The Whats and Hows of Essential Oils

The Whats and Hows of Essential Oils

For years, people have believed in the power of essential oils, and now, they have entered the mainstream market with their ascending availability and perceived health advantages. Like any other country, essential oils in Australia have also gained momentum of late. This article elucidates the benefits of various types of essential oils. 

What exactly is an essential oil?

Essential oils can be made with liquid extracts of various plants that can potentially be beneficial. These plants can be used to extract valuable compounds through manufacturing processes.

Essential oil products are in high demand among Australian farmers, with more than 90% of the country’s natural oils being exported. Essential oils such as tea tree and lavender are concentrated extracts of plants that benefit not only traditional industries but also provide a steady source of income for those harvesting rarer native ingredients.

The Advantages of Using Essential Oils

People use essential oils directly on the skin in aromatherapy, a complementary medicine that uses smelling powers to improve one’s health.

Through various studies, Essential Oils have been seen to help in:

  • Improving mood
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving sleep
  • Eliminating bacteria and viruses
  • Reducing stress and pain
  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Reducing nausea
  • Relieving Headaches 

Essential oil extracts are used extensively for commercial purposes in Australia. Here are a few examples of how essential oils can be used:

Lavender essential oil

Lavender oil is gentle and beneficial to the body and has various applications. Most people apply it in aromatherapy by putting it in a bath or a diffuser, making a body spritzer or a room spray or combining it with a base oil to make body oil.

Pain, stress, and sleep can all benefit from lavender. Lavender was once used as a cleaning agent in various hospitals before antiseptics were discovered! 

Tea tree 

The most famous of them all, tea tree oil, is highly sought after by most consumers. Tea tree oil is full of benefits and can be used for its antiseptic or antifungal properties. 

Good quality essential oils in Australia have been highly sought after, and this industry is undoubtedly booming. Hence, in collaboration with the government, The Australian Tea Tree Industry Association has invested millions of dollars in developing and selecting the right seeds for the tea tree industry. 

Eucalyptus essential oil

Keeping eucalyptus essential oil readily available during the winter months is good. It helps clear a stuffy nose by widening the nasal passages and allowing for easier breathing.

Orange essential oil

Orange oil is extracted from the rinds of oranges. It is either diffused into the air, used as a natural cleaner around the house, or used topically on the skin. It helps destroy bacteria, reduces the level of anxiety, and acts as pain relief. 

Rosemary essential oil

Benefits of rosemary oil include improved brain function, hair growth, reduced stress and pain, improved mood, and reduced joint inflammation.

When combined with a carrier oil, rosemary oil can be safely used in aromatherapy, and it can also be applied topically to the skin. 

Bergamot essential oil

If one has had Earl Grey tea, they indeed have had bergamot. The oil’s fruity and floral aroma can be diffused or applied topically when used with a carrier oil. 

The market for essential oils in Australia is expanding at a rapid pace. North America imports roughly 40% of Australia’s oil, while Europe imports 50%. The Asian market is also becoming more interested. These metrics only show how people are interested in buying these oils after learning about their benefits.

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