Benefits of Essential Oil Use (repost)
What Are Essential Oils

Peppermint Plant

Essential oils are natural aromatic liquids derived from plants such as shrubs, trees, flowers and seeds. They are often distilled by steam or water from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other parts of the plant. The aroma is highly concentrated so very little is needed. They are highly volatile which means that they evaporate easily and quickly leaving their fragrance in the air. A plants essential oil can have protectant or attractive properties for the plant.  As a protectant, it provides protection from disease and predators or the oil aroma can attract insects or animals for whatever purpose they serve that particular plant. Essential oils are powerful and serve many purposes. Each one has unique properties.

Essential oils are different from fragrance oils. Essential oils contain the true plant compounds. Fragrance oils are made from a variety of substances (chemicals) but not plant compounds. Therefore, fragrance oils do not have the same therapeutic properties that essential oils do.

Uses

According to youngliving.com there are more than 200 references to essential oils in the Bible. They were aromatics, incents, and ointments for anointing and healing.  Today essential oils are for aromatherapy (use of essential oils for healing), massage therapy, emotional wellness, personal care, household solutions and nutritional supplements. Its use as alternative medicine is gaining popularity as people seek to increase the control of their physical and mental well-being and decrease their reliance on pharmaceuticals.

Essential oils offer pain relief and treat ailments such as:

  • Abscesses
  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Arthritis pain
  • Asthma
  • Bad breath
  • Blisters
  • Boils
  • Bronchitis
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Circulation problems
  • Cold sores
  • Coughs
  • Fatigue
  • Flu
  • Insect bites
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Sinusitis
  • Swelling
  • toothache

Some arthritis suffers experience pain relief by essential oil use on stiff achy joints.  Essential oils good for arthritis pain include:

  • Chamomile (Roman & German)*

    Eucalyptus

  • Lavender*
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass*
  • Peppermint*
  • Calendula
  • Eucalyptus*
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Black Pepper
  • Rosemary*
  • Tea tree*

Rosemary

This is not an all-inclusive list.  These oils work because they are stimulating, invigorating, relaxing or warming.  Increased blood flow decreases inflammation, thereby decreasing pain and stiffness.  Increased blood flow promotes quicker healing of cuts, blisters and other wounds as well.

(*denotes oils I have personally used for arthritis pain relief)

Application

The benefits of essential oils derive from inhaling the aroma, adding to bath or applying them to skin or hair.  When applying to skin it is best to use with a carrier oil such as olive, sweet almond, sesame or grape seed oil (or whatever oil best suits your purposes.  Just like essential oils, carrier oils give specific benefits for skin and hair).

Availability

Essential oils are widely available.  They are available online through many retailers such as Mountain Rose Herbs and locally through Whole Foods, Earth Fare or local co-ops such as Deep Roots Market (Greensboro, NC).   I use these sources because the plants are organically grown.  For bulk purchases I buy online otherwise I buy locally.

Prices vary depending on the rarity of the plant source.  Most are very inexpensive (as little as $5.00 for .5 oz.  Keep in mind that a little goes a

Tea Tree

long way).

For more information on essential oils see:

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/wellness/about-essential-oils/

http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatare.asp

or to buy

http://www.deeprootsmarket.coop/

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index2.html

 

See tomorrow’s post for more specific uses of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Tea tree essential oils as well as pain relief recipes.

 

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

Kimberly is a life coach and author who specializes in working with people with chronic pain or chronic illness.
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