|Current scientific research into the chemistry and
medicinal use of certain oils has both confirmed
and clarified their healing potential. When we
become aware of the unique scent of a plant, it is
the essential oils that give them their specific smell
and flavor. Essential oils certainly both attract or
repel different insects or animals and are important
in the transpiration and life cycle of the plant,
rather like a hormone. Oils are found in all parts of a
plant; seeds, bark, leaves, root, flowers and resin or
gum. They have been used for thousands of years
as incense, perfumes, cosmetics, medicines and for
cooking. Once used in sacred ceremonies, either
rubbed on the body, burned or sprinkled for
purification. We see this today with the burning of
frankincense and myrrh during the Catholic mass.
Natural aromatics made up one of the earliest
trade items of the ancient world, and considered
rare and treasured.
|Some Common Uses for Aromatherapy Oils (Essential Oils)
EMOTIONAL STRESS: Bergamot, Citrus-Basil, Sage, Geranium, Patchouli and
ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS: Basil, Bergamot, Cedar wood, Cypress, Geranium,
Chamomile, Lemongrass, and Ylang Ylang.
MENTAL STRESS: Citrus-Basil, Grapefruit, Lavender, Patchouli, Pine and
PERFORMANCE STRESS: Citrus-Basil, Ginger, Grapefruit and Rosemary.
PHYSICAL STRESS: Bergamot, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram,
Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Menthol, camphor.
RELATIONSHIP STRESS: Cinnamon, Licorice, Ginger, Rose, Ylang Ylang and
PATCHOULI PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac,
astringent, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulant.
LEMONGRASS PROPERTIES: Analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial,
|An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or
water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant.
The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable
psychological and physical therapeutic benefits, usually achieved through inhalation
and application of diluted oil to the skin.
|Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully.
When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy
practitioner. Below are a few guidelines for using essential oils:
• Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin.
• Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals.
• Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with
asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions.
• Less IS More. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of
essential oils that will get the job done.
• Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy.
• Never let children use essential oils without the presence of an adult
knowledgeable about their use.
• Essential oils should not be taken internally.
• Essential oils are flammable.
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