5 Hep C-Friendly Essential Oils for Valentine’s Day

HCV News LogoWhen customized for someone with Hepatitis C, essential oils can make a Valentine’s Day celebration extra special.

Valentine’s Day means something different for everyone, but most agree that this winter holiday is all about love. Celebrating love is frequently expressed with sentimental cards, flowers and chocolates – but rarely stops there. Whether for yourself or someone else, tapping into the power of scents is a popular way to make Valentine’s Day memorable. In addition to improving mood, many essential oils also benefit the physical health of those with Hepatitis C – a combo that demonstrates how much you really care.

Essential Oils
Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. An essential oil is a liquid distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, root or other elements of a plant. These highly concentrated aromatic liquids can provide valuable therapeutic benefits.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for psychological and physical well-being. Although essential oil-based therapy dates back to about 4500 BC, modern aromatherapy originated in Europe in the early 1900s. The oils are typically diluted in a carrier such as a neutral oil, alcohol or lotion, and may be:

  • applied topically to the skin
  • diffused or sprayed into the air
  • inhaled
  • added to bath water

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some essential oil benefits include:

  • increasing relaxation
  • improving concentration
  • boosting mood
  • strengthening the immune system
  • opening respiratory passageways
  • aiding digestion
  • improving liver function



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