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Natural Essential Oils
Essential Oils are raw natural oils generally derived from a steam distilation process. They are suitable for blending, aromatherapy, adding to massage oils, or adding fragrance to just about any project. Their metaphysical or healing proporties and attributes are listed below.
To use these oils see the Understanding Aromatherapy section of this page. For more information see also the Using Essential Oils page of this site
Carrier Base Oils
These are natural plant extracts that have been steamed distilled and are suitable for direct
application to the skin. You may use the essential oils above to blend your own massage oils
or pulse point oils.
Aromatherpy has been used for centuries and in today's practice has been found quite beneficial in treating several common ailments. Though we could write pages on this topic we are providing you with very basic information to help you select oils that may be bennificial to you. Before considering any alternative treatment, including Aromatherapy, it is advisable to consult your doctor or specialist to discuss your specific needs.
Certain perscription drugs may interact, interfere or contradict alternative treatments when used in combination. The oils listed below are for external use only and are generally inhaled or applied to the affected area of the skin. These oils should not be used in or near the eyes, as they may cause unexpected reactions or possibly blindness. Common side effect of oil application may include a rash, itiching skin or mild flaking. If you shown any signs of these ailments you should stop the treatments imediately and consult your physician.
Anxiety or Stress: Anxiety and stress become problematic when ever they become excessive or chronic. Physical manifestations may include depression, restlessness, emotional outbursts, palpitations and an erratic heart rhythm. Fragrances useful in treating mild cases of these disorders include... Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Patchouli.
Respiratory Ailments: Respiratory distress may manifest itself as Asthma, Bronchitis, difficulty in breathing , tightness in the chest, or wheezing or coughing caused by excessive mucus. Allergies may also play into this aspect including those related to pollen, animal dander, fungi, dust and even dairy products. Fragrances useful in treating mild cases of these disorders include... Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Spanish Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and Sweet Thyme.
Circulatory Problems: Specific causes of circulatory problems may be disorders such as high blood pressure, Adrenal Glands or Kidney malfunction, complications of pregnancy, or congenital heart conditions. Prolonged stress, smoking alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity may also contribute to physical problems. Fragrances useful in treating mild cases of these disorders include... Bergamot, Neroli and Ylang ylang. Oils or fragrances that should not be used include... Hyssop, Rosemary, Common Sage, and Red Thyme as these may aggravate the condition especially if it is caused by Hypertension.
Digestive Problems: Symptoms of digestive problems may manifest themselves as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Possible causes for these disorders may include stress, intestinal disease or food intolerance. Fragrances and oils useful in treating mild cases of these disorders include... Sweet Marjoram, Black Peppercorns, and Peppermint. Oils that may also be of help include Roman Chamomile, Fennel, Lavender, and Neroli. In cases of travel sickness Cardamom and Ginger may also be employed. For indigestion Cinnamon and Coriander are some of the best choices.
General Aches & Pains: There are many forms of Arthritis and Rheumatism including Bursitis, Gout, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Symptoms may include a dull ache or pain, swelling and redness or inflaming of the tissue. Of the best choices for these symptoms, as denoted by the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia, is Celery Seed oil. Frankincense and Juniper may also be effective in topical applications. Other useful fragrances or oils include Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Spanish Marjoram, Rosemary and Sweet Thyme.
For muscular aches and pains you might try Black Pepper, Bergamot or Rosemary.
For back pain Bay or Clove oils are recommended.
Immune System Disorders and Fungal, Viral or Bacterial Infections
A weakened immune system will benefit from the use of the following oils...
Bacterial infections, Basil, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Myrrh, and Rose.
Viral infection, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Palmarosa.
Cytophylatic, ( increasing the white blood count ) Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli and Rose oil
For detoxifying blood, Fennel, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender and Black Pepper.
As a Fungicide, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Patchouli, and Tea Tree.
Though the above recommendations have been proven to be beneficial in treating the associated ailments caution should always be used as some oils, through effective as a topical ointment, may become fatal if ingested in significant doses. In general, Aromatherapy oils are used as either an inhalation or massage oil. Before using the above recommendation we suggest that you consult with your physician or Aromatherapy expert.