• Essential Oils For Health And Wellness

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    When you think of essential oils, you likely conjure smells of lavender and peppermint, but did you know that their benefits go way beyond a pleasant scent? Essential oils have been used for centuries for their healing properties.

    by Gaye Levy

    When it comes to treating minor ailments, nothing seems to beat the effectiveness of essential oils. I say this not as a healthcare professional, for surely I am not, but as someone who recently dumped two drawers filled with over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils. To say I am pleased would be in understatement and while a bit of experimentation has been involved, each day my confidence in these miracle-worker oils grows.

    In the past, I have written about the amazing uses for Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Clove oils.  If you have followed closely, you will have seen patterns where the solution to some ailment may be positively treated by more than one essential oil, either singly or in combination.

    The reason for this is that many essential oils have common properties, such as Antiseptic, Anesthetic, Antibiotic, Anti-Bacterial, Antiviral, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Depressant.  Most essential oils will …

    Scientists agree that essential oils may perform more than one function in living plants. In some cases they seem to be a part of the plant’s immune system. In other cases they may simply be end products of metabolism. Essential oils are said to be healing because they contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins, and other natural elements that work on many levels. For example, essential oils can be sedative or stimulating. Some are antispasmodic, and most are antibacterial.  Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs.
    When you think about it in terms of gardening, this makes sense.  You plant a seed, it germinates, a plant grows, and more seeds are created.  Each plant has its own circle of life.  So, from a non-scientific and non-technical perspective, to transfer the essence of a plant to the cells of a human body means we are taking advantage of this essence for a mostly if not completely positive outcome.

    Okay, enough science.  Here is the chart I have put together for you.  This is my go-to chart when I don’t have time to look something up in my essential oil bible (The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy) or online.  And don’t worry, I have created a download link for you so you can easily print out a copy for reference purposes.

    8 Essential Oils for Your Health and Wellness Kit

    Here they are, the 8 essential oils you need to cover a wide range of maladies,  Except for Frankincense, all are very inexpensive ($5 to $8 max) and will serve you well for a variety of conditions.
    Lavender

    Acne
    Allergies
    Anxiety
    Asthma
    Athlete’s Foot
    Colic
    Depression
    Headache
    Insect Bites
    Sunburn
    Earaches
    Sleep

    Rosemary

    Muscle Aches
    Arthritis
    Dandruff
    Dry Scalp
    Circulation Problems
    Rheumatism
    Dry Skin
    Strengthen Hair
    Stress and Anxiety
    Joint Pains and Arthritis
    Cold and Flu Symptoms
    Bad Breath
    Mental Clarity

    Peppermint

    Asthma
    Colic
    Exhaustion
    Fever
    Headache
    Nausea
    Scabies
    Vertigo
    Sinusitis
    Digestion Problems
    Decongestant

    Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

    Respiratory Ailments and Bronchitis
    Fungal, Bacterial or Viral Infections
    Acne
    Chicken Pox
    Cold Sores
    Cold and Flu
    Corns and Warts
    Minor Cuts and Scrapes
    Insect Bites
    Ring Worm
    Athlete’s Foot
    Head Lice
    Dandruff
    Dry Scalp

    Lemon

    Athlete’s Foot
    Colds and Flu
    Corns
    Cold Sores
    Psoriasis
    Warts and Skin Tags
    Minor Cuts and Wounds
    Dull Skin
    Oily Skin
    Varicose Veins
    Warts
    Mood Enhancement
    Hard Water Stains
    General Cleaning Solutions
    Remove Sticky Labels

    Oregano

    Burns
    Insect Stings/Bites
    Headaches
    Acne
    Skin Irritations
    Diaper Rash
    Gum Soreness and Infections
    Digestion Problems
    Menstrual Issues
    Lice
    Cold and Flu Symptoms
    Gas and Bloating
    Mild Fevers
    Allergies
    General Cleaning Solutions

    Frankincense

    Anxiety
    Asthma
    Respiratory Issues
    Bronchitis
    Scars
    Arthritis
    Stress Relief
    Stretch Marks
    Dry Skin
    Menstrual Issues
    Emotional Issues
    Cold and Flu

    Clove Bud

    Toothache
    Sore Gums and Throat
    Insect Repellent
    Indigestion
    Tension Headache
    Stress Relief
    Burns
    Pain Relief
    Acne

    Many essential oils have strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral or anti-fungal properties. These benefits are often used to help prevent flu, cold and other illnesses. Essential oils can be diffused through an atomizer or air diffuser so that the vapors are dispersed throughout a home, freshening and sanitizing any room. There are many essential oils used to prevent flu and other sickness, and sometimes alternating different oils can help with overall care during the cold and flu season. All essential oils are highly potent. Because the essential oils are so concentrated, most of the time just a couple drops are all that is needed for one treatment or use. Nearly all essential oils should be diluted, whether through dispersion into the air, or with an oil or lotion base, or into a bath for water immersion depends on the desired result. Home use of essential oils is not recommend without some additional study and training.

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