Although many of us have been programmed to turn to the medicine cabinet for relief from aches and pains, more people than ever are seeking the natural power of healing essential oils.
Healing Essential Oils
Healing essential oils provide stimulating, relaxing, cleansing scents from Mother Earth in that can be beneficial to overall health and wellness.
As a matter of fact, these oils have been around since Biblical times and come from as many different plant sources as there are applications and uses.
Known as aromatherapy, therapeutic applications of healing essential oils from plants include treatment for headaches, nausea, fatigue, pain relief, and inflammation, just to name a few.
Diffusing is one of the most common ways to deliver oil scents, requiring minimal preparation and only one tool – a diffuser.
Filled with water and a few drops of essential oil, this powerful little machine plugs in and emits a soothing vapor stream into the air, much like a humidifier. Without much adieu, the charge in the air takes on a more peaceful and uplifting aroma.
The most common application of essential oils is topically, or directly on the skin. Because oils are made from the potency of the plant, it is highly suggested that a carrier oil is used as a base to dilute the strength of oils applied to skin.
I like unrefined coconut oil or even high-grade olive oil as carrier oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil for use on the skin.
Oral ingestion of essential oils is also possible. But be aware that not all oils are food grade, or meant for consumption.
Do your research. Search for “food-grade essential oils” and look for the words “pure and non-synthetic.” These oils can be added to recipes, drinking water, or placed in a gel capsule to swallow.
Choose the Right Essential Oil
What oils do I choose? It’s key to remember what flavors or aromas you gravitate toward that evoke good feelings.
These oil selections can elicit a reset response in your brain, so to speak. As a result, a shift and mood and ideas can occur.
Three oils that repeatedly stand the test of time and deliver medicinal results are lemon, peppermint and lavender.
Lemon is internally cleansing for your liver. Externally, it can be used to deodorize the garbage disposal.
Lavender oil is a soothing remedy for sunburns and blisters. Placed on the bottom of your feet where your pores are the largest, lavender oil is excellent for relaxation and sleep.
Peppermint oil eases belly aches after an indulgence of overeating. It also can alleviate a tension headache when applied to the temples. These examples are a small list of effective uses.
10 Most Popular Essential Oils
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy lists these oils as the the 10 most popular and common therapeutic uses:
1. Roman Chamomile – antispasmodic, menstrual cramps, sedative, anxiety/stress, anti-inflammatory
2. Clary Sage – antispasmodic, menstrual cramps, aphrodisiac, relaxing, anxiety/stress
3. Eucalyptus Globulus – expectorant, decongestant, beneficial for flu/cold season, clearing the mind, bronchitis
4. Eucalyptis Radiata – expectorant, colds and flu, antiviral
5. Fennel – digestive, menstrual irregularities, antimicrobial
6. Frankincense – immune system, inflammation of skin, cell regenerative
7. Geranium – PMS, hormonal imbalance, antimicrobial, nerve pain
8. Ginger – digestive support, constipation, nausea, anti-inflammatory, pain
9. Helichrysum – cell regenerative, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, bruises and swelling
10. Lavender – calming, reduces anxiety, wound healing, burns, insect bites, skin care
While, there are hundreds of essential oils on the market, it is important to pay close attention to quality. The purity of oils available at big-box stores versus the oils available through a naturopath or other aromatherapy expert can be significant.
Finally, if you still have questions, seek the advice of a naturopathic physician, massage therapist, or other professional for guidance. Online resources include: