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PostPosted: Dec Sat 16, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: E.O. - Top 4 Reply with quote

E.O. - Top 4

The Top Four Essential Oils for Your Health
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege

Essential oils carry the physical properties of flowers and plants in a highly concentrated form. They are, in short, the essence of the plant and can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. The particles in essential oils, which come from various parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves or bark, can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin and their use can be traced back for thousands of years. Essential oils were even used in ancient Egyptian times, and were made by soaking plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

Most essential oils have antibacterial qualities and have varying physical and emotional effects depending on the oil, such as stimulation, relaxation, pain relief and healing. The most common ways to use essential oils include:

Aromatherapy
Massaging them (blended with a carrier oil) into the skin
Adding them to bath water
Using them in a compress
Burning them in a diffuser

In The Maker's Diet, Dr. Jordan Rubin recommends 14 essential oils that have unique healing properties. He suggests putting five to 10 drops (total) of these "top healing oils" into a warm bath for a real "healing treat." Below you will find four beneficial essential oils along with their uses.

I'd also like to point out that essential oils are not the same thing as fragrance oils. Essential oils come from plants while fragrance oils are artificially created and often contain synthetic chemicals. While they may smell good and are typically less expensive, they will not give you the therapeutic benefits of organic essential oils--and you don't want to be inhaling any synthetic chemicals! So, please be sure that the essential oil you use is of the highest quality and 100 percent pure. [NSP Essential oils are the best quality]

Sandalwood* This scent is woody and floral, rich and sweet, and is used for:
Low self-esteem
Insecurity
Stress
Enhanced sleep
Female reproductive and endocrine health
Urinary tract infections
Bronchitis
Stretch marks
Depression
Laryngitis
Sensitive skin

Peppermint This well-known minty fragrance is used for:
Mental fatigue
Nausea
Headache
Exhaustion
Vertigo
Asthma
Flatulence
Sinusitis

Lavender The scent is fresh, sweet, and floral and is used for:
Anxiety
Depression
Irritability
Mental fatigue
Panic attacks
Stress
Oily skin
Bruises
Stretch marks
Earache
Chickenpox
Hypertension
Vertigo
Whooping cough
Flatulence

Frankincense This has a woody, spicy and slightly fruity smell and is used for:
Insecurity
Grief
Immune system stimulation
Cancer
Depression
Allergies
Headache
Herpes
Brain damage from head injuries
Panic Attacks
Anxiety
Asthma
Coughing
Bronchitis
Scars
Stress
Stretch marks, stress

Caution: Essential oils can produce very strong and significant changes in tiny amounts. They must be used with caution, especially during pregnancy. It is important to consult someone knowledgeable in aromatherapy before experimenting with these oils.

Source: http://www.mercola.com/2004/mar/13/essential_oils.htm
-Georgiana
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