It’s very important to use therapeutic grade essential oils for most of the suggestions for each ailment or common use. Especially if you’re using it internally (which should only be used under supervision of an Aromatherapist).But for external uses such as diffusing or for room fragrancing, etc…it’s not imperative to use the therapeutic type.
What’s the difference you ask?
The key to generating a therapeutic-grade essential oil is really just to preserve as many of the delicate aromatic compounds and volatile substances within the essential oil as possible – these elements are very fragile and are destroyed by high temperature, high-pressure, and the like. Even contact with chemically reactive metals (i.e., copper or aluminum) pose threats to the fragile aromatic compounds in these precious oils.
There are many variables that can affect the quality of the essential oil. These can include but are not limited to, soil conditions, quality of fertilizer and whether it was organic or chemical, region, climate, altitude, harvest season, harvest methods, distillation or extraction process, and part or parts of the plant used for distillation.
One plant can produce several different biochemical variations, or ‘chemotypes’. These chemotypes may vary according to climate, altitude and growing conditions. Here’s a good example; One constituent of Thyme is thymol, and thymol is one of the ‘active’ components in the plant, the later in the season thyme is distilled, the more thymol the oil will contain. If it is distilled in early summer the thymol levels will be quite low, and oil will be much less effective, if at all. For example, the later thyme is distilled in the growing season (i.e., late summer or fall), the more thymol the oil will contain. If it is distilled in the early summer, thymol levels will be very low; hence, the oil will be less effective, if at all.
Natural essential oils contain hundreds of different chemical compounds, many of which have not been identified yet, but still bring vital therapeutic properties to the oil. Although chemists have managed to recreate some of the constituents and fragrances of oils, there are many molecules and isomers that are impossible to manufacture in the laboratory. Have you ever seen blueberry essential oil? Of course not, if there is blueberry, apple, papaya, and the like, its quite doubtful that its an essential oil, but a fragrance, and probably a synthetically manufactured fragrance.There simply are no substitutes for the purest essential oils.
The best way to go about sampling, is by first checking to make sure they are a reputable company, have the Latin names on every bottle, and make sure they analyze all their oils by gas chromatography and are certified organic as possible. Don’t be fooled by the selling techniques of some distributors. There are more companies than just Young Living who apply these techniques, so don’t feel like they are your only choice. I’ve used Bella Mira and Mountain Rose Herbs and others who also apply these regulations and guidelines for their essential oils. Check around, you’d be surprised at what you’ll find.
Ok, finally! the list of uses! I hope you find much use in your everday for these magical little miracles.
But watch out, you may just get addicted or obsessed with them.
SUGGESTIONS on USES of ESSENTIAL OILS:
Antidepressant/ mood regulator:
Rose, orange, bergamot, geranium, mandarin, lemon and especially Neroli (orange blossom)
Bergamot, fennel, geranium, lavender, lemon, Manuka, marjoram, Melissa, rosemary, vetiver, Kanuka, and Tea Tree
Bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, Manuka, Melissa, rose, rosemary, sage, and tea tree.
Patchouli, clove, cinnamon, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, neroli
Tea tree, eucalyptus, myrrh, and lavender, also patchouli
Lavender, geranium, rose, mandarin, lemon, bergamot, vetiver and Neroli
Bergamot, Lavender, Sandalwood, Neroli (orange blossom)
Geranium, lavender (place 2 drops of each in a bowl of ice-cold water;soak a cotton ball in the liquid and place it over closed eye and surrounding affected area). may add neroli for extra skin benefits
Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus (apply any of the three directly onblemishes,) may also add neroli
Peppermint, basil, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, lemon, orange, and rosemary.
Geranium, Cinnamon, or Cassia, Clove,
Eucalyptus, Fir, Tea Tree, Lavender, Kanuka, Manuka,
Cold sores/ canker sores:
Tea tree (swab directly onto infected area three to four times daily). Also lavender on canker sores Or Melissa on outbreaks.
Peppermint, thyme (never apply pure thyme essential oil directly to skin, never swallow it, use only diluted)
Peppermint, massaged on to abdomen and ankles, may mix with wintergreen, rose, geranium and neroli flower
Ginger, lavender, chamomile, peppermint,
Dry, flaky skin:
Geranium, lavender, Melissa, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Neroli
Tea tree, lavender, also R. Chamomile), place a few drops of selected oil in 1 tsp. Warm olive oil; soak small piece of cotton in this mixture and place just inside the ear.
Peppermint, rosemary, juniper, lemon, grapefruit, orange and any citrus or mint
Peppermint, geranium, black pepper.
Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender (use with a compress).
Grapefruit, lemon, juniper, rosemary, cypress,
Tea Tree (mix 3 drops with 2 drops of Myrrh w/one tsp of oil on swab and rub gently over affected area); peppermint, lavender (two drops of each in glass of water for a mouthwash).
Chamomile, eucalyptus. (both types of chamomile: German (blue) chamomile and Roman Chamomile)
Tea tree, rosemary and lavender
Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, mix with aloe vera gel and soothe into muscles, back and neck
Patchouli, myrrh, cypress (make blend with five drops myrrh, two drops cypress, and one drop patchouli; place two drops on washcloth soaked in warm water;; apply to affected area for a few minutes twice daily).
Tea tree, bergamot, geranium. and Melissa officinale (muse be therapeutic grade essential oils)
Peppermint, ginger, (blend of the two mixed with olive oil and massage into abdomen, also diffuse or ingest if properly therapeutic grade oils are used and only use 1 drop mixed with milk or water)
Lavender, tea tree, chamomile, thyme.
Lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, grapefruit.
Sandalwood, vetiver, cedar wood, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, Rose, neroli, jasmine
Basil, peppermint, rosemary
Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary,
Muscle aches stiffness/ soreness:
Peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, (sweet birch, peppermint).
Clary sage, sweet fennel, geranium, chamomile, lavender, (clary sage, sweet fennel)
Geranium, chamomile, eucalyptus.
Lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus.
Ylang ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, and Night Fire Blend, Night Fire Massage Oil, Love, and Volupte `.
RSI: Repetitive stress injury:
Lavender, rosemary, marjoram.
Juniper, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils each have Significant ability to rejuvenate the body. Rosemary addresses the Cardiovascular and muscular systems. Sweet birch and peppermint are good for relieving joint aches and pains. Peppermint, highly regarded for settling the digestive tract, is equally effective for cleaning the respiratory system and combating headaches. Eucalyptus is good for reducing muscle stiffness.
Lavender (apply directly to razor to avoid nicks).
Sleep problems/ insomnia:
Lavender, chamomile, (lavender, marjoram; place four drops on your pillowcase).Lavender works best mixed with Mandarin and Roman Chamomile
Tea tree, sandalwood (dilute three drops each in 1/4 cup water for gargle; add a couple of pinches of salt), thyme, clove
Ginger, lavender, chamomile.
Lavender (one drop on cotton ball, rub on cheekbone under the sty, keeping eye closed); tea tree (four drops in bowl of purified water; soak cotton ball in this mixture and place over closed eyelid three times daily) Do not place essential oil directly into the eye.
OR 1 drop lavender mixed with 1 oz green myrtle hydrosol (organic) spray into affected eye first with eye closed, if non irritating may be used directly into open eye from safe distance.
Lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, chamomile mixed with aloe vera gel and soothed into burn
Tea tree, clove (mix four drops total with one tsp. of vegetable oil for swabbing on gums or place two drops on swab and rub gently over affected tooth).
Peppermint, ginger, lavender.
Tea tree, Lemon, (mix twelve drops in one ounce of caster oil, or other suitable carrier oil and apply several times daily with sterile dropper or applicator).
Lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile.
Tea Tree followed by acidophilus, and make sure to drink lots of cranberry juice too 🙂
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