The use of plants for their medicinal properties has been traced all the way back to the Lascaux cave paintings in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. There are depictions showing the use of a variety of plants for medicinal and religious reasons. Essential oils, or aromatic oils, have been used in just about every culture; Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, etc; the list goes on. Here is a brief guide to help you understand the plethora of uses for essential oils.
Topical & Ingestion Uses
For those that are unaware, it is perfectly safe for you to ingest essential oils – that is, in moderation. Essential oils are made from a variety of flowers and plants, and have been diluted enough for human ingestion. Despite this, it is important to keep in mind that one drop goes a long way with most essential oils. If you attempt to put a teaspoon’s worth of oil in your mixture, you’re going to overwhelm yourself.
A great use for the ingestion of essential oils is to assist with digestion and motion sickness. A combination of ginger and peppermint oil will help you to feel right as rain. However, if you don’t plan to digest the essential oils, you might try to use them topically.
For women who are dealing with difficult PMS symptoms, a combination of sage, basil, and rosemary will make you feel considerably better. All you need to do is combine these oils onto a cloth, and then rub that cloth on your lower abdomen. If you’re suffering from back and neck pain, as well as uterine cramps you can use peppermint, cypress, cayenne, and ginger oil to ease these aches.
Suffering from a nasty bruise? Use lavender and frankincense oil on a cloth and rub gently into the bruise. The coloring and pain will begin to fade faster. Perhaps your true suffering comes from the constant pain of arthritis. If you take non-scented lotion, add wintergreen, cypress, and lemongrass oil, your pain should recede a bit.
For those that don’t know, a diffuser takes the essential oil and sends it into the air via mist. It’s a great way to make your house smell wonderful, while also helping with some of your ailments.
As we are in the middle of cold and flu season, everyone is suffering from coughing and congestion. Using peppermint, tea tree, lemon, or eucalyptus oil in a diffuser will help to clear your nasal passages in no time.
Perhaps you’re wondering how you can get ready for this new semester of classes, or another year of work. Adding bergamot, grapefruit, or peppermint to your diffuser will help you to concentrate on all the important tasks ahead of you.
Speaking of important tasks, this may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most stressful. If you’re wearing thin, take a break to lie down and add lavender, chamomile, or frankincense oil to your diffuser. They help to alleviate anxiety and stress, encouraging a sense of calm.
If you have a headache from all the lists, wrapping, and family-associated events, try peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. The combination will have your headache fading away so that you can focus on presenting your best self this holiday season.
Winter Diffuser Blends
If you love Christmas time as much as everyone else, you might be trying to find the perfect candles to make your home truly smell like the holidays. Well, put those candles away! One of these winter diffuser blends, while not healing any ailments, will certain add Christmas cheer to your home.
Winter Chai – Combine orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom to ensure your house smells like fantastic.
Christmas Tree – Choosing white or balsam fir, orange, and cinnamon oil will give your house the smell of a real Douglas fir, even if you’re settling for plastic this year.
Candy Cane – Who can’t resist the taste of a candy cane? Adding peppermint and ylang-ylang oil creates a refreshing and Christmas smell everyone will enjoy.
Gingerbread – Whether you enjoy gingerbread cookies or gingerbread loaf, the scents of ginger, clove, and cinnamon oil will make everything merry and bright.
Whichever way you decide to utilize essential oils, you are now equipped with several remedies, and diffuser blends, that will have you feeling better in time for figgy pudding.