A Guide to the Best Essential Oils -Part 1

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Welcome to this basic guide on how to use essential oils part 1 for healing. Brief descriptions of what each essential oil does.  I will be adding link to separate essential oil pages as the site progresses.


1.  Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Bergamont Fruit

An oil known for being uplifting and making you feel good

Where does it come from?

The Bergamont plant is named after its hometown of Bergano, Lombardi, Italy. It is a small citrus plant with the fruit resembling more of a bumpy pear than a common naval orange.

What is it good for ?

Helping to feel Calm

Protecting your skin

Ease digestive troubles


2.Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Black Pepper Plant

Suprisingly this essential Oil has a cooling effect and is great for stimulating the mind and body.

Where does it come from?

Originally from India, used in ancient Greece, China, Rome, Egypt

What is it good for?

Breathing – Has been known to have expectorant qualities, helping reduce conjestion

Circulation- Cold fingertips and toes? Rubbing black pepper oil can improve blood flow to your furthest extremities

Aches and Pains – Natural pain reliever due to it’s anti – inflammatory properties due to sesquiterpine hydrocarbons.

General Health – Help with your immune system with its anti-microbial properties

Inflammation


3. Cardamom( Elettaria cardmomum)

Cardomom is a powerful player in the world of essential oils and heavily featured in both Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.

Because its properties are considered safe and gentle, it makes it easy to add to aromatherapy concoctions.

Where does it come from?

Cardomom is originally from India.  It is a tall shrub that flowers.  The seeds of the plant is where the essential oil comes from.  The seeds can be used whole, distilled into essential Oil or ground into a spice.  Guatemala is now the biggest producer of cardamom.

What is it good for?

Reduce body odor – Antiseptic properties help neutralize body odo/ running shoes etc

Help with Digestion

Energy lift


4. Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

A beautiful warm and woody scent with relaxing, anti – inflammatory properties as well as being an antiseptic.

Red Cedarwood Tree

Where does it come from?

It is distilled from parts of the red cedar tree in the U.S and Canada.

What is it good for?

Great for the nervous system

Anti aging properties for skin

Improve respitory system ( help with breathing)


5. Chamomile- Roman and German

(Matricaria recutia and Chamaemelum nobile)

Where does it come from?

A lot of Europe, Egypt etc.  Regardless of where it came from the tops of the flowers can be distilled into two very effective essential oils.

What is it good for?

Skin- From acne to premature aging, combining it with balms or salves may help heal wounds or relieve skin irritation

Calming effect- Roman’s Chamomile ability to make you feel calm is probably its strongest attributes, helping with depression and anxiety.

Pain relief-  With Chamomile’s anti inflammatory properties, it may help with arthritis, sore muscles or menstrual cramps and even nerve pain.


6. Cinnamon  (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or C.Verum)

We all know Cinnamon is great for cooking, pastries, coffee etc but it is also a powerful essential oil.

It is used for energizing the mind, reduce infection, help with circulation, stimulate appetite, help with dull pain.Cinnamon Plant

Where is it From?

The Sri Lankans have been using Cinnamon in food and medicine since 2000 B.C

What is it good for?

Energy Boost – The scent may lift your mood and give you a perk up

Pain Relief – Diluted essential oil may help circulation helping with sore muscles and achy joints


7. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Great for lessening feelings of stress and anxiety, relieving spasms and helping balance female reproductive organs.

Where is it From?

The beautifully purple flowered, green stalked Clary sage grows wild along the Mediterranean Sea.

What is it Good For?

Emotional booster-  With a reputation for helping with anxiety and stress, the calming properties may also help lift depression

Soreness- helping with cramps and aching muscles, Clary Sage’s antispasmodic propertie will help with aches and pains

Ease digestive problems – Clary Sages tonic properties help with stomach problems related to stress and anxiety.

 

 


8. Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Clove Flower

Often a smell associated with the holiday season, the scent of clove brings people fellings of warmth and contentment

Where is it from?

Madagascar- The essential oil is made from the dried flower buds of the clove trees.

What is it good for?

Pain relief –  Three drops into some carrier oil makes for a pain relieving, naturally warming rub

Help with stomach problems – Massage or a compress infused with clove can bring calmness to an upset stomach

General heatlh – Good to apply to wounds, great disinfectant, will kill black mould.  Adding 10 or so drops to one litre of water or vinegar into a spray bottle it great for cleaning surfaces.


9. Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

Used in cooking for its sweet and spicy aroma. In aromatherapy, its essential oil has the ability to help with nervous spasms, reduce anxiety.

Where is it from?

From the Mediterrainian region, used in cooking and for medicine.  The essential oil is take from both the leaves and flowering heads.  It is also considered good luck since ancient times to give some to newlyweds.

What is it good for?

Marjoram is great for helping support  your digestive system with its anti-spasmodic traitsMixed with carrier oil, Marjoram can be used to massage effectively for headaches, inflammation and arthritis relief.
Majoram can help with keeping a peaceful mind with its subtle sedative effects.


10. Myrrh

Ancient Egyptians use this essential oil as part of the embalming process.  Taken from the trees resin, the essential oil is known to be helpful for inflammation, skin care and upset stomachs.

Where is it from?

Middle East/ North Africa.  A small spikey tree, resin is collected, dried, distilled into essential oil.

What is Myrrh good for?

Can help with you respiritory system, help aleviate congestion, help clear mucus

Has anti-aging, anti inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that can help with skin care.  Great for fungal infections, eczema.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Anthony

 

anthony@funkoftheearth.com

 

 

 

 

 

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