The 5 Best Essential Oils for Healing
The science supporting essential oil remedies is recent, however the use of essential oils dates to ancient history.
The ancient Egyptians including Cleopatra and the pharaohs used essential oils as medicines, beauty treatments, fragrances, as well as embalming substances. The Egyptians even erected entire temples dedicated to extracting and blending oils and engraved recipes on the walls in hieroglyphics.
The ancient Chinese also began studying aromatherapy beginning in 2700 BC. They incorporated oils into their comprehensive Chinese medical system, using yang essential oils such as ginger (with warming properties) to support digestion and reduce "dampness" from candida or a cold.
So what are essential oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the leaves, flowers, bark, roots, resin, or peels of a plant. They hold the ability to fight illness naturally. This is because plants are vulnerable to the same pathogens that cause diseases in humans, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. As a result, plants developed their own protective mechanisms to fend off these pathogens. Inhaling, applying, or ingesting their oils help you harness these innate disease-fighting properties.
Essential oils can be diffused into the air, applied topically with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil, or ingested in a dilute form. Oils extracted from herbs, spices, roots, and berries such as thyme oil, ginger oil, lime oil, and peppermint oil are safe to ingest. For these edible oils, the therapeutic dosage commonly listed in medical studies in one to two drops (about 60 mg).
However, essential oils should be taken with care. They are extremely concentrated and can be dangerous when used incorrectly. Tree oils, for example, are dangerous to ingest. There are other oils that can cause skin reactions when applied topically. If you experience side effects such as dizziness or nausea, stop using the oil immediately.
When used properly, they can be used to effectively heal the body without toxic side effects. Read on to learn the top five essential oils for healing.
1. Lavender oil
As the most widely used essential oil in the world, lavender oil is revered for its therapeutic benefits.
In a randomized, controlled trial conducted by German researchers, they found lavender oil capsules to be more effective than the commonly prescribed anti-anxiety drug paroxetine to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Lavender is a natural antioxidant, helping to prevent and reverse disease. When inhaled, lavender is also known to relieve headaches and enhance sleep.
Another key benefit is its ability to soothe acne and remove age spots. To use it for this purpose, mix three to four lavender oil drops with half a teaspoon of carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and apply it to the affected area.
2. Frankincense oil
Frankincense, known as the "king of oils," was cited in the Bible along with gold and myrrh as the gifts the three wise men brought to the infant Jesus . With its earthy scent, Frankincense contains a variety of terpenes, including boswellic acid which offers anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense oil can also help those facing chronic stress and anxiety due to its high doses of alpha-pinene, which positive affects the brain chemical GABA responsible for mood regulation.
This oil improves the appearance of the skin by reducing pore size and reversing wrinkles and signs of aging.
To experience its benefits, add six drops of frankincense oil to one ounce of an unscented carrier oil and apply it to your skin. It is most effective when inhaled or applied topically.
3. Oregano oil
Oregano was used by Hippocrates for addressing respiratory and digestive diseases. This oil has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diarrhea, parasites, and fungal infections. This is due to its high content of carvacrol, which has been shown to prevent viruses including herpes, respiratory syncytial virus, and rotavirus.
Harness the power of oregano to banish mold around your home. You can use it as a cleaning product by adding five to seven drops to a spray bottle filled with water.
4. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil derived from Melaleuca alternifolia is known for its potent antiviral properties. Inhaling the scent can help fight respiratory tract infections and coughs. Tea tree is also a powerful disinfectant and can help treat skin conditions such as acne.
You can use it by mixing five drops of tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Rub it on to your face and wash it off after one minute. Note never to ingest tea tree oil.
5. Peppermint oil
The use of peppermint oil dates to ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and Japan. Peppermint oil has been proven to effectively treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) due to its ability to relax the muscles in the intestines and in the rest of your body.
A study published in the Digestive and Liver Disease journal revealed that patients who used peppermint oil experienced a 50 percent reduction in IBS symptoms.
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which stimulates blood flow and creates a cooling sensation. Inhaling peppermint oil can decongest your sinuses. You can add a few drops in a diffuser or in boiling water. Alternatively, you can apply it topically to your temples, chest, and neck.
Experience the power of ancient remedies with these five essential oils for healing.
Author: Jesamine Dyus
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