Essential oils are one of many modalities I use to promote health. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in places like Cyprus, Pompeii, and ancient Egypt. They were also used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Where do essential oils come from? They are extracted from plants, trees, roots, nuts, leaves, bark, etc. Oils can be used internally or externally. They can be used in extracts, poultices, salves, and massage oil. They can be mixed with things like honey, flax oil, or coconut oil to be eaten or put in tea.
I put Essential Oils in the same category as herbal therapy and aromatherapy. For example, oregano can be a spice or an essential oil. Oregano is also used in nutraceuticals. Eucalyptus is used topically in massage oil and also used in diffusers for aromatherapy. Lavender is used in aromatherapy to enhance sleep, improve mood, and decrease moodiness. It is also used topically for cuts, burns, and various skin conditions. Many of you know the story of Jesus where the Magi brought gifts including frankincense. But did you know that recent research has suggested that frankincense can kill cancer cells and promote health in non-cancerous cells.
Some of the top essential oils include:
According to BoiSource Naturals, compared to food and vitamins, essential oils have much more antioxidant capacity (antioxidants are needed to combat free radical damage.) For example:
Food and Vitamins:
Vitamin E – 3,309
Pomogranates – 3,037
Blueberries – 2,400
Kale – 1,770
Clove – 1,078,700
Myrrh – 379,800
Coriander – 298,300
So, you can see the incredible amount of antioxidants contained in essential oils.
Let’s take a couple of samples. The essential oil of Cloves is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, and antiseptic. Many of today’s current diseases are inflammatory diseases. (Anything that ends in “-itis” is inflammatory}. As an anti-fungal, Clove oil is effective against such things as candida. In dentistry, Clove oil was used for numbing and pain relief as well as slowing decay and de-mineralization.
Eucalyptus is one of my favorite essential oils. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is very effective in respiratory support because of its anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study showed that inhaled eucalyptus oil was effective in treating COPD. Eucalyptus is also an expectorant which comes in handy when you have a head cold or the flu. You can also use eucalyptus as a scalp tonic by mixing it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. It will help moisturize your scalp. Personally, I put eucalyptus in my massage oil (along with some other essential oils), so that when you receive one of my massages, you are getting both the positive effects of aromatherapy and the external effects of the oil on your skin.
Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for such things as wound healing, arthritis, and hormonal issues. It has enormous anti-cancer potential, can boost immunity, and is anti-inflammatory and a pain-reliever. Lab tests have shown that one of the main ingredients in Frankincense, boswellic acids, are cytotoxic to ovarian cancer. Other studies have demonstrated similar effects on bladder, breast, colon, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Hopefully, as science progresses, we will find more ways to utilize Frankincense in cancer treatment and other health treatments.
As you can see, essential oils offer a lot of health benefits for a myriad of health issues. The quality of oils you use is very important. Essential oils are highly concentrated, therefore there are right ways and wrong ways to use essential oils, so please consult a professional before using them (especially if you plan to take them internally.)