Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Essential oils are a great natural medicine with a wide variety of holistic benefits which are an important and integral part of a good healthy holistic lifestyle.

Essential oils can be used in the following ways:

-Applied to the throat

-Infused in almond oil and used as a message oil or lotion

-sprinkled into bathwater or a shower floor

-Sprinkled onto epsom salts, baking soda, and sugar, which is then used as a scrub

-Sprinkled onto (lit) charcoal and used as incense

-Used in an diffuser as an air freshener

-Used in place of perfume/cologne

A List of all The Best Essential Oils and their Uses:

Peppermint – good for treating headaches, muscle aches, digestive disorders such as slow digestion, indigestion, and flatulence. Peppermint is a very important herbal medicine and peppermint oil is a very important essential oil to have.

Eucalyptus – A Very powerful essential oil. Good for respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma. Also helps to boost the immune system, and relieve muscle tension.

Ylang Ylang – Good for relaxation and muscle tension. Good antidepressant. Ylang Ylang is a very important and renowned Chinese medicine with powerful healing properties. Calms and creates a sense of relaxation, influncing sexual energy and enhancing relationships. When combined with Lavendar it is excellent for the skin.

Geranium – Helps balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant.

Lavender – A very powerful healing agent which is extremely pleasant. Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant. Relaxing and soothing effects, historically used for burns (it is critical that you use “therapeutic-grade” lavender for burns so you do not harm yourself). Both physically and emotionally calming and balancing. Excellent for the home first-aid kit due to its versitility. Useful for sore joints and muscles; putting a few drops on a hanky and breathing in the smell can chase away tension headaches. Steam inhalations using lavender relieves colds, sore throats and bronchitis. Lavender is also useful in relieving stomach aches, colic, toothache and teething pains.

Patchouli – May increase skin resiliency and softness. Helps prevent wrinkles and chapped skin. Releases anxiety related to sex, physical energy and money.
Marjoram – Relieves muscle aches and pains, calms the respiratory system.

Lemon – Cleanses the lymphatic system, relieves digestive problems. Do not use citrus oils if you plan on being out in the sun.

Orange – Helps to relieve boredom and encourages a positive outlook. An anti-depressant. Do not use citrus oils if you plan on being out in the sun.

Lemon – Uplifting, yet relaxing. Helpful in treating wounds, infections, and house cleaning and deodorizing.

Clary Sage – Kills pain, helpful s in treating muscular aches and pains. Very relaxing, and can help with insomnia. Also very helpful in regulating and balancing hormones. And relieves symptoms of PMS and menstrual stress.

Fankincense – Has been used as a holy oil for thousands of years. Stimulates and elevates the mind. Helps in overcoming stress and despair. Said to raise the vibratory quality of the environment and eliminate negative energies from it. Relieves nervous tension, fear and nightmares.

Tea tree – A natural anti fungal oil, good for treating all sorts of fungal infections including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athletes foot, and ringworm. Also helps to boost the immune system. Will Help piercings heal. A very important item for anyones medicine cabinet.

Roman Chamomile – A very important essential oil. Very relaxing, and can help with sleeplessness and anxiety. Also good for muscle aches and tension. Useful in treating wounds and infection. Helps calm and relieve restlessness and tension of mind and body. It’s gentleness makes it especially good for restless children. Soothing to all skin types. In massage, for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise. Roman Chamomile was one of the Saxon’s nine sacred herbs.

Rosemary – stimulating and uplifting, good to help mental stimulation as well as to stimulate the immune system. Very good for muscle aches and tension. Stimulating to the digestive system.

Sandalwood – Has a rich sweet, warm, woody aroma that is sensual and aromatic. Used as incense inreligious ceremonies and meditation. Uplifting and relaxing. Valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.

Basil – Benificial for intestinal problems, muscle spasms, poor memory and mental fatigue.
Bergamont – Psychologically it has a refreshing, mood lifting quality. Citrus, refreshing action can soothe anger and frustration. Caution: Bergamot is very photosensitive do not go into sunlight or ultraviolet light within 48 hours after topical application.

Cedarwood – Relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and can be used for healthy lung function. Historically is recognized for its calming, purifying properties and is used to benefit the skin and tissues near the surface of the skin. It also helps calm nervous tension. Good for oily skin.

Cinnamon – One of the most antimicrobial essential oils. It has been produced in Sri Lanka for over 2,000 years. Researchers found that viruses could not live in the presence of cinnamon oil. Do not apply directly to skin without diluting with a carrier oil.

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Author's Bio: 

Brian Krall is a Holistic Health Instructor, Personal Development Specialist, and Shaman. He has been practicing holistic health and personal development for over 15 years and has used his knowledge to overcome tremendous ailments in both himself and others. His company True Life Development offers a variety of personal development products and programs for all aspects of holistic self help. Check it out at!