Essential Oils – natural healing

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. These essential oils are extracts from roots, leaves, seeds and blossoms of plants and can be used as a natural way to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase immunity. There are a few different classifications of aromatherapy including – cosmetic, massage, medical, olfactory and psycho-aromatherapy.

So, how does it work?

Your sense of smell is incredibly powerful and has a huge impact on your body. The “smell” receptors (or olfactory nerves) communicate with parts of your brain to stimulate a response. This response is usually the release of hormones which have a profound impact on your physical, emotional & mental health. Essential oils also have antibacterial & antifungal properties and are becoming more favourable for a more natural way of cleaning and reducing the impact of bacteria & fungus on the body. There are more studies being conducted about essential oils and their impact on the human body. Below is a list of some oils that may help you with any of the following:

  • STRESS/ANXIETY/AGITATION
    • Geranium – pelargonium graveolens
    • Sweet Marjoram – origanum majorana
    • Basil – ocimum basilicum
    • Sweet Orange – citrus sinensis
    • Lavender – eavandula angustifolia
    • Lemon-scented Ironbark – eucalyptus staigeriana
  • FEELINGS OF FATIGUE
    • Grapefruit – citrus paradisi (exhaustion fatigue)
    • Coriander – coriandrum sativum (mental fatigue)
    • Citronella – cymbopogon nardus
    • Geranium – pelargonium graveolens(nervous)
    • Rosemary – rosmarinus officinalis
    • Peppermint – M. piperita
  • IMPROVING SLEEP
    • Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
    • Lemon – C. limon
    • Juniper Berry – juniperus communis
    • Basil – Ocimum basilicum (nervous)
  • IMPROVING COGNITIVE FUNCTION & ENERGY
    • Peppermint – M. piperita
  • REDUCING PAIN
    • Lavender – lavandula angustifolia
    • Manuka – leptospermum scoparium
    • Rosemary – rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor
  • ANTIBACTERIAL
    • Basil – well studied oil showed good antimicrobial potential against aeromonas, hydrophila & pseudomonas flurescens [1]
  • ANTIFUNGAL
    • Tea Tree – tea tree oil has been shown to have a wide range of fungicidal potential [2]

IMPORTANT: Essential oils can be extremely helpful with many different things but if not used correctly can cause harm including skin irritation & respiratory issues. Please use caution if you have not used essential oils before – read the instructions on the essential oil bottles. The following website is a great explanation for how to use essential oils safely – https://theherbalacademy.com/a-guide-to-essential-oil-safety/.

[1] – J. Wan, A. Wilcock, M.J. CoventryThe effect of essential oils of basil on the growth of Aeromonas hydrophila and Pseudomonas fluorescens J Appl Microbiol, 84 (1998), pp. 152-158

[2] K.A. Hammer, C.F. Carson, T.V. RileyAntifungal activity of the components of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil J Appl Microbiol, 95 (2003), pp. 853-860

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