Lavender growing in my garden
Essential Oils for Overall Health and Specific Health Problems
I started getting involved with essential oils in 1999 when I finished my massage therapy training. What interested me most about the oils is something I’m not allowed to tell you!
Due to certain governmental restrictions, I’m not allowed to share with you my specific reasons for what excited me most about essential oils. But please stick with me and read on… and please read between the lines.
Keep in mind the fact that I had just lost my mother to breast cancer which had spread to her bones and I was looking for anything and everything I could find to help protect myself. When I discovered this particular brand of essential oils, found out how pure they were, how essential oils help to oxygenate the body (always keeping in mind the knowledge that certain diseases love to play in anaerobic – meaning without oxygen – conditions), I got very excited. My research led me to understand how essential oils can help with illness, emotions, immunity… so much.
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Did you know that many pharmaceutical drugs are based on the natural phytochemicals obtained from plants? Plants have been studied and used for centuries for medicinal purposes and what they’ve discovered is that essential oils are the life-blood of the plant. They have many healing properties. They protect the plant’s immune system and they can do the same for ours.
Pharmaceuticals are often based on the natural chemicals found in plants and pharmaceutical companies can create patentable drugs that imitate the healing properties of these natural oils. The problem with drugs though is that they often have so many side effects. Essential oils are the best thing nature could offer us in the way of medicine and their side effects are often more energy, improved digestion, better sleep, fewer colds and flu, and so much more.
I spent a lot of time researching whose essential oils are the best. While involved in these studies, I discovered that many of the essential oils we buy are often not helpful, and so many can actually be harmful. Some of the reasons for this are:
- The companies claim that their oils are “pure and therapeutic” but are actually grown down-wind or down-stream from a non-organic farm;
- Some are improperly distilled, at too high a pressure or temperature, or too short a time, and this means they are not getting the maximum amount of therapeutic properties from the oil; and
- Many essential oils are adulterated with chemical extenders that smell as delightful as the “good stuff” in the oil, but this takes away the therapeutic properties and renders the oil ineffective. Some of these oils could be damaging to the body if applied topically, ingested or inhaled.
So you can see why it’s really important to find the best source of essential oils that you can. If you don’t know and trust your supplier, you have no way of knowing what you’re buying. Most likely the health food shop you’re buying them from has little idea about quality either.
I found a brand that I trust implicitly. The president of this company uses the most stringent testing procedures on every single batch of essential oil and can often tell just by sniffing them when they are not the best they can be. He’ll throw out a whole batch and start again if it doesn’t meet his exacting standards! To me, that’s true dedication to quality.
Here is my list of the top essential oils that are helping me to keep well:
1. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
2. Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) – check out this research on boswellia sacra
3. Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
4. Sandalwood (Santalum album & Santalum spicatum)
5. Tsuga (Tsuga canadensis)
6. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) (see my article on clove)
7. Lemon (Citrus limon) (see my article on limonene, a phytochemical in citrus essential oils)
8. Orange (Citrus sinensis)
9. Tangerine (Citrus nobilis)
10. Idaho Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
11. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
12. Ledum (Ledum groenlandicum)
13. White Fir (Abies concolor)
14. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
15. Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
16. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
17. Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) (see my article on lime)
18. Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata/langsdorfii)
19. Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
20. Sage (Salvia officinalis)
21. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
22. Pine (Pinus sylvestris) – check out this research study on how it helps triple negative breast cancer
23. Oregano (Origanum compactum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum majorana, Origanum onites, Origanum minutiflorum)
24. Chamomile, Roman or German (see my article on chamomile)
25. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
I have research on each and every one of these oils demonstrating their health-promoting activity, and if you would like to see that, please let me know.
The brand I love and have used since 1999? Young Living Essential Oils, for many different reasons. Yes they are readily available all over the Internet from various people, but if you purchase from me, it helps to fund my ability to keep this website out there for the benefit of others who need this information. Thank you!
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