Healing Properties of Essential OilsWhenever possible, I prefer to deal with the various ailments and injuries I encounter by using Essential Oils rather than synthetic treatments or remedies. Essential Oils are not only very effective at treating sickness and injury, but also provide the peace of mind that can only come with using an all-natural remedy.
Natural substances like Essential Oils are easily metabolized by the body. In fact, your body knows exactly how to deal with them and thrives on them. Unlike synthetic drugs, after an Essential Oil performs its natural healing function, it travels on to the liver and kidney and moves easily and gently out of the body, without attaching itself to various tissues.
Which Essential Oils Have The Maximum Healing Effect?Obviously, the Essential Oil that you choose will depend on the condition you seek to treat. As you experiment with various Oils and application methodologies, pay attention to which of these satisfy your unique, personal needs and tastes. Here are some of the Essential Oils that are known to have maximum healing effects.
Lavender is the one of the most known Essential Oils. It is used to cut down the healing time for cuts, bites and stings. The nice thing about Lavender is that is does not require a carrier, it can be applied straight to the affected area.
Peppermint Essential OilNot only will Peppermint cool you off during a fever, but it will also fight nausea and tummy trouble, whether it is morning or motion sickness. You can also pair Peppermint and Lavender Oil up and apply it to your temples; doing so will lessen the intensity of headaches and migraines.
Another use for Peppermint Oil is to help combat insect invasions. Doing this is simple; just add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to hot water and wipe any surfaces with a Peppermint-infused clothe. Peppermint Oil is also used to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, bowel spasms and pain, asthma, intestinal gas and more.
Eucalyptus Essential OilAnother popular Essential Oil is Eucalyptus Oil which is the most powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antispasmodic. To use it for this effect, all you have to do is add a few drops to a basin of steaming water to inhale, or add a few drops to a vaporizer. This can help disinfect and clear both your nasal passages and lungs. You can also add a few drops to a cloth, or a bandana, and inhale the Oil throughout the day; doing this during cold season will also help prevent a cold.
Just like Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil is also an effective antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic. Using Tea Tree Oil is very simple, all you have to do is add a few drops with a carrier Oil and apply it directly to the affected area. This can help treat scrapes, cuts, insect bites, infections, warts and even flaky scalp or dry skin. Also, if you have acne, you can mix Tea Tree Oil with Coconut Oil or Aloe Vera gel as an effective acne treatment.
This great Oil also helps loosen chest congestion. To do so, just add a few drops to a vaporizer. Another cold-like symptom that can be treated with Tea Tree Oil is a sore throat, just put a few drops of the Oil on your tongue every hour or so and the symptoms should disappear. You can also add a few drops to warm water and gargle with it.
Another great use for this Oil is removal of plantar warts. To get rid of these warts, put the Oil right on the wart and massage it in and when it is dry, put socks on. The best way to do this is before bed: apply it, let it dry, and put socks on for fifteen to twenty minutes, but do not wear the socks to bed.
Roman Chamomile Essential OilThis Essential Oil is not only good for its scent, but it is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory. If you are experiencing red, sensitive or inflamed, acne-prone skin, this Oil can help you out. It is a lot kinder than Tea Tree Oil, so it is ideal for those with sensitive, delicate skin. Also, a few drops of Roman Chamomile can be added to an antibacterial carrier Oil, such as Coconut Oil, to help treat and soothe diaper rash and eczema.
Lemon Essential Oil is a powerful bactericide and treats minor cuts and wounds. It is also known to brighten dull skin, help immunity and is even used in antibacterial cleansers. Lemon Oil is also known for its ability to clear toxins from the body.
Frankincense Essential OilNext up is the “king” of all Oils, Frankincense. You can also combine this Oil with other Oils to get better results and a more effective healing. Frankincense has even been known for its ability to kill cancer cells. More simply, it is used for skin inflammation, rashes, and brings about focus and clarity.
Sesame Essential OilAnother Essential Oil is Sesame Oil, which is best known for its moisturizing qualities. Sesame Oil contains fatty acids, which are believed to reduce stress and blood pressure. This Essential Oil has even shown to assist in slowing the growth of cancer in cells as long as your diet is rich in vegetables.
Rose Essential OilThis Oil is known as “the ultimate woman’s Oil”, because it can work to improve the hormonal balance and can treat problems like PMS and menopause. This Oil is also known for counteracting bedroom problems and improving the health in your skin.
Geranium Essential OilGeranium Essential Oil is known for its astringent properties. Apart from refreshing the skin, this Oil features styptic effects, which calm inflammation and stop haemorrhaging. This Oil can also be used for treating acne, managing Oily skin, boosting blood circulation, and reducing bloating. Other than this, this Oil is helpful in reducing scars, blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines.
Pine Essential OilPine Oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. Pine Oil is also known to treat skin problems, such as psoriasis, eczema and pimples. You can also use pine Essential Oil to speed up your metabolism, aid in food poisoning, ease joint pain and arthritis, kill germs, as well as battle respiratory problems that come with cold season.
Clove Essential OilClove Oil also has powerful healing properties, making it useful for use as an antiseptic. This Oil needs a carrier Oil for its functioning, so just dilute a few drops of this Essential Oil in your choice of carrier and you can treat scrapes, cuts and bug bites. Apart from this, this Oil can help clear earaches, nasal congestion, digestion problems, headaches and stomach aches. As an additional bonus, it’s an aphrodisiac. This means that it has stress-relieving properties.
Rosemary Essential OilAnother great Essential Oil is rosemary Oil. According to scientific studies, Rosemary Essential Oil has been shown to help in keeping the brain optimally functional. The act of simply smelling rosemary Essential Oil helps in memory recall.
Essential Oils And Their Usefulness In Several Common Health Conditions
Below mentioned are some of the common ailments and the Essential Oils you can use for relief:
HangoverPine, Grapefruit, Juniper and Cypress Rosemary Essential Oils
HeartburnChamomile (German), Marjoram, Peppermint Essential Oils
IndigestionGinger, Coriander, Cardamom and Lemon Peppermint Essential Oils
Anti-CoagulantGeranium Essential Oil
Anti-VenomousBasil, Thyme Essential Oils
AphrodisiacAniseed, Angelica, Black Pepper, Basil, Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Clove, Jasmine, Pimento, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Thyme, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang and Vetivert Essential Oils.
ExpectorantCoriander, Flatulence, Thyme, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Pine, Parsley, Myrrh, Hyssop, Garlic, Cedarwood, Cajuput, Bergamot, Basil and Angelica Essential Oils.
HypertensionCamphor, Rosemary, Hyssop and Thyme Essential Oils
Hay FeverLavender, Eucalyptus, Chamomile and Melissa Essential Oils
RheumatismCedarwood, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Coriander, Cloves, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Ginger, Lemon, Rosemary and Pine Essential Oils
TonsillitisLavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils
ToothacheChamomile (Roman), Clove and Peppermint Essential Oils
InfluenzaRavensara, Melissa, Thyme, Oregano, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lavender, Sage, Lemon, and Rosemary Essential Oils
How To Use Essential Oils For Best Possible Healing?
Here are some of the best ways you can use Essential Oils for maximum healing effect:
Use in a diffuserPlace about 10 drops of Essential Oil in a diffuser. Follow the guidelines of the manufacturer and inhale accordingly. Essential Oils must not be directly burned.
Inhale the steamAdd 2 to 5 drops of Essential Oil into a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head covering the bowl water and breathe deeply. It is essential to keep the eyes closed during this process. This technique is not really suggested for children younger than 7 years of age. Children more than 7 years of age can use swimming goggles to guard their eyes.
Dry EvaporationPlace 5 drops of Essential Oil over a cotton ball or tissue allowing the Oil to evaporate into the air. To get a more powerful dose, gently sniff the cotton ball. Otherwise, just keep the cotton ball at a distance of few feet from your face.
Use in a sprayAdd five to ten drops of Essential Oil to water in a tiny spray bottle, shake, and then spray into the air and inhale.
MassageWhile using Essential Oils topically, it’s important to remember that Essential Oils shouldn’t be applied to the skin in undiluted forms. When diluted, the concentration should not be higher than 3 to 5 percent. To put it differently, if you use 3 drops of Essential Oil, you must dilute it with one teaspoon of carrier Oil. To be on the safer side, start with a 1% solution, or 1 drop of Essential Oil per teaspoon of carrier Oil.
The exceptions: Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Myrrh Tea Tree Oils usually do not require dilution.
Add Essential Oil to your favorite carrier Oil with 3% concentration (at most 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier Oil) and apply to your skin gently. You can massage your entire body or only the area affected.
Spot ApplicationMix 1 to 3 drops of Essential Oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier Oil or natural Aloe Vera and apply to the spot that needs attention.
CompressFill a basin with water. Add 3 to 5 drops of Essential Oil in the water and stir briskly. Soak a washcloth in water, wring, and apply to the affected area. Do this at least three more times. Leave the last compress in place for five minutes.
BathAdd 20 to 40 drops of Essential Oil to bath water. Also, add a few tablespoons of milk or cream to serve as a dispersant. For the reason that bath allows the Oil to be easily absorbed in the skin, this is among one of my personal favorite methods.
GargleAdd one drop of Essential Oil per ounce of water. Mix, then gargle and swish out the solution. Do not swallow.
If you want to make your own essential oils for healing, please read my favourite list of 17 blends of essential oils!
Essential Oils For Specific Diseases
Grapefruit Oil is packed with Ascorbic Acid, which is ideal for detoxifying our bodies. This Oil is therefore valuable for the improving the defense mechanisms of the body. You can use this Oil internally.
Thyme Essential OilThyme Oil is really a powerful defense mechanism booster and may help fight problems like cancer. As a urinary antiseptic, it is also good for cystitis and urethritis. You can use this Oil internally.
Some Essential Oils that stimulate white blood cell production:Pine, Lemon, Lavender, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Bergamot, Myrrh Tea Tree, and Thyme Essential Oils can help stimulate the white blood cell production in body.
Topically apply Helichrysum (most significant for broken bones), Cypress and White Fir over the injured area two to three times in a day. Add Marjoram if there is a muscle damage.
Wintergreen Essential Oil
While Wintergreen is not a very popular Oil, it is incredibly good at treating broken tendons and pain cramps. You can use this Oil topically or inhale for maximum benefit.
Vetiver Essential Oil
This Oil is well known for its healing effects on muscles and tendons. Use this Oil topically or internally. You can also inhale this Oil.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Roman Chamomile Oil can be a powerful anti-inflammatory, so it will be the best option for cold sores. This Oil is also a good bactericide that can kill the bacteria responsible for causing cold sores.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Used heavily in biblical times, this Oil operates at deeper levels of the skin to deliver maximum healing. Frankincense has proven to help combat skin inflammation, rashes and cold sores. You can use this Oil topically.
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress Oil is anti-antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, so that it is a powerful tool to address cold sores. Use this Oil topically.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum Essential Oil is highly anti-inflammatory and calming. This Oil is regenerative and its pain reducing properties and analgesic effects make it a powerful solution for cold sores. You can use this Oil topically.
Ravintsara, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Birch and Lemon are known to give strength to the lungs. Any blend carrying these Oils can fight respiratory infections and alleviate symptoms of diseases related to the lungs.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which could reduce the healing time for acne and other skin conditions. It doesn’t need a carrier Oil. You can apply it directly on the impacted area. Obviously, topical use can get you the best results in this case.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial. Only a few drops blended with carrier Oil is all you need to disinfect the acne on your body.
Manuka Essential Oil
This Oil is perfect for treating skin conditions like acne due to its antifungal qualities. It promotes faster healing of the skin.