You can review our brief essential oil guide to give you insight in to why we selected some of the oils we did.
Overview of Essential Oils
Essential oils are the aromatic part of a plant and come from various parts of the plants such as the flowers, stems, roots, bark, or leaves. Essential oils are usually obtained through steam distillation with the exception of citrus oils which are usually cold pressed. Essential oils have many therapeutic properties, in fact, it is the aromatic part of the plant that offers the plant its protection, its ability to heal itself, and attract things to it.
Using essential oils has been around since biblical times. In fact, two of the most known biblical uses of essential oils are the gifts of frankincense and myrrh. In addition to biblical use, the Egyptians also used essential oils. The Egyptians used essential oils for many things including perfumes, cosmetics and in their mummification process. The term “aromatherapy” however, was not actually coined until 1937. Renee Gattefosse, a chemist and a perfumer, coined the term. He was also the first individual to write a book about the subject.
Today when you hear the term, “aromatherapy,” your first thought may lead you to think of the scented oils that aromatherapy practitioners use to help someone with a health concern. Others may think of the use of essential oils in products such as natural body lotions, skin care, room fresheners, aromatherapy diffusers, roll-ons, and body massage oils. Whatever you may think of, Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to influence ones physical and emotional concerns. Our nose truly knows what we need and our sense of smell is our most powerful sense! It is amazing how the essential oils affect our bodies as they travel through our sense of smell and through our skin. I hope you enjoy our brief essential oil guide to give you a quick insight it to their many uses.
Aromatherapy or Essential Oil Therapy is amazing in that it promotes a healthy balance within the body, mind, and soul!
Essential Oil Guide and Information on Some of their Many Uses
Basil (Sweet) – (Ocimum basilicum ct linalool)
Basil ct. linalol is best known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, and restorative properties. It is best known for its use in helping to relieve mental and nervous fatigue and to promote overall strength. It is also widely used for digestive issues.
Bergamot – (citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is best known for its sedative, and antidepressant properties. It is also highly recognized for its uplifting and calming properties and may help with anxiety, stress and feeling depressed. It is a wonder for supporting emotional balance.
Cedarwood – (Juniperus virginiana)
Cedarwood is best known for its expectorant and sedative properties. It is a very grounding oil that helps with nervous tension and has also been used for coughs and colds.
Chamomile – (Chamaemelum nobile or Anthmis nobilis)
Roman Chamomile is best known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and antibacterial properties. It has been used historically for skin irritations, soothe indigestion, muscle and joint pain.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary Sage is best known for its deodorant, emmenagogue, nervine and tonic properties. It has been used in skin care to help balance the skin’s moisture and has been used as a woman’s remedy for all phases of life.
Cypress –(Cupressus sempervirens)
Cypress is best known for its anstringent, diuretic, venous decongestant and tonic properties. It has been used historically for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and cellulite.
Cypress is used in our Vari-Vein Lotion.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus is best known for its decongestant and expectorant properties as well as its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. It is also a good febrifigue. It has been historically used for muscular aches and pain, for the common cold, and to help open up the nasal passages and lower respiratory areas. and it is used in many insect repellents.
A long time favorite of mine. Frankincense has so many benefits, however, it is known for its analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, relaxant, sedative, strengthening and tonic properties. It is best known for its use in religious ceremonies, to help with tumors, ulcers, fever. It is widely used for respiratory conditions, to alleviate anxiety, and for dry and mature skin.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Geranium is known for its antidepressant, astringent, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, diuretic, lymphatic stimulant, tonic and uplifting properties. It has been used to stimulate the lymphatic system, to help with wounds and bruises, regulating effect on the nervous system making it a good tonic. Also known for its balancing effect on fluctuating hormones.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is known for its analgesic, stimulant and tonic properties. It is very warming and goes down deep into your muscles making it a great analgesic. Ginger is best known as a tonic, circulatory stimulant, aid for digestion, and helping with rheumatic or arthritic as well as muscular pain.
Grapefruit, Pink (Citrus paradisi)
Grapefruit is known for its anti-depressant, antiseptic, diuretic, and tonic properties. It has an energizing scent. It has been used to help with balancing emotions, especially when the emotions need to be lifted or ones needs energy. It has also been used for cellulite, fluid retention, and lymph congestion.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
Helicrysum is a wonderful oil. It has anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, and nervine properties. It has been used to help with minor skin irritations including burns, cuts or rashes. It has been used to help with swelling and bruising. Used to also help with stress related concerns because of its relaxing, nervine properties.
HoWood Cinnamomun camphora ct linalol)
HoWood is one of my favorite oils. It has analgesic, antimicrobial and tonic properties. It has been traditionally used to support the immune and respiratory system, especially when you have a cold or a flu. It has also been used for all types of muscular aches and pains. I love the scent of HoWood and find it very calming and supportive.
Howood is used in our Strengthen Inhaler.
Juniper (Juniperus communis) antibacterial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, calmative, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, lymphatic stimulant, nervine, rubefacient, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is one of the most healing essential oils and has wonderful analgesic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, nervine, restorative, and sedative. It works well for helping you calm down as well as topically for pain or burns. It is a must have oil due to its many uses.
Lemon (citrus limon) antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticidal, tonic, vermifuge.
Mandarin, Red (Citrus reticulata) antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic (mild), sedative, tonic.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) analgesic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-tumoric, astringent, balsamic, calmative, carminative, cicatrizant, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vulnerary.
Patchoulli (Pogostemon cablin) antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, diuretic, insect repellant, nervine, sedative, tonic, vulnerary.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stomachic, vasoconstrictor.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, aphrodisiac, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, tonic.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) analgesic, anticatarrhal, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, chlorectic, cytophylactic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hepatic, hypertensive, nervine, restorative, rubefgacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.
Tea Tree essential oil is best know for its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericide, and fungicide properties. It can also be used on the skin as an antimicrobial for acne or fungal concerns due to its cicatrisant properties. I use Tea Tree in my expectorant blends for colds and flus and to support my immune system.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antivenomous, cicatrizing, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, parasidicide, sudorific, vermifuge.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressnat, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, calmative, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, tonic.
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Jennifer Pressimone. JennScents Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide. Jennscents Inc – 2015. Print.
Larissa Jones, Aroamtherapy for Body, MInd and Spirit, Evergreen Aromatherapy – 2002. Print.