Free radicals are made in our body from normal processes and from exposure to things such as pollution, smoke, chemicals, an unhealthy diet, and even exercise. Chronic inflammation also plays a role. It slows down our body’s ability to fight free radicals.
All is well as long as our body can balance out free radicals with antioxidant defenses. When we produce too many free radicals we can suffer the effects of oxidative stress. It plays a part in cancers, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and aging.
So you are thinking, what does this have to do with essential oils? Free radical fighting antioxidants are naturally found in many healthy foods, and amazingly also found in some essential oils. The Practical Guide to Essential Oils notes a study where the authors measured the "free radical scavenging activity" in saliva after subjects smelled rosemary and lavender essential oils for 5 minutes. Smelling these two essential oils was found to increase free radical scavenging activity and reduce cortisol levels which protect the body from oxidative stress.
Individually rosemary and lavender essential oils have other properties and benefits.
Lavender was highly valued throughout the ancient world. It was used to relieve headaches, to heal, disinfect burns and wounds, and as an air freshener and for bathing (the Spanish word "to wash" is lavar).
For repelling ticks, lavender oil compared well to DEET, the chemical found in many insect repellents.
A 2013 study found that inhaling diffused rosemary essential oil can improve the ability to remember to do things in the future. Blood tests showed significant amounts of 1,8-cineole, a compound found in rosemary oil, in the blood of those who inhaled the essential oil. This suggests that memory was improved by absorption of compounds found in rosemary essential oil.
**Do not use rosemary essential oil if pregnant or nursing, and do not use rosemary oil close to the face of babies or children.
We are learning that the scent of an essential oil can be more than a pleasant air freshener. Essential oils are very concentrated. It can take many pounds of plant to make a single ounce of essential oil. Some oils are so strong and effective they should not be diffused into the air for hours at a time or used without proper dilution. The book Practical Guide to Essential Oils presents research-based tips on how we can use some essential oils.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide contains a full chapter about Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) and list over 100 remedies using Melaleuca oil along with comprehensive reference materials.
~ Richard M Barry
Essential Oils Booklet
Practical Guide to Essential Oils with References and Traditional Uses
Plants have been used for thousands of years to help heal, soothe and alter moods. We can imagine early man experimenting with stems, leaves, barks and roots, noting which reduced pain, which reduced swelling, which were calming, and which were stimulating. By trial and error remedies were discovered, and cherished traditional treatments were passed on from generation to generation.
An "essential oil" is the highly concentrated "essence" of the plant from which it was derived. Today research is beginning to explain some of the mystery behind the art and science of essential oil therapy. Clinical studies are currently underway, and many of these studies confirm the remarkable healing properties of essential oils.
Practical Guide to Essential Oils was written for those who are just beginning to experiment with the healing properties of essential oils. Designed as a primer, it gives the reader a basic understanding of what these natural wonders are, and what they can do. Each chapter is written as an introduction to one of the more commonly used essential oils, explaining how that oil has been traditionally used, how it is used today, and what research there is to confirm its effectiveness. Scientific studies and supportive articles are referenced for additional reading.
Essential Oils Reviews
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I LOVE our lavender essential oil. I really like that I know it's of great quality and purity. I diffuse it at night in my diffuser when my son has a hard time falling asleep. I rub it on the bottom of my feet when I have a hard time falling asleep. I've also used it on wounds. My dog got a horrible cut on her back leg and I used only lavender and Melaleuca oil on it and the cut healed beautifully and with no scaring! Love our Essential Oils.
I don't have just one! I just started using essential oils in June and have loved the effect they have on my home, self, and 6 year old. I have run a diffuser next to her bed for the past week with Vapor in it and she has not woken up congested in the mornings! Oils aside, I live on 22 acres. I have cows, dogs, and horses. My neighbors each own about 10 acres and also have animals. Their homes are FULL of flies and I have had 1 or 2. The only thing I can contribute the change to is the cleaning products that I use in my home versus the chemicals they use in theirs! I LOVE it!
It's hard for me to choose a favorite of our Pure essential oils, but lately Pure Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon has been my favorite blends. This combination makes an awesome "ALLERGY BOMB" To mix add 20 drops of each oil to the bottle, then fill rest of the bottle with our Pure fractionated coconut oil then shake. As needed roll some of the mixture in your palm and sniff several times as needed. I carry this in my bag for easy quick access. I've used our Pure peppermint oil mixed with a little of our Renew lotion for nausea. I just rubbed on my belly and it helped tremendously.
My favorite use for essential oils: 2 years ago I went away overnight and forgot my deodorant-antiperspirant. I looked in my travel bag and all I had was Melaleuca oil and peppermint oil. I decided to use both together and the result was fantastic. No odor and I stayed comfortable. I was pleased.
About 3 years ago I was working in a restaurant and my daughter was working there also. She was the cook. She spilled hot gravy on her hand and it was terrible. The pain was excruciating. We liberally put the tea tree oil on the burn and it stopped the pain. The healing time was quick. To this day, she keeps a bottle of it, and so do I. Wouldn't want to be without this wonderful product. Thank you.