Essential oils contain therapeutic properties and work to support the body’s own ability to heal. When used correctly, these volatile oils may be used to take the place of conventional over the counter remedies.
The healing properties of essential oils are so minute that they are easily absorbed when placed on the skin. The health benefits, of essential oils, are derived from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils are growing in popularity as more people experience results, without the side effects of traditional medicine
Essential oils have been used for centuries in different ways all over the world, to bring health and wellness to those who were ill. Historical records have shown that Egyptians used essential oils and paste from plants to make pills, medicinal cakes, and ointments.
Plant-based oils are also referenced back to the Bible. During that time, essential oils were used in ceremonies, such as dedications and anointing of a king. Other mentioned uses were for sanctuary fragrances, anointing oils, ointments, remedies/ medicines, and personal care.
Chinese medicine dates back to over 3000 years and is known for its use of herbs and essential oils to bring the body back into balance for treating the root cause of illnesses.
Greek Medicine became a system for healthcare that treated the whole person not just the symptoms through the usage of essential oils. From Greece, essential oils techniques were embraced in Rome, and in Persia, were an adaptation to their distillation techniques was perfected and is still used today.
Essential Oil Use
Using essential oils can ease the pain of muscle ache, joint pain, anxiety, and stress. Studies have suggested that healing properties in essential oils, can be useful in supporting the treatment of many diseases like Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, cancer, as well as with labor pain in pregnancy. These organic properties act in support with the body, to prove a feeling of well-being
Just combine a few drops of eucalyptus, wintergreen, cypress, and jojoba oil, and apply to the aching muscle to ease the pain. Easing tension or stress is as simple, as just rubbing a few drops of lavender oil on the forehead and temple. If focusing is a problem, try diffusing a few drops of peppermint oil to increase concentration.
Here is a list of five essential oils that can be useful for the treatment of a variety of common ailments. Due to the medicinal properties of essential oils, they are usually combined with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba, or coconut
Rosemary oil has been marked for its action on the digestive system, as its properties are effective in relieving symptoms of indigestion. It also works on the liver and the gallbladder as a tonic, possess some positive results on the cardiovascular system, and stimulating properties on the nervous system. Some benefits of rosemary oil are, the soothing effects on the skin, a stimulant for the scalp, promoting hair growth, and treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.
Rosemary Oil For Scalp Massage
4 tbsp warmed coconut oil
3 drops Wheatgerm Oil
3 drops Rosemary Oil
Mix oils together, and rub into the scalp with your fingers to stimulate blood circulation. Wash hair with non-sulfate shampoo.
Clary sage has been associated with various therapeutic properties, such as controlling oil production of the scalp, therefore making it useful for dry and oily skin. The essential oil has proved to assist with clearing acne, wrinkles, and controlling cellulite. The properties of clary sage also ease tension, muscle cramps, and emotional distress.
Ease Emotional Stress
6 drops Rose Otto Oil
5 drops Clary Sage
4 drops Lemon Oil
2oz Jojoba Oil
Apply to chest, stomach, and lower back, several times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
tea tree oil is an immune booster, possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It posses antiseptic properties making it useful as a treatment for abscess, blisters, acne, cold sores, burns, and insect bites. Tea Tree oils antiseptic properties make it an excellent ingredient for fighting germs around the house. Here is a simple recipe for making a household cleaner
30 drops of Tea Tree Oil
30 drops of Lemon Oil
1/2 cup of White Vinegar
3 cups of water
1-quart spray bottle
After mixing ingredients together, the cleaner can be used on any non-porous surface, such as countertops, floors, toilet, shower, and appliances.
peppermint oil has been used to make ointments and rubs that help to relieve pain and spasm related problems. Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-septic, and antispasmodic properties. It is also known for relieving bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
Homemade Vapor Rub
5 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 1/2 TB Beeswax
20 drops Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Rosemary Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Oil
- Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Add coconut oil and cocoa butter and melt.
- Add beeswax and melt.
- Carefully remove the bowl from the heat, and allow to sit for 5min to cool.
- After 5 min add essential oils to coconut and beeswax mixture and stir with a spoon.
- Pour mixture into a glass jar. This recipe will fill a 4oz jar.
lemon essential oil is known to have antiseptic, detoxifying, and astringent properties that are useful for the treatment of blemishes associated with oily skin. Lemon essential oil is also used to brighten and rejuvenate dull skin.
With the combination of other essential oils, lemon has been used to promote relief from fatigue and stress. The antiseptic properties of the oil can provide a boost to the immune system when used on the skin or inhaled.
Relaxing Oils For Fatigue
4 drops Lemon Oil
4 drops Neroli Oil
4 drops Orange Oil
1TB JoJoba Oil
Mix oils and massage into the temple, around the neck, and on the chest.
Exploring the healing properties of essential oils is a way of promoting better health and wellness, and can prove to be the most rewarding decision you’ve made. Please consult with your doctor before using essential oils, if you are presently taking a prescription. I will be sharing more information, resources, and recipes in the future. Feel free to leave a question or reply in the comments.
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