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Thursday, August 6, 2009

How To Use Essential Oils At Home

Essential Oils can be used as simply and effectively at home in a variety of ways, both for their scent and for their medicinal qualities. They can revive potpourris; they can be added to a bath, or employed in the treatment of minor first aid. Essential Oils may help prevent and relieve many common complaints such as headaches, colds, period pains, and aching muscles. In using them in a massage it is best to mix them in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, emu oil, jojoba, rose hip seed oil etc. In other words most if not all vegetable oils.

A few drops of essential oil can also be mixed into a bland cream or lotion, or added to a basic face mask, which might include oatmeal, honey or clay together with the pulp of various fruits. In some conditions, such as cold sores and athlete's foot, it is better to use an alcohol-based lotion rather than an oil or cream. This can be made by adding 6 drops of essential oil to 5 ml (1 tsp) of everclear alcohol (everclear is Ph balanced to the skin.) This mixture can be further diluted in a litre (1 3/4 pint) of boiled and cooled water, preferably distilled water, for treating open cuts or sores, such as those caused by chickenpox or genital herpes.

Topical Application: The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores, plus all the electrical meridians go through the feet so anything put on the feet can usually be tasted almost immediately. Other quick absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists. To experience a feeling of peace, relaxation, or energy, two to four drops per foot are adequate.

A simple method of applying oils is to put them on to contact points (accu-pressure, accu-puncture points or nerve endings) in the feet or hands or anywhere on the body. Then a series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils help increase the frequency of this healing energy and serves to either help remove the blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ.

The method of applying oils to the rim of the ears works extremely well for emotional clearing - also for hearing problems. Chakra points are good for emotional and inspirational healing.

Hot and Cold Compresses: This is a very effective way of using essential oils to relieve pain and reduce inflamation. A hot compress can be made by filling a bowl with very hot water, then adding 4 or 5 drops of essential oil. Dip a folded piece of cotton cloth, into the bowl, squeeze out the excess water and place the cloth on the affected area until it has cooled to body heat, then repeat. Hot compresses are paritcularly useful for backache, rheumatism and arthritis, abscesses, earache and toothache.

Cold Compresses are made in a similar way, using ice cold rather than hot water. This type of compress is useful for headaches (apply to forehead or back of neck), sprains, strains, and other hot, swollen conditions.

Inhalations: The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use a diffuser. Diffusers that use a heat source (such as a light bulg ring) will alter the chemical make-up of the oil and its therapeutic qualities. A cold air diffuser works well to break the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air covering thousands of square feet in seconds. The oils will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. Diffuse the oils for only 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
Cloth: Put one to three drops of and essential oil on a paper towel, tissue, cotton ball, handkerchief, towel, or a pillow case and hold it close to your face and inhale. Do not use synthetic fabrics as the oils will melt the fabric.
Cautions: Essential Oils are extremely potent and stay in the body for approx. 21 days - the life span of the blood cells. It doesn't take much to accomplish your goal. Taking them everyday, internally, etc. can cause an overdose effect that probably will not do damage, however, it is a waste of oils and won't do you any good. Massage therapists should not use essential oils in more than 2 or 3 massages a day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why Essential Oils Are Essential

Today's Scientists are studying the numerous and amazing healing substances found in essential oils. Research has shown that essential oils are highly antipathognic. in 1995, Dr. Jean C. Lapraz discovered that no bacterium or virus tested could survive in the presence of oregano and cinnamon. At Weber State University, where Sue Chau tested close to 100 single oils and oil blends, the 3 single oils found most effective against a wide range of bacteria were cinnamon, mountain savory, and oregano. Two oils (cinnamon and oregano) were compared with penicillin and ampicillin for anti-microbil activity. They were found superior to and out performed penicillin and ampicillin. For anti-viral activity, the 3 most effective oils were yarrow, roman chamomile, and lemongrass. The oils found most effective aganst fungus, mold and yeast were cinnamon, mountain savory, oregano and spearmint. The more research done on essential oils, the more benefits we become aware of.

Because essential oils are volatile and aromatic, many benefits are obtained by inhaling them. You may breathe in the fracrance from the bottle, apply the oils to your body, or diffuse them into a room.

Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants. Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin. They are lipid soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they are hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. In fact, essential oils can affect every cell of the bdy within 20 minutes and are then emtabolized like other nutrients. They remain in the body for 21 days, (the life span of the cell).

Essential oils contain oxygen molecules which help to transport nutrients to starving human cells. Because a nutritional deficiency is an oxygen deficiency, disease begins when the cells lack the oxygen forproper nutrient assimilation. By providing the needed oxygen, essential oils also work to stimulate the immune system.

Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants. Anioxidants create an unfriendly enviroment for free radicals. They prevent all mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation i the cells.

Essental oils are anti-bacterial, anti-canceros, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-septic. Essential oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and virues while simultaneouly restoring balance to the body. Essential oils may detoxify the cells and the blood in the body.

Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier, enabling them to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and muliple sclerosis. Essential oils help promote emotional, physial, and spiritual healing.