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.
Benefits can be:
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|
This DVD, Therapeutic Massage with Essential Oils DVD by Victoria Sprigg, teaches the best ways to use essential oils, with specific instruction on scalp, neck, back and shoulder massage, using Aromatherapy and Swedish massage techniques.
It offers simple recipes for strengthening the immune system, and treating common ailments like colds, flu, herpes, and candida, as well as how to best use them in a massage therapy session.
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. Many spas and massage therapy clinics incorporate essential oils into the treatments they provide.
While many research facilities study essential oil benefits for the human body, massage therapists, aroma therapists, and natural health practitioners use them for healing everyday with very positive results.
Aromatherapy School - Learn the Science and the Art of Aromatherapy and essential oil benefits at Aromatherapy Workshops for Healing Arts Professionals and earn your Aromatherapy Certification at The Aromatherapy School.