Essential oils are an excellent alternative to the extremely harmful artificial fragrances used today in most perfumes, room sprays and cosmetics. In addition, they can be used as a household remedy for various ailments and should therefore not be missing in any medicine cabinet.
Table of contents:
- The essence of the plant in essential oils
- The concentrated scent of the plants
- Production of essential oils
- Quality of essential oils
- To be close to the gods
- Scientific studies
- Fields of application
- Effects and formulations
- Essential oils for anxiety
- Kidneys and urinary tract
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Painful menstruation
- Menopausal symptoms
- Essential oils for emotions & Emotional Aromatherapy
- Essential Oils for Depression and Stress
- Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep
- Essential Oils to support the Yoga, Meditation or Reiki practice
- Essential Oils for better Breathing and clearing the airways
- Essential Oils for weight loss and diet
The essence of the plant in essential oils
Essential oils contain the bundled vital energy of the whole plant. They act directly on the brain and can thus positively influence both physical and psychological processes in the human body. Essential oils are versatile. They are suitable not only for the fragrance lamp, but also for relaxing massage oils, fragrant herbal and flower baths, healing compresses, inhalations and much more.
The concentrated scent of plants
Essential oils are extracted from various parts of plants. These can be flowers, leaves, but also bark, roots or resins. They are not ordinary oils and therefore do not leave grease stains. The term “essential” means that it is something intangible, a volatile oil – unlike ordinary fatty oils.
Essential oils are plant scents – captured in liquid form. This liquid dissolves in an instant as soon as the essential oil comes into contact with air. The oil is gone, the scent remains – only for a short time – before it disappears into the ether. Therefore, always close your essential oils bottles very carefully.
Production of essential oils
Most essential oils are extracted by the method of steam distillation. Next to the steam distillation, cold pressing is another extraction method that works without heat. Nowadays, only a few plants, such as citrus peel, are cold pressed to obtain lemon, lime or orange oil.
In very sensitive plant parts such as flowers or blossoms, the fragrances are often extracted using a chemical solvent. Oils obtained in this way are called absolutes (which is usually written on the vials so that absolutes can be easily recognized). Although the solvent is removed from the essential oils at the end of the manufacturing process, residues usually remain in the oil. This is the reason why aromatherapists do not use absolutes.
Carbon dioxide extraction – a newer process – can be used to extract very high-quality essential oils. Due to the very low production temperature of only 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, even the very volatile and particularly precious fragrances are preserved.
Quality of essential oils
When buying essential oils, you should make sure that they are 100 percent pure essential oils. The quality of essential oils is not regulated by law. If the label does not clearly indicate pure quality, the oil has likely been diluted and possibly subsequently scented with synthetic fragrances. The expected effect of such oils naturally does not occur. The label should also provide information about the quality of the plants used. Please read about the CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade quality of our products here.
Essential oils of good quality are obtained from plants that come either from wild collection or from controlled organic production. Plants grown in a healthy environment (i.e. free from pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilisers) are strong and healthy plants. And only such perfect plants can pass on their vital energy to humans in the form of medicinal essential oils.Of course, high-quality essential oils have their price. However, this is relativized by the fact that only a few drops of this oil are needed.
Being close to the gods
Even in ancient times people knew about the healing properties of essential oils. The ancient Egyptians combined purity, divinity and power with the scents of aromatic medicinal plants. In order to be close to the gods, the Pharaohs in particular perfumed themselves with the most precious aromatic essences, which they had brought to their palaces by camel caravans from the Far East.
In the meantime many of the traditional healing and application possibilities have been confirmed in modern studies. For example, the effect of essential oils on hormone levels and on the health of the cell membrane is scientifically recognised. It has also long been proven that essential oils can inhibit the growth and multiplication of bacteria.
Areas of application
Essential oils – mixed with high-quality base oils such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, sesame oil or avocado oil – result in healthy and completely natural body or massage oils.
Depending on the dosage of the essential oils, such an oil can also serve as a perfume. If you add essential oils to some alcohol, you get effective room sprays that you can inhale with a good feeling. For compresses that can be applied to aching joints or tense muscles, for example, essential oils should be added to water (hot water for hot compresses and cold water for cold compresses), dipped into the compresses and placed on the appropriate parts of the body.
Especially with skin problems, essential oils can be used very successfully, such as for brush warts(1), moles, rosacea(2) or acne. Further information on skin care with essential oils, which have an excellent anti-ageing effect, as well as many essential oil applications for skin care can be found on the homepage.
Some problems that pregnant women often suffer from can be solved with gentle essential oil formulations, such as varicose veins, stretch marks, haemorrhoids and anal fissures. In particular, the use of essential oils in the fragrance lamp makes it possible to treat some emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, tension or stress without having to worry about unpleasant side effects.
Effects and recipes
Before using essential oils, obtain the necessary knowledge from the relevant books. Essential oils should not be used on babies and toddlers because of their intensive effect. Lavender, Roman chamomile or rose are gentle oils that can be used in low doses in children.
Strong oils, such as those from eucalyptus or tea tree (Melaleuca), on the other hand, should never be allowed to reach the facial area of small children. Essential oils are also generally diluted and never used pure for larger children and adults. Always follow the recommended dosage, as too much essential oils can irritate the skin and mucous membranes or increase blood pressure.
Essential oils for anxiety
In cases of anxiety that can be felt in heart palpitations, tension, insomnia and inner restlessness, a rose bath relaxes: 3 drops of rose oil, 2 drops of clary sage oil, 2 drops of geranium oil and 1 drop of lavender oil are mixed in 3 tbsp fractionated coconut oil and added to the bath water.
Essential oils for Kidneys and urinary tract
Cinnamon oil (mixed into a base oil) not only helps with diabetes (a few drops in the meals) or arthritic pain (massaged into the joints), but is also said to detoxify the kidneys and as an ingredient in a sit bath, it helps against urinary tract infections.
Astringent essential oils such as frankincense and cypress promote the reduction of haemorrhoids: 1 drop of frankincense oil or cypress oil is diluted with water. Then soak a cotton ball and dab the haemorrhoids several times a day. Other oils are cinnamon, clove, peppermint and tea tree.
Strengthening the immune system
In times of increased risk of infection, the immune system is relieved with disinfecting essential oils that can reliably kill bacteria – in some cases even viruses and fungi. With a spray from antibacterial essential oils the breathing air in areas can be cleaned outstandingly: 5 drops siberian fir oil and 3 drops lemon oil are diluted with a half litre vinegar and filled into a spray bottle. (Aerate thoroughly for a few minutes before spraying). A great blend for immune support is doTERRA On Guard (Protective Blend)
Essential oils for Lice
If there are lice in circulation at school or kindergarten, essential oils are used to produce an anti-lice hair oil to which no lice has yet become resistant – which cannot be said of conventional products. It is suitable for children from the age of four: 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of geranium oil are mixed in 50 millilitres of a base oil e.g. almond or jojoba oil and massaged into the hair and scalp. Cover the head with a plastic bag, wrap a towel over it and let it work for several hours or overnight. Then wash the hair and comb it with a lice comb (pharmacy). This procedure is repeated every two to three days for two weeks (preferably longer).
Relaxing essential oils can relieve painful colic. They work best in combination with heat, for example in the form of hot belly compresses: 2 drops of Roman chamomile oil, 1 drop of lavender oil mixed with a little vinegar and 0.5 litres of hot water. Now soak a cloth in the fragrant liquid and place it on the painful abdomen (a towel over it, then a hot-water bottle and finally a warm blanket). Lie down, close your eyes and relax!
Menopausal symptoms: During the menopause
Hot flushes and sweating can be treated with clary sage, peppermint, spearmint and cypress. Put a drop of spearmint oil on a cloth and inhale as soon as a hot flush is approaching. Geranium oil (external only) harmonises the condition and rose oil strengthens the uterus and ovaries.
Essential oils for emotions & Emotional Aromatherapy
Many people suffer from stress and emotional imbalances such as anxiety or anger. Sleep issues and other problems can be the consequence. Above all, it can lead to physical health problems and negatively impact people’s lives. If you feel anxious, insecure or apathetic, you can use oils from the mint plants such as peppermint or spearmint. And if you feel rather discouraged, gloomy or distressed, some citrus oils such as lemon, bergamot or wild orange might be better suited to help you feel better. If you feel somber, disinterested or bored, you can counter with spice oils. Examples are clove, black pepper or coriander essential oils. For discontented, bitter or angry feelings, essential oils from herbs and grasses are generally used, as for example lemongrass, basil or oregano. However, if you feel ashamed, sad or grieving, you can use essential oils from trees. Sandalwood or cedarwood or cypress essential oils are some examples. You can read more about Emotional Aromatherapy and some high-quality, ready-made oil blends here.
Essential Oils for Depression and Stress
Essential oils can be used for many ailments and health issues. They relieve stress and nervousness, improve sleep disturbances and pregnancy issues and are used for back and neck pain. Yes, they can even help children with ADHD. Numerous studies have shown that essential oils can also support the treatment of depression in a natural and significant way. Of course, essential oils alone will not cure depression. So they are not an alternative to psychotherapy and a comprehensive holistic concept, but they can be perfectly integrated into it and enhance its effect. Some essential oils can relieve certain psychological and physical symptoms that are often associated with depression. For example, essential oils can reduce sleep disturbances, improve mood and improve the quality of people’s lives. You can read more about essential oils for depression and stress here.
Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep
Some essential oils are really effective in helping to relax and to sleep better. Especially lavender essential oil is known to be very calming and relaxing and to support a good sleep. A very popular and most effective oil blend is the doTERRA Restful blend, called Serenity. Another popular blend is Balance Grounding blend, which has also strong calming and grounding properties.
Essential Oils to support the Yoga, Meditation or Reiki practice
Essential oils contain the bundled vital energy of a plant. Their concentrated scent directly stimulates the so-called limbic system of the brain. In this way both psychic and physical processes in your body are influenced in a positive way. Fresh, sunny scents like orange, bergamot or citrus lift the mood. Rose, lavender or cedarwood provide relaxation and harmony through their warm and invigorating scent.
Essential Oils for better Breathing and clearing the airways
There is probably little to none airways-clearing, cough-soothing and respiratory-supporting drops or medication that do not contain eucalyptus, peppermint or fir essential oils.These oils have been know and used for ages in sinus- and respiratory related issues because of these properties. There are ready-made oil blends, as for example doTERRA Air, which is also called Respiratory Blend.
Essential Oils for weight loss and diet
Essential Oils are great in supporting a weight loss journey and your weight management efforts. Lemon oil is well-known to increase the metabolism and to assist the body in burning excessive fat. Not only that, it has a very uplifting effect and helps to keep your spirits and motivation up. Another popular and diet-supporting oil blend is Smart & Sassy, the Metabolic Blend. You can read more about essential oils for weight loss here,
There are many more applications in healthcare for the many different essential oils. There is a plant for every ailment, as the saying goes, and many plants are used for their essential oils. Appreciate all the fragrant treasures from the plant kingdom as a gift from nature and use them sparingly and with gratitude in your heart.