Which essential oils are best for what? 

While deciding which essential oils are best for what lets understand what essential oils are. There is quiet a bit of detail about this on a previous post entitle “Getting started with essential oils.” (This post contains affiliate links)

which essential oils are best for what

What are essential oils?

  • Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds. They are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, leaves, branches, fruits and other parts of plants. EO contain healing nutrients and oxygenating molecules. These are anti-oxidants, support the immune system, encourage the process of phagocytosis and have high vibrational frequencies.
    Human double helix DNA molecules
  • The oils are more potent than the plants themselves from which they are extracted. EO are the “life blood” of the plant also known as essences (from the essence or ‘spirit’ of the plant). These are highly concentrated plant extracts. To put the potency of essential oils into perspective it takes the petals of 30 roses to make 1 drop of oil.

There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all organic life often referred to as life force. This energy is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency. And pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance.

Essential oils allow us to re-align our body’s vibrational frequency the natural way. Thereby helping to restore harmony to our health and well-being on all levels.

Also see: Vibrational Frequency of the human body

Essential oils vs Herbs

Essential oils vs herbs

  • Essential oils are up to 30 times therapeutically more potent than herbs.
  • One drop of peppermint essential oil for instance equates to 30 cups of herbal tea. When herbs are dried, they are dehydrated and thus lose valuable nutritional properties and oxygenating molecules of the plant. Herbs are still very beneficial to use, however, on a lesser degree to essential oils. In the herb drying process, many essential molecules of the oils are lost because they are volatile and evaporate.
  • Since EO are so highly concentrated, their vibrational frequency ranges very high between 52 MHz and go as high as 320 MHz, which is the frequency of Rose oil.
  • A healthy human body vibrates between 62MHz and 68MHz.
  • Human cells can start to change (mutate) when their frequency (life force) drops below 62MHz.
    58 MHz is the frequency of your body when you have a cold or the flu.
    • When candida is present within your body, you vibrate at a frequency of 55MHz.
    • 42 MHz is the frequency of a body wherein cancer can appear.
    • The frequency is measured at 20 MHz when the death process beginsTo learn more about healing frequencies read: Healing music: The kinnor

What can essential oils be used for?

What can essential oils be used for

Aromatherapy, treating skin conditions, soothing muscle inflammation… the benefits of essential oils abound. Essential oils are used in personal care products like face creams, lotions, lip balm etc. As well as in home cleaning products, for general well-being in the context of emotional support, and many other ways.

This versatility also extends to the scents themselves. Some of the most popular essential oils, like lavender and sweet orange, cross over into many categories. They are used effectively for many applications.

Essential oil cream

How to dilute Essential oils: General dilutions guidelines

Essential oils are highly concentrated. To dilute them, add your favorite carrier oil. This process helps “carry” the oils into the skin for better absorption, spread further and protect the skin from irritation. Coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are my go to carrier oils. Jojoba oil is a common one. As well as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, macademia nut oil and sesame seed oil just to name a few.

  • 0.5% dilution: 1 drop of essential oil to 2 tsp of carrier oil – Infants (6-24 months)
  • 1% dilution:    3 drops of essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil – Elderly, Facial application
  • 2% dilution:    6 drops essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil – Maximum daily recommended dilution
  • 5% dilution: 15 drops essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil – chronic condition (short term use)

Hot oils such as Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Oregano should be diluted to 0.5% for children under 10 years of age.

***THESE SUGGESTED RANGES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED DOSAGE.

Essential oil dilution

Which Essential oils are best for what


Lavender 

What we call lavender is actually Lavandula angustifolia, one type of lavender among 39 total species. Different species have different properties. Nevertheless, all types contain large proportions of linalool, linalyl acetate, eucalyptol, and camphor. That’s a lot of components to have in high quantities, and it’s the reason it’s such a powerhouse essential oil. Lavender is: sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic,  immune-boosting, and antiviral.

Lavender

 

It’s super safe, but it does have a high content of linalool, which can be sensitizing for some people. To try a small amount on your skin, dilute at about six drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil, and watch for a reaction.

If your skin loves lavender, you can use up to a 50-50 mix of half lavender eo, half carrier oil in your DIY products. My 2 year old and I use lavender in a million different ways, all day, every day. This and peppermint are my go to oils for everything.

Lemon oil

Lemon eo is commonly used in the kinds  of commercially available products you encounter every day. If you walk down the aisles of any grocery store, you’ll find everything from household cleaner to hand soap. Even to flavored sparkling water with the essence of lemon. As is the case with many citrus oils, the scent closely mimics that of the fruit from which it’s derived: bright, light, zesty, and clean.

Lemon Essential oil

Diluted lemon oil is very effective when it comes to skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene. A compound that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation, and toning the skin. In fact, recent research shows that D-limonene has skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties.

The scent of lemon oil is shown to have a powerful effect on mood. One study’s findings suggest that lemon oil vapor has antidepressant qualities. Another compelling study finds that the scent of lemon oil boosts participants’ moods. A finding confirmed through self-reported data as well as empirical data. An elevated level of the anti-stress hormone norepinephrine was measured in the blood of participants.

Lemongrass – Fevergrass

Harvesting Lemongrass for essential oil

Lemongrass is a fast-growing, tropical grass native to Sri Lanka and south India. However, it is now cultivated in warm climates in Africa and Asia.  We grew lemongrass in Cameroon but we called it fevergrass. I remember the distinct invigorating smell of fevergrass (lemongrass) leaves being boiled. It is a favourite for tea on a wet rainy day or when someone had a fever.

 

Back in the early 2000s when I started using EO, I could not find fevergrass. I went into a store and started sniffing through their samples. That is how I found my fevergrass-lemongrass. Boy was I happier than a chef in a commercial kitchen.

The entire plant is used in everything from tea to cleaning products. Lemongrass has been used for years in Indian and African healing traditions to treat ailments like gastrointestinal issues and fever. And how it earns it’s nickname “fevergrass.”

Lemongrass

I grew 5 fevergrass plants in 2015. First thing in the morning I’d step out the door and soak in the strong aroma that permeated my porch. Yes, I planted it right by the door for a reason. It is a grass-like shrub so the mature blades are very sharp. Use caution not to get grass cuts when harvesting for tea. Which I got all the time because mine grew a lot bigger than I anticipated.

Mature lemongrass

I am a big fan of the cheerful, invigorating and energetic scent of lemongrass. But there is also plenty of evidence that it possesses powerful medicinal and pharmacological properties.

Lemongrass Essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of the plant. True to its name, it possesses a mild, sweet, lemony yet herbal aroma. I love it even more so because of it’s potential to slow the growth of cancerous cells and tumors.

Lemongrass distillation

Research also shows that lemongrass essential oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal. Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and can be a potent insect repellent. It’s anti-fungal properties are especially helpful in combating the nasty yeast associated with dandruff. One study notes; the participants who use a dandruff tonic with a 10% concentration of lemongrass EO significantly reduce dandruff. More so in as little as a week.

I love to diffuse lemongrass EO when I’m taking a bath and add a couple of drops in my hot tea. My favourite part of growing fevergrass was having fevergrass tea everday. The EO is an easier way to get the same benefits now that I can’t get my hands on my fevergrass.

Essential oil diffusers

Peppermint Essential oil

You know what peppermint smells like. It’s already in your medicine cabinet, mixed into your toothpaste or mouthwash or shampoo. Or it might be in the chewing gum in your back pocket. But what you probably don’t know is why peppermint is in all of these products.

Peppermint Essential oil

It’s incredibly invigorating, and having it literally right under your nose makes you feel refreshed all day. I think peppermint essential oil is best when it’s in a lip product or diluted in a roller bottle for all day use.

Peppermint EO is made up mostly of menthol and menthone. That makes it a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant. This EO is an effective treatment for headaches. Participants in one study report a significant reduction in the pain of their tension headaches within 15 minutes. Moreover, the pain continued to drop for the following hour. To top it off it helps soothe nausea, improves concentration and memory. As well as being an analgesic, which means it numbs and kills pain on the skin.

Frankincense 

Known as the “king of oils,” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically. Meanwhile topical and internal uses provide modern health benefits. Before ingesting any essential oil be sure to check for purity, solvents and additives.

FRANKINCENSE OIL & resin

Frankincense tree resin is dried and distilled to obtain frankincense essential oil. The tree is native to specific regions of Africa and the Middle East.

The name Frankincense seems to come from the term “franc encens,” which means “high-quality incense” in French. It is also considered to be a “pure incense,” even till this day. Renowned as one of the most prized and precious EO, Frankincense still is the most desirable incense today.

In addition to it’s notoriety in the renewed covenant writings, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies. Meanwhile the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today.

Frankincense-Tree

It’s potent aroma can be described as woody, earthy, and spicy with a fruity nuance. Used in aromatherapy, its sedative and comforting fragrance is believed to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system.

Frankincense essential oil is Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic. It contains properties that reduce feelings of anxiety. While stimulating the immune system and diminishing signs of aging among other demonstrated activities. And is also used Internally (excise caution), cosmetically, medicinally, and for eliminating surface and airborne bacteria.

Frankincense resin

Pregnant women and individuals with bleeding disorders are warned that Frankincense is an emmenagogue that has blood thinning effects. Which may increase their risk of irregular bleeding.

Benefits of Frankincense Essential oil

DIY Essential oil Face Cream

Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. The main chemical constituents are Limonene, Pinene, Borneol, Farnesol, Phellandrene, Myrcene, and other constituents.

Limonene demonstrates antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Which is believed to reduce feelings of anxiety and to stimulate the immune system. Pinene strengthens and invigorates the respiratory system and is reported to have diuretic properties based on empirical evidence. Borneol contributes tonic, anesthetic, sedative and anti-spasmodic properties to this oil. While Farnesol is the component that allows this oil to reduce  signs of aging. So does by smoothing the look of wrinkles and increasing skin’s elasticity.

Skin care Routine

Topically and cosmetically, its beautifying astringent and cytophylactic qualities reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections such as discoloration. It stimulates the growth of new cells, thus when used on cuts it promotes faster healing.

Uses of Frankincense Oil

Used in aromatherapy (inhaled or diffused), Frankincense works as an expectorant to clear the nasal passageway. This promotes the relief of congestion and encourage easy breathing. It’s sweet, woody aroma is sedative. Enhancing mood by diminishing feelings of stress and anxiety, all while improving concentration and memory. As well as promoting feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction and overall wellness.

Aromatherapy inhaling essential oils

Medicinally, this anti-inflammatory oil is known to soothe inflamed skin by reducing the sensations of redness, swelling, and itching. IHelps to disinfect and tighten the pores, thereby promoting the speedy healing of cuts, wounds, and scars. All while reducing the appearance of skin imperfections and rejuvenating skin.

 

Relieves flatulence and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Also stimulates blood flow and circulation among other competencies.

As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function when used internally. As well as supports a healthy immune system, nervous and digestive functions.

Essential oil aromatherapy

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
  • Apply topically to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.
  • Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Add one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid and drink.
  •  Put one to two drops to desired area.
  • Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
  • Use 1 drop on your thumb and press against your upper palate to improve thyroid function.

Cinnamon 

Cinnamon spice

If lemon oil is bright, cool, and invigorating, cinnamon oil is its opposite: sweet, spicy, musky and warm. Cinnamon creates a distinct mixture of sensual exotic and cozy familiarity. Which makes sense because it’s both a Far East import and a spice drawer mainstay.

Derived from both the bark and leaf of the Cinnamomum verum tree, One of history’s oldest essential oils. The Egyptians record their extensive use of it in Ebers Papyrus, a medical text dating to approximately 1550 BC.

Ebers Papyrus, 1550 BC Ancient Egypt medical text record using cinnamon

At that time, cinnamon was a hot commodity. It was expensive and hard to get because Arab traders controlled most of the supply coming from Sri Lanka and India. In a pretty savvy marketing tactic, they kept the true source of their supply a secret. Cinnamon oil was affordable only for the very wealthy. Emperors, royals, and, later on, Europe’s elite. Fortunately for us, price and access to this very useful oil are no obstacle today.

Cinnamon essential oil

For aromatherapy, cinnamon essential oil can be used to help clear up chest colds. Applied topically, it can soothe muscle aches and pains, thanks to its antispasmodic and analgesic properties. An antiseptic that makes a powerful natural preservative. Cinnamon is both antibacterial and antimicrobial, as well as being anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving. Some studies have shown that cinnamon oil contains powerful antioxidants and could potentially be useful in fighting neurological disorders and heart disease.

Tea tree oil

Australian Pink Tea tree

The only place that tea trees grow naturally is in Australia, but they grow super abundantly there. Traditionally, native Australian cultures used tea tree leaves to treat coughs and colds. Heal wounds, and alleviate sore throats and skin ailments.

Tea tree essential oil (also called malaleuca) is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and exhibits anticancer activity. It kills oral bacteria for up to two weeks. Can be used for gingivitis, heals mild to moderate dandruff. Kills the influenza virus, and has been shown to slow the growth of tumors in mice.

This Australian wonder also works like benzoyl peroxide to treat acne. Although it takes longer, causes fewer side effects. while being less drying than the common drugstore ingredient.

White tea tree flowers

I put tea tree oil in virtually all of my DIY products. Do recommend diluting to a 5 percent concentration, which is about 14 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil. One of my favorite ways to use it is to add a couple of drops to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and oil pull for 15 to 20mins.

Which essential oils are used

How to Do Oil Pulling
  • Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil e.g Clove, melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint or frankincense.
  • Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any.
  • Spit the oil into a trash can once you’re done. …
  • Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus esseintial oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is definitely not for the weak. The essential oil is made from the oval shaped leaves of the tree. Even if you’ve never smelled it directly, you’ve probably smelled something that contains it—like Vicks VapoRub, maybe? The scent is similar to camphor (another ingredient in VapoRub, and also in Tiger Balm ointment) and slightly minty. It will clear your airways super quick and can take your breath away.

Here’s what else it’s been shown to do: works as a pesticide and has the ability to kill fungus, bacteria, insects, mites, and weeds. And kills the drug-resistant parasite that causes malaria. (It’s possible this is why eucalyptus trees were first planted in California in the 1850s. They were an invasive species from Australia but the government was worried about the spread of malaria. The trees helped!) Also helps boost the immune system and is anti-inflammatory.

eucalyptus essential-oil-DIY

Diffuse eucalyptus essential oil at home. The scent is a little strong, but it really freshens up a room and makes the air feel clean. It also makes a great pantry and closet moth and bug repellent.

Eucalyptus steam treatment for malaria

Hot steam treatments are a very common effective way to get rid of high malaria fever in Cameroon. We collect leaves, bark shavings and branches from the eucalyptus plant. Enough to fill a big pot of boiling water. Boil until the liquid is oozing with eucalyptus juices. Remove the pot from the stove and put it on the floor in the middle of the room.

Palm Oils outer pulp vs kernel from African Oil Palm

Sit the sick person on a low stool right over the steam coming out of the pot. Create a steam room with as many  blankets as available to trap all the heat inside. Open the pot and let the oils, heat, steam from the sauna-like environment bathe the sick person. Let them sit in it until all the steam has come out. Then remove the blankets and dry them off. Rub them all over with mbanga oil or palm kernel oil (pictured right above). We would eat some of the mbanga oil as well which is black with a strong nutty smell.

The one in the picture above looks almost like peanut oil, must be ultra refined. I have never seen mbanga oil that looks like this and we were never without a bottle of mbanga oil at home in Cameroon. It is a must have potent medicinal oil for malaria and thyphoid. There is a palm oil press at our compound in Guneku-Cameroon similar to this one pictured below. Boy this is bringing memories!

Palm oil press

After this steam treatment the sick person falls sound asleep. When they wake up the fever is gone like it was never there. They regain appetite and complete healing continues from the malaria for a day or two.

Rosemary oil

The scent of this oil is a lot like the herb you put in your food. It’s commonly found in skin care, especially natural products. Because it not only has topical benefits but also will extend the shelf life of a product exponentially.

Rosemary plant

While it stimulates many bodily systems, it also decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Rosemary essential oil is a stimulant. When inhaled, the aroma of rosemary increases heart rate. As well as blood pressure, respiratory rate and boost the immune system. The EO of Rosemary also increases brain wave activity and aid the part of the nervous system that controls organ function.

Although it stimulates many bodily systems, it decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And it does all of this while airborne, so you can simply diffuse it and gain these health benefits. If you like the scent of eucalyptus, you can combine it with rosemary to make your space smell like a forest. Hmmmm…color me baddd!!!

Rosemary Tea

Sweet orange 

We did not have orange trees in our compound when I was growing up in Cameroon but we  had pamplemouse. Which is what you guys call a grapefruit here. Unlike most people, I actually love the sweet,sour and sometimes bitter taste of the pamplemouse. I use to climb up the tree to get them right before they get ripe enough to fall off the tree. Chances are if they fell on their own, the neighbourhood kids would get them long before we ever find them.

Essential oils in the citrus family are very invigorating and energizing. Inhaling sweet orange essential oil can curb cravings for sweets and add a pep to your step.

Sweet orange tree

In studies, inhaling sweet orange essential oil reduces anxiety. Topically, it slows down participants’ pulse rates and breathing rates. All while feeling more cheerful and vigorous.

It can be a little tricky to incorporate orange oil into your life because it doesn’t diffuse well. And, like lemon oil, it can make your skin photosensitive when applied topically. Trust me, I know…OK. I have had a major face rash from not properly diluting orange and from using the hydrosol too often. Rule of thumb for me now, no orange on my face, no whys ifs and buts.

So, I recommend using it in products you plan on rinsing off in the shower, and not going higher than 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. The smell of sweet orange oil is so fragrant that you need only a very small amount when DIYing.

Sweet orange hydrosol

Clary sage oil

Clary sage possesses a myriad of beneficial properties for the skin. It is antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic and can help improve circulation. I like the uniquely sweet herbal aroma of clary sage. Which helps to cut through some of the more pungent ingredients used in natural skin care, too.

using essential oils

The first time I grew a sage plant I got hooked. The plant grows fast so I have enough for a fresh cup of tea every morning. And some to nibble on as I wished. My 2 year old has picked up on the habit. Now he wants to nibble on every plant he walks by. He is learning that not all beautiful plants are edible. His favorites use to be lettuce leaves, now he likes rose petals.

Other uses

I also make sage-mint-hyssop infused water to sip on. If you are scared at all of gardening, just try it; one herb at a time. Most herbs are so easy to grow and a great way to actively indulge in your own health and vitality. Experience the gifts of the earth by planting something, anything. Don’t over think it, just do it. You will learn and grow in the process

Clary Sage varieties

Clary sage is lauded for its reputed ability to regulate hormones, and its scent is thought to have antidepressant effects.

A perennial plant that is native to the northern Mediterranean region and North Africa. The essential oil is derived by  steam distilling the plant’s flowering tops and leaves (picture above). Although the ancient Egyptians used it in medicinal practices, it wasn’t until medieval times that clary sage really took off.

During this time, doctors and herbalists used clary sage seeds to help treat vision problems. “Clary” is derived from the Latin word for clear, “clarus.” Also used to flavor wine. Hence referred to as “muscatel sage” because of its similarity to German muscat wine.

Clary sage essential oil

Someone, somewhere, got clever. Maybe while drunk off clary sage wine! And mashed up the two nicknames. Hence, clary sage.

A 2014 study of 22 post-menopausal women in their 50s shows that diffusing helps alleviate depression. Clary sage alleviates depression by lowering cortisol levels and improving thyroid hormone levels.

And a 2012 study reveals that clary sage, along with lavender and marjoram, make an effective massage treatment. It  alleviates menstrual pain and cramping.

Massage therapy

What is the best essential oil brand?

If you rely on essential oils to improve your health, well-being and vitality, you need pure products from responsible companies. This is not an exhaustive list and not necessarily in order of importance.

essential oils and medical flowers herbs

  • DoTerra
  • Young Living
  • Plant Therapy
  • Aura Cacia
  • Edens Garden
  • Now Foods
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
    Aura Cacia Essential oils

Do essential oils actually do anything?

Does sleeping actually do anything? Well, there’s your answer.

Smell plays a big role in how essential oils may affect the body, known as Aromatherapy. When inhaled, plant oils stimulate smell receptors in the nose. The receptors send chemical messages through nerves to the brain’s limbic system. Which in-turn affects moods, emotions, and regulate different body processes. As well as alter physiological states of the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Essential oils cross the blood brain barrier quite effortlessly. Better than most mainstream prescription drugs. So when used on the skin, the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream for immediate comfort and quicker relief.

Menthol essential Oil

Caution

Some oils may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Do a small patch test for sensitivity  before using essential oils.  Said Dr. Wolfgang Steflitsch. A chest physician at Otto Wagner Hospital in Vienna. Vice president of the Austrian Association of Aromatherapy and Aroma Care. He also says that certain citrus oils when applied to the skin can increase sun sensitivity. Warns that some substances in essential oils may be risky for pregnant women.

Essential oils

Aromatherapy

aromatherapy is an offshoot of herbal medicine. European patients and physicians have traditionally been more open to using plant-based therapies as part of their medical treatment. Compared with the United States which has a different legal and regulatory climate.

Stress free zone

Although Americans may think of aromatherapy as part of a spa or beauty treatment, medical aromatherapy is popular in Europe. Where some physicians may prescribe and use the oils therapeutically as part of a complementary medical care.

About 100 different essential oils are used for medical aromatherapy in Austria and other European countries. Says Dr. Wolfgang Steflitsch.

Which essential oils are best for what

Do essential oils actually work?

There is some high-quality evidence that essential oils are effective in treating viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. They also provide relief from sleep difficulties and pain. Essential oils may also improve moods, such as anxiety, depression, and reduce stress.

Diluting Essential oils

Tea Tree

One example of oil that shows some evidence of effectiveness is tea tree oil. It is an effective treatment for acne, according to the NIH. In one clinical trial, researchers compare gel containing tea tree oil to a benzoyl peroxide product. They find that the benzoyl peroxide works slightly better but that the tea tree oil had fewer side effects. This is recorded by the National Institute for Health, NIH.

Essential oil therapy

Peppermint

A few preliminary studies have suggested that peppermint oil may help with irritable bowel syndrome. Although the oil is touted for working as a decongestant and reliving headaches and muscle pain. “There is no clear-cut evidence to support the use of peppermint oil for other health conditions.” The NIH says on its website.

Mint tea

Lavender

Lavender oil is claimed to have a slew of health benefits. Aromatherapy practitioners use it for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, headache, upset stomach and hair loss. Some small studies on using lavender for anxiety have yielded mixed results. Other studies suggest the oil may work in combination with other oils to fight a hair-loss condition called alopecia areata. According to the NIH, however, “there is little scientific evidence of lavender’s effectiveness for most health uses.”

Lavender bouquet

Are essential oils a gimmick?

Essential oils have passed the test of antiquity. They have been used medicinally since the beginning of recorded history. Frankincense and Myrrh have earned a reputation as precious gifts equal to gold and presented to the messiah Yahshua. It is difficult to call them a passing fad.

Why then, haven’t essential oils been integrated into western medicine? Modern medical literature includes limited research on their efficacy. But since 2000 there have been a growing number of research studies on essential oils popping up in traditional medical journals, with 1045 PubMed listed articles in 2013. Hopefully modern medicine will catch up sooner than later. I have my own speculations about why but I’ll save it for another place and time.

How vicks works

If you’ve ever used Vick’s Vaporub you already believe in essential oils. Vicks is a mix of essential oils suspended in petroleum jelly. Although some of these oils may be made synthetically by the Vicks company (they don’t specify).

Absolutely Not a gimmick

An essential oil is concentrated plant oil with a distinct smell, such as oil of clove, mint, lavender, or citrus. They are not essential for health. The term “essential” means “essence-of”. Used in perfumes, soap, lotions, incense, household cleaning products, and to add flavor to food and drink. You already use them everyday unintentionally. Imagine how much more beneficial if you use them intentionally!!

I have combined essential oils with other healing protocols to heal myself from a childhood skin disease. It is a major tool in my medicine cabinet.  Seeing is believing for sure.

All the scientific evidence and clinical studies do not come close to my own personal experience with essential oils. If my 2 year old does get a mosquito or ant bite and i can get to it with either frankincense or lavender before he starts to  scratch, it disappears like nothing happened.

Mosquito bite

I see it day in and day out. My essential oil bag is more important to me than my cell phone. I do not leave the house without it. Especially with a little one. It is just horrible to see him itch. A dab of peppermint essential oil and the itch is gone, instantly. Instant gratification, better than fast food!!

So, a gimmick? In my opinion absolutely “NOT”. You have to make up your own mind!!

 

 

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