I love essential oils. The way they smell, the way they make you feel. I use them personally as well as part of a massage protocol for clients.
It’s also fun to experiment with them to see which ones you like. But, besides smelling them did you know that there are actual healing properties associated with certain oils (besides the usual lavender)?
Different ways you can use essential oils: in a burner or vaporizer, blended massage oil, bath, cream, lotions, and in some cases a mouthwash.
Note: Never apply undiluted essential oils to skin. Make sure they are diluted well in a carrier oil such as olive, almond, evening primrose, jojoba, coconut, or avocado oil. Avoid mineral oil, which is a byproduct of petroleum production – it’s synthetic, clogs pores, prevents the skin from breathing naturally, and prevents essential oil absorption. Do not overuse essential oils as all essential oils have the possibility of causing adverse reactions such as headaches and nausea when overused. If used daily, to keep adverse reactions from occurring, or to a minimum, it is advised to rotate the oils used every two weeks. Never ingest essential oils without proper consultation with a qualified professional such as a certified clinical aromatherapist. If used as a mouthwash or gargle ensure proper dilution as well as proper spitting techniques are utilized to ensure minimal swallowing.
Here are 7 very versatile essential oils for natural health and wellbeing:
1. Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
If you like the smell of apples you will like the scent of Roman Chamomile. Its properties include analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral. Roman Chamomile oil has been used to help relieve nausea, vomiting, earaches, colic, headaches, anorexia, heartburn, gas, anxiety, inflammation from cuts or hemorrhoids on the skin, eczema, addiction, gingivitis (swollen gums), abscesses, tonsillitis, allergies, arthritis, colic, dysmenorrhea, insect bites, insomnia, PMS, sores, sprains and strains, postpartum depression, and stress management.
2. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint oil has analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic properties. The main component of peppermint oil is menthol, which may help with such conditions as colds, coughs, bronchitis, and respiratory and sinus congestion. It is a soothing oil and is also known to improve your concentration and help reduce anxiety associated with depression. In addition, it has been used to relieve toothaches, bad breath, gum infections, indigestion, tension headaches, skin irritations, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
3. Ylang Ylang (pronounced ee-lahng ee-lahng) (Cananga odorata)
Some of the properties of this sweet smelling oil are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antifungal. It also is an aphrodisiac, an antiseptic, disinfectant, and may be used as a sedative. All of these components make this oil an excellent choice to help with panic, fear, depression, relaxation, anxiety, stress management, skin inflammation and irritations like cuts, abrasions, and burns, low sex drive or impotence, hypertension, fatigue, and insomnia.
4. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Frankincense makes a great choice of oil for the holidays thanks to its woody and spicy aroma. Its properties include analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic. It makes a wonderful skin tonic and is effective as an anti-aging regimen and reducing oily skin. It’s been used in healing scars, sores, carbuncles, wounds, and other skin inflammation. It can also help soothe and calm the mind. Other conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, laryngitis, heavy menses, rheumatism, exhaustion, and nightmares can benefit from this oil. A separate extract form of frankincense (known as Boswellia serrata) can be found in capsule/tablet form to use to aid in digestion disorders such as Crohn’s and colitis.
5. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot essential oil is part of the family of citrus oils, which makes it phototoxic and gives it its citrus scent. Being phototoxic means that using bergamot on your skin, even diluted, can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible when using this oil. Despite this small precaution, bergamot oil has many wonderful properties including analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antibiotic. It may help with conditions such as depression (including postpartum and seasonal affective disorder), stress management, tension, fear, hysteria, skin infections and conditions like eczema, oily skin, acne, cold sores, wounds and psoriasis, anorexia, and PMS.
6. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree has a spicy, but pungent scent and is antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral. It can be used to green clean and also makes a great addition to soaps, creams, lotions, and deodorants. You may benefit from using tea tree oil if you have conditions like the flu, a cough or a cold, cold sores, bronchial congestion, asthma, sinusitis, whooping cough, and dandruff. It’s also helpful for vaginal thrush, herpes, and other general genital infections, and skin infections like abscesses, acne, burns, oily skin, athlete’s foot, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds. Also, gum infections, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, throat infections and tonsillitis can be relieved with tea tree oil.
7. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
With its strong scent, rosemary oil is an analgesic, antiarthritic/antirheumatic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, a decongestant, and an aphrodisiac! This powerful oil may help clear the mind, stimulate the brain, and improve memory. It may also help headaches and/or migraines, intestinal infections, diarrhea, colitis, dyspepsia, gas, and jaundice. Rosemary oil may also help relieve the pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, and muscle pain, aches, and spasms. It may even help with varicose veins, hair growth, dermatitis, eczema, and acne.
Soooo many oils, sooooo many benefits! What oils do you use and why? Please share!
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