Ocotea essential oil is extracted from the branches and leaves of an Ecuadorian tree. This essential oil has high levels of a compound called alpha humulene, a compound known to help aid the body’s natural defense to discomfort and irritation.
Ocotea essential oil benefits and uses can help you with a range of health issues. It’s one of the lesser known oils and I was fascinated by what I read when someone recommended it to me. If you’ve never heard of this oil take a read through some of the amazing health benefits in this article.
Young Living Ocotea Essential Oil
Young Living are one of the top essential oil companies along with doTerra. I wrote about these two companies and looked at how they produce their oils. I have a load of Young Living oils in my collection, they are blend really well with other oils and have a very strong and pure scent.
Ocotea Essential Oil Benefits and Uses
Aids Weight Loss
Essential oils will not help you lose weight on their own. But as part of a weight loss program ocotea can help reduce appetite, helping you crave food less and taking your mind off eating. Try diffusing this oil or adding a drop or two to a glass of water.
Reduces Skin Inflammation
One of the main uses of ocotea is to reduce skin inflammation. Itchy and inflamed skin can be incredibly frustrating to live with. This essential oil has strong natural healing properties which help to reduce inflammation.
Treats Foot Fungus
Foot fungus is fairly common, especially in the summer. Mix a few drops of ocotea essential oil with a carrier oil and massage into your feet to treat fungus and other irritating skin conditions on your feet.
Soothes Digestive Problems
If you suffer from IBS, indigestion, acidity, constipation, or other digestion problems then try either a drop or two of ocotea oil or breathing in the aroma from this oil. A lot of people find relief against some of these digestive issues.
Helps to Reduce Anxiousness
A lot of oils are very effective at helping reduce anxiety. Ocotea is one of these oils, it has a lovely warm and spicy aroma and healing properties. Make some time for yourself to relax and diffuse this oil to make the most of its anti-anxiety properties.
I just want to add – Anxiety is a serious health condition however and I don’t suggest ocotea is a substitute for clinical help. If you are really struggling with anxiety please seek professional help too, I know how anxiety can effect life as a whole.
Improves Hair Strength and Feel
Massaging ocotea into your hair will give you a look and feel not matched by chemically manufactured shampoos. Try mixing a drop or two with some olive oil for a natural hair treatment that leaves your hair looking and feeling great.
Helps Lower High Blood Pressure
Not to be used as a substitution for prescribed medicine. But as a compliment to help lower blood pressure ocotea is known to be effective. Diffuse around the home and enjoy the aroma to absorb its properties.
Ocotea Essential Oil Blends Well With
Ocotea essential oil blends well with other spicy oils, such as the following:
Ways to Use Ocotea Essential Oil
Here are three methods of suggested use:
Aromatic – This is a great oil to use in a diffuser, I use the Anton Pilgrim Diffuser but any model will do just fine. It has a really pleasant scent and a lot of the benefits discussed above are best achieved through diffusing.
Internally – This essential oil can be taken internally though a capsule or by adding drop to a drink of water.
Topically – You can apply ocotea topically by mixing with a carrier oil and massaging into areas with skin irritations and inflammation, or as a massage oil over the body.
Ocotea Essential Oil Side Effects and Precautions
There are no know side effects when used correctly. Always use therapeutic grade oils as recommended here and use them as directed on the bottle.
Never use essential oils topically without diluting or mixing them with a carrier oil. You can use ocotea essential oil topically with a carrier oil, it provides a nice warm and spicy massage experience.
Please be aware that some oils can cause allergic reactions. It’s extremely rare that you will experience a serious reaction, but if you experience adverse effects from using an oil stop using it immediately and seek medical advice.
I don’t advise ingesting oils as it’s potentially very dangerous. You can however take ocotea in a capsule form, I covered ingesting oils in a post here if you want further information on this topic however.
Discovering new essential oils has become both a passion and a fascination of mine. I loved discovering all these ocotea essential oil benefits and uses and trying them out.
The scent is best described as warm and spicy. But it’s hard to describe without smelling it first hand, I recommend try this oil out and would love to hear your thoughts, just drop me a comment below and share your experience with others if you have a moment.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.