Heling Properties And Uses For Essential Oils

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Heling Properties And Uses For Essential Oils

Lavender oil is extremely useful and versatile. Choose Lavender oil made from English Lavender if possible, as plants grown in southern Britain have been found to yield the most fragrant oil.

As already noted, Lavender facilitates the healing of burns, and it has antiseptic properties. The oil can be used in the treatment of sores, bites and itches. It's one of the safest oils and its action is very gentle.

Add Lavender oil to the bath, lie back and feel the tension leave tired muscles. Lavender combats fatigue, lifts the spirits and invigorates. A few drops of diluted oil can relieve a tired headache when rubbed into the temples; in fact Lavender will relieve any muscular aches (spasms even) and pains in the joints when massaged in.

It can also help to induce sleep when sprayed, in diluted form, on a pillow. Or you may buy small pillows which are stuffed with Lavender. They can be heated up and used to support the neck, or the back, thus relaxing the muscles, relieving any pain and aiding sleep.

Insects dislike Lavender oil, and it can be useful for killing the parasites which live on animals.

Lavender oil mixes with many essential oils. It belongs to the 'floral' group, and combines particularly well with other members of this group, such as Geranium, Jasmine, Mimosa, Neroli, Rose, Violet, and Ylang-Ylang.

Bergamot

There is a plant called Bergamot (monada didyma), which belongs to the mint family, and a tree called the Bergamot Orange (citrus bergamia). Most of the essential oil of Bergamot used in aromatherapy comes from the tree, though it is possible to get Bergamot Mint essential oil.

Bergamot oil can be used to stabilize mood, treat depression and alleviate anxiety. It's reputed to help those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders. It can aid sleep, and is said to chase bad dreams away.

Bergamot belongs to the citrus group. It mixes well with Jasmine, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and Rosemary.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the twigs and foliage of the Blue Gum tree. It has powerful antiseptic properties which airborne germs cannot easily survive. Used in an inhalation, or in the bath, Eucalyptus oil acts as an efficient decongestant, giving relief from the symptoms of coughs, colds, sinusitis and fever. When used in massage therapy it soothes aching muscles and sprains. It also aids the healing of abrasions.

Eucalyptus belongs to the green group of oils, and mixes well with many other oils including Angelica, Bay, Chamomile, Frankincense, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Sandalwood.

Neroli

Neroli has been used traditionally to dispel sadness from the hearts and minds of grieving widows. It can soothe those who are suffering from emotional upset and anxiety, even going so far as to reduce the severity of panic attacks. It helps to control fears and drives away stress and feelings of exhaustion. Neroli promotes restful sleep. This mild oil belongs to the floral group and mixes well with Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Melissa and Peppermint.

Melissa

The name Melissa is derived from the Greek word for bee. Bees are attracted to the plant for its high yield of nectar. Melissa is also known as Lemon Balm, or simply Balm.

The balsamic oil of Melissa has been used to dress wounds because it forms a barrier against infection. If you plan to use it this way be aware that it may irritate sensitive skin. Do a spot test on the skin before you proceed.

Melissa has a calming effect. It can lessen the severity of panic attacks and may bring some comfort to those battling with addiction to nicotine or alcohol, as it�s said to quell the cravings for these substances.

Melissa belongs to the balsamic group and it combines well with Cedarwood, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Neroli and Chamomile.

Frankincense

Frankincense has been offered to the gods in religious ceremonies throughout history and is still used in rituals today.

In aromatherapy, a steamy inhalation of Frankincense is said to be helpful to those suffering from bronchitis or a sore throat. Frankincense can also ease the troubled mind by soothing frayed nerves and enabling one to relax. It�s said to drive away feelings of paranoia and restore confidence. Those who fear the onset of bad dreams may also be helped by Frankincense, as it is said to banish nightmares.

Frankincense belongs to the balsamic group and it mixes well with Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Neroli, Melissa and Lavender.

Juniper

Juniper is a member of the pine family and is adapted to diverse climates and soil conditions, from swampy land to dry mountain slopes. The Juniper tree does not mind the cold; in fact it seems to thrive in it, as Juniper trees have grown to a height of 36 feet in Scandinavian countries. Its aromatic berries are highly prized by cooks and distillers of gin, and the wood has been praised for its stubborn resistance to rot. Juniper berries are quite expensive because they take 2-3 years to ripen.

You may not, therefore, feel inclined to throw your Juniper berries into the flames, but you could do this if you wished to fumigate a room. The smoke from Juniper branches has also been used for fumigation; the branches were burned in public places and hospitals during epidemics of smallpox, cholera and the plague.

When Juniper berries are boiled up, especially with Eucalyptus, the vapor will clear a head cold and a foggy mind. Juniper is also said to help us to forget unpleasant experiences and bring back our joie de vivre.

No harm will come to those who inhale Juniper�s vapor or smoke, however great care should be exercised when using it internally, especially by those who have renal disease. Incidentally, if Juniper�s extract is ingested it will render the urine a rather alarming shade of violet!

Juniper belongs to the spicy group of oils, and it combines well with Tea Tree, Laurel, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Frankincense and Myrrh.







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