Saturday, September 25, 2010

Essential Oils Are Therapeutic

Essential oils are derived from flowers and plants and their parts such as, bark, leaves, etc.  They are the essence of the plant.  When essential oils are inhaled or absorbed through your skin they provide healing benefits. These flower essences have been used for healing since ancient Egyptian times. You can benefit from these concentrated essences of plants and flowers by aromatherapy treatments, adding them into your massage oil, and/or bathwater, using them in a compress, or simply just burning them in a diffuser.

In his book, The Maker's Diet, Dr. Jordan Rubin sheds light on the 14 essential oils that have amazing healing properties.  Here are three of the essential oils and some of their uses that  he recommends:

Lavender (my personal favorite) - relieves anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, stress, bruises, earaches, etc

Sandal Wood-  helps low self esteem, bronchitis, sensitive skin, urinary tract infections, etc.

Frankincense- for grief, insecurity, immune system stimulation, headaches, herpes, scars, stretch marks, etc

Please  don't mistake commercially available fragrances as essential oils. The fragrances are either synthetic, or have chemical additives, whilst the essential oils are purely derived from the plants.  Additionally, please make sure the essential oils you buy are 100% pure. And finally, since essential oils are very concentrated, always dilute them in carrier oils such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, etc.

Here are websites with more information on essential oils:
http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/default.asp
http://www.essential-oil-recipes.com/
http://www.healingtherapies.info/Aromatherapy.htm

Source:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/03/13/essential-oils.aspx

2 comments:

  1. Good work on your blog Shabana. I like that you are telling people about all the alternatives to living healthy. So often people are misguided about what medication they should take, and are given the wrong medications which have negative effects on the body. The health care and drug industry is based on making money! Sometimes they do not take the necessary precautions in testing drugs before they are released for public consumption. It is great that you are trying to live by example. Keep up the good work!!!

    Erica.

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