Friday, June 26, 2009

Popular Essential Oils with Healing Properties

Aromatherapy uses essential oils for treating common diseases. This article discusses some popular essential oils with healing properties.

1. Juniper

Juniper oil has been used for hundreds of years as a household disinfectant.

Juniper essential oil is helpful for:

1. Acne: Mix four drops of juniper oil with 2 tsp (10 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage the face and neck (and shoulders if acne is present there).

2. Cystitis and Period pain: Blend into a carrier oil and rub the lower abdomen at regular intervals. Also add five or six drops to your bathwater and soak for at least fifteen minutes.

3. Muscular/rheumatic pain: Use for massage or in the bath

4. Poor blood circulation: Juniper is stimulating oil. Use in the bath, or in carrier oil, daily to improve circulation.

5. Stress and anxiety: Use for massage, in the bath or in a vaporizer.

2. Jasmine

The essential oil is extracted from the flower of the jasmine bush. This oil has a beautiful, exotic aroma and is really helpful in cases of extreme nervous anxiety and stress. It is one of the most expensive oils and is often used in the manufacture of perfumes.

Jasmine essential oil is helpful for:

1. Dry, sensitive, mature skin: Use in carrier oil for massage or add a couple of drops to rosewater and use as a freshener.

2. Nervous exhaustion: Use in carrier oil for massage or inhale.

3. Period pain: Use in carrier oil and massage the lower abdomen and back at regular intervals.

3. Lemon

It takes 3000 lemons to produce 2 pounds (1 kg) of essential oil. It is extracted by pressing the rind of the fruit.

Lemon essential oil is helpful for:

1. Bites and stings: Dab neat oil on to the bite or sting.

2. Catarrh/colds: Mix in carrier oil and massage the face and head, or inhale.

3. Chilblains: Mix into carrier oil and gently rub the affected areas three to four times a day. Or use in a footbath, soaking the feet for fifteen minutes.

4. Cold sores: Dab with a cotton bud which has been soaked in 2 tsp (10 ml) of boiled water to which 5 drops of oil have been added.

5. Mouth ulcers: Dab on the neat oil, or make a gargle adding five drops to a medium size glass of water.

6. Warts: Dab with a cotton bud soaked in neat essential oil several times a day.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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