Historical records of essential oil use date back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. The Bible has almost 200 references to essential oils; like frankincense, spikenard, hyssop, rosemary, and myrrh. The plant kingdom has more than a quarter of a million plant species.
Out of all of those, less than five hundred are known to produce essential oils that are usable. Even then, only about a third of those are actually used in therapeutic aromatherapy. The rest of them have applications that are used in perfumery or other industries.
Essential oils have been used throughout many cultures in human history for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits.
Essential oils are usually lipid soluble, which means they can travel through the walls of human cells. Many oils take effect in just 20 minutes. But because of how highly concentrated and potent essential oils are. you want to dilute them in a carrier agent such as Coconut oil if being administered topically or with your drinking water or favorite beverage if ingesting the oil. Even with just a few drops, you still need to dilute most of them in order to avoid possibly hazardous reactions. This eastern medicine is highly respected in today's culture and who doesn't like the smell of jasmine?
Each essential oil is used for various different remedies, ailments and even preventative medicine.
TOP TEN list to get you started!
1. Cinnamon oil can clear up a chest cold, often soothes aches and pains and has many anti-inflammation properties.
2. Lemon Oil is an antiseptic and astringent, with antibacterial properties that make a great ingredient to use in a DIY cleaner. It also helps tone the skin, promote circulation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles due to its high concentration of D-limonene.
3. Lemongrass oil repels insects and acts as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
4. Rosemary is a stimulant that also decreases cortisol levels. When inhaled, rosemary essential oil increases breathing rate, pulse, memory and even immune function.
5. Clary sage can improve circulation. Already useful as an antiseptic, astringent and antibacterial; Clary sage oil has also been shown to improve the human body’s circulation and regulate hormone levels.
6. Eucalyptus is a very powerful essential oil, both in smell and function. The properties in this oil will clear up a chest cold, as well as kill bacteria, fungus and insects. BOOM!
7. Tea Tree Oil has excellent benefits for the skin. Because of its antibacterial properties, Tea Tree Oil can be used for skin issues ranging from a spot treatment for pimples to a remedy for rosacea.
8. Lavender Oil can be a sedative, anti-anxiety, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, immune booster, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory or antispasmodic. And it smells so good!
9. Peppermint Oil isn’t candy. Peppermint Essential Oil is actually a stimulant with antispasmodic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. It has also been known to provide headache relief.
10. Frankincense was used for hundreds of years in incense, primarily in ancient rituals because of its promise to bring tremendous healing properties, This essential oil is appreciated for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating properties.
Remeber to dilute any essential oil in a carrier agent such as Coconut oil if being administered topically or with your drinking water or favorite beverage if ingestingl.