ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
Absolutes are pure Essential oils that have been extracted from plants by solvents, rather than distillation. This method is used when the flower or plant is too delicate to be processed using heat.
Carrier oils are mainly nut, seed or vegetable oils, usually cold pressed. Carrier oils are used to dilute
Pure Essential oils prior to topical application.
Fragrant oils, also known as aromatic oils are not known to have any direct healing properties, but they can certainly have a calming and uplifting effect.
Synergistic blends are a combination of pure Essential oils that have been blended together to enhance their healing properties. Synergistic blends can be used in baths, vaporizers, burners, compresses and for inhalation and massage.
ESSENTIAL OILS AND THEIR THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS
Originating from Asia, Rosemary Essential oil is a valuable ally in the fight against obesity and cellulite.
While being useful in terms of improving memory and relieving headaches, migraines, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion, Rosemary is the oil you can choose for stimulating hair growth.
Rosemary is also quite useful in the treatment of conditions like diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia, colitis, jaundice and hepatic dysfunction. Conditions like muscle aches and arthritis, bronchitis, phlegm, asthma, sinusitis, cough, acne, eczema and dermatitis can also be relieved with the use of Rosemary Essential oil.
Chamomile Essential Oil
There are two types of chamomile — Roman chamomile (originally from England, is grown in Germany, France and Morocco) and German chamomile (grown in France, Spain and Morocco).
The Essential oil of Roman Chamomile is known to relieve conditions like muscle pain, headaches, migraines, ENT disorders and rheumatism. Roman Chamomile is also recommended for the treatment of various skin issues like acne, eczema, rashes, sores, dry skin, dermatitis and allergies in general — as well as disorders of the digestive system, nervous system and gynecological conditions. When diluted, Roman chamomile can be used for babies to ease the teething discomfort, colic and diarrhea.
Being equally effective, German chamomile is known to be a good anti-inflammatory, especially when it comes to dealing with conditions like muscle and joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome. While topical application of this oil is recommended for the treatment of acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, hypersensitive skin and allergic reactions in general, you can also use German chamomile oil internally to relieve menstrual pain, muscle spasm, rheumatism and arthritis.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential oil is useful in healing burns, wounds, blisters, insect bites and other skin infections in general.
While Eucalyptus is the most used Essential oil for the treatment of colds and flu, it is still effective against aching muscles and sore joints. The natural detoxifying properties of this oil can strengthen the immune, circulatory and respiratory system. Most naturopaths recommend eucalyptus as a mental stimulant for improved concentration levels and productivity.
Lavender Essential Oil
Originating from France, this multipurpose oil is known to be beneficial for a number of health conditions – bronchitis, asthma, cold, throat infection and cough. Due to its soothing effects, this can be the perfect oil for those that wanting to calm their nerves and relieve tension. In addition, Lavender is effective in treating depression, panic attacks,
headaches, migraines and insomnia. Lavender oil is also one of the few Essential oils that experts claim can be directly applied to the skin, without any dilution. However, I would always recommend to dilute it first with a carrier oil. Lavender oil is especially useful in the treatment of minor burns, wounds, swelling, insect bites and psoriasis. Lavender is also recommended for those that have oily and acne-prone skin.
Lemon Essential Oil
While being quite beneficial to the circulatory system, Lemon Essential oil can help regulate blood pressure. In addition to stimulating the immune and digestive system, It is also a good remedy for constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite. In aromatherapy, Lemon is used to soothe and relieve headaches and migraines and ease the pain of those suffering from arthritis and rheumatism. While being powerful in fighting colds and flu, Lemon oil can help with reducing fever and signs of other infections of the throat such as bronchitis. At the skin level, it can be used as an exfoliant and to eliminate acne, herpes labialis and aphthous ulcers.
Rose Essential Oil
Originating from Caucasus, Rose Essential oil is known for its calming effect, making it useful for conditions. like depression, anger, grief, fear, tension and stress. In addition, it stimulates the function of the liver, gallbladder and circulatory system. It is also suitable for treating various cardiovascular diseases, including palpitations, arrhythmias and high blood pressure. Aromatherapy still maintains its use in cases of asthma, chronic cough, allergy, nausea, broken capillaries, herpes, eczema and various inflammations. Rose oil can also do wonders to the skin as a moisturizer.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Originating in India and extracted from the bark of trees, the Essential oil of Sandalwood is one of the purest oils that is recommended for conditions like bronchitis, laryngitis and leukorrhea. Sandalwood is extremely effective in the healing of sensitive, dry, oily and chapped skin; it can be applied to scars, stretch marks and varicose veins. While being a perfect antidote for hiccups, the use of Sandalwood oil in cases of depression and stress is recommended. In addition to its aphrodisiac characteristics, Sandalwood helps improve the focus and works as a good anxiety reducer.
Geranium Essential Oil
Found in South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco, Geranium Essential oil has diuretic, antiseptic, anti-depressant and antibiotic properties amongst others. While being highly beneficial for skin conditions like burns, cuts, dermatitis and eczema, Geranium is an excellent natural mosquito repellent too. In addition to that, this oil can be used to treat hemorrhoids, lice, ulcers, swelling, poor blood circulation and sore throats. Due to its relaxing properties, this Essential oil is often prescribed to women experiencing premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Originating from the Mediterranean, the Essential oil of Peppermint has numerous therapeutic properties, making it useful for combating mental fatigue, depression, stress, headaches, migraines, dizziness and weakness. In addition, this oil can significantly improve mental agility and concentration levels. Peppermint is often used in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, bronchitis, cholera, asthma, sinusitis, and dry cough. It stimulates bile secretion and, for the digestive and intestinal tract, is known to relieve the signs of cramps, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, nausea, and menstrual pain. At the skin level, Peppermint is often the oil of choice for conditions like skin irritation, dermatitis, acne, scabies and pruritus. In addition, many naturopaths recommend peppermint for muscle pain, neuralgia and rheumatism.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
With origins in Indonesia, the Essential oil of Ylang-Ylang is a potent antidepressant, tranquilizer and an aphrodisiac. In aromatherapy, this oil is used to combat conditions like anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic, impotence and frigidity. Its healing powers are also very useful in cases of intestinal infections, high blood pressure and rapid breathing. Ylang Ylang is also recommended to those that have an unusually high heart rate.
Ways to Use Essential Oils
Aromatic massage combines the benefits of massage therapy and the therapeutic efficiency of Essential oils. Go for an aromatic massage whenever possible to reduce stress and relax your muscles. Therapeutic massage with Essential oils stimulates the lymphatic system and activates the limbic section of the brain, stimulates blood circulation, and thus increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells. Aromatic massage is also beneficial for:
- Physical and mental well-being
- Pain relief
- Control of blood pressure
- Aid in digestive problems
- Removal of toxins
- Improvement in skin texture
- Stress and anxiety control: enhance and promote positive feelings
The purpose of diffusion is to disperse the oil molecules into the air. This can be an excellent
Complement to herbal treatments. It is one of the most popular methods of using Essential oils. Diffusion offers the following benefits:
- Add scent to any room
- Kill germs
- Cure some illnesses
- Help you relax and deal with insomnia
There are several ways to diffuse Essential oils including tissue diffusion, tea light/candle diffusers, essential oil nebulizers, room
Spray, fan diffusers, mist diffusers, plug-in diffusers, steam diffusion, terracotta/sandstone diffusers and electric heat diffusers.
Most of the above utilize a heat source which raises the temperature of the Essential oil transforming it from liquid to gaseous state.
Inhalation is the direct absorption of the diffused Essential oil. Direct inhalation is mainly required in cases of respiratory illnesses or in cases of disturbed emotional state. Direct inhalation can be carried out via facial steam bath or dry inhalation. In order to have a facial steam bath, just put hot water in a bowl and add a few drops of Essential oil of your choice. Then bend over the bowl and cover up your head, forming a vapor chamber around your face. This aromatic steam is to be inhaled for about 10 to 20 minutes. Use 6 to 8 drops of Essential oil per liter of water.
Add 10 drops of any Essential oil to 5 liters of warm water, and completely immerse your feet in the mixture.
This allows blood vessels of the feet to dilate, improves blood flow and reduces congestion in other parts of the body. Footbaths are especially recommended in cases of insomnia, congestion, headaches, menorreia, colds and flu, among others.
Many organic and natural cosmetics use Essential oils in their blends. These Essential oils are the elements responsible for the fragrances of these organic and natural cosmetic products, and enhance the therapeutic properties of their ingredients.