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Essential oils are filled with amazing therapeutic properties. Depending on which oils you use, here are a few properties: anesthetic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, diuretic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antfungal, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, disinfectant. This, indeed, is not a complete list of properties that essential oils possess.
Almost all oils have at least 3 or even up to 20 properties. Different oils have different uses, depending on what properties they have. I’ll be talking more about the properties of some specific oils and what they are used for in the future, but with this post let’s focus on what essential oils are used for, in general. I want to focus briefly on 4 uses.
You can use oils to improve your quality of life (as shown here)and to reduce the side effects of aggressive therapies and different health conditions. Aromatherapy is inhaling the aroma of the essential oils for therapeutic reasons. Aromatherapy is the most popular and familiar use of essential oils. The easiest and best way to use aromatherapy is by putting the oils in a diffuser.
Ultrasonic oil diffusers use water by vibrating the water into a mist, which carry the oils into the air. This is the most popular of diffusers. There are also heat diffusers which use heat to evaporate the oils, but using the heat can affect the integrity of the oils. An evaporative diffuser evaporates the oil by using wind from a fan.
The last would be the essential oil nebulizing diffusers. These are frequently believed to be the best ones because the chemical composition of the oil is not affected by heat or water. This diffuser uses pressurized air that hits the essential oil and breaks it up into micro particles, resulting in pure, powerful particles that provide the strongest benefits of the oil.
When inhaling the oil, the part of the brain connected to smell is stimulated. The molecules enter the nose and mouth and pass to the lungs, then on to the other parts of the body. The molecules hit the brain, affecting emotions, behavior and other functions. Smelling can evoke mental, emotional and physical responses.
You can also use direct inhalation by putting drops of oil in the palm of your hand and cupping it around your nose and breathing deeply in.
Beauty and Skin
I mentioned in a previous post, how essential oils were used centuries ago for cosmetics and in beauty regimens, i.e. Cleopatra. People realized the powerful and nourishing properties of these oils. They discovered the ability the oils had to make their skin beautiful, glowing and youthful. Many of the oils are awesome substitutes for chemical ingredients found in regular cosmetic products. Because oils have become so popular of late, beauty companies have started adding oils to their products.
Oils can be used to treat acne (read here), wrinkles, cellulite, and to hydrate the skin. Then there’s those ugly stretch marks. Rosewood Oil helps with that. All these and more can be treated by oils. And don’t forget about your hair. Essential oils such as Sweet Orange, can help oily hair and dandruff. It helps brighten up the hair. You can mix it in your shampoo. Remember, though, different oils can be used for the same thing. Try different oils and see which one works the best for you. You can create your own beauty treatments by mixing a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.
Cleaning and Around the Home Use
One great thing about many of the essential oils is that they have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties, and all of them are antiseptic. (Read this) This makes them fantastic for disinfecting and for sanitizing. Because of this, they make great natural cleaning alternatives to the store-bought cleaners most people use. These man-made cleaners have really bad long-lasting effects on us and our environment.
The antibacterial agents in these cleaners kill all bacteria, bad and good, thus weakening our immune systems. Some oils not only have these mentioned properties, but they are also antiviral. Oils such as Oregano, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus have shown they fight viruses like influenza, norovirus and Staphylococcus aureus. Those would be good ingredients to have in a natural disinfectant solution.
The oils that are good for disinfecting have a basic component called phenol. This makes them very effective against fungi and bacteria. These also contain alcohol that gives them antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Another property in some oils that adds to them being anti fungal is aldehydes.
So what can you do with these oils that have all these properties? As I said, they are great for disinfecting. You can make a spray for disinfecting surfaces using tea tree, lemon and lavender oils. How about a toilet bowl scrub using baking soda, borax, sea salt and maybe grapefruit essential oil or anyone of the other disinfecting oils.
There are so, so many great recipes out there for making your own cleaners. You can make your own furniture polish with olive oil, lemon oil and vinegar. I have to admit, there are a lot that I haven’t tried. I’ve found a citrus glass cleaner made with white vinegar, lime or lemon oil and water. I’m definitely planning on making that for myself.
I am just amazed that you can use essential oils to clean so many things and they are natural and powerful and won’t harm you. Plus, you can save money over those high-cost cleaners.
Now that we’ve discussed 3 general topics of what essential oils are used for, the last one I want to talk about is how to use essential oils for healing and keeping yourself healthy. I’ve already mentioned above about the properties that essential oils have that help in cleaning, but they also help in healing our bodies. The body metabolizes essential oils easily. After it is used for the specific healing purpose (and remember, each oil is used for a specific purpose), it moves on through the liver and kidney and out of the body, easily and gently, and unlike synthetic drugs, it doesn’t attach to any tissue.
Essential oils are made up of Phytochemicals which are plant based chemicals. Ketones stimulate regeneration of cells, have calming effects and can liquefy mucous. One good oil in that category is Lavender Oil. It is one of the most popular oils because of these properties. Aldehydes are inclined to be antiviral and anti-inflammatory. This is found in oils like Lemongrass or Citronella. Sesquiterpenes are good for inflammation reversal. Also this amazing chemical can reverse DNA damage, deleting it from cellular memory. Because of these things, this phytochemical would be a great advantage to cancer patients. (Another study for you)
This chemical is found in oils such as Cedarwood and German Chamomile. Each one of these Phytochemicals works in the body differently. That is why it is important to learn about the different oils and which condition they are good for. You have to know what condition you have and match that with the right oil for that condition. Some oils are a lot stronger than others and need to be mixed with a carrier oil. It is very important that you research the company and make sure the oils are of the highest quality. The better they are, the better results will be seen.
Some examples of oils and uses: Lavender Oil can be applied directly on cuts, bites and stings. Eucalyptus Oil can be added to a bowl of steaming water for inhaling to help clear lungs and nasal passages. It is the most powerful antibacterial and antiviral oil. Peppermint can help with headaches and migraines and also fights nausea and stomach problems like motion sickness. Frankincense has been known to kill cancer cells, but it also helps to get better results when combined with other oils. Roman Chamomile, when added to a carrier oil, can help treat diaper rash. These are just a few oils and how they can help heal.
My Final Thoughts
I have only touched the surface in this post of what essential oils are used for. While bringing you this information, I have been learning even more. When God created these numerous amazing plants, He knew exactly what He was doing. He gave man the knowledge of how to use the plants by extracting the essential oils from them.
There is still so much more to learn about essential oils. In future posts, we will delve even further into the different oils and their properties and how they are used. There’s a lot more to say about these awesome oils. I hope you’ll continue to come back and learn even more as we continue on this journey. The next post we’ll journey more through diffusers and how to use them.
If you like what you’re learning, please leave your comments and let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading!