Essential oil benefits include relaxation and stress reduction, but they can also be a healing support system for our bodies that enable us to fight infection with scientifically proven results.
Because essential oils are derived from the liquid of different parts of plants (like seeds, flowers, or leaves), they are very aromatic and more potent then a similar dried herb.
Because of this, many essential oils need to be diluted with a quality vegetable oil used for massage before use.
Benefits of these Essential oils can be antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-parasitic.
Some of these oils are so powerful that you should just one or two drops of oil to get their healthy benefits. They provide healing and support for all body systems, as well as much-needed emotional and mental support for the body.
Ways to get benefits:
Topically - through acupuncture, massage, heat or cold packs, or diffusing in a bath or shower
Aromatically - with a diffuser, vaporizer, or by wearing it as a perfume
Internally - using orally by cooking in food
Note: Most brands of essential oils in stores, even health stores, are not safe to be used internally
Below is our list of the best essential oils used in the home to help your family heal:
|Peppermint||Mentha Piperita||Antibacterial, anti-tumoral, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, fights infections, stimulates digestive system, relieves pain, fights skin disorders|
|Lemongrass||Cymbopogon citratus||Purifying, cleansing, provides tranquility and serenity, great for circulation, meditation, and digestion|
|Tea Tree||Melaleuca Alternifolia||Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, fights infections, eliminates lice and dandruff, fights oral infection, fights skin issues like acne, boils and warts|
|Geranium||Pelargonium graveolens||Mood enhancer, cleansing, purifying, lymph circulation, improves circulation to the skin|
|Lavender||Lavandula Angustifolia||Antifungal, anti-tumoral, antiseptic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, fights respiratory infections, helps with skin conditions, calming, balances emotion|
|Cedarwood||Cedrus atlantica||Acne, bronchitis, arthritis, coughing, dandruff, dermatitis, mood enhancer, skin toning, and stress|
|Ylang Ylang||Cananga Odorata||Anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, anti-parasitic, supports circulatory system, supports digestive system, relieves anxiety, removes negative energy, promotes feelings of peace|
|Birch||Betula lenta||Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, and diuretic|
|Bergamot||Citrus bergamia||Can be used to treat stress, depression, anorexia, tension, fear, anxiety, skin infection or disorders like psoriasis or eczema|
|Eucalyptus||Eucalyptus Globulus & Eucalyptus Radiata||Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-aging, decongestant, promotes healing, soothes sore muscles. R: Antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, fights infections.|
|Citronella||Cymbopogon winterianus||Natural insect repellent, stimulating, soothes joints and muscles, natural deodorant|
|Rosemary||Rosmarinus or Aniba Rosaeodora||Enhances concentration and memory, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, relieves muscle pain, helps skin conditions, rejuvenates skin, hair, and nail follicles, balances emotions, stimulates the mind.|
|Oregano||Origanum Compactum||Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, stimulates immune system, fights infections, supports digestive system|
|Orange||Nentha piperita||Rejuvenating, refreshing, mood enhancer, great for circulation, digestion, skin irritation, soothing for nervous system|
|Grapefruit||Citrus paradisi||Anti-inflammatory,relieves headaches, stimulates circulatory system, relaxant, reduces cramping and muscle stiffness|
Please Note: The information on Essential Oil Benefits page and in this table is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
* AFNOR: Association French Normalization Organization Regulation
* ISO: International Standards Organization
This book, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, shares science’s new biological understanding of essential oil benefits for improving immunity and treating pain, conditions, disorders, and disease.
The author, Kurt Schnaubelt, has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is the founder and director of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in San Francisco. He explains how essential oils have complex natural healing powers of the plants from which the are taken, and how they offer scientifically proven advantages over synthetic drugs.
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When essential oils are partnered with massage therapy it creates a relaxing environment that promotes healing and homeostasis in the body, mind, and spirit. Essential oils naturally aid the body in returning to and maintaining equilibrium.
Aromatherapy massage, through soft tissue manipulation, targets specific areas of the body to promote overall wellness to our bodies.
Thank to Katilyn Prickett, the Essential Oil Mama, who helped with this article. Katilyn has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and is a consultant, author, and teacher. She believes in essential oil benefits and using natural therapies to facilitate healing and wholeness of both mind and body.
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