A Guide To The Best Essential Oils Part 2

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A Guide to the Best Essential Oils Continues… Welcome to this guide on how to use essential oils for healing, there are many ways to utilize essential oils for beneficial effects like aromatherapy, massage, inhalers, cold compresses etc. From this guide you should get a decent understanding of what each essential oil does. If you’d like to read part 1…>>Click Here<<

 


11. Cypress (Cupressaceae)

The strong, yet warm and cleansing scent has the potential to help with stopping spasms (airway, menstrual and muscle) and stimulate blood flow. Van Gogh even had a bit of a thing for them, featuring in three of his paintings.

Where is it from?

Cypress Tree

Native to France, Italy and Spain. The tall evergreens young needles and cones are steam distilled to create the essential oil. Historically the Chinese used cypress to treat the liver and the respiratory system and in ancient times for the urinary tract and for fluid loss.

 

There are two main ways to apply the Cypress. One is to apply directly, non diluted to the reflex points and on the troubling point you want to focus on. It also can be directly inhaled diffused.

 

What is it good for? 

Known to help with skin conditions, breathing, inflammation, arthritis, spasms, menopausal problems, water retention.

It has antibacterial , anti infectious, anti microbial, antiseptic qualities.   

 


12. Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus globulus)

I myself, being an Australian I am very familiar with Eucalyptus. Is there really anything better, so natural, for a cold, sore throat or runny nose? Maybe a biased opinion but Eucalyptus is great for fending off viruses and bacteria and help ease an aching body and often an overlooked benefit, it can help clear your skin. There are a few varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil all offering slightly different benefits.

Where is it from?

Australia, pretty much all over. 🙂 The leaves are steam distilled.  

Eucalyptus Trees

What is it good for?

To make the most out of Eucalyptus there are few ways to incorporate it into other healing methods. They include Balms and Salves, add Eucalyptus to your balms and salves to benefit from its antibacterial properties.

Apply one drop of Eucalyptus Oil to your unscented face wash or moisturizer to give your skin a fresh and radiant feel and to help it stay clear.

Diffusers or inhalers can benefit from Eucalyptus oil. As a kid, if I had a cold symptoms like a blocked or runny nose, my mother would make stand over a sink, full of hot water mixed with eucalyptus, with a towel over my head. It would work wonders unblocking mucus and clearing up congestion.  

The best ways to apply eucalyptus essential oil is to apply straight or a 1-2:1 ratio with carrier oil for children or for those with sensitive skin. Inhaling directly or using a diffuser is also an option.

 

 


13. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

I must admit, I can’t work out if I like eating fennel or not, It’s like the Dr Pepper of vegetables. Anyway, about the essential oil… It’s benefits far outweigh any negative feelings of its aroma.

 

Where is it from?Fennel Plant

Fennel grows wild in the Mediterranean. The seed are crushed and then distilled to create this extremely health beneficial oil. Fennel was used back in the day by the Romans and Egyptians from ear aches to snake bites.

What is it good for?

Fennel essential oil has many health benefits, it has been shown to help with fear and anxiety and regulate mood swings. Fennel essential oil has antispasmodic properties and can help to soothe cramps and spasms, also bring relief to aching bodies. Try adding a few drops to a hot compress and applying to an area of your body that’s sore or aching. Fennel essential oil can help with digestion problems. It can help with constipation, diarrhea and bloating by adding a couple of drops to some carrier oil and massaging it onto the stomach. Adding fennel essential oil to non scented moisturizer to potentially prevent wrinkles.


14. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Frankincense is a very versatile essential oil that is both beneficial to the mind and body. Used for sacrificial ceremonies in the Middle East to assist communicating with their creator. 

Where is it from?

Found in North Africa, has been used medicinally and spiritually since the ancient Sumerian era. The Frankincense oil comes from the Frankincense trees dried resin which is extracted or distilled though carbon dioxide.

What is it good for?Frankincense Tree

Benefits include, relief from aches and pains with is anti-inflammatory properties. Great for adding to baths, compresses or to massage oils. Inhaling Frankincense oil can help you feel calm and gain focus and improve your memory and sharpeners, perfect for studying or exams. Great for skin, stress relief, pain relief and help with congestion. Frankincense essential oil can be applied directly to reflex points and the targeted area or used in a diffuser or inhaled. The essential oil can be put not a capsule or under the tongue, one or two drops.

 

 

 


15. Geranium (Pelargonium)

Not only known for its beautiful flowers, geranium essential oil can help relieve depression and anxiety and geranium oil has the ability to assist with first aid, skin care and pain management.

 

Where is it from?

The Geranium plant originally came from South Africa and there are many varieties, but only a few are used to produce geranium essential oil, with the oil being distilled from its broad green leaves.

 

What is it good for?

The green colored geranium essential oil comes with a rose-like sweet aroma and can help with skin through its anti inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, great for wound healing and preventing skin damage. Geranium essential oil can help with aches and pains and help ease the pain of more serious conditions like neuralgia and shingles. Geranium oil has emotional benefits. It can adapt to your needs by raising your spirits, relieving anxiety and help focus.

 


 

16. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Known to be great for nausea, keeping a bottle of ginger essential oil around can also help with common colds, upset stomach and help bring relief to aching muscles.

Ginger Plant

Where is it from?

Coming originally from Southern Asia, it has being used by ancient cultures all around the world. Although the plant stands several feet tall, all the essential oil magic happens at the root. Using C02 extraction to obtain the essential oil from its knobby root.

 

What is it good for?

I personally love the flavor of ginger, but I am aware its warm gingery scent, with a hint of lemon is not for everyone. Ginger healing properties are best known for helping soothe an upset stomach and to ease nausea (perfect for sea sickness). Ginger essential oils antiseptic effects can help ward off cold and flu and its spicy tang like aroma can help with congestion. Form Migraine or headache relief, try rubbing a few drops onto the temples while inhaling. Ginger essential oil contains anti inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help relieve the pain.


17.Grapefruit (Rutaceae)

The grapefruit essential oil is a versatile citrus oil.  Sharing similar healing traits with other citrus oils but the grapefruit essential oil is less photosensitive in the sun, making it ideal as a replacement ingredient if planning on using outside.

Grapefruit Tree

 

 

Where is it from?

The Caribbean. It’s skin is cold-pressed to make the essential oil.

 

What is it good for?

Has an energizing effect that can battle fatigue. With its decongestant effects, it can help oily and acne prone skin. Has the potential to help with removing toxins, boosting metabolism and stimulate circulation with its cleansing and diuretic effects. Grapefruit essential oil can be used in massage to help relieve tension headaches joint pain and sore muscles.

It can be applied directly, undiluted, to the reflex points and targeted area. It can be diffused or inhaled.  Another way is to put one or two drops into food, drink or capsules.

 


18. Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

Kind of a big deal with helping skin issues, helichrysum essential oil is known for its cell-regenerative, anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Where is it from?

Grown wild around the Mediterranean, the bright yellow flowers are known for their ability to maintain their yellow color even after being dried. They are steam distilled to create the essential oil.

 

What is it good for?Helichrysum

 

Great for Aches and pains, skin-cell regeneration, depression, wounds, coughs and colds. Helichrysum essential oil can help diminish dark spots and stretch marks. Adding one drop of Helichrysum essential oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil and massaging to the affected area can help fade the dark spots or stretch marks.

 

 

 


 

19. Lavender (Nardus/Lavandula vera)

Lavender essential oil is probably the most well-known essential oil and also one of the most versatile. 

Where is it from?Lavender

Originating in France, lavender essential oil is distilled to create a clear to pale yellow oil with its signature musky aroma.

 

 

What is it good for? [Click Here for Full Lavender Essential Oil Guide]

Lavenders analgesic effects can be beneficial for migraines, headaches, nerve pain and menstrual cramps. It can also help with skin conditions, sleeplessness, minor wounds and tension.

It can be applied directly, undiluted, to the reflex points and targeted area. It can be used in cooking and drinks, or 1-2 drops under the tongue.

Lavender Oil can also be diffused or inhaled.

 


 

20. Lemon (Citrus lemon)

Lemon essential oil’s clean fresh citrus aroma is great for lifting your mood and to help care for your skin.

Where is it from?Lemon Tree

Lemon Trees, although very common in Italy, they actually originated it India. The lemons rind is pressed to create the essential oil.

What is it good for?

Can help with depression, liver support, fluid retention, fatigue, digestion and fatigue.

 

 

Thank you for reading, I will be making additions to the list with more benefits and recipes etc. Please subscribe to keep in the loop. Part 3 will be incoming very soon.

All the Best

Anthony

 

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