It’s referenced more than 300 times in the Bible, it’s also used in Egyptian medicine, Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. So as far as case studies go; people have been reporting positive results for a very long time now.
Far superior to any dried medicinal herb; essential oils contain the lifeblood of the plant and preserve all its medicinal qualities.
You can either use them topically (rub into the skin), inhale it from the bottle or use a diffuser or ingest essential oils… by doing so; we are bringing in more oxygen from the body and detoxifying our cells.
It is important to use therapeutic grade… as not all essential oils are created equal. Cheaper oils have been cut and diluted with toxic chemicals that increase the volume of the oil but decrease its therapeutic value.
Be sure to only use organic – nonorganic oils are sprayed with pesticides, which leech into the oil.
Pharma companies copy the chemical compounds of many essential oils to make medicine. Unfortunately, the cheap, copied versions that drug companies use don’t work as effectively and come with a host of side effects.
Modern day living is very toxic. Mercury, lead and arsenic can stay in our bodies forever if we don’t detoxify.
Essential oils are the perfect way to expel foreign compounds – helping the body rejuvenate.
The environmental working group did a study on umbilical cords and found that every umbilical cord had at least 247 foreign chemicals… 180 of those toxins were cancer causing… so before these babies are even born, they are exposed to a multitude of life-altering chemicals.
Our body tries to expel these foreign compounds using: respiration, defecation, urination, perspiration and lymphatic flow. Essential oils support all these five pathways to remove toxins.
Firstly; don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a rack full of essential oils to reap any benefits. Pick out a small selection that you think will suit your needs and try to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Below is a list of my personal favorites; along with some handy oils to keep in your cupboard (not a complete list of everything)
Frankincense oil – is considered a great ‘all-rounder’. If you’re ever in doubt; this is the perfect ‘go-to’.
Frankincense has been used for thousands of years. It is often referenced in the bible and throughout history. It has been as valuable as gold because of its potent medicinal benefits.
Frankincense has a chemical compound called alpha pinene which has antiseptic properties – and in terms of petri dish studies, frankincense has been shown to fight cancer. This doesn’t mean that frankincense alone is a cure-all, but combined with other therapies; frankincense oil can be a natural cancer-fighting agent.
Frankincense oil is fantastic for your skin… it’s great for evening out skin tone, perfect for skin conditions, blemishes, stretch marks, scars, cellulite, varicose veins… And it is incredibly popular for anti ageing.
Inflammation is the root cause of many common diseases. Any disease with ‘itis’ at the end of its name means the disease is inflammatory – gingivitis, arthritis, bronchitis etc… Frankincense is a powerful tool against inflammation. It’s especially effective for joint inflammation or skin inflammation.
Increased spiritual awareness – great for prayer or meditation. Many yoga instructors infuse this oil before and during a class.
Frankincense is great for supporting your immune system… if your glands are swollen, rub a few drops on your neck.
If you’re looking for top quality; look for frankincense from the Middle East.
Lemon oil – antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial. Lemon oil will boost your immune system up to 300%. It stimulates our lymphatic system. It gently cleanses the liver and gallbladder.
Lavender oil – Lavender oil is widely known to be relaxing. If you have trouble with insomnia; add a few drops to your pillow before sleep… or rub some on your temples or under your nose.
Lavender is great for acne. Add a few drops to your moisturizer before applying.
Lavender oil is great for fighting high blood pressure.
Rosemary oil – is also wonderful for lowering high blood pressure. It also invigorates the mind and a great tool for memory function.
Rosemary oil is also great for thickening your hair.
Cinnamon and holy basil oil – Has been shown to fight diabetes
Cinnamon and holy basil oil are an excellent supplement to the ketogenic diet (fights diabetes and metabolic syndrome). If you have insulin resistance (which is a precursor to type-2 diabetes) these oils will help you balance your blood sugar levels and shift stubborn weight.
Thieves blend (another great ‘all-rounder’) – This is a combination of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon.
Thieves blend is a powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibacterial substance. Webber State University did a study where they diffused thieves oil in a room that had been contaminated with pathogens viruses and bacteria and fungi – and within 15 minutes, 96% of the bacteria, viruses and fungi had been eradicated.
So imagine what thieves oil does when you ingest it? You’re probably thinking; but what about the good bacteria in my body? Well, pathogens that make you sick and cause disease thrive in poorly oxygenated environments, whereas good bacteria and probiotics thrive in oxygenated environments. Remember that essential oils are oxygenated hydrocarbons which mean when we use essential oils we are oxygenating our body while removing toxins.
Peppermint oil – is great for increased mental clarity and treating headaches.
It’s also a wonderful oil to help stimulate digestion, for treating bloating or overeating as well as indigestion.
People with ear, nose and throat problems can benefit greatly with peppermint oil because it opens up respiratory pathways.
Turmeric oil – also really good for inflammation… so many modern diseases are caused by inflammation. This oil contains tumerone which supports stem cell growth and promotes healthy nerve tissue.
Vetiver and Cedarwood oil – are a great natural treatment for ADD and ADHD.
Wintergreen and black pepper oil – for pain (don’t consume orally).
Ylang Ylang and orange oil – for depression.
When rubbing essential oils into the body; you can either rub it into the skin undiluted or mix the recommended dose with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Many experts recommend rubbing essential oils into the soles of the feet because the pores of the feet are particularly absorbent and rapidly deliver the medicinal benefits to the bloodstream.
According to reflexologists; every nerve line of the body ends in the feet. Reflexologists maintain that certain areas of the feet correspond to the body’s organs. By using essential oils on your soles you are targeting the organs directly.
Some experts recommend applying essential oils to the belly button. The rationale behind this is that the belly button was once attached to an umbilical cord. This umbilical cord was once the single lifeline for all your nutrients.
I can report personally that my brother uses frankincense oil on his belly button, and since then his chronic acid reflux has cleared up for good.
Remember: always read the label before using, and always use organic, uncut, undiluted oils.
Always follow the recommended doses… don’t overdo it.
See an expert before using essential oils on a baby.
And make sure you check the label before consuming it orally. As some can be ingested, some shouldn’t be.
A diffuser is a great option in the winter when the air is dry. Or if you simply love the therapeutic aroma.
If you’re looking to learn more: ‘The Fragrant Pharmacy’ by Valerie Ann Worwood is the best book on the market (in my opinion).