Ocotea essential oil comes from the Ocotea quixos plant, native to Colombia and Ecuador. Amazonian tribes prize this evergreen tree for its anti-inflammatory properties. So it’s no surprise that it is making a comeback in modern natural therapies as well. Read on to learn about the chemical composition of Ocotea and its everyday uses.
Ocotea belongs to the Lauraceae (laurel) family of trees. These trees are prized for their fragrance and sturdy wood as well as for producing copious essential oil. The oil has a mild cinnamon aroma, resulting from its primary chemical constituents, trans-cinnamaldehyde and methylcinnamate. Additionally, it contains a significant amount of 1,8-cineole and alpha-humulene, as well as smaller percentages of benzaldehyde, and β-selinene.
- Trans-cinnamaldehyde is a powerful anti-inflammatory – especially for the digestive system – because of its ability to protect gastric mucosa. It also has antioxidant abilities and reduces reactive oxygen species and the free radical nitric oxide.
- Likewise, methylcinnamate has similar potent anti-inflammatory characteristics with limited side effects.
- 1,8-cineole, also known as eucalyptol, supports the immune system. Have concerns about eugenol? Check out this post to learn more.
- Studies reveal systemic anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties of the sesquiterpene alpha-humulene in mice.
Ways to Use Ocotea Essential Oil
Calm the Mind
The spicy, warm aroma of ocotea is helpful for calming a racing mind. Place a few drops in your palms, cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply. Focus on releasing chaos and errant thoughts when you exhale.
Support the Throat Chakra
At a loss for words or nervous about a difficult conversation? Opening the throat chakra not only improves clear communication, but also provides courage and assertiveness. Apply a drop or two of ocotea on your throat and inhale the aroma to open this chakra. Check out this post to learn more about essential oils and chakras.
Ocotea may help the body with the metabolism of carbohydrates. Avoid the bloat and use it prior to a large meal, especially if you plan to eat a lot of carbs.
Curb a Sugar Craving
Trying to kick a sugar habit? Ocotea is wonderful for curbing those cravings. Massage a bit of ocotea into the the P6 acupressure point on the inside of the wrist. This point, also called the Nei Guan point in Chinese medicine, governs cravings and addictions. Many people report inhalation as the most effective way to curb a craving, so be sure to inhale the aroma as well.
Another way to enjoy these benefits of ocotea is in Slique Tea!
Reduce Skin Irritations
Alpha humulene may alleviate minor irritation and itching. Therefore, applying ocotea to areas of irritated, itchy skin may bring some relief.
Soothe Tired Feet
Are your feet sore and tired after a long day? Then add a few drops of ocotea to a massage oil for a relaxing foot rub. The anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe and relax muscles.
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