Essential Oils Nature’s Healer. People have used essential oils and botanicals in therapeutic practices and perfume, as early over 5,000 years. Today, more than ever people have embraced the practice of using essential oils for everything. In Biblical times priest used frankincense, fir, cedarwood, and hyssop in their worship, offerings, and healing for sheep. The scent of frankincense always takes me back to my childhood when the church was filled with the aroma of incense. These scents have a powerful ability to alter our physical and emotional state.
Distillation is the method used to extract essential oils from plants. When steamed under pressure it releases the essential oils. Once extracted, this precious essential oil is ready to be used to treat medical conditions, such as headaches, depression, anxiety, and healing through a therapeutic massage and in cosmetics. You can also place a few drops of lavender oil into a hot bath to help to calm your mood and release unwanted stress.
Essential Oils that Energize: Basil, Bergamot, Clary sage,Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea tree, Pine,
Types of Essential Oil
Essential oils can be used by placing a few drops on a cloth or tissue and the fragrance inhaled. This provides a fast absorption into your system and you can have an immediate effect depending on what oils you are using.
Bergamot essential oil is great to use when you want to feel energized, uplifted and is helpful for depression and is also used in hair growth. It has been used in Italian native medicine for hundreds of years. Bergamot can be used with a massage or in bathwater, to ease pain associated with shingles and chicken pox in children.
Peppermint can be used for stress-related problems, anxiety, and problems associated with addiction. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to apply to stiff joints, aching feet or to treat a fungal and bacterial infection. Peppermint works as a diuretic and can be used to relieve water retention and menstrual discomfort.
Cedarwood oil can be used for increasing mental focus and soothing the nerves. It also is on of the oils used by Egyptian in the preparation of the dead for burial. Cedarwood is used in cosmetics, and in insect repellents. You have heard of protecting valuable garments by placing them in a cedarwood chest. Other uses:
- respiratory infection
- kidney problems
Essential Oils that Calm: Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Melissa, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Frankincense has been using for thousands of years as incense in worship. The Bible often speaks of frankincense and its aroma flowing up to God. It also has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and slows breathing. It has benefits to the respiratory system and is good to sooth head cold and sinus problems. Frankincense has a property that helps balance skin properties and aid in minimizing the development of scar tissue.
Lemon acts to stimulate the circulatory system, clears the mind and refreshes. It can be used topically to cleanse and brighten the skin. Lemon essential oil also helps to relieve arthritis migraines, clear acne, sore throats, ease asthma symptoms, stimulate blood flow and can help to lower blood pressure. Lemon essential oils can be placed in a vaporized to help
Lavender, is a very common fragrance. It is relaxing soothes muscles, calms the mind and helps you sleep better. Lavender is therapeutic as an antidepressant, a digestive aid helps with nausea and gas. It also can be used to relieve the pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis and general aches and pains. It helps to tone skin soothe sunburn, insect bites and minor wounds.
Relieving anxiety: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon Balm , Marjoram, Melissa, Orange, Roman, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Valerian.
Essential Oils for your Dog
Lemon – Citrus Limon
This oil helps to clear confusion, works as an antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fugal and antispasmodic (stomach). It also helps alleviate anxiety and encourages confident and trust. It can also be used to keep your dog free of fleas.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Often use to calm and soothe the mind. The oil is very gentle and can be used on people as well dogs! It has sedative properties, can be used to repel fleas and treat flea bites, burns reduces hyperactivity, anxiety and fungal infections.
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus Atlantica)
Cedarwood is used as a flea repellant and as a calming agent. It can also be used as an antiseptic to trees coughs, kennel cough, improves circulation, improve kidney function, diuretic properties, addresses stiff joints, and promotes hair growth and treat dandruff, pest and flea repellent.
Detoxifying: Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Juniper, Lemon, Peppermint, Laurel, Mandarin, Patchouli, Rosemary.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow works as an anti-inflammatory, to treat itchy skin conditions, insect bits allergies and wound. It is also used to stanch bleeding, addresses kidney infection muscles aches sprains and emotional trauma.
- Do not apply essential oils to the skin with first diluting. Except for lavender or tea tree oil.
- Be cautious when using essential oils around an open flame as they are flammable.
- Be careful when using around pets, some are poisonous to animals
Disclaimer: These methods have been used for thousands of years, with success. However, this information is not to be substituted for professional medical care. If you are sick, it is your responsibility to consult your physician.