Essential oils are natural plant-based remedies used in many cultures in the world to heal all types of ailments, mostly pain. The oils are pleasant to the olfactory sense and benefit the body and mind. Therapeutic essential oils offer multiple healing benefits applicable to humans and animals. The remedies are extracted from aromatic flowers, leaves, resin, and barks. Essential oils are very volatile and capable of penetrating bodily tissues quite deeply, which explains how popular they are for massage therapy and aromatherapy.
For more than 4,500 years, plants such as basil, thyme, myrrh, and clove have been utilized for their medicinal properties known to be:
Essential oils are also used to promote relaxation, invigoration, mental concentration, and a sense of well-being.
Essential oils are known to:
- Eliminate fungal infections.
- Enhance the immune system.
- Exhibit anti-inflammatory properties.
- Lower blood pressure, through inhalation of Bergamot and Citrus oils.
- Relieve psychogenic conditions such as insomnia, depression, stress, and anxiety.
St John Wort’s essential oil is considered as potent for anxiety relief as some pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications.
The delivery methods of essential oils vary from topical applications and inhalation to ingestion.
As for all types of remedies, because they are very potent, essential oils harbor a few suspected risk factors:
- Endocrine disruption. Some scientific studies on Lavender essential oil and Tea Tree oil have found a suspected link between some of the oils and premature breast development in pre-adolescent children. The oils may have been overused for personal hygiene.
- Carcinogenic traits. There have been concerns with citronella, bergamot, and cloves. The high content of methyl eugenol in such oils has been deemed to raise their cancer-causing potential.
- Toxicity. Countless people use citronella oil as an insect repellent. The components that confer the repelling properties to such oils can be toxic and sometimes associated with chronic respiratory ailments.
Essential oils (EOs) have contributed to the advancement of conventional medicine. As their effectiveness is being confirmed by users and backed by science, the oils are gaining popularity in the Western world and the arena of allopathic medicine.
Numerous plants and oils saved the lives of people who used them during the Black Plague (aka Black Death) in the 14th Century.
Aura Cassia produces this formula known as: Medieval Mix that should be of interest to all people looking to protect themselves from germs and viruses:
Medieval Mix: During the dark ages, physicians and grave robbers alike protected themselves from the Black Death with the aromatic herbs of Lavender, Thyme, and Rosemary.
Aura Cacia Medieval Mix is a must-have blend for DIY cleaning recipes and home care diffusions and blends. This powerful blend of oils can take care of the trickiest home problems.
Medieval Mix is carefully blended to take care of the trickiest home problems – featuring sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lemon (Citrus limon), tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), red thyme (Thymus vulgaris), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Besides utilizing essential oils as natural remedies, countless people also use them as an insect repellent that is known to be as effective as DEET without this chemical product’s toxic side effects.
Essential oils are used for self detoxification, purification, as well as for weight control. The many benefits of essential oils far outweigh the few adverse risks that they may occasionally pose to health.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 30 years.
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