Healing oils have become very popular in the last couple of years if not earlier. With so many oils on the market we needed to find out more. We sat down with Irene Weinberg and Gina McConeghy who works with Young Essential Oils to get more information. Ms. MConeghy informed us that healing oils are not new. In fact, healing oils were referenced in the Bible 188 times.
In general, essential oils are utilized to either stimulate or relax the brain. Some oils can have calming and tranquilizing effects. Others are energizing and can assist with alleviating depression. Healing oils can also alleviate stress and anxiety and promote a general feeling of well being. Essential oils enter the body, most commonly, through the nose and the skin.
According to research, when cells located in the upper part of the nose capture odor molecules, signals go to the brain’s limbic region, a primitive portion of the brain. This region controls the body’s basic survival functions, in part, by influencing key hormone-secreting glands affecting the entire body.
Essential oils can be diffused in many ways: Several drops can be placed in bath water, in a nearby bowl of warm water, on a humidifier or light bulb, in the melted wax surrounding a lit candle, or on a handkerchief. Inexpensive diffusion devices are also available.
Further research reveals that oils absorbed through skin pores and hair follicles enter bloodstream capillaries and circulate throughout the body. Because you smell the fragrances as the oil is rubbed on your skin, it is difficult to separate from inhalation the synergistic effects due to topical administration.
Unlike many chemicals or drugs, essential oils do not accumulate and are quickly excreted from the body. Furthermore, unlike medications that must be swallowed and systemically absorbed, locally applied essential oils bypass the stomach and liver and, therefore, are not compromised by metabolic alteration. They go directly to the spot (e.g., sore muscle, bruise, etc.) where they are needed the most.
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they are usually diluted before being applied to the skin through oil-based mixtures, such as salves, creams or lotions; alcohol or water-based tinctures; or with a compress (a water-soaked cloth).
Essential oils can be utilized for various reasons such as:
Pain: Often applied through massage oils, lotions, liniments, or compresses, essential oils reduce pain by different mechanisms such as numbing. Some oils – such as clove bud, frankincense, chamomile, lavender, and lemongrass – dull pain by numbing nerve endings. Ms. McConeghy added that pan away, valor and peppermint mixed together are the most popular use of the oils in reducing or eliminating pain.
Anti-inflammatory: Oils such as chamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender, marjoram, myrrh, rose and tea tree diminish pain through anti-inflammatory actions.
Insomnia: Sleep promoting oils – including bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, melissa, mandarin, neroli (orange blossom), rose, sandalwood, and tangerine – can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin with massage oil or lotion, or used in bath water.
Headaches: When inhaled, a variety of oils – including lavender, melissa, peppermint, basil, chamomile, lemongrass and marjoram – can relieve headaches of different origins.
Stress: Some oils – including bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemon, melissa, marjoram, neroli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, and valerian – relieve stress (even slowing brain waves).
Depression: Antidepressant qualities are found in some oils such as angelica, bergamot, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, lavender, lemon verbena, lemon, melissa, orange, neroli, petitgrain, rose and ylang-ylang (a tropical Asian tree).
Stimulation: Many oils – including angelica, basil, benzoin (from a southeast Asian tree), black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, cypress, ginger, jasmine, peppermint, rosemary and sage – will stimulate and keep you alert.
High Blood Pressure: Oils have been shown to lower blood pressure, including neroli, orange, melissa, tangerine, rose, ylang ylang, geranium and clary sage.
Bacterial Infections: Oils isolated from bay laurel, cinnamon, clove bud, garlic, oregano, savory, and thyme are powerful antibacterial agents. More gentle antibacterial oils include bay rum, benzoin, cardamom, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, myrtle, pine rose, sage and tea tree.
These oils can treat infections of the skin, bladder, bowel, ear, gum, sinus, skin, and throat. The nature of the infection will determine whether the oils are inhaled or rubbed on the skin.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be treated with baths, sitzbaths, and massages using certain essential oils.
For example, massage oil containing niaouli, cajeput (both a type of tea tree oil) or sandalwood can be rubbed into the abdomen and kidney region of the lower back. Cuts and wounds can be treated with sprays or salves that contain essential oils isolated from eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, tea tree or basil.
Viral Infections: Often ingredients in cough drops and cold and flu medications also have antiviral properties. These oils include bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus, garlic, geranium, holy basil, juniper, lavender, melissa, lemongrass, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, rose, rosemary sage, tea tree and thyme.
As an example, Ms. McConeghy provided a testament about the power of the lemongrass oil. Lemongrass works well with tendinitis and ligament issues. According to Ms. McConeghy, she worked with an athlete who had injured his shoulder and needed surgery. The athlete delayed surgery and instead utilized the lemongrass oil to assist him with his shoulder. After a short time, the athlete did not need surgery due to the application of lemongrass.
In addition, Ms. McConeghy talked about a couple of oils that were not listed above. An oil titled “peace and calming” is very beneficial in relieving stress and calming anxiety. Another oil titled, “peppermint and cedar wood” are similarly great for calming, but also increase focus.
But the most important point to remember when using any oils, according to Ms. McConeghy, is that oils are not to replace the advice and treatment of a medical doctor. Oils are more complimentary and may be used as an alternative to traditional medicine.
For our full interview with Irene Weinberg and Gina McConeghy go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAlZdmJ7QTY&list=UU8bx2V1qu0KPwJ0GCuNBxTw&index=8&feature=plcp