Essential oils: A Quick reference Guide

Posted on June 7th, 2009 by by admin

Essential oils are the liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, and seeds. Distilling these completely natural oils from plant life is an ancient process that has been carried out for centuries. In history the Egyptians seem to have been the leaders of the essential oil revolution, not long followed by the Chinese, and of course the Greeks. The Egyptians however seem to have realized long before anyone the powers that the oils possessed as not only a medicine, but as a cosmetic device, and they even used them in several of their religious ceremonies. They extensively explored the uses of the oils as part of their healing rituals, and they even played a large role in the legendary Egyptian embalming process. Around this same time the Chinese were integrating the use of the oils into their healing practices as well.

Some time later the Ancient Greeks learned the distilling process from the Egyptians, whom had been performing the procedure since at least 3,500 BC. As you all know the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates was a firm believer in treating the body holistically, and repeatedly included aromatherapy in his healing sessions. Recently there has been an explosion of artificial oils that are trying to trick consumers into believing that they hold all the healing properties that the completely natural oils do. Essential oils are completely 100% botanical matter, nothing more, nothing less. Do not accept any imitations as they don’t possess the healing powers of the natural oils. Using these artificial oils is no different from smelling a chemical based perfume; the only thing they may do is give you a head ache and possibly a rash from the chemicals.

Completely natural essential oils on the other hand are chalked full of benefits and are known to help people suffering from different ailments as well as induce a calming effect. Remember, essential oils can come from basically any plant so choosing one is completely up to you, let’s go over a few of the popular ones here.

Citrus Oils Citrus oils are by far among the most abundant; therefore they are usually the cheapest oils you can purchase. Citrus oils, including lemon, orange, and lime, do possess many benefits such as a mild disinfectant to the skin, as well as having the ability to sooth away muscle aches and pains. Orange oil in particular is very sweet smelling and does wonders for dull oily skin. Lemon oil is an excellent astringent that works well to tighten and tone skin, all while relieving stress and fatigue. And finally, lime oil is generally used for its ability to relieve depression and leave the person feeling content and energized.

Lavender Lavender oil is very popular because of its great smell; it and Jasmine are by far my two favorite smelling oils. Besides smelling so very lovely lavender is extremely healthy, it is an all around wonder oil. Like citrus oils, lavender is an excellent disinfectant, and also has the same calming effect. As a matter of fact lavender is so good at calming that it has become known for its ability to induce serious relaxation and sleep; recently it has been added to many baby bath products to sooth fussy babies. Lavender is also known to relieve pain, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems. With regular use lavender oils can reduce urinary problems, and build a better immunity to fight disease.

Frankincense oil A lesser known oil, frankincense is an essential oil with tons to offer. This oil is known for its abilities to tighten and rejuvenate mature skin, all while reducing an oily appearance. Also, frankincense oil is a wonderful remedy for the common cold, severe cough or bronchitis, rheumatoid conditions, promotes internal warming by increasing circulation, fights exhaustion, reduces the effects of heavy periods, and is an excellent over all treatment for respiratory problems.

Essential oils are multi-functional, they can be diluted and used as a fragrance to lotions and soaps, or they can be added to a bath to sooth muscle aches and pains all while inducing relaxation. Essential oils can also be added to vaporizers to treat internal conditions such as respiratory problems. Please understand that you don’t have to vaporize the oil to receive the healing benefits, because the oil is absorbed through the skin, and from there it enters the bloodstream. However, to treat respiratory problems vaporizing is the best option.

Another great way to use essential oils is as massage oil; this massaging action will help work the oil into your skin, as well as cleansing and disinfecting the skin during the massage. Not to mention the relaxation benefits. There are so many essential oils and so many uses for these oils that discussing all of them is simply impossible. To see a complete list of essential oils as well as the most common uses please visit your one stop essential oil shop.

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One Response to “Essential oils: A Quick reference Guide”

  1. Rebecca Park Totilo Says:

    Thanks for the article. I am always looking for good information on how to use the biblical essential oils. I love to share these nuggets with friends.

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