Essential Oils For Healing

Essential oils have been used for healing and this healing method is popularly called Aromatherapy. Essential oils are volatile plant extracts from different plant parts including flowers, leaves, barks, roots or even rinds. These oils are highly concentrated and not suitable for direct application. They’re diluted using carrier oils, alcohol or lotion and then sprayed, inhaled or applied topically.  Some also use it in bath water, while only a few therapeutic grade essential oils are suitable for internal consumption.

According to experts, fragrances in the oil stimulate nerves in the olfactory system, sending impulses to the brain to control emotion and memory. Depending on the oil use and its properties, it could stimulate or calm one. Some oils interact with the body’s enzymes and hormones, to trigger changes in pulse, body’s functioning and blood pressure. Some believe the substances in the oil trigger production of pain-relieving substances in the body.

Essential oils are typically used to alleviate stress, treat a range of mental and physical conditions like burns, insomnia, pain, depression, blood pressure, etc. Though there is research to support the efficacy of essential oils, many do not believe there’s strong evidence to suggest its ability to cure or prevent illness. In US, there aren’t many Aromatherapy licensed practitioners, though it is considered as an adjunct therapy to help treat health conditions.

Essential Oils For Healing

Unlike medicines, essential oils are natural for healing physically and emotionally, restore balance, do not trigger adverse side effects, and enhances immunity. It is used for centuries, though modern medicine hasn’t understood or recognized its potency or uses, as yet.  There are many different oils, each with different uses, components, properties, etc. Here are few tops oils that are suitable for beginners, so you can start with these, in case you are in doubt.

Lavender:

Very popular and fragrant oil, it is antibacterial, antiviral and promotes healing physical and emotional well being. It is used for cuts, wounds and burns, to accelerate healing, reduce the possibility of scarring, etc. It is one of the very few essential oils that can be directly applied on one’s skin. It also promotes relaxation, making it a handy aid for insomniacs, or those enduring stress.

Peppermint:

Another popular cooling oil, it can help beat cold or fever, any day. Besides, it also helps combat pain; a reason it is a very popular ingredient in pain-relief sprays and balms. It also has a cooling effect, which many prefer. It is applied on one’s chest, back, neck, forehead and even palms and feet, to combat cold and fever. It is a popular migraine and headache aid.

Eucalyptus:

A must-have in most homes, it is antiviral, antispasmodic, antibacterial and what not. It is used to combat cough, cold, fever and also, aids with pain relief. It is a powerful decongestant.

Tea Tree Oil:

Not very popular, though has gained recognition recently for its antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It helps with pain relief, wounds, bites and what not. It is used for headache relief, quite often.

Roman Chamomile:

A warm scent, it is an effective anti-inflammatory and extremely calming. It can calm inflamed skin, and is gentler than tea tree oil. It suits delicate skin and can be applied directly, in some instances.

Pregnant women and children under five aren’t suggested aromatherapy, in most cases. There are contraindications and most oils are very potent for use on delicate skin. However, once you become familiar with the different essential oils, their uses and properties, you can come up with your own recipes, mixtures and what not!

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