“Aromatherapy is blending ancient knowledge and art with scientific knowledge to support natural healing for a lifetime.” Valerie Cooksley
Essential oils are concentrated volatile aromatic compounds produced by plants. Volatile comes from the Latin root “volare” which means to fly. They are natural substances which are extracted or distilled from tiny molecular sacs of each botanical. They are part of the plant's immune system and yet a separate substance created from the plant. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated extracts; 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs. For a comparison, it takes between 40 and 60 roses to make one drop of rose oil and one drop of chamomile is equivalent to the concentration of 30 tea bags of chamomile tea.
Essential oils are very potent and powerful and should be used with caution and knowledge of their potency and efficacy. People who suffer from Hypertension and Epilepsy should be extremely cautious of the various oils and all of the effects. A person with high blood pressure, for example, should avoid stimulants, such as rosemary. Some oils produce toxins which can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and nervous system, especially if taken internally. Swallowing essential oils can be hazardous, and fatal in some cases and we always advise to err on the side of caution.
Which Essential to use?
Different oils have different uses and effects and each oil should be considered by its own merit.
Allergies and asthma benefit
Clove essential oil is a topical analgesic, or painkiller, that is commonly used for toothache. It is also used as an antispasmodic antiemetic, for preventing vomiting and nausea, and as a carminative, preventing gas in the gut. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. It can be used for the following:
Antibacterial properties when applied topically
Pain relief for sore joints and muscles
Eucalyptus essential oil can help relieve the airways during a cold or flu. It is often combined with peppermint. Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, so care should be taken. Eucalyptus blends well with lavender and lemon oils and can used for:
Upper Respiratory Infection
Lavender essential oil’s sweet smell is probably one of the most well-known and recognized of all essential oils. The oil has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world. Its earliest recorded use was by the Greeks and Romans. Lavender essential oil blends well with clove and rosemary oils and can be used for the following:
Blood pressure benefits in lowering blood pressure.
Relieve headache and migraine symptoms.
Lemon essential oil is said to improve mood. Lemon blends well with eucalyptus oil and can be used for the following
Rosemary essential oil may promote hair growth, boost memory, prevent muscle spasms, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. Rosemary blends well with lavender and peppermint oils and can be used for the following
CAUTION: Some may be sensitive to this essential oil and a few have had skin reactions
Tea tree essential oil is said to have antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfectant qualities. It is commonly used in shampoos and skin care products, to treat acne, burns, and bites. It features in mouth rinses but it should never be swallowed, as it is toxic. Tea tree blends well with lavender and myrrh oil and can be used for the following:
Helps control dandruff
Frankincense essential oil is perhaps best known as a gift given by the Three Wise Men; but Frankincense was also frequently used in perfumes. It has a woodsy, balsamic aroma. Today, it is commonly used in religious ceremonies, including those by the Catholic Church. Frankincense is also known as Boswellia to people in India and Africa, who use it for medicinal purposes, and it was traded in Somalia 5,000 years ago. Frankincense blends well with lavender and rose oils and it is known to:
Prevent yeast infections
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