Health

Using Essential Oils to Remedy Common Conditions

BY Derek Henry TIMESeptember 19, 2014 PRINT

Essential oils constitute a unique branch of herbal medicine. Their chemical makeup gives them a host of desirable properties that can be used to alleviate various conditions.

The volatile constituents of a plant’s oil are first extracted from the flowers, leaves, branches, or roots. The small molecular size then enables these essential oils to easily penetrate bodily tissues and exert their therapeutic effect.

The medicinal properties of essential oils range from antibacterial and antiviral to antispasmodic and diuretic. Some oils can also be used as vasodilators (widening blood vessels) or vasoconstrictors (narrowing blood vessels).

Essential oils can energize, pacify, and detoxify the body. They can act on the thyroid, adrenal glands, and ovaries, as well as the digestive process. Their therapeutic properties also make them effective for treating infections, boosting immune response, interacting with various branches of the nervous system, and harmonizing moods and emotions.

Essential oils generally act in a broad spectrum, benefiting multiple areas of the body simultaneously.

Aromatic molecules that interact with the top of the nasal cavity emit signals that are modified by various biological processes before traveling to the limbic system, the emotional switchboard of the brain.

How to Use

The benefits of essential oils can be obtained through inhalation, external application, or ingestion.

Since the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, scientists have learned that inhalation of oil fragrances may be the fastest way to achieve physiological or psychological effects.

Inhalation Methods
• Diffuser: Disperse micro-particles of the essential oil into the air. Opt for a cold- air diffuser.
• Steam tent: To employ this method, boil a pot of water, remove from stove, and add two or three drops of essential oils.
• Nose cone: Take a napkin or tissue and make a 2-inch square. Place two drops in the center of the paper. Fold in half and roll up to fit the nostril. Place the dry end, with no oil, into the nostril and keep there for 20 minutes.
• Floral water: Use about 10 drops of essential oils plus pure water to fill a 4-ounce glass spray bottle. Use as a room disinfectant.

External Methods
• Bath: Essential oils in a hot bath can stimulate the skin, induce relaxation, and energize the body. The heat of the bath helps the oils penetrate the skin faster and enhances circulation.
• Massage: Work the oils into the skin, which can either calm or stimulate the individual.

Internal Methods
• Capsule: Put cocoa butter with a drop or two of essential oil into a gelatin capsule.
• Lozenge: Put a drop or two of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey or onto a sugar cube.
• Mouthwash: Put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water.

When considering internal use, please seek medical guidance, as many essential oils can cause burning when not diluted or used properly.

Derek Henry is a holistic health coach who created the Healing the Body wellness program to help people understand the fundamental principles of exceptional health so they can overcome their own health challenges. This article was originally published at healingthebody.ca.

Benefits and Applications

Essential oils can help with the following general conditions:
• Bacterial and viral infections
• Inflammation
• Skin conditions
• Muscular disorders
• Arthritis
• Autonomic nervous system imbalances
• Emotional stress

Derek Henry
Derek A. Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he is now happier and healthier than he has ever been and now educates, coaches, and inspires thousands of others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. To date, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.
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