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Health Benefits Of Essential Oils

Have you heard about the latest trend in alternative medicine, essential oils? They’re actually more than just a passing fad. Essential oils have been used for over 6,000 years to complement various therapies designed to improve people’s health and mood. While they have been used on medicine, essential oils are more often found, and more effectively used in therapeutic and holistic forms of healing. Essential oils are derived from a variety of plants, fruits, roots, and other natural matter, and each oil contains its own unique set of properties that can boost your mood and enhance your bodily health. 

At Southern Natural, we believe in the therapeutic and holistic good that essential oils can do for people, which is why we’ve infused essential oils into many of our all-natural goat’s milk soaps and bath salts. Check out our online shop now to browse our collection of essential oil-infused offerings, and read on to learn more about how essential oils can benefit your body. 


What Are Essential Oils, Exactly?

To start, let’s more clearly define what essential oils are. The International Standards Organization, a global scientific organization, defines an essential oil as a “product obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.” In essence (pardon the pun), these oils are highly concentrated forms of plant, root, and citrus fruit material. 

Many essential oils have been found to have antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, which is likely what has contributed to their use in therapy and medicine throughout recorded history. However, essential oils, despite being naturally derived, are still chemicals, and can actually be harmful to you if used improperly. You can learn more about how to healthily incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle by checking out our blog, “How To Add Essential Oils To Your Health Routine”. 

Health Benefits Of Essential Oils

Essential oils can help improve your mood and relieve many uncomfortable things your body may be feeling. However, for serious medical issues or conditions, they should only be used to complement regular medical treatment of whatever you may be experiencing, not as a replacement for professional treatment. That being said, essential oils are often a great support for conventional treatment, and have been shown to reduce: 

  • Nausea
  • Bodily aches
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression symptoms
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Circulation issues
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Hair loss
  • Menopausal issues

Essential oils can also help soothe painful skin conditions like psoriasis, particularly when infused into skincare products like our gentle, moisturizing goat’s milk soap. Many users of essential oils claim they can help ease other common issues like cold symptoms and mouth pain, but we’ve decided to mention only the symptoms that scientific studies have found that essential oils help relieve. 


Unique Health Benefits

Beyond the relief essential oils can provide for many common issues, each essential oil has its own unique properties and corresponding set of unique benefits. We’ll discuss the unique benefits of a few of the essential oils infused into our handmade goat’s milk soap.

  • Lavender essential oil is used to increase relaxation and promote easier sleep. Many claim it also helps reduce headaches and migraines. 
  • Rosemary essential oil is said to boost your memory, ease muscle spasms, and support healthy circulation in your body. 
  • Lemongrass essential oil is often used to boost one’s mood, as it’s said to relieve stress and depression symptoms. 
  • Patchouli essential oil can reduce your level of body odor, reduce inflammation, fight water retention in your body, relieve constipation, and encourage faster healing in your body. 
  • Tea Tree essential oil is said to have antibacterial and disinfectant qualities, and is often infused into skincare products, like our goat's milk soap, to help reduce acne. 

Now that you know the health benefits you can derive from essential oils, why not pick up a handmade bar of essential oil-infused soap that can enhance your health as you wash up? Southern Natural proudly offers a wide range of essential oil-scented soaps to promote cleaner, healthier skin and total-body health. Browse our collection today to find the perfect scent for you!