The power of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy have garnered a lot of attention from naturopaths and skeptics alike over the past decade or so, and that interest has prompted numerous studies to be done on which oils have the most beneficial properties and for what conditions do certain oils seem to have the most desired effect. I was first introduced to their healing powers when I was studying Massage Therapy and also continued using them in conjunction with my Meditation and Energy Healing Practice in 1994. I incorporate the oils into the Spiritual, Emotional and Life Force (SELF) Healing that I teach my clients. But the oils can be used in so many ways as part of a healthy lifestyle. Oils can help reduce stress and clean your kitchen sink! The harnessed energy and life force of the concentrated plant essences really capture the power and magic of nature herself.
Following is a list of the ten most used essential oils and of what conditions these special oils have healing properties against.
Bear in mind, however, that this list is a compilation of merely a few of the essential oils that are available, and that there are many, many more plants whose oils are beneficial to your health and wellness.
The scientific name for this pretty purple plant is Lavandula, and it grows easily in most parts of the world. It is used generously in the perfume industry because of its pleasant fragrance, but its therapeutic properties are that of calming, destressing, relieving anxiety, and combatting insomnia. If you only have one thing in your aromatherapy arsenal, you want it to be lavender. With it’s main chemical constituents being Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Ocimene it has the unique ability to both calm and stimulate in different situations. Add a few drops to you pillow at night or apply directly to the bottoms of your feet and you will sleep like a baby.
Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that grows up to six feet in height. Also known as Salvia Sclarea, the oil from this flower is reputed to have analgesic properties, specifically in terms of female pain such as menstrual cramps or labor pains. Trust me when I say ladies, you need this oil if you have even a hint of monthly discomfort or need help to balance hormones. The main chemical component of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. It promotes a restful sleep, has benefits for the skin and scalp and is definitely a girls best friend!
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. It’s main chemical constituents are Menthol, menthone, and eucalyptol. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. A few drops of this oil in a hot bath will also soothe sore muscles. Peppermint is also a powerful insect repellant, and if lined around kitchen surfaces will create a boundary over which no ant dares cross.
The oil from the plant Melaleuca Alternifolia know as “tea tree” is renowned for its antiseptic properties as it has been found to effective as an antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agent. It can also be added to any shampoo to relieve dry scalp and dandruff. Its main chemical constituents are Terpinen-4-ol, γ-terpinene, and α-terpinene although this powerhouse oil boasts over 92 separate chemical compounds making it extremely versatile in it’s applications. Tea tree is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. Taken internally, the oil promotes healthy immune function, and it can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin and diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.
Not only is the plant Rosmarinus Officinalis wonderfully versatile in culinary applications, but it also yields an essential oil that is fantastic for dry, itchy scalp and dandruff, but also has been used effectively as a bronchodilator and an expectorant for congested lungs. It’s main chemical constituents include 8-Cineole, α-pinene, and camphor. Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue. A great staple for your oil collection.
Like Rosemary, the plant Cymbopogon Citratus also has many uses in the culinary arts; however, its essential oil is highly effective as a sanitary agent and can be used as an antiseptic. It also is a powerful insect repellant and in the summertime many people burn citronella candles for patio parties. And what Thai dish would be complete without a hint of lemongrass? In addition to its unique flavor, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems when ingested. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.
The oil from the fruit Citrus x Lemon is generally considered to be “uplifting” in that it has rejuvenating, energy inducing, and immune supporting properties. It is also highly effective as a non-toxic alternative in household cleansers. The cleansing, purifying, and invigorating properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils to have in your collection. It’s chemical constituents include Limonene, β-pinene, and γ-terpinene. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. Lemon is a hard working oil that packs a serious punch! You need Lemon in your collection.
While obviously famed for its aesthetic beauty, the plant Rosa Damascena is considered by many to be the “Queen of Essential Oils” and is widely used for its anxiolytic, rejuvenating, stress relieving and even pain relief properties. The essential oil derived from roses also has been proven as an effective anti-inflammatory agent and can be helpful for joint pain and other arthritic conditions. The labor-intensive and delicate process of harvesting and distilling rose petals produces a sweet floral aroma that’s renowned in the perfume and essential oil industries. It’s main chemical constituents are Citronellol, geraniol and nerol. The sheer volume of rose petals it takes in producing this precious oil make it cost prohibitive. Doterra offers Rose Touch which is diluted in coconut oil. This allows them to deliver the potency of a pure rose extract at a price point that is available to the general public.
The plant Cananga Odorata primarily grows in Asian countries and is popular as an aphrodisiac and for its uplifting and anti-depressant properties. Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy. It’s main chemical properties are Germacrene D, β-Caryophyllene, Farnesene. In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress and to promote a positive outlook. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties. Similar to Jasmine, Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies. I frequently prescribe a sacred bath infused with this oil for clients who need extra help with relaxation and self care.
We’ve all heard that drinking chamomile tea in the evening can help alleviate insomnia and restlessness, and the oil from the plant Chamamelum Nobile can be utilized for its sedative properties, as well it has been found to be enormously effective in alleviating PMS symptoms and other discomforts associated with menstruation. Chamomile’s main chemical constituents 4-methylamyl angelate, isobutyl angelate and isoamyl tiglate make this oil incredibly soothing and calming. Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has gray-green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smells like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician” because it has positive effects on plants growing nearby. Ancient Romans used the oil for courage during war and it is the oil associated with the Chariot in the Ancient Tarot Oracle.
I hope that you have found this information helpful and that you will think about putting Essential Oils to use in your life. For more information about essential oil products please visit my Doterra Page: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/aeriolascher Or if you would like to have a live or virtual Energy Healing please see my ONLINE SCHEDULE for Services, Classes and Retreats.