Essential Oils To Treat Ailments And Conditions

Essential oils have been used for 1000’s of years to treat ailments and conditions, so no need to worry about them being a new product to the market.

Over the past 30 years, aromatherapy essential oils have continually increased in popularity, which isn’t that surprising when the public wishes to:

Of course mainstream medicine has its place and indeed is crucial, but most agree, where possible it’s better to treat an ailment with non medicines .

Hopefully the hippy dippy image with their ‘Tibetan bells’ believing in the magic of essential oils has now long gone. Fair play to the hippies, but essential oils aren’t magic, quite the opposite really, they’re a science (biochemistry and microbiology covers the studies of the chemical structures of these wonderful plant materials).

Healing lavender.

So here is the A-Z of how they can help. The list below is not exhaustive but does include popular ailments, conditions and their treatment using essential oils: 

ANALGESIC – Reduces pain

bergamot, chamomile, lavender, marjoram, rosemary

ANTIBIOTIC – Combats infection within the body

cajeput, niaouli, tea-tree

ANTIDEPRESSANT – Helps to lift the mood

bergamot, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, mandarin, melissa, neroil, orange, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – Reduces inflammation

bergamot, chamomile, lavender, myrrh

ANTISEPTIC – Prevents or combats local bacterial infection

bergamot, eucalyptus, juniperberry, lavender, ravensara, rosemary, tea-tree

ANTIVIRAL – Kills or inhibits the growth of viruses

bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, tea-tree

APHRODISIAC – Increases sexual response

jasmine, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetivert, sandalwood

CEPHALIC – Clears the mind and stimulates mental activity

basil, grapefruit, rosemary, thyme

CYTOPHYLACTIC – Cell regenerator

frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, rose

DETOXIFYING – Helps cleanse the body of impurities

juniperberry, rose

DIURETIC – Increases production of urine

chamomile, cedarwood, fennel, geranium, juniperberry

FEBRIFUGE -Reduces fever

bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, melissa, peppermint, tea-tree

IMMUNOSTIMULANT – Helps the body fight infection

lavender, tea-tree

RUBEFACIENT – Produces warmth to the skin helping aching muscles

black pepper, eucalyptus, juniperberry, marjoram, rosemary

SEDATIVE – Calms the nervous system

bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, rosemary

STIMULANT – Increases the activity of the mind and body

basil, black pepper, eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, rosemary

VULNERARY – Helps wounds to heal

benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, lavender, myrrh, tea-tea

The above are fab essential oils to have in your first aid kit, however remember they must never be used directly on to the skin (except tea tree.) Hopefully that’s whet your appetite.

I’d like now to give some thought of how to purchase and use essential oils.

The first thing you need to know is they’re incredibly concentrated, (over fifty times more potent than the original herb/plant) and please, please be careful. If you’re unsure consult a qualified aromatherapist. Essential oils very much fall into the bracket of less is more.

Prices vary greatly as there are alot of products out there that either aren’t pure or indeed not an essential oil (fragrance oils fall into this category).

Each bottle is usually 10ml, will be sold in an amber bottle to stop sunlight entering and have a batch code and expiry date printed on the label. Additionally, the retailer should be able to produce the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the essential oil if asked as they’re required in UK law.

Essential oils can be used in two ways. (Not all essential oils are suitable for everyone, so please make sure the label is read first).

Aromatically – you can breathe in the aroma by placing a drop of essential oil on a tissue or 4 drops placed in an oil burner.

This can have a profound effective on the mind’s wellbeing through the limbic system.

Topically – add 3 drops to 30ml of carrier oil and massage over the effective area.

Add 3 drops to 10ml of carrier oil or full fat milk and add to bath water.

Used topically, the essential oils enter the blood stream directly having a direct positive effect on the body.

I believe the incredible uniqueness of essential oils lies in their ability to have a positive effect on the mind and body without entering the digestive system. Conventional medication is nearly always taken orally which causes a high percentage of people to encounter secondary digestive health issue. Pharmceutical companies continually work towards developing drugs that can be absorbed directly through the skin to specifically avoid the digestive system. The biggest and most well know success’ are HRT and nicotine patches.

Until more drug infused patches are developed, why not consider looking a little further into using aromatherapy essential oils to treat your ailments and conditions? 

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