My interest in essential oils lies in my desire to connect the mind and body. Harmony in the body has the ability to bring peace of mind. For many centuries, individuals have been using essential oils for their healing properties. They were even used as an antibiotic during the outbreak of the plague, with cinnamon and sandalwood. Right now, essential oils are bringing ancient traditions to modern use. Not only are essential oils very therapeutic, but they also provide anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.
So, what are essential oils? Essential oils are an oil that is naturally distilled from leaves, stems, flowers or other elements of plant. They are highly concentrated, and a little goes a long way. Since essential oils are completely natural, they cannot be patented. This means that you’ll never see an essential oil in a pharmaceutical drug. And because of this, you’ll never have a conventional healthcare practitioner recommend essential oils to you as a therapeutic alternative to drugs. (If you do, kudos to you, you have a great, well educated medical doctor!!)
I’m not suggesting essential oils should be used to completely replace medical drugs in times of poor health, but I just feel like there is a lot of good work that oils can do for the body and they can work in preventive ways, so that maybe the use of medical drugs won’t even be necessary. Essential oils can also be used together as a balance if you are prescribed some medical drugs.
It is interesting to note that essential oils and medical drugs work in opposite ways. First of all, essential oils bring healing without any negative side effects. Also, drugs toxify the body whereas oils work to detoxify the body. Drugs clog and confuse receptor sites, while oils work to clean receptor sites. Drugs depress the immune system while oils work to strengthen the immune system. Antibiotics attack bacteria, killing both the good and the bad. Oils attack only the harmful bacteria, allowing the healthy bacteria to flourish. Drugs create disharmony and an unbalance in the body, while oils address the cause of disease, without harming the balance of the body. This is an interesting chart with more comparisons between essential oils and pharmaceuticals.
Here is a list of some of my favourite oils that I use on a regular basis, and what each one is helpful towards.
- Lavender Bacterial and anti-fungal. Treats skin disorders, kills hair parasites, improves digestion, improves blood circulation and improves sleep.
- Lemongrass Helps inflammation, helps with hair loss, kills internal and external bacteria, brings down fever.
- Peppermint Relives upset stomach, works as a decongestant, pain reliever, helps nausea, helps cracked lips, helps manage stress, helps promote focus and concentration
- Tea Tree Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, treats skin rashes, treats fungal infections such as warts and athletes foot, helps acne, relieves chest ingestion, treats bacterial infections
- Eucalyptus Used as an anti-septic, treats inflammation, treats respiratory tract, coughs, asthma, treats sinus pain, helps colds and mucous, acts as an insect repellent.
- Chamomile Helps to reduce stress and anxiety, helps sleeping and reduces headaches.
- Rosemary Helps to raise low blood pressure, great for circulatory problems, helps promote focus and concentration.
- Oregano Oil Powerful cleansing and purifying agent, anti-septic, helps respiratory health, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antioxidant.
- Geranium Skin care, hormone balance, stress and anxiety, promote healthy skin
- Frankincense Immune and respiratory support, relieves aches and pains, helps build and maintain a healthy immune system, promotes feelings of peace.
- Basil Mental clarity and concentration, digestive aid, pain reliever and soothes sore muscles.
- Wintergreen Soothes achy muscles and joints, promote healthy respiratory function.
- YlangYlang Helps to balance hormones, lifts mood while having a calming effect, heals achy and maintains skin moisture.
There are many ways to use each type of essential oils, but here is a list of some of my favourite home remedy uses.
Migraine Relief Mix lavender and peppermint oil and apply to your temples
Energize your Workout Inhale peppermint oil to improve fatigue
Help Sinusitis Add eucalyptus into a diffuser and inhale to help clear nasal passageways
Treat bruise 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of frankincense mixed with hot water. Apply to affected area.
Improve focus and concentration Inhale peppermint oil
Relieve PMS Mix sage, basil and rosemary onto a hot towel and place it on your abdomen
Relieve Sore Muscles Eucalyptus, wintergreen and cypress mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and apply it to muscles.
Kick a Cold 3 drops of oil of oregano mixed with water, 3X daily
Improve Circulation 10 drops of grapefruit oil in a warm bath
Improve Allergies Rub lavender and frankincense on your palms and inhale to relieve itchy eyes and throat.
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Essential Oils are a great way to put you on the path to wellness. Because you only need a few drops at a time, a small bottle will last you quite a long time. Be sure to always buy 100% certified organic essential oils, as you don’t want to be exposed to toxic agricultural chemicals!