Health Benefits & Healing Properties Of Essential Oils
You may have noticed a lot of buzz around essential oils recently.
It's because health-conscious people everywhere are waking up to their powers as a natural health solution.
Used by long-lived cultures for centuries, though generally considered an "alternative" therapy, pure plant essential oils are fast becoming known again as one of the most effective natural remedies and a vital Self Care tool.
Their effectiveness in promoting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing - without toxic side effects - cannot be ignored.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the nerve/intelligence fluids of plants, that are derived from their leaves, flowers, stems and roots.
They're highly responsive substances that contain plant hormones, nutrients and thousands of other biochemicals that penetrate the cell membrane to promote healing.
Essential oils can generally be used three ways: Topically, Aromatically and even by Ingesting certain types.
When smelling or applying essentials oil to the skin, their intelligence means that they're absorbed and carried through the bloodstream to their intended target.
These gifts from Mother Nature can have a balancing effect on the body, mind and emotions.
Having a wide range of healing properties, pure essential oils can be used with ease and convenience for several different purposes related to health and wellness.
They offer a gentle alternative to the toxicity of synthetic pharmaceuticals, which usually cause various side-effects.
This aspect can be particularly beneficial for the chemically sensitive. You don’t have to be in therapy to use essential oils. That’s why “aromatherapy” is a misleading term creating “experts” having you believe that essential oils are a mystery that can only be understood with years of experience and specialised training. Not so.
The Fascinating History Of Essential Oils
Plant-derived aromatic massage oils and salves were used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Arabic and Chinese enhancing mental, emotional and physical health.
The father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, believed that “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and massage every day.”
The 3,000-year-old traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) regarded aromatic massage and baths as an important component of its healing. Spas today incorporate the benefits of essential oils in a form of massage known as “aromassage.”
Even though a massage is relaxing and helps increase circulation and eliminates impurities, combining with deep massage the relaxing aromatic properties of essential oils, may influence your physical health and emotional outlook. If you've never had this type of massage, you’re in for a feely, smelly treat... grab a towel and a partner and enjoy!
In the 1920’s a French chemist, Rene Maurice Gattefosse, coined the term “aromatherapy.”
Gattefosse suffered a serious burn to his arm while working to refine a new perfume. He turned to the nearest cool liquid available to relieve his pain, which was a vat of lavender oil. Reportedly the chemist got immediate relief and a speedy recovery without scarring.
As a result, Gattefosse concluded that essential oils are not only useful in perfumery, but also as a healing agent. In 1937, Gattfosse referred to this emerging therapeutic field as “aromatherapie” in recognition of the antiviral, antiseptic, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils.
Versatile, with a wide range of healing properties and uses, Essential Oils can be used aromatically, topically or even ingested (in certain cases), making them a must if you're looking for a natural, holistic approach to your and your family's Self Care.
Pure Essential Oils can benefit and improve the following areas of your health:
- Energy Levels
- Cortisol & Stress Levels
- Gut Health
- Liver Health & Function
- Headaches & Migraines
- Dental Hygiene & Tooth Care
- Cognitive Function
- Hormone Balance
Many also contain properties that can help fight and protect against:
In addition to the numerous health benefits there are also numerous emotional ones as well, essential oils can help yo to:
Top Essential Oils
Depending on the ailments or discomforts you're experiencing, here are some recommendations and suggested uses that we've cherry-picked from the many essentials oils that you'll find on the market today.
The H.E.L.P. Pure Essential Oils are four of Mother Nature's most powerful and versatile plant oils to compliment all round mind and body health and repair.
This oil is applied topically and can assist healing of minor burns, cuts, bruises, muscular aches, inflammation and joint pain.
Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic used all over the world for relieving coughs, colds and sore throats, as well as clearing sinus and bronchial congestions and increasing the oxygen supply to the body’s cells.
The main chemical components of Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote ease of breathing and clear airways.
Lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty therapy and it is probably the most versatile of all essential oils.
This oil has natural calming properties that help to relax the body and mindand relieve such conditions as depression, anxiety, insomnia and even soothe headaches and repel insects.
Learn more in The Amazing Healing Benefits Of Lavender
Peppermint oil has as an astonishingly rich, strong, clean, fresh, minty and impactful aroma.
This oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herb for soothing digestion, as well as easing nervous headaches, congestion and freshening the breath.
The uses of this oil range from an ingredient used in homemade toothpaste, direct application to the skin (behind the ears and neck) and light inhalation.
Peppermint Pure Essential Oil also offers mild topical pain relief, memory enhancement, as well as nasal, lung, and head-clearing qualities when inhaled.
Learn more in The Healing Powers Of Peppermint Oil
There are several other oils which are also worth mentioning and definitely deserve a place in your “at-home medicine cabinet” thanks to their versatility and unique properties…
The purifying qualities of lemon are well known and have been documented for thousands of years. They include treating colds and sore throats, cleansing the body and purifying the air.
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Widely regarded as 'The King of Oils' for its all-round benefit and versatility, Frankincense is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, renowned for thousands of years for its range of health and healing powers.
Carvacrol and thymol, the two active ingredients in oregano, are phenols, meaning they are agents that kill microscopic bacteria. Additionally it's rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron and manganese. Thanks to these important minerals Oregano Pure Essential Oil has exceptional healing value as a natural remedy and has become popular in recent years as an alternative to prescription antibiotics.
Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications thanks to it antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can be used to prevent and reduce infections, as well as cleanse the air of pathogens and allergens.
Top Essential Oil Blends
On Guard is a powerful immune-boosting and protective Pure Essential Oil blend of Wild Orange Peel, CloveBud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower protects against environmental and seasonal threats with these oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested.
Easy Air is a potent and handy blend of several of the above essential oils plus Laurel Leaf and Ravintsara. This respiratory system targeting mix helps you to maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimising the effects of seasonal threats.
Aches & Pains
Formulated to soothe and cool, Ice Blue is an enriched blend of oils perfect for a massage after a long day or an intense workout. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus essential oils work together to relieve aches and pains.
DigestZen contains pure essential oils of Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
How To Use Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils through the air is an effective way for the aromas to hit your olfactory system.
One of the easiest and most popular ways is with an electronic device, like the dōTERRA Petal Diffuser, which when filled with water will disperse essential oil molecules through the air via vapour.
You can also get diffuser jewellery, normally made of beads and clay, which will release the scents during the day as you wear it.
You can add a few drops into the palms and then cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply.
The dōTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Kit is a revolutionary organisation of aromatic plant families around a continuum of emotions for a simple, profound approach to using fragrant essential oils in emotional aromatherapy applications.
You can then massage them into your body, like pulse points or the bottoms of your feet. In addition to the aroma, they’ll also get absorbed into your bloodstream for added benefit.
Due to pure essential oils being extremely concentrated and potent, when applying directly to the skin, also needed is a “carrier” or “messenger,” oil to add to, or blend your essential oils.
Quality carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil, jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel, or peach kernel should be used. While oils such as vegetable or olive are sometimes recommended, we find that these tend to “cling” to the skin rather than be neatly absorbed.
Learn more in What Is A "Carrier" Oil? And Why You Should Use One
Using essential oils topically is also beneficial because your skin is 'cytophylactic', meaning it’ll absorb whatever you put on it and permeate into your bloodstream giving you cellular benefits.
Good areas of your body to apply Essential Oils to topically are:
- Soles of the Feet
- Back of the Neck
- Solar plexus
- Wrist & Hands.
Alternatively, you can rub a few drops into your hands, cup them over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply through the nose, before exhaling out into space a number of times.
The best ratio for mixing a massage oil blend is three to five drops of essential oil per each tablespoon of carrier oil.
Thanks to their highly concentrated nature, the flavour of a drop or 2 of essential oils can make a great addition to meals.
Aside from culinary uses, taking them internally is an effective way of using them medicinally or to support your general health. You can either mix them into a glass of water or too avoid the strong taste you can add them to “veggie capsules” and swallow them like a pill. For milder oils like Lemon or Frankincense, you can place a drop underneath your tongue and swallow for quick access to your bloodstream.
If you are going to use any essential oils internally, it’s essential that you ONLY ingest food-grade pure essential oils that have been produced using natural methods without chemicals or additives.
Learn more in 6 Pure Essential Oils To Support Gut Health
Other Benefits & Uses
Certain essential oils contain particular constituents which make them ideal for creating an environment that promotes a state of relaxation, priming the body for sleep.
For the ultimate in a restful night’s sleep, made up of 7 of powerful sleep-inducing essential oils , dōTERRA Lavender Peace Restful Blend is not just pleasant smelling but also a highly effective sleep aid!
Learn more in How To Sleep Better With Essential Oils
Whether for cleansing, toning, moisturising or anti-aging, pure essential oils offer incredible benefits for the look and health of your skin!
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Add a few drops of the oils along with a cup of Epsom Salt and or Baking Soda to your bath to promote relaxation and soothe away aches and pains.
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With most commercial cleaners and detergents containing toxic chemicals, you can actually make your own tox-free versions using essential oils.
Not All Oils Are Created Equal!
Making sure that the essential oils you are using are pure, botanically based and not synthetic fragrance oils is the first rule.
Essential oils vary in price, depending on the type of plant they are extracted from and the manufacturing. In other words, if the price of the essential oil is low, your best bet is to assume that the product is also.
dōTERRA Pure Essential Oils are carefully and thoroughly tested to ensure the highest quality and therapeutic grade. Their essential oils are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Your personal preferences and needs can definitely be complemented by your selection of essential oils.
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