Essential oils for healing provide a natural alternative to treat common ailments we see at home. The actions of essential oils can range from topical antiseptics and anti-inflammatories to analgesics, digestive system tonics, and anti-depressants. While essential oils should not be a substitute for professional medical care, they can be successfully employed for many minor complaints you may encounter daily. They can also be used as adjuncts to other therapies.
Here we will have a brief look at the top ten essential oils for healing which might be thought of as a basic home care kit. While this list is far from exhaustive, it will go a long way to providing effective (and often pleasant!) treatments for you and your family. For things like cuts and scrapes, sunburn, digestive troubles, stress-related conditions, and more essential oils for healing can prove effective. They are also much cheaper than a trip to the doctor for minor issues.
1: Tea Tree Essential Oil
When first examined for its antiseptic properties, Tea Tree essential oil was found to be 100 times more powerful than carbolic acid. Carbolic acid was considered to be the medical standard at the time Tea Tree oil was being studied. Tea tree oil has an extremely broad range of antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal properties that have been confirmed by modern scientific research. Often used topically on small wounds, Tea Tree oil is also commonly found in oral hygiene preparations, and can also be effectively employed for Candida, athletes foot, and acne, among other things.
2: Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has often been called the medicine chest in a bottle for its broad range of applications. Every home should keep Lavender oil on hand, even if no other oil is used, as it is so very effective on burns. Its anti-inflammatory action is responsible for the beginnings of modern aromatherapy, as Dr. Jean Valnet discovered. Dr. Valnet discovered Lavender’s healing properties after being burned in a laboratory accident. Lavender is considered to speed wound healing and reduce scarring. The oil is also pleasantly calming and can be used to reduce stress in a variety of situations. A commonly used technique is to apply Lavender oil undiluted to the soles of the feet of patients recovering from almost any ailment.
3: Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile oil is considered a very effective tension reliever. This extremely gentle essential oil is useful for a wide variety of nervous conditions and is often indicated for cases of stress in children (including teething and general crankiness). Rubbing into the solar plexus is a commonly used application if that is where one tends to hold tension. Chamomile essential oil is available in two varieties, German or Blue Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. The Roman variety is most often used for stress relief, whereas the German variety has the added bonus of being an extremely effective anti-inflammatory.
4: Peppermint Essential Oil
An excellent digestive tonic, Peppermint essential oil can soothe many stomach complaints. For the traveler, its effectiveness in calming motion sickness can be of great help. At least eight controlled studies have shown Peppermint oil to be effective in reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a painful condition of the intestines. Beyond its support of the digestive system, Peppermint is delightfully stimulating to the mind, brightening and sharpening mental focus. Finally, Peppermint is considered by some to be a more effective insect repellent than citronella when used on the body.
5: Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Another essential oil with a broad range of properties, Eucalyptus is most often used for respiratory conditions. Eucalyptus is useful in clearing congestion with coughs and colds. The effects of Eucalyptus oil is certainly not limited to the airways. Because of its broad range of effects, it has been called the aromatherapist’s designer oil. Eucalyptus oil can cool the body in summer, or reduce a fever when used in a compress. Eucalyptus can also support the immune system in winter. Diffusing Eucalyptus oil can kill most staphylococcus bacteria. Knowing this means it can be used as an inhalant to treat staphylococcus bronchial infections. It is considered equally effective in cases of cystitis, candida, and sunburn. It can also be used as an effective insect repellent.
6: Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium (sometimes known as Rose Geranium) works wonderfully on both physiological and psychological levels. Its floral aroma is brightening and uplifting, while also working as a sedative. Malte Hozzel has made this statement regarding this oil: “Geraniums vital, sensual presence is not subtle, but direct & unavoidable, making it one of the oils of choice for aphrodisiac qualities. (Geranium Essential Oil) inspires natural beauty & enjoyment, uplifts instantly & tonifies the mind & intellect in a powerful, nearly demanding attitude. Mobilizing hidden creative & emotional reserves, helping us to rise to our own earthly & spiritual identity. A fiery beauty for the spells of all worlds.” Particularly noted for its effect on female physiologic conditions, Geranium oil can be effective for menopausal problems, uterine and breast complaints.
7: Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is an effective physical and mental stimulant, whether used in a diffuser or in a morning bath. It’s slightly spicy aroma has a warming effect. This warming effect is particularly useful for arthritic joints and other muscular complaints. It also has a long history of being a treatment for colds and flu. Rosemary was a component of Four Thieves Vinegar, which robbers rubbed upon their bodies to prevent infection when up to no good during the plague years of the middle ages. Also, Rosemary is the essential oil most often associated with improving hair growth in cases of Alopecia.
8: Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme oil is a powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic, though it should be employed with great care. There are many types of Thyme oil available, but only the linalol chemotype is appropriate for use with children; all varieties should be diluted prior to topical application. Given the precautions, Thyme can be the first line of defense in cases of flu, being used in a room diffuser. It also supports the elimination of toxic wastes from the body (particularly noted for excessive uric acid). It’s warming quality can help eliminate mucous and phlegm. Its application for the digestive system is that of a powerful anti-parasitic. For the muscular system, it can be helpful for rheumatic aches and pains. Thyme oil may also be supportive in cases of hair loss.
9: Lemon Essential Oil
A recent study on test-taking college students showed the diffusion of Lemon oil into a room improved test scores more than any other oil. In addition to its mind-brightening qualities, it can also disinfect room air and act as a natural deodorant. Lemon oil has been noted to support liver function. It is also commonly used to assist in weight loss and cellulite reduction. In blends, lemon adds a pleasant top note and can create a synergistic effect with other oils. Finally, Lemon oil is commonly used as both a fragrance and flavoring agent.
10: Clove Essential Oil
The power of Clove essential oil is noted upon the first sensing of the aroma. It is quite strong, sharp, and earthy. Clove oil has been found to be the strongest anti-oxidant of any essential oil and is a component of longevity formulas. It is also an extremely potent antibacterial, effective against a broader range of microbes than any other oil except perhaps Oregano. Clove oil has even been employed to sterilize surgical instruments. Clove also has analgesic properties and can be used to temporarily reduce the pain of a toothache. Clove oil (or ground cloves) is also a component of Dr. Huda Clark’s anti-parasite protocol, helping eliminate parasites from the digestive system. This is a very powerful oil that should be diluted to 1% or less for topical application.
So, there we have the top ten essential oils for healing. This is a selection with an extremely broad range of uses for common ailments seen in the home. It is important to note that all essential oils for healing are powerful. They should be treated with caution and respect. Always refer to a trusted source before making specific applications of any oil, as many can be irritating or possibly toxic if used incorrectly. Always keep safety in mind when trying any home remedy using essential oils. If the condition gets worse or does not improve please seek professional medical advice.
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