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Aromatherapy:   Your Guide to Using Essential Oils

by Mariette Pan

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

In part 1 of our article on aromatherapy, we learned about the history of essential oils and touched on some ways to use them. In part 2 we will go into further details on the many versatile and easy ways to use essential oils and to use some of the more common ones for various health issues.

Pure essential oils have a tremendous power to affect the human brain. Essential oils connect us to nature, unlocking a part of the human brain that allows us to tap into the instinctive and primitive emotions deep within our core.

From From Aromatherapy A-Z by Connie and Alan Higley, Pat Leathem, below are some benefits of pure essential oils:

  1. Are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants.
  2. Are so small they can quickly penetrate tissues of the skin.
  3. Are lipid soluble and capable of penetrating cell walls. In fact, can affect every cell of the body within 20 minutes and are then metabolized like other nutrients.
  4. Contain oxygen molecules that help transport nutrients to starving human cells. This stimulates the immune mechanisms of the body.
  5. Are very powerful antioxidants, creating an unfriendly environment for free radicals.
  6. Can be antibacterial, anticancerous, antifungal, anti-viral, antiparasitic, and antiseptic. Some have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.
  7. May detoxify cells and blood in the body.
  8. Are aromatic, when diffused they remove metallic particles and toxins in the air, increase atmospheric oxygen, increase ozone and negative ions in the area (inhibiting bacterial growth), destroy odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals, and fill air with a fresh, aromatic scent.
  9. Help promote emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.
  10. Have a bioelectrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency in herbs, food, and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils have the potential to quickly raise the frequency of the human body, restoring it to its normal, healthy level.

Essential oils and their benefits

An age-old combination of art and science, aromatherapy draws on the healing properties of naturally extracted essential oils by treating our physical bodies and enhancing our state of mind. The value of natural plant oils has been recognized for over 6000 years for their healing, cleansing, and mood-enhancing properties. It has become one of the most popular therapies around the world because of its immediate and natural benefits.

Here is some more detailed information on just a few of the more powerful and versatile essential oils. Try some of these out for yourself!

In trivial pursuit of aromatherapy

  • Bergamot to relax and be uplifted. Also good as an antidepressant and antiseptic
  • Camphor for digestive problems, anxiety, depression, insomnia, flatulence, stress, and fatigue. Also good as an analgesic, antispasmodic, balancing, sedative, stimulant
  • Chamomile for headaches, insomnia, stress, indigestion, digestive problems, skin conditions. Also good as antibacterial and antiseptic
  • Eucalyptus for congestion and flus, air disinfectant, burns, cuts, decongestant, insect repellent, headaches, sinusitis. Also good as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, stimulant
  • Geranium for menopausal problems and PMS
  • Lavender for relaxation, burns, circulatory problems, colds, eczema, flu, headaches, insect bites, insomnia, muscle aches and pains, PMS symptoms, sunburn. Also good as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, insecticide, sedative
  • Mandarin for acne, dull skin, insomnia, restlessness, nervous tension, scars, spots, stress, wrinkles. Also good as antidepressant, sedative, digestive, stimulant
  • Patchouli for anxiety, cellulite, chapped and cracked skin, depression, eczema, PMS symptoms, scar tissue, water retention, acne, athlete's foot, dermatitis, fatigue, frigidity, hair care, insect repellant, mature skin, oily skin, stress. Also good as antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, sedative
  • Peppermint for quick energy, asthma, colic, exhaustion, fever, flatulence, headache, sinusitis, vertigo, nausea, acne, bruises, swollen gums, mouth thrush, mouth ulcers, toothache, abdominal pains, colic, coughing, painful menstruation, stings, bites, stress. Also good as antiseptic, antibacterial, carminative, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant
  • Rosemary for aching muscles, arthritis, burns, cellulite, colds, dandruff, digestive problems, dull skin, exhaustion, fatigue, flu, gout, hair care, muscle cramping, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, water retention, wounds. Also good as analgesic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic, stimulant
  • Tea Tree for disinfecting. Also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Wintergreen for combating restlessness and sleeplessness, skin problems. Also good as antispasmodic, carminative, insecticide, restorative, stimulant

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