Lilac Essential Oils
While many essential oils are now being used in the United States many wonderful oils are still relatively unknown. Lilac essential oil is
one of these pretty much unknown oils that can be extremely beneficial for aromatherapy and natural healing. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their healing properties in many cultures. They are normally inhaled in some way or applied topically but not usually taken internally.
Lilac is a type of shrub or small tree that is a part of the Oleaceae botanical family. It usually grows to about four to five feet high but can grow as high as twenty feet. The plant has deep green leaves that are usually oval or heart shaped and blooms with large groupings of small flowers. The flowers are most commonly white or purple, although some varieties have different colored flowers. The plant is native to Eastern Europe and Persia but grows well in many areas of the United States.
Lilac essential oils are extracted by steam distillation. Steam distillation is a process that involves heating the relevant part of the plant. This releases the oil as a vapor which is then condensed into the essential oil. Lilac essential oils are produced by using the dried leaves and the fruit.
Common Uses of Lilac Essential Oil
The therapeutic properties of an essential oil depend mainly on the chemical composition. Lilac essential oil contains many healing properties including anti-periodic, febrifuge and tonic. It has many medicinal uses. Some of the most common uses are:
- Fever reducer
- Malaria treatment
- Calming for expectant mothers
- Chakra balancing
- Spine problems
- Parasitic intestinal worms
- Kidney disease
Lilac essential oil has also been used as a replacement for aloe for skin conditions such as rashes, sunburns and minor cuts or abrasions. It is most commonly used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions and bath salts due to its strong, beautiful fragrance and its calming properties.
By blending essential oils you can create a chemical reaction that allows the oils to blend and each oils properties are enhanced and the new compound may help other conditions than what can be done with just a single essential oil. Lilac essential oil also blends well with lavender, lily and freesia for a variety of other healing remedies.
Lilac essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Many essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.
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