09 March 2007

Thirteen Essential Essential Oils

Thirteen Essential Essential Oils

A few years ago, J.C. Wilder got me interested in aromatherapy. Yes, indeedy, she has led me astray numerous times, but for today let's just follow our noses, shall we? 'kay!

An essential oils is the distilled liquid essence of a single plant. Smelling these essences have been shown to alter brain patterns; applying diluted oils to the skin can bring about healing, or at least alleviation of symptoms.

Over the years I've collected quite a number of these little phials of joy, but there are only certain ones that I keep using up and having to restock. Of the 40 or 50 in my collection, these are the 13 essentials oils in my don't-leave-home-without, marooned-on-a-desert-island kit. The first four of these - eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, and lemon - are my secret weapon to ease colds and coughs. A few drops in a steam humidfier in your bedroom at night, and you'll sleep like a baby!

I've listed what I use them for, but there are certainly multiple uses. Consult a reputable resource book like the works of Valerie Worwood, before trying ANY of these. Note: With the exception of lavender, no essential oil should be applied to the skin without diluting it first!

Eucalyptus - I go through two bottles of this every winter to fight coughs and colds

Thyme - Anti bacterial, anti-viral

Tea Tree - Anti bacterial, anti-viral

Lemon - Antibacterial, antiviral. Generally makes you feel better when you smell it

Rosemary - Great for hair and scalp, to lift the spirits and stimulate circulation

Lavender - Headaches, relaxation, stress reducer

Clary Sage - Rubbed on the abdomen for "that time of the month"

Rose - Headaches, stress

Jasmine - Aphrodesiac!

Chamomile - Calming, relaxing, headaches, enhances creativity.

Ginger - Motion sickness

Sandalwood - When I need a little courage boost

Black Pepper - Mental alertness, jet lag

Citronella - Bug repellant

Grapefruit - Antidepressant

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louieann34 said...

I am a big fan of essential oils..I always use this to take away the stresses in my body...

Just like yesterday after work, when I came home..I burn a little bit of essential oils in my pot-puree then I lay down in my bed..It really give me a feeling of calmness that made me to relax.

Essential Oils Rules!!!

Missy Sue said...

Your blog is beautiful and so was your comment! Thank you so much for participating!

Lady G~ said...

Love you list. We use essential oils too. Lavender and Jasmine are my favorites. :o)

Michelle Pillow said...

I know it's not Thurs, but...

Wonderful subject! I love Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree and Rosemary. I grow (or try to, lol) Lavender and Rosemary. I've made lotions and soaps before out of them. We even made our own candles for my wedding.