The aroma of citrus, lavender, and peppermint soothe your senses as you walk into Urban Fitness Studio. Feelings of calmness and energy fill your mind as you breathe in the air. This is the state of mind that we would like to spread. We do so through the hand-selected essential oils that we diffuse in the studio.
Essential oils are derived from the unique essence of the given plant. For example, commonly used essential oils include orange, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender. Each one has its own effects on the human body, given their unique compound properties. Initially, the enzyme-bound essential oil is extracted from the flowers, trees, roots, or rinds through distillation and/or cold pressing (Shutes). Then, the aromatic chemicals are combined with a carrier oil to create the essential oil that is ready to be used.
The common use of essential oils includes the practice of aromatherapy and through a topical application on the skin. The effects of essential oil include ones of skin care, sickness, mood alteration, and even to help with some mental health issues. There are over 90 types of oils and even more types of blended options. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, a couple of common essential oils and their uses are as follows…
- Lavender – Stress, insomnia
- Rosemary – Mental activity, stress, antiseptic
- Peppermint – Clearing respiratory passages, decrease indigestion + nausea, eases headaches
- Orange – Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, decrease inflammation/ pain
- Lemon – Fights fevers, boosts immunity, clears respiratory passages
- Grapefruit – Stress, stimulate circulation, increase energy, improve digestion
- Lemongrass – treat digestive problems + high blood pressure, relieve stress
- Thyme – Clears respiratory passages, increases circulation, antiseptic
- Eucalyptus – Clears respiratory passages, eases muscle/ joint pain, kills lice
- Tea Tree – Antifungal, antiseptic, heals wounds
Although there are many benefits to using essential oils, there are also some dangers to their use. For example, essential oil should never be swallowed, used without diluting, or used before researching the specific one. Additionally, according to Michelson Found Animals, some oils such as lavender may have negative effects on animals.
However, when used properly and effectively, essential oils can create a big change in your health. At Urban Fitness Studio we use essential oils to help our trainers and guests feel their best. Feel free to ask our trainers about the uses of these oils and how you can acquire them for yourself. Currently, we use and offer a variety of essential oils from dōTERRA Essential Oils.
Surrounding yourself with the aromatic essence of essential oils will help you on your journey to becoming strong, happy, and healthy.
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Halcón, Linda. “Are Essential Oils Safe?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota , www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/aromatherapy/are-essential-oils-safe.
Shutes, Jade. “Exploring Aromatherapy.” NAHA, National Association for Holistic Health, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/what-are-essential-oils.