser and toner. Mix 2-3 drops to a carrier oil and apply on the face or add to face wash and clean up products. Rosewood is an excellent antiseptic which helps in treating insect bites, cuts, and open wounds. It is also known to keep away insects and bugs. it can be diffused or sprayed once mixed with a carrier oil.
Blends well with citrus and floral scents
Pine essential oil -Extracted from the dense pine forests of the Himalayas, pine essential oil is one of the safest of essential oils. Most desirable of the Pine oil benefits include its anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties. It helps in reducing pain and swelling in the body hence it is most commonly used for massages, for arthritis and muscle fatigue to ease pain and improve circulation. Pine oil is a potent antibacterial oil hence is commonly used to fight off infection. It can be diffused or sprayed to keep the house germ free and healthy. It is a peerless skin rejuvenator, used it the treatment of wrinkles and sagging. It is also pet-friendly in that it repels the ticks and fleas. Add a few drops to the pet shampoo or spritz it along its fur. Further, Pine essential oil has an uplifting and refreshing fragrance to it which helps in overcoming low spirits and laziness.
Blends well with rosemary cedarwood and lavender
Indian basil- Commonly referred to as tulsi meaning the ‘chosen one’, and the ‘elixir of life’, you can guess why it is worshipped in India. The ‘holy basil’ holds religious values in India and most people can be seen drinking the ‘tulsi water’ which is considered a miracle healer. It is an important constituent of most ayurvedic medicines as it is used in treating asthma, stress, fever, diabetes and plenty other ailments. Studies prove that Indian basil reduces anxiety and stress by producing cortisol in the body. Also, it is known to help treat type 2 diabetes. Indian basil is rich in linoleic acid which is beneficial for the skin, it not only treats pimples and acne but reduces the chances of repeated breakouts. Additionally, it proves useful in maintaining uric acid thereby reducing the chances of developing kidney stones. Other Indian basil essential oil benefits include treatment for digestion, common cold, cough, nasal congestion, and depression. What makes it potent is its richness in vitamin A and C. There are plenty of research papers on the medicinal values of tulsi which make it a hard one to miss.
Blends well with lavender, geranium, cedarwood, rosemary and clary sage
Jasmine essential oil-Known as the “the queen of fragrances” for its alluring sweet fragrance, it is known as the love flower which sparks romance as it acts as an Aphrodite. It is predominantly used in making perfumes and soaps owing to its rich aroma. In India, you would find women adorning their hair with jasmine not only for its strikingly sweet aroma but also its ability to bring about a sense of peace and calm. Research says the calming effects of jasmine is as good as valium but without side effects. Other Jasmine oil uses are as an antiseptic, anti-depressant, a sedative, and a relaxant. It is useful in reducing scars and blemishes and also helps treat acne and prominent pimples. It can be diffused, inhaled directs in smaller quantity or used with a carrier oil.
Blends well with Frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot, rose and Helichrysum