Nature asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 1 decade ago

Essential oils?

Hi,

Just wondering. Who here uses any kind of essential oils & what type of benefit do it give you?

Update:

Thank you for your replies so far.

For Teri. When you use the lavendar oil at night, how do you use it? Also how long does it take for the lavendar to make you feel relaxed. Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Essential Oils—Basic Facts

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    How long have essential oils been around?

    What are essential oils?

    Why is it so difficult to find pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils?

    What benefits do pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils provide?

    How long have essential oils been around?

    Essential oils were mankind's first medicine. From Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, we know that priests and physicians have been using essential oils for thousands of years. In Egypt, essential oils were used in the embalming process and well preserved oils were found in alabaster jars in King Tut's tomb. Egyptian temples were dedicated to the production and blending of the oils and recipes were recorded on the walls in hieroglyphics. There is even a sacred room in the temple of Isis on the island of Philae where a ritual called "Cleansing the Flesh and Blood of Evil Deities" was practiced. This form of emotional clearing required three days of cleansing using particular essential oils and oil baths.

    There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Oils such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, hyssop, and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick. In Exodus, the Lord gave the following recipe to Moses for "an holy anointing oil":

    Myrrh ("five hundred shekels" - approximately 1 gallon)

    Sweet Cinnamon ("two hundred and fifty shekels" - approximately 1/2 gallon)

    Sweet Calamus ("two hundred and fifty shekels")

    Cassia ("five hundred shekels")

    Olive Oil ("an hin" - approximately 1 1/3 gallons)

    The three wise men presented the Christ child with essential oils of frankincense and myrrh. There are also accounts in the New Testament of the Bible where Jesus was anointed with spikenard oil; "And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box and poured [it] on his head" (Mark 14:3). "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment" (John 12:3).

    What are essential oils?

    Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc.). One of the factors that determine the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables including: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical), geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods, and distillation process. For example, common thyme, or thyme vulgaris, produces several different chemotypes (biochemical specifics or simple species) depending on the conditions of its growth, climate, and altitude. One will produce high levels of thymol depending on the time of year it is distilled. If distilled during mid-summer or late fall, there can be higher levels of carvacrol which can cause the oil to be more caustic or irritating to the skin. Low pressure and low temperature are also keys to maintaining the purity, the ultimate fragrance, and the therapeutic value of the oil.

    Why is it so difficult to find pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils?

    Producing the purest of oils can be very costly because it may require several hundred pounds, or even several thousand pounds of plant material to extract one pound of pure essential oil. For example, one pound of pure melissa oil sells for $9,000-$15,000. Although this sounds quite expensive, one must realize that three tons of plant material are required to produce that single pound of oil. Because the vast majority of all oils produced in the world today are used by the perfume industry, the oils are being purchased for their aromatic qualities only. High pressure, high temperatures, rapid processing and the use of chemical solvents are often employed during the distillation process so that a greater quantity of oil can be prouced at a faster rate. These oils may smell just as good and cost much less, but will lack most, if not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce the expeced therapeutic results.

    What benifits do pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils provide?

    Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants.

    Some essential oil constituents are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin.

    Essential oils are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the body withing 20 minutes and are then metabolized like other nutrients.

    Essential oils contain oxygen molecules which help to transport nutrients to the starving human cells. Because a nutritional deficiency is an oxygen deficiency, disease begins when the cells lack the oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation. By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate the immune system.

    Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants create an unfriendly environment for free radicals. They prevent all mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation in the cells.

    Essential oils are anti-bacterial , anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and antiseptic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring balance to the body.

    Essential ols may detoxify the cells and blood in the body

    Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier, enabling them to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

    Essential oils are aromatic. When diffused, they provide air purification by:

    Removing metallic particles and toxins from the air.

    Increasing atmospheric oxygen

    Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which inhibits bacterial growth

    Destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals

    Filling the air with a fresh aromatic scent

    Essential oils help promote emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

    Essential oils have a bio-electrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herb, food, and even the human body. Clinical research has shown that essential oils can quickly raise the frequency of the human body, restoring it to its normal, healthy level.

  • 7 years ago

    Benefits vary depending on the oils or combinations of oils involved. But with the right oils you can have assistance with insomnia, anxiety, digestive problems, headache, stress, etc.

    While single oils, like lavender, can be used alone for sleep issues...oils like peppermint can be quite a bit more strong and caustic (and should be handled carefully), and are used in combination with 'carrier oils' (which can be almond and others) and in combination with other essential oils to create specific products for very specific issues.

    If you are interested in products that deal with insomnia, headache or anxiety, check out Natural Soft Scents online. Very great, all-natural products made from essential oils.

    Source(s): Check out Natural Soft Scents products online at: https://www.facebook.com/NaturalSoftScents
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    There are over 100+ types of natural essential oils that can be used for various therapeutic uses. Since it would be cumbersome to put info on all the oils here, you can visit our website for the info, where you can get the uses and benefits of most of the common essential oils.

  • 1 decade ago

    I love lavendar. I use it to relax and get a better nights sleep! I also use Almond oil for my skin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I use Young Living oils and they are fabulous, at the moment my knee keeps on going into muscle spasm, so I am using Peppermint, Rosemary and Eucylptus and a heat bag 3 times a day, Gary Young also puts out a great book, look for the web site

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Essential oils tend to be natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They may be each superbly as well as strongly aromatic. Have you ever loved the actual present of the flower, the stroll with a area associated with lavender, or even the actual odor associated with clean reduce mint, you've skilled the actual fragrant characteristics associated with important natural oils. Along with providing vegetation their own special odors, Essential oils supply vegetation along with safety towards potential predators as well as illness as well as are likely involved within grow pollination.

    Essential oils tend to be no water-based phytochemicals comprised of unstable fragrant substances. Even though they're body fat soluble, they don't consist of greasy fats or even acids present in veggie as well as pet Essential oils. Essential oils are extremely thoroughly clean, nearly sharp, to touch and therefore are instantly soaked up through the pores and skin.

    Real, unadulterated Essential oils tend to be clear as well as variety within colour through superior in order to heavy azure.

    Do this in your own home: Press the actual peel off of the fresh lemon. The actual aromatic deposits in your hands is actually filled with Essential oils

    Along with their own innate advantages in order to vegetation as well as becoming superbly aromatic in order to individuals, Essential oils happen to be utilized all through background in several ethnicity for his or her therapeutic as well as healing advantages. Contemporary study as well as developments in the direction of much more alternative methods to well being tend to be generating the rebirth as well as brand new breakthrough associated with gas wellness programs.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lavender- relaxation

    Orange- energy

    Ylang Ylang- sensuality

    Rose- self love

    Lemon- cleansing

    Cucumber- rejuvenation

  • 7 years ago

    I do and its helped with my immune system and energy level, as well as weight loss/management. I order from here: https://www.youngliving.org/saltyalley

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