For thousands of years essential oils have been used to heal and help stop health conditions. Used by ancient Egyptians, mentioned in the Bible, and used by traditional medicine men in many cultures, these oils have innumerable healing properties. There are over 90 different essential oils used for their medicinal benefits around the world, and are derived from things like flowers, seeds, stems, peels, wood and leaves and roots of plants. You can breathe them in, apply them topically to your skin or even ingest some of them, but you should do some research before use as some may cause skin irritation, or could be toxic if consumed. We are seeing more essential oils that like doTERRA using only organic compounds in their essential oils.
Dr. David Jockers believes these oils to be very powerful. He suggests the use of lemon and orange for their “anti-microbial properties that destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi.” These citrus essential oils also improve microcirculation throughout the body. He also states that clove and cinnamon have the most anti-oxidants. “Two drops of essential oil of clove and four drops of cinnamon oil have the anti-oxidant capacity of five pounds of carrots, 2.5 quarts of carrot juice, 10 oranges, 20 ounces or orange juice, 2.5 pounds of beets, one pint of beet juice, four cups of raspberries or 2.5 cups of blueberries.”
Essential oils are used extensively in the field of aromatherapy, which has proven effective in helping with aesthetic, psychological and physical conditions. They “are put into a distiller and placed over water. As the water is heated, the steam penetrates the plant material and vaporizes the volatile compounds. These vapors then travel through a coil and condense back into a liquid which is collected in a receiving vessel.” Steam inhalation of these oils is not recommended for those with asthma, but is helpful with respiratory conditions and congestion from a cold or flu. Natural News lists the most effective oils for inhalation as angelica, cedar, chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, hyssop, juniper, lemon, lemon grass, mountain pine, myrtle, niaouli, ocean pine, sage, tea tree and thyme.
Natural News supports the use of essential oils to relieve aches and pains. Though you might think the best way to obtain their benefits is topically to the painful area but nearly every essential oil should be diluted before you apply it to your skin. Basically what you do is put 10 drops of the essential oil into carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Then you can add these diluted blends to a bathtub of warm water to have an aromatherapy bath, or massage the aching area of your body with the blend. If you soak a cloth in warm water that you’ve added a few drops of the essential oil(s) of choice, you can use it as a compress for pain relief.
Natural News reports on the healing properties of these oils and says that Lavender is the most popular due to its versatile healing properties. It can be put directly on the skin, but you should never ingest it. A natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory agent and anti-depressant, Lavender is traditionally used for burns, headaches, canker sores, bites, stings, and athlete’s foot and many other conditions. It is also great for relaxation.
So whatever your ailment, there will likely be an essential oil to help relieve your discomfort. Whether you use a few drops on your pillow to help with insomnia or rub an essential oil blend to ease a painful, tight chest, essential oils can provide you with pleasing and soothing results. Livestrong.com published a list on the different ways to use pure essential oils, and mentions the importance of always using organic oils. The natural materials that make up these oils have never been exposed to things like pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or other potentially dangerous chemicals and are the best way to get the benefits you’re hoping for.
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