Essential Oils Uses

Essential oils carry the physical properties of flowers and plants in a highly concentrated form. They are, in short, the essence of the plant and can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. The particles in essential oils, which come from various parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves or bark, can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin and their use can be traced back for thousands of years. Essential oils were even used in ancient Egyptian times, and were made by soaking plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

Most essential oils have antibacterial qualities and have varying physical and emotional effects depending on the oil, such as stimulation, relaxation, pain relief and healing. The most common ways to use essential oils include:

Aromatherapy
Massaging them (blended with a carrier oil) into the skin
Adding them to bathwater
Using them in a compress
Burning them in a diffuser

In The Maker’s Diet, Dr. Jordan Rubin recommends 14 essential oils that have unique healing properties. He suggests putting five to 10 drops (total) of these “top healing oils” into a warm bath for a real “healing treat.” Below you will find five beneficial essential oils along with their uses. I encourage you to check out The Maker’s Diet to learn more about some of the more exotic, but highly effective, essential oils available.

I’d also like to point out that essential oils are not the same thing as fragrance oils. Essential oils come from plants while fragrance oils are artificially created and often contain synthetic chemicals. While they may smell good and are typically less expensive, they will not give you the therapeutic benefits of organic essential oils–and you don’t want to be inhaling any synthetic chemicals! So, please be sure that the essential oil you use is of the highest quality and 100 percent pure.

Sandalwood*
This scent is woody and floral, rich and sweet, and is used for:

Low self-esteem
Insecurity
Stress
Enhanced sleep
Female reproductive and endocrine health
Urinary tract infections
Bronchitis
Stretch marks
Depression
Laryngitis
Sensitive skin

Cedarwood
Has a slightly sharp, woody and sweet aroma that is useful for:

Anxiety
Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, dandruff and dermatitis
Arthritis
Bronchitis
Coughing
Cystitis
Stress
Insect repellant
Hair loss
Tuberculosis
Gonorrhea

Peppermint
This well-known minty fragrance is used for:

Mental fatigue
Nausea
Headache
Exhaustion
Vertigo
Asthma
Flatulence
Sinusitis

Lavender
The scent is fresh, sweet, and floral and is used for:

Anxiety
Depression
Irritability
Mental fatigue
Panic attacks
Stress
Oily skin
Bruises
Stretch marks
Earache
Chickenpox
Hypertension
Vertigo
Whooping cough
Flatulence

Frankincense
This has a woody, spicy and slightly fruity smell and is used for:

Insecurity
Grief
Immune system stimulation
Cancer
Depression
Allergies
Headache
Herpes
Brain damage from head injuries
Panic Attacks
Anxiety
Asthma
Coughing
Bronchitis
Scars
Stress
Stretch marks, stress

Caution: Essential oils can produce very strong and significant changes in tiny amounts. They must be used with caution, especially during pregnancy. It is important to consult someone knowledgeable in aromatherapy before experimenting with these oils.

* Although sandalwood is a beneficial oil, the trees must be felled to collect the product and there has been much over-harvesting. Indian sandalwood is controlled by the Indian government, which allows a limited amount of the essential oil to be traded on the world market. However, due to its high value sandalwood may be produced illegally without replanting programs in place. There is concern that this oil should be on the endangered list and many essential oil producers are contemplating not selling it, so you may want to seek an alternative oil, such as Western Australian sandalwood.

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege

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Mystieria

A school psychologist, wife and mother of twins who enjoys music, reading, psychology and learning.

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