Originally, I wrote this article for Associated Content (which was later purchased by Yahoo, and then called Yahoo Contributor Network). Sadly, on Sept. 1, 2014 all articles were removed and the site was closed down forever. So….I decided to put the entire article here, instead of just a snippet. Enjoy! 🙂
Many Helpful Suggestions on Uses of Essential Oils
For all of those who love the idea of using nature’s gifts, essential oils are the ticket. Not only are they little miracles, but they come in handy so often, I couldn’t imagine life without them.
Here is a little primer first, for those who want to know more about them.
Essential oils come from the various elements of plants – the seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruit. The essential oils can be distilled from the plant material or extracted. The majority are distilled. It takes tons of plant material to create tiny amounts of essential oils. (And you wondered why they were so expensive!)
Be aware that essential oils can be harmful if not used correctly, especially for pregnant women, children, the elderly, and/or pets. Be sure to dilute properly before use
< IMPORTANT INFO> ———> Read before using any essential oils, because they can harm you if not used correctly:
Essential oils do have incredibly powerful therapeutic properties, and there are plenty of medical studies to back that up. But, just because they’re derived from plants doesn’t mean they’re totally safe.
1. Skin discoloration, burning and sores
Some essential oils can cause you to burn in the sunlight. Before you head out to the beach or to a tanning booth, make sure you don’t have a photosensitizing oil on your skin. Reactions can range from discoloration to oozing burns.
2. Danger to babies and pregnant women
3. Skin irritation and itching
4. Danger to small pets
5. Dangerous interactions with preexisting conditions
6. Illness or death when swallowed
Don’t be afraid to use essential oils, but use them wisely. Always keep oils out of the reach of children.
Treat them as you would any type of medicine.
Research any essential oils and blends before you use them — as with drugs, oils have different chemical makeups and different potential side effects.
If you’re nervous, start simply with a diffuser. You can enjoy many of the benefits of essential oils without having to use them directly on your body.(READ full article here—> at situationtoday.com).
Therapeutic grade essential oils; a loaded phrase
There are so many conceptions about the meaning of therapeutic grade, or even if there is such a thing. In the end, I’m just trying to offer helpful information, and as long as you do your own research, and make your own decisions; take control of your health and be responsible with your choices, you’ll be fine.
Read about my findings here:
The best way to go about sampling, is by first checking to make sure they are a reputable company, have the Latin names on every bottle, and make sure they analyze all their oils by gas chromatography and are certified organic as possible. Read more here about therapeutic grade and how to choose them.
SUGGESTIONS on USES of ESSENTIAL OILS:
Antidepressant/ mood regulator:
Rose, orange, bergamot, geranium, mandarin, lemon and especially Neroli (orange blossom)
Bergamot, fennel, geranium, lavender, lemon, Manuka, marjoram, Melissa, rosemary, vetiver, Kanuka, and Tea Tree
Bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, Manuka, Melissa, rose, rosemary, sage, and tea tree.
Patchouli, clove, cinnamon, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, neroli
Tea tree, eucalyptus, myrrh, and lavender, also patchouli
Lavender, geranium, rose, mandarin, lemon, bergamot, vetiver and Neroli
Bergamot, Lavender, Sandalwood, Neroli (orange blossom)
Geranium, lavender (place 2 drops of each in a bowl of ice-cold water;soak a cotton ball in the liquid and place it over closed eye and surrounding affected area). may add neroli for extra skin benefits
Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus (apply any of the three directly onblemishes,) may also add neroli
Peppermint, basil, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, lemon, orange, and rosemary.
Geranium, Cinnamon, or Cassia, Clove,
Eucalyptus, Fir, Tea Tree, Lavender, Kanuka, Manuka,
Cold sores/ canker sores:
Tea tree (swab directly onto infected area three to four times daily). Also lavender on canker sores Or Melissa on outbreaks.
Peppermint, thyme (never apply pure thyme essential oil directly to skin, never swallow it, use only diluted)
Peppermint, massaged on to abdomen and ankles, may mix with wintergreen, rose, geranium and neroli flower
Ginger, lavender, chamomile, peppermint,
Dry, flaky skin:
Geranium, lavender, Melissa, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Neroli
Tea tree, lavender, also R. Chamomile), place a few drops of selected oil in 1 tsp. Warm olive oil; soak small piece of cotton in this mixture and place just inside the ear.
Peppermint, rosemary, juniper, lemon, grapefruit, orange and any citrus or mint
Peppermint, geranium, black pepper.
Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender (use with a compress).
Grapefruit, lemon, juniper, rosemary, cypress,
Tea Tree (mix 3 drops with 2 drops of Myrrh w/one tsp of oil on swab and rub gently over affected area); peppermint, lavender (two drops of each in glass of water for a mouthwash).
Chamomile, eucalyptus. (both types of chamomile: German (blue) chamomile and Roman Chamomile)
Tea tree, rosemary and lavender
Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, mix with aloe vera gel and soothe into muscles, back and neck
Patchouli, myrrh, cypress (make blend with five drops myrrh, two drops cypress, and one drop patchouli; place two drops on washcloth soaked in warm water;; apply to affected area for a few minutes twice daily).
Tea tree, bergamot, geranium. and Melissa officinale (muse be therapeutic grade essential oils)
Peppermint, ginger, (blend of the two mixed with olive oil and massage into abdomen, also diffuse or ingest if properly therapeutic grade oils are used and only use 1 drop mixed with milk or water)
Lavender, tea tree, chamomile, thyme.
Lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, grapefruit.
Sandalwood, vetiver, cedar wood, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, Rose, neroli, jasmine
Basil, peppermint, rosemary
Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary,
Muscle aches stiffness/ soreness:
Peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, (sweet birch, peppermint).
Clary sage, sweet fennel, geranium, chamomile, lavender, (clary sage, sweet fennel)
Geranium, chamomile, eucalyptus.
Lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus.
Ylang ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, and Night Fire Blend, Night Fire Massage Oil, Love, and Volupte `.
RSI: Repetitive stress injury:
Lavender, rosemary, marjoram.
Juniper, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils each have Significant ability to rejuvenate the body. Rosemary addresses the Cardiovascular and muscular systems. Sweet birch and peppermint are good for relieving joint aches and pains. Peppermint, highly regarded for settling the digestive tract, is equally effective for cleaning the respiratory system and combating headaches. Eucalyptus is good for reducing muscle stiffness.
Lavender (apply directly to razor to avoid nicks).
Sleep problems/ insomnia:
Lavender, chamomile, (lavender, marjoram; place four drops on your pillowcase).Lavender works best mixed with Mandarin and Roman Chamomile
Tea tree, sandalwood (dilute three drops each in 1/4 cup water for gargle; add a couple of pinches of salt), thyme, clove
Ginger, lavender, chamomile.
Lavender (one drop on cotton ball, rub on cheekbone under the sty, keeping eye closed); tea tree (four drops in bowl of purified water; soak cotton ball in this mixture and place over closed eyelid three times daily) Do not place essential oil directly into the eye.
OR 1 drop lavender mixed with 1 oz green myrtle hydrosol (organic) spray into affected eye first with eye closed, if non irritating may be used directly into open eye from safe distance.
Lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile mixed with aloe vera gel and soothed into burn
Tea tree, clove (mix four drops total with one tsp. of vegetable oil for swabbing on gums or place two drops on swab and rub gently over affected tooth).
Peppermint, ginger, lavender.
Tea tree, Lemon, (mix twelve drops in one ounce of caster oil, or other suitable carrier oil and apply several times daily with sterile dropper or applicator).
Lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile.
Tea Tree followed by acidophilus, and make sure to drink lots of cranberry juice too 🙂
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