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August 19, 2020
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Why You Should Experiment With Essential Oils And Aromatherapy

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A lot of people have heard about essential oils, and have their own concept of "aromatherapy", though it's often the case the truth about these amazing healing agents is still mostly unknown. Did you know essential oil have been shown to eradicate cancer cells in laboratory experiments? Or that they've been found effective in treating infections as varied as herpes simplex and MRSA? This incredible research (freely available on the web at www.pubmed.gov) almost instantly opens ones eyes to the potential of essential oils. Here's a look at the very wide spectrum of applications of these "aromatherapy oils", and how you might get started using them to improve your health and wellness.

Probably the thing that's been the biggest hold up for essential oils to be accepted into the mainstream has been the use of the term "aromatherapy" to describe their therapeutic application. We really can't seem to get over the concept of "healing through aromatic scents", when this only captures a fraction of the picture. The term "aromatherapie" was coined by a French scientist many years ago when, during a laboratory accident where his hand was being burned, he thrust it into a vat of Lavender oil. The burning stopped, and his hand healed so fast that he was inspired to develop a whole new system of treatment involving essential oils. So aromatherapy really means the entire realm of therapies using these aromatic compounds from plants, be they inhaled, topically applied or ingested.

The foremost medical aromatherapists of our time believe the greatest potential for mankind's use of essential oils lay in their strongly anti-infectious nature. The same way they prevent diseases for plants, they also prevent diseases for humans. It's not that plants and humans are so much the same, but the microbes that our immune systems defend us against are similar: viruses, fungi and bacteria. There are many, many papers published on this subject freely available on the web though portals which publish the abstracts of peer-reviewed scientific research. You'd be amazed the depth of the research noting essential oils' efficacy in combating HSV-1 and 2, along with an extensive list of bacteria and fungi.

There are many ways the home practitioner can use the oils for immune system support and illness prevention. In the "flu-season" (or anytime someone is sick at home or at work) immune-supportive and antiviral essential oils can be diffused in the air around you. Inhaling "nebulized" oils enhances the immunity of the respiratory system, and the vapor has been shown to directly inactivate "live" viruses. Practitioners will also massage essential oils (diluted in a carrier oil -- must for topical application in most cases) into their feet or even their lymph nodes. The feet are a very receptive area for the activity of the oils, as they contain endpoints of meridians of the body. It is thought that different organ systems, including the respiratory system, can be treated application of oils to these "reflex" points, a practice called "reflexology". MANY people find that if they have been treating themselves consistently with essential oils, they are the only ones who do not get sick when friends, family or co-workers do.

Then there are the topical antimicrobial applications, called "antiseptics". Australian Tea Tree is a very popular oil for this purpose, with many users selecting this natural choice instead of over-the-counter preparations. A five percent concentration of Tea Tree has been shown particularly effective in treating acne -- one can make this formula at home by adding 40 drops of Tea Tree in one ounce of Aloe Vera gel or other "carrier". Tea Tree is also excellent to prevent infection of cuts and scrapes, and is often blended with Lavender for a formula that soothes as well. There are highly effective topical formulas for all sorts of minor skin infections too, like athlete's foot, dandruff and others -- just a little research and you'll find these recipes online or in one of the many excellent aromatherapy texts.

We've all seen fancy skin care products with ingredients which list "botanical extracts". Know what they're talking about? Yes, essential oils. Because of the molecular shape of the oils, they are very readily evaporated by the skin. So much so that a "carrier oil" is always recommended to slow this absorption down, and spread it over a larger area. The beauty here is that for very little money (relative to the crazy cost of high-end skin care) you can make a formula perfectly suited to your skin's needs. Eczema? Try German Chamomile in Tamanu. Sensitive skin with broken capillaries? Try Lavender, Helichrysum and Blue Tansy. Want help with reducing wrinkle appearance? Use the scientifically proven Rose hip seed, in conjunction with Lavender, Rosemary, Carrot Root, Frankincense and, well, this list really goes on. There are so many great oils for skin care, it's impossible to list them all here -- though it is really fun finding out which are perfect for you and how to put them together for that perfect personal recipe.

Many people are looking of alternatives to either over-the-counter or prescribed pain relievers. Aromatherapy oils again offer an array of effective solutions. Wintergreen oil is the old stand by, being the natural chemical equivalent of "liquid aspirin" (and should be used cautiously for this same reason!). Ginger and Black Pepper oils have both gentle warming actions, as well as COX inhibitors which have been shown to be potent inflammation reducers in laboratory research. Sweet Marjoram is also an excellent analgesic oil included in many arthritis and sports massage formulas. And at the pinnacle of pain relief is Helichrysum, also known as Immortelle or Everlasting. Distilled from a tiny yellow flower native to the Mediterranean, this essential oil manages to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and stimulate cellular regeneration all at the same time. Users swear it is the most effective topical pain reliever they have ever used.

And now for the really interesting stuff: Laboratory research is finding certain oils have a significant anticancer action. Frankincense, a material with one of the longest histories of medicinal use by mankind, has an amazing ability to kill cancer cells specifically, while leaving "healthy" cells alone. And it manages to do this "targeting" in the tissues of several different organs -- so it's not just potentially effective for one type of cancer, but for many. Lemongrass has a similar effect, and is the second-most researched oil for this purpose. Interestingly, one group of researchers reported the single essential component "linalool" was very potent against a certain strain of liver cancer. What's interesting here is that many oils contain linalool, not just few. Really piques one's interest in the potential of these natural medicines!

Has your interest been piqued? Ready to use a few essential oils in your life? The best way to get started is to pick one or two oils which might offer support right away. Trouble sleeping or needing a little relaxation? Lots of folks turn to Lavender, sprinkling just couple drops on their bedspread for a very light scent (there's a good bit of research noting the anti-stress and sleep supportive effect of this oil). A bottle of Tea Tree is always useful to have in the medicine chest. Looking for something a little more esoteric? There are many very wonderful books out there by very experience authors. Any of these will help you find the right oils and the right way to use them, and you'll be able to use a whole new branch of botanical medicine to support your health and happiness.

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