Essential Oil Uses
Essential oil uses are as diverse as there are holistic remedies for human ailments.
Essential oils are made from hundreds of different herbs, roots, flowers, medicinal plants, and trees that grow all over the world. These essential oils have powerful effects on improving emotional, physical, wounds and well-being.
Essential oils are easy to extract from plants and your body knows how to naturally work with plants and their oil-based compounds.
The compounds of essential oils from plants are so small, they can easily pass through the cell wall. This systemic action allows essential oils to help destroy bacteria, pathogenic parasites, viruses, and other diseases that get into the body.
Essential oils work because they contain high amounts of therapeutic compounds.
Most medicines that we use today were originally inspired from a plant. Scientist then synthetically recreated drugs from assimilated compounds that emulate essential oils that are in most cases toxic to the body.
Essential Oils Definition: An essential oil is an oil that is expressed from plant material. Essential oils are “essential” in the sense that they contain the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance from the plant from which it is derived. The term “essential” used in essential oils does not mean indispensable.
Essential oils are generally extracted from the designated plant primarily using steam distillation. Other methods of expressing the oils from plant material are brute pressure, cold pressure, solvents and resin tapping.
A 30 millilitre, ½ ounce, bottle, (which is about the size of your thumb) of lavender essential oil takes about 300 pounds of lavender flowers. That’s a huge amount of flowers or plant material to produce one single bottle of essential oil.
Essential oils have concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile (which means it is easily evaporated at normal temperatures) chemical compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as aetherolea oils, ethereal oils, volatile oils or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of oregano.
History: Oregano oil has the oldest history of use of all essential oils. as early as during biblical history. This antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic has been used internally and topically. Use after diluting with a carrier oil such as olive oil as the 100% pure oil is slightly caustic to sensitive skin.
For over 5,000 years, essential oils have been used by natural healers worldwide as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic remedies. Egyptian tombs have yielded thousands of alabaster jars of essential oils. Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine reveals that essential oils significantly over-laps with the history of herbal medicine.
The Bible records over 300 references of essential oils.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed essential oils for healing over 2,000 years ago.
Essential oils, and their healing properties, are described by Dioscorides in his De Materia Medica, written in the first century
Essential oil used for burns first appeared in print 1937 in a French book on the subject: Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales by chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé.
A French surgeon, Jean Valnet, pioneered the medicinal uses of essential oils, which he used as antiseptics in the treatment of wounded soldiers during World War II.
In 2006, Judy Griffin. Ph.D, herbalist, aroma therapist and author was invited to Baylor University Medical Center and Baylor Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas to participate in pain management for critically afflicted patients. Dr. Griffin’s introduction of aromatherapy was an overwhelming success, eliminating some patient’s pain, anxiety, vomiting, stress, nausea and medication or drastically reducing pain medication. Physicians at Baylor now accept this treatment and acknowledge aromatherapy using essential oils as a natural effective pain treatment.
Essential Oil Uses, include warding off rodents and insects, fatigue, toothpaste, Insomnia, pain management, bites, rashes, bruising, acne, soothing sore joints, reducing stress, anxiety, and overcoming symptoms of depression.
Many essential oils are potent antimicrobials, used in Europe by doctors in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Internal: We do not recommend internal use of essential oils although the internal use of some essential oils in the Mediterranean area has been used internally for thousands of years. Oregano oil is the premier oil taken internally in this region to ward off the flu. HOWEVER, this oil is diluted with a carrier oil because of its caustic nature. The growers and harvesters of oregano say that after years of internal use, they now put oregano oil in their mouth undiluted. (If you try this you are in for an extreme mouth burn!)
External: Uses of essential oils are too numerous to recite. Tea tree oil and lavender essential oils can safely be applied directly to the skin. Essential oils are used everyday as natural medicine to treat a number of chronic illnesses.
Essential oils are used: to reduce inflammation, aging spots, stretch marks and moisturize the skin, as a wound care, natural antiseptic, natural antiviral, message and beauty spa ointments, oil for room diffusers, face and body wash, acne, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and can be a potent insect repellent.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine using essential oils in which healing effects are attributed to aromatic compounds. Although aromatherapy induces relaxation, evidence does not conclude that essential oils when used in aromatherapy can effectively treat all maladies.
Children: Some essential oils, such as lavender, are known to induce calm, less stress and children show higher test scores with the use of this essential oil. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. Seek advice from your paediatrician prior to use.
Pets: Cats and dogs have an enhanced sense of smell and cannot metabolize some of the compounds in essential oils. Therefore, they may be susceptible to toxicity. Pets can enjoy the harmony that is achieved through the use of the correct oils that induces less stress and calmness.
Dogs normally do not do well around these oils; Wintergreen, Clove, Juniper, Thyme, Rosemary, Tea Tree oil, & Garlic oil.
Cats do not do well with these oils, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, Peppermint, Cassia, Spruce, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Lemon, Citrus & Clove.
Seek a qualified veterinarian to recommend essential oils for your pet.
Applications, Benefits & Uses of essential oils :
Essential oils promotes natural, radiant holistic health with the science of fragrances extracted from the plant kingdom and then assimilated into the body through the lungs and skin. Essential oils can have both stimulant and sedative effects, plus positive effects on the central nervous system and immune system.
Medical aromatherapy that includes the use of oral prescription by a licensed health practitioner for clinically diagnosed medical conditions.
Aromatherapy message combines message and essential oils wherein the oils are absorbed into the skin and is beneficial for stress related disorders.
Physco-Aromatherapy (“smell therapy”) essential oils are inhaled influencing moods and emotions, promoting relaxation, stimulation or energy boost.
Simple Aromatherapy essential oils are used in a wide range of methods including steam inhalation, aromatic bathing vaporization, skin assimilation and local massage, for infections, natural remedies, prevention of airborne contagions and the promotion of good health and general well-being.
Essential oils are used as natural antibacterial or antiviral cleanser in the home preventing resistant strains of viruses and bacterium from developing.
Air purification: To purify germs and viruses from the air,
Where To Buy essential oils:
Quality essential oils are very expensive to harvest and extract from the plant tissue. To assure that your essential oil purchase is the best available to you;
Buy only pure unadulterated essential oils. (Never blended)
Buy only essential oils that are 100% pure by botanical name.
Buy from a company that has a satisfaction money back guarantee.
Buy from an established company that has products that fit the criteria above.
Your best rule of thumb when choosing a reputable merchant that has essential oils for sale is to read the information supplied by the merchant. Always buy 100% pure oil that is listed by its botanical name from one nation of origin and unmixed with other sourced oils.
An established merchant with a glowing reputation will offer essential oils at a reasonable price.
Multilevel companies must inflate the price to you to pay commissions to the upline of the salesperson.
Essential Oils Guide
Essential oils are concentrated up to 70 times more potent than originally found in the plant material of its origin without distillation. If you decide to use an essential oil, be aware that some oils are caustic and should only be used (diluted) with a carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.
It is recommended by Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition, that ‘the only practitioners who are trained to diagnose can qualify the benefits against the risks. Usually these practitioners have a knowledge of essential oil pharmacology and are able to prescribe essential oils for oral administration.’
Our recommendation is to seek a qualified health professional’s advice before self-administering essential oils.
The 10 Most Popular Essential oils are:
- origanum compactum, & origanum vulgare
- tea tree oil
- peppermint oil,
- frankincense oil
- patchouli oil
- bergamot oil
- ylang ylang
Essential Oils use increases on a daily bases as we find how the body embraces plant derived medicinal nectars.