Monday, 20 December 2010

the 5 'essential' essential oils from aromatherapy times

Lavender for everyday use is simply the most widely recommended oil for therapeutic benefits and for personal enjoyment. After a demanding day reach for the floral sweet smell that calms the nerves and relaxes the mind. This wonderful balancing oil will treat skin burns, soothe menstrual cramps and add to your overall sense of facing new challenges with anticipation and sensitivity. Can be used throughout the day to relieve stress and headaches.

Eucalyptus is commonly used in remedies to treat coughs and the common cold. Because it helps loosen phlegm many herbal practitioners recommend inhaling eucalyptus vapors to help treat bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil is rich in cineole (a potent antiseptic that kills bacteria responsible for bad breath). Also, its camphoraceous smell in combination with lemon is often used as an insect repellent.

Tea Tree essential oil more than any other antiseptic oil is expected to do the therapeutic heavy lifting in aromatherapy. It is the most used first-aid oil in the practice of alternative medicine. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and used in the treatment of poor oral hygiene. Every home medicine cabinet should have a bottle. Tea tree tends to be extroverted and concentrated so be a little shy and careful with its application.

The scent of orange reduces anxiety and lightly lowers high blood pressure. Diffuse orange to help ease symptoms of bronchitis, colds, the flu, and to soothe stress and depression. A clockwise abdominal massage of orange may ease constipation and water retention. Orange makes an excellent body moisturizer, and when added to the bath has a calming effect. Orange has excellent de-greasing and cleaning properties.

Peppermint essential oil, as a massage oil over the abdomen relaxes the muscles to help in the digestion of heavy meals and relieves flatulence, cramping, nausea and specific disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint oil relieves the itching of ringworm, blisters, poison oak and ivy and stimulates oil production in dry skin and hair. Many bacterial and viral infections are destroyed by it.

Essential oils should be diluted to only 1-5% in a carrier oil. (Carrier Oils - Jojoba oil, Almond, Coconut) only a couple of oils are ok to apply 'neat' or undiluted, such as Lavender Oil, Tea Tree.

Listed below are essential oils that are most problematic for certain conditions.

Pregnancy cedarwood, chamomile, lavender,

peppermint, rose and rosemary

Photosensitizing (reacts with sunlight)

angelica, bergamot, lemon, orange, grapefruit and mandarin

Epilepsy fennel (sweet), hyssop, rosemary and sage (all types)

Note: The information provided on this site is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professionals.


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