This essential oil provides a sweet-woody, balsamic aroma that is calming, stress-relieving and antidepressant. The euphoric, though grounding psychological effects of this oil help facilitate a sense of well-being and stability. Hence, this oil is often used for meditation and yoga. Preliminary findings by Japanese researchers have found that inhalation of this oil increases human brain alpha-wave activity-a sign of relaxation. In addition, this oil has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a topical remedy for inflammatory and eruptive skin diseases. This oil is commonly added in skin treatments for acne and eczema and for soothing sensitive, irritated skin that is cracked or chapped. This oil's astringent qualities also make it effective as a topical remedy for relieving piles and varicose veins.
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