Learn how Healing with Essential Oils works, and discover the 16 Aromatherapy Oils that you should include in your aromatherapy kit.
Understand how aromatherapy works and what each of our 16 essential oils can be used for.
This article offers the information you need to ease discomfort, pain and bring about wellness.
Healing With Essential Oils – An Overview
When we breathe in a scent, the aroma molecules travel to the back of our nose. The scent molecules then come in to contact with specialized nerve cells, these are called Olfactory cells.
The olfactory cells have tiny hairs which individually recognize specific aromas through a ‘lock and key’ process.
This means each of these hairs only recognizes a specific aroma.
The process also produces specific nerve impulses which travel to our limbic system. This is the part of our brain which is most concerned with our instincts and emotions.
It is thought that the activity produced within the limbic, when the nerve signal passes through, causes brain chemistry change and this it what causes mood change.
The whole process is called neuro-associative conditioning. This process triggers your body’s ability to heal and links the healing response to a particular aroma.
This process also explains why specific aromas can trigger very detailed memories or emotions.
Healing With Essential Oils – Specific Properties.
When we use aromatherapy as a therapy, this neuro-associative conditioning means that the properties that give each essential oil its characteristic aroma is also what enables the oils healing ability.
In each drop of essential oil there can be hundreds of phytochemicals (plant based chemicals).
These phytochemicals cause different reactions within our body.
Ketones are said to stimulate regeneration of cells, break down mucous, and have calming properties. They are found in lavender, patchouli, and hyssop essential oils)
Aldehydes are phytochemicals that are highly anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Some essential oils they are found in are lemongrass, melissa, and citronella.
Sesquiterpenes are known for helping reduce inflammation. They are one of the few substances that are able to cross the blood brain barrier and increase our brain oxygen levels. They are said to also be able to reverse DNA damage, erasing it from cellular memory. They are found in cedarwood, sandalwood, and chamomile, just to name a few.
Healing with Essential Oils – The 8 Healing Group Types.
Healing with Aromatherapy Oils is so effective because they each have a multitude of uses. Our Essential oils can be categorized into 8 groups of specific healing properties.
Healing With Essential Oils – A Scientific Overview!
We know that differing kinds of essential oils have been used for centuries by many cultures and civilizations.
The use of them remain as popular in modern society as they were in our ancestors day . Aromatherapy as a treatment is one of the few complementary medicines that has not been overtaken by allopathic medicine.
Instead the use of essential oils has been embraced and there is much clinical research testifying to their effectiveness.
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD explains the scientific principles of healing with essential oils:
“Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bark, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind (in the case of citrus fruits). The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant.”
She offers the following about healing with essential oils research:
“Scientists agree that essential oils may perform more than one function in living plants. In some cases they seem to be a part of the plant’s immune system. In other cases they may simply be end products of metabolism.
Essential oils are said to be healing because they contain hundreds of organic constituents, including hormones, vitamins, and other natural elements that work on many levels. For example, essential oils can be sedative or stimulating. Some are antispasmodic, and most are antibacterial.”
Using Aromatherapy To Evoke Well Being And Healing
Our sense of smell can connect us with many emotions and memories. As already discussed the neuro-associative conditioning process is how aromas are able to bring on and influence emotional states of well-being.
By using aromatherapy in our daily routine we can influence our emotional health and well being and our body’s ability to heal.
Aromatherapy can be used in many ways, but the 2 most popular and well known methods are inhalation or topical application.
Using inhalation for aromatherapy incorporates several different methods. The process involves the essential oil being evaporated into the air. This can be done by using an electric diffuser, a vase diffuser, a spray, oil droplets, or vapor breath (such as in a steam bath).
There is much more to essential oils than just a pleasant smell. The aromatherapy oils provide respiratory decongestant, and psychological benefits. They also have antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties.
Topical application is delivered through massage oils or via skin care and bath products. This enables oils to be absorbed through the skin.
Massaging the area of the body before, or during, application of the essential oil can boost our circulation and increases absorption.
Essential oils, as a rule, should never be applied directly to the skin. The oils should be diluted with a carrier oil.
This also makes the essential oils last a lot longer. You only need to add a few drops of essential oil to your choice of carrier oil. The most common carrier oils are Ylang Ylang, Sweet Almond or Olive oil.
It is recommended that if you want to use oils topically you should do an allergy test.
Healing With Essential Oils Allergy Test.
- Dilute your essential oil into your carrier oil at twice the concentration you intend using.
- Massage your mix into a small area of the inside of your forearm (approx 1/2 inch).
- If you find no allergic response within 12-24 hours, you can assume it is safe for topical application.
Aromatherapy as a complementary medicine can be used for the treatment of various conditions.
It has been shown to reduce:
- Body ache
- Anxiety and Stress
- Fatigue and Exhaustion
- Muscular ache
- Headache and Migraine
- Circulatory problems
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal problems
- Alopecia or Hair loss
Specific oils can also be used to treat types of psoriasis, however your healthcare professional should be asked to advise about their use and methods of application.
Healing with Essential Oils – The 16 Aromatherapy Oils For Your Healing Kit
#1 – Basil Essential Oil.
Basil Essential Oil is used for sharpening our concentration and is said to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Basil essential oil can be used for treating bronchitis, sinusitis, colds and mucus cough. Applied topically it is said to be excellent for gout, insect bites, muscle aches and rheumatism.
It is also used for relieving deep seated headache and migraines.
Note:It should be avoided during pregnancy.
# 2 – Bergamot Essential Oil.
Bergamot Essential Oil is said to be extremely useful for problems associated with the urinary and digestive tracts.
When mixed with Eucalyptus Oil it can help relieve skin problems, including any that are caused by stress or chicken pox.
Other uses for Bergamot essential oil include the treatment of acne, abscesses, boils, oily skin, and psoriasis.
Bergamot can help with cystitis, halitosis, itching and a loss of appetite.
#3 – Black Pepper Essential Oil.
Black Pepper Essential Oil is used for stimulating the circulation.
It helps with aching muscles, arthritis, chilblains, muscle cramps, digestion and constipation.
Combined with Ginger Essential Oil, it is particularly effective to reduce the pain of arthritis and can improve flexibility.
#4 – Chamomile Essential Oil.
Chamomile Essential Oil is used to treat Eczema and prevent infection.
It can also help with abscesses and boils, with colic, cuts, and cystitis.
Chamomile is effective also for treating dermatitis, earache, headache, and inflamed skin(including insect bites).
Used via inhalation Chamomile aids with nausea, insomnia and stress.
#5 – Citronella Essential Oil.
Citronella Essential Oil is produced from a variety of lemongrass plants.
It is well known and commonly used for repelling insects.
For personal health and well being Citronella can be used to inhibit bacterial growth, eliminate infections, inhibits fungal growth, reduces fever and helps to fight depression.
#6 – Clove Essential Oil.
Clove Essential Oil is wonderful for use as a topical analgesic and painkiller.
It is commonly used to treat toothache.
Clove essential oil is also used as an antispasmodic and anti-emetic, which prevents vomiting and nausea. It also acts as a carminative, which prevents gas building up in the gut.
Clove Essential Oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant and antifungal properties.
#7 – Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can help to relieve problems with our airways when we have cold or flu.
It can help to ease cough and can relieve seasonal allergies.
Eucalyptus essential oil helps reduce physical pain and inflammation and is excellent when used to prevent infection.
Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, (best to do allergy test before use).
#8 – Geranium Essential Oil.
Geranium Essential Oil can be used for the treatment of a variety of skin problems, including acne.
It helps reduce symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Geranium essential oil is effective when used specifically to promote emotional stability and enhance mood.
Geranium Oil can alleviate pain, stimulate healing from burns and wounds and reduce inflammation.
#9 – Jasmine Essential Oil.
Jasmine essential oil is often the oil used for the prevention of infection.
It also helps to reduce cough, treat insomnia, and reduce spasm. Jasmine has a sedative effect and has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac.
Research has shown that the odor of Jasmine increases beta waves, which are linked to alertness. As a stimulant, Jasmine may increase penile blood flow.
#10 – Lavender Essential Oil.
Lavender essential oil, the oil that started the entire aromatherapy modern movement, is used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns.
It also helps enhance relaxation and is said to be the oil most beneficial to aid sleep.
Lavender is said to relieve headache and migraine symptoms.
#11 – Lemon Essential Oil.
Lemon essential oil is said to improve mood and relieve symptoms of stress and depression.
It can be used to treat skin conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, warts, and varicose veins.
In addition, Lemon essential oil is said to stimulate the immune system, alleviate pain, and promote weight loss.
#12 – Rosemary Essential Oil.
Rosemary essential oil is used to promote hair growth, boost memory, prevent muscle spasms, and support the circulatory and nervous systems.
#13 – Sandalwood Essential Oil.
Sandalwood Essential Oil has Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, and Antispasmodic properties. It can also be used to help lower blood pressure and has sedative properties. Sandalwood is also believed to be effective as an aphrodisiac.
#14 – Teatree Essential Oil.
Teatree essential oil is said to have antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfectant qualities. It is used in shampoos and skin care products. It is effective for treating acne, burns, and bites. It is excellent as a mouth rinse but it should never be swallowed.
#15 – Thyme Essential Oil.
Thyme essential oil is said to help reduce fatigue, nervousness, and stress.
#16 – Yarrow Essential Oil.
Yarrow essential oil is used to treat symptoms of cold and flu. It helps rheumatism and arthritis, reducing inflammation in the joints. Yarrow helps with inflamed and injured muscles, as well as muscular and menstrual cramping. Yarrow is also useful for preventing scarring, including scarring from acne.
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