Essential Oils for Healing

Essential oils are nature’s most potent source of therapeutic and healing medicine. It is essentially a concentrated form of natural wellness, squeezed into a droplet.

They are subtle yet powerful enough to do some serious healing, yet gentle enough, yet gentle enough that it’s difficult to become chemically addicted or overdose like other modern day medicines.

Essential oils are simple to use and do well when mixed together into all kinds of concoctions and complement each other very well, unlike our prescription drugs.

The healing benefits of each essential oil do not stop itself once its job is done on a particular ailment, they just carry on and know where they can be useful in or on the body next.

They same oil can often used to cure two seemingly polar opposite ailments, as if they can detect what the living organs needs to achieve a healthy balance.

Once that balance is reached, they start working on another ailments.

Which is why the list of things each oil can treat is a long one.

Their healing powers are endless. We also wrote a superbly elaborated post where we show how to use Essential Oils For Weight Loss & Appetite Control (Aromatherapy)

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Why all the hype today? 

Extracted from leaves, woods, fruits, seeds, plants and flowers either by steam distillation, resin tapping or cold pressing, they are highly concentrated medicinal oils.

Going back in history, essential oils were being in used in ancient medicinal practices around the world.

Different, isolated cultures stumbles across their powers on their own – in a time before cellphones, airplanes and wi-fi and while their uses for each varied a little (like Egyptians using cedar wood-oaked bandages to mummify their Pharaos) they were also using them in many similar ways.

Today, they are still use as common medical treatments in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia but are quickly gaining in popularity worldwide.

But essential oils are far from a beauty trend or new fad.

These essential oils secrets have been passed down for thousands of years around the globe and recently many are being benefited by it use. Essential oils are proving a great amplifier for many when they are using it to treat ailments along with modern medicine.

There are several ways to use essential oils: 

Applying to the skin (topically) – Essential oils are great for massaging, or you may also use them while bathing.

Consuming Orally – Many essential oils are safe to consume orally (like rosemary and peppermint) and several are common spices.

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Inhaling – Vaporizers and diffusers are two ways to infuse the air you’re  breathing with pleasant essential oils.

Using diffusers are the easiest way to use essential oils, they also create are positive aura. The aroma of most essential oils are pleasant to humans while, at the same time, repelling insects.

An insect repellent that actually smells good? Yes, please!

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There are fifteen essential oils we consider to be the best ones to start getting to know as a good introduction to their healing powers.

  1. LAVENDER | Soothing, Harmonious, Calm
  2. PEPPERMINT | Minty, Cooling, Alert
  3. CHAMOMILE | Gentle, Relaxing, Mild
  4. JASMINE | Alluring, Sensuous, Confident
  5. GINGER | Spicy, Courageous, Sassy
  6. MYRRH | Smoky, Spiritual, Sappy
  7. TEA TREE | Disinfecting, Potent, Poisonous
  8. ROSEMARY | Camphorous, Piney, Stimulating
  9. SANDALWOOD | Woodsy, Earthy, Dignified
  10. BERGAMOT | Mellow, Earthy, Dignified
  11. EUCALYPTUS | Invigorating, Clarifying, Pure
  12. GERANIUM | Sweet, Floral, Pleasant
  13. LEMON | Citrusy, Clean, Refreshing
  14. YLANG-YLANG | Citrusy, Clean, Refreshing
  15. CLARY SAGE | Nutty, Clarifying, Intoxicating

LAVENDER

{Lavandula Angustifolia}

Soothing. Relaxing. Calm.

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  • We thought it’s best to start the list with a beautiful and practical flower, lavender.
  • Lavender if not the most popular, but surely the most common essential true to its potential and known for its versatility, so you probably see this oil everywhere.
  • And adding honor to its glory, this purple flower even has a color named after it.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Lavender is an adaptogen,  which helps the body cope with (and adapt to) stress.

This is why Lavender is a common ingredient to  Moon Milk recipes, this year’s most popular wellness trend.

A true oil-of-all-trades, we give it a solid A++ for acting as a bunch of other A’s: analgesic, anti-infammatory, antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic and antidepressant.

In a nutshell, it’s one of the gentler oils enough to apply directly to the skin.

You may also use it in a diffuser, in case you have babies around. It is known that lavender aromatherapy can work wonders on getting a rambunctious toddler or baby to sleep.

Besides calming the mind, lavender is shown to have topical healing properties.

A few drops can soothe minor burns while simultaneously cooling the wound, acting as an antiseptic, and stimulating blood flow to aid in healing. It is also to minimize scar tissue and moisturize chapped skin.

Lavender oil aromatherapy is also helpful in migraine and chronic pain relief.

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Besides treating pre-existing insect bites, lavender is a great bug repellent. Diffuse some lavender oil, apply directly to the skin, or keep some in your closet or dresser drawers.

As if it wasn’t enough, lavender has also been noted to help improve memory, mood, circulation, digestion, hair loss, respiratory problems, earaches and a whole host of other ailments.

PEPPERMINT

{Mentha Piperita}

Minty. Cooling. Alert.

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  • Many consider peppermint as a natural hybrid of spearmint and watermint
  • Many historical texts reference mint and Greek mythology has a river nymph named Minthe who was later turned into a mint plant by a jealous Persephone
  • It was used in Iceland as early as 1240 AD and also by the monks in the middle ages as a natural remedy for various things
  • When early European settlers came to America, they discovered  Native Americans were also using their native species of mint

WHY WE LOVE IT

Mint is very common as a flavoring agent, and you must have had your share of this powerful minty aroma. Starting from toothpaste, mouthwashes to candies and chocolates this is a popular flavor, especially for its cooling and astringent properties.

when paired with the healing benefits of lavender, the coling properties of peppermint make a great sunburn treatment and can relieve itching form allergies or subdue a coughing attack.

It also works wonders as an anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic treatment for osteoarthritis, cramps, sprains, and muscle tension.

It can even relieve your lower back pain while simultaneously stimulating your mind.

Ahh, the power of oils.

Peppermint has been shown to directly affect the brain’s satiety center to trigger a sensation of fullness.

It can make you eat less and digest more – a dieter’s dream!

A drop can be placed under the tongue or added to an herbal tea to aid digestion or treat diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.

By rubbing a small amount onto the stomach or wrists, you can alleviate stomach discomfort and motion sickness.

And when not in the form of Pepprmin Schnapps or a Peppermint Patty, it’s actually very teeth and liver freindly.

CHAMOMILE

{Matricaria Chamomilla}

Genthe. Calming. Mild.

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  • Commonly known as flower of gods, Egyptians believed no other flower can please Sun gods quite like chamomlie. Romans also dedicated this flowers to their gods apart from using it for medical conditions
  • From urban legend, chamomile is said to be a plant doctor and a money attractor. Often gamblers would wash their hands in it for good luck
  • You have no doubt heard of chamomile tea, which is often used as a sedative and sleep inducer without making you drwsy or sluggish
  • Its scent can almost be described as apple-y, for lack of a better word
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WHY WE LOVE IT

Ready for two more fun words?

Chamomile is both a sudorific and febrifuge, which means that tingly warm feeling you get from drinking chamomile tea is more than just the hot tea effect.

Chamomile does well in inducing profuse prespiration to remove toxins (sudorific!) while simultaneously cooling the body temprature to provide fever relief (febrifuge).

Apply it to the hair to put the vermifyge agents to use killing lice and mites, or ingest it to kill intestinal worms.

For a delicate flower, it packs a powerful punch!

Chamomile oil makes many appearances in cosmetic products for being gentle while diminishing the apperance of scars and dark spots.

It can serve as both a diuretic and carminative, which is the more pleasant way to say it helps to espel trapped gas.

Different types will have different specialities, so explore the world of natural healing possibilities with blue, Roman, and Moroccan chamomile oils.

JASMINE

{Jasminum Offciale}

Alluring. Sensuous. Confident.

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  • Popularly known as the oil of passion, Jasmine is an alluring flower with mysterious and magical powers.
  • Blooming only at night, it fils the darkness with its intoxicating fragrance that can only be bottles in miniscule quantities per flower.
  • You’ve smelled jasmine in expensive perfunes where it can truly shine as the exotic and sexy flower that it is

WHY WE LOVE IT

Strong yet sweet, jasmine is a flirty feminine floral that is both a calming sedative and libido-enhancing aphrodisiac.

We call it the love doctor.

Its power on the chemical reactions of the body are said to be strong enough to help cure sexual disorders like impotency, provide relief of menstrual symptoms, and provide a general mood uplifting effect.

Jasmine stimulates milk production in lactating mother and may even reduce labor pains.

It also help s protect against breast cancers and uterine tumors.

Jasmine stimulates serotonin production (a feel good hormone to combat those post-partum blues), reduces scarring and promotes a good night’s sleep, making it the ultimate mommy miracle ‘drug’.

Jasmine is prevalent in beauty products for its exotic scent and moisturizing properties to turn dry, dehydrated skin into silky smooth.

While it can be effective in treating skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis, it does not work well on cracked skin or open wounds.

  • It is also not recommended you digest jasmine, although inhaling is okay (and encouraged)
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It is even use to kick narcotic addictions and magically makes its inhalers stop snoring in their sleep.

GINGER

{Zingiber officinalis}

Spicy. Courageous. Sassy.

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  • The ‘oil of empowerment’, ginger is potent, courageous and self assured.
  • Long-hailed for its medicinal, therapeutic and culinary benefit, ginger is a true wonder spice with many therapeutic properties. Let’s look at a few of its benefits.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Go with your gut on this one, quite literally, because ginger is the best essential oil for all things gut and digestive health.

Ginger is so potent becuase it contains a resin called Gingerols, and for that matter in essential oil form it may even multiply the benefits of fresh genger as it has the highest concentration of gingerols.

It is also 90% made up of something called sesquiterpenes, a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.

Ginger oil can quickly subside nausea via simple inhalation. Heartburn, to stomach spasm all these can be treated with ginger.

In recent years, it has also shown very favorable lab test results for inhibiting gastric ulcers by 85%, reducing necrosis, erosis and hemorrhaging of the stomach wall.

Ginger also helps in lowering cholesterol, increasing circulation and preventing blood clots.

By improving lipid metabolism, it decreses the risk of both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you’re hoping for a long and healthy life, ginger is a world-travelling warrior, helping protect against free radical damage and various types of cancer, including pancreas, kidney, lung, and skin.

It’ll also be around when you need to alleviate muscle and joint pain, feel more courageous, or just want a libido boost. Zing!

MYRH

{Commiphora myrrha}

Smoky. Spiritual. Sappy.

  • Myrrh often on a very spiritual purpose, dating back to biblical times and still in use today in Jewish worship services as part of the holy anointing oil.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine also frequently uses myrrh
  • A gift fit for gods, myrrh and frankincense were given to Jesus by the wise men as told in the Bible

WHY WE LOVE IT

The sap-like substance extracted from the trunk of myrrh tree can have a smoky smell, making it a great base for colognes and perfumes going for that vibe.

Sesquiterpene and terpenoids are two active compounds of myrrh, which have a bunch of benefits as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.

Its stickier texture also makes it useful as a paste to stop bleeding while also being an antiseptic to clean and heal the wound.

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Be forewarned, this may not be one you want to diffuse in the office.

For some, if the smell remindd you of funerals, it’s for good reason.

The scent of myrrh is a traditional symbol of suffering, used for emblaming by the Egyptians and now commonly burned during funerals and other sad events.

TEA TREE OIL

{Melaleuca alternifolia}

Disinfecting. Potent. Poisonous. 

  • It is native to Australia but has since gone on a world tour touting its cure-all talents, especially in regards to tropical diseases and infections
  • The Australian government used to even include it in medical kits to WW2 soldiers
  • Tea tree comes from melaleuca tree which is white with a paper-like bark. If you’ve been to Australia, you may have seen it before
  • A member of the eucalyptus, it sometimes goes by the nickname ‘punk tree’. It is like that rebellious but still widely successful second cousin

WHY WE LOVE IT

P.S. Tea tree oil has absolutely no relation to any kind of tea and is too powerful (and poisonous) to be ingested. 

Tea tree oil is perfect for topical application for various purposes, eg. this stuff can work wonders to kill bacteria and infection on other parts of the face and mouth, including sore throats and ear aches.

It can also treat foot fungus or help to get rid of shoe odors.

One of our favrite uses is as a spot treatment for acne.

Dabbing a bit on problem areas creats an invisible layer that will make those bumps disappear within a few days without the execessive drying out like other harsh products.

It work wonders to control oily skin. We know it sounds weird to treat oily skin with more oil but it actually works!

It’s good for sinuses and treating coughs and colds.

And goes great in a first aid kit for use on minor cuts and wounds.

It’s also a great insect repellent – and we totally get why on this one. It almost smells poisonous. But we promise it’s safe as long as you don’t eat it.

You can even swish a bit around in your mouth or add it to your toothpaste to reduce plaque buildup and make your gum healthier.

Just please don’t swallow it. We don’t want to be able to say “I told you so” on the poisonous part”.

ROSEMARY

{Rosmarinus Officinalis}

Camphorous. Piney. Stimulating. 

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  • Rosemary has been used for everything from cooking to celebrating
  • The Romans frequently brought it to religious ceremonies and Egyptians burned it as incense
  • It also made its share of appearances at wedding ceremonies
  • An incredibly popular culinary herb – especially in Mediterranean region – the rosemary bush is part of the mint family and cousins to basil, myrtle, lavender and sage
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WHY WE LOVE IT

Besides looking good and smelling great, rosemary does’nt disappoint in health benefits either.

It is extensively used in shampoos because of its magical powers at stimulating hair growth.

Some also swear, it prevents baldness, slows graying, and alleviates a dry scalp.

We also hear it can boost mental activity, reduce pain, and just strengthen the entire body in general (including your most delicate organs like the liver, brain and heart).

And we love any excuse to eat ridiculous amounts of rosemary.

SANDALWOOD

{Santalum album / ellipticum / spicatum}

Woodsy. Earthy. Dignified.

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  • This essential oil is extracted from mature wood pieces from Sandalwood trees.  
  • The tree must be 40 to 80 years old, although the older the better
  • There are three varieties you need know about here:
    • The Indian Sandalwood is considered the best but is conisdered to be near extinction
    • The Hawaiin Sandalwood is also rare but not as expensive as its Indian sister
    • The Australian Sandalwood is the most common but might not have all the magical powers of the other two.
  • Sandalwood is a must for religious ceremonies in the Hindu religion

WHY WE LOVE IT

Sandalwood can be used as an oil or turned into a paste for a wide variety of uses: mouth freshners, incense sticks, deodorants, soaps, creams etc.

As an antiseptic, sandalwood  can protect and heal wounds and infections both inside and out.

Apply it directly to wounds, sores, boils and even pimples. Sandalwood has a cooling property which helps in cooling down overall body heat.

It also treats problems associated with spasms – think cramps, aches and coughs – and works as a muscle relaxant making it a good diuretic and way to release trapped gas.

Another fun use we heard about but haven’t tried is breathing a few drops through a paper bag to get rid of hiccups.

For consumption, try mixing it it with some milk or water. If applying to the skin, it should also be mixed with a carrier oil and not applied directly.

For aromatherapy purposes, it usually blends well with bergamot, black pepper, lavendar, geranium, myrrh, rose and ylang-ylang.

BERGAMOT

{Citrus bergamia}

Mellow. Fresh. Powerful. 

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  • Bergamot has roots going back to Southeast Asia but is widely cultivated in Italy
  • The Chinese liked to use it for digestive issues
  • Today, it has many other uses as well
  • This fruit looks a lot like a lime, it’s like a hybrid between a sour orange and lemon
  • Several scientific studies have begun to show  proof of bergamot exibiting powerful anti-cancer properties
  • Here’s another fun fact: Black tea + Bergamot = Earl Grey Tea
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WHY WE LOVE IT

Bergamot is a confidenze booster, but also has lot of health benefits.

Drinking a cup of earl grey tea will help you reap its benefits as an antidepressant, stress and pain reliever, and fever reducer.

Bergamot is also super powerful for inhibiting the growth of fungi, germs and viruses, which is why it is used in a lot of soaps and deodorants.

A few drops can be applied to an open wound to protect from tetanus without a shot.

(Although it never hurts to err on the side of caustion with the shot, too.)

Gargling a small amount can prevent against cavities.

Rubbing a little bit on the stomach can help kill intestinal worms.

Important word of warning:

Bergamot contains bergaptene, which you don’t need to know too much about except that it becomes poisonous when exposed to sunlight.

So, kepp your bergamot out of the sun stored in dark bottles and dark place.

Also keep your skin out of direct sunlight right after applying.

EUCALYPTUS

{Eucalyptus radiata / globulus}

Invigorating. Clarifying. Pure. 

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  • Designated a cure all by the Aboriginies, euclyotus was also widely popular in World War 1, where it was used to control meningitis and then influenza in 1919.
  • The radiata variety is one of the most fragnant. Eucalyptus globus – or “Tasmanian blue” – actually omits a blue haze when the forest is viewed from above. Nature is too freaking cool.
  • It shares the same family tree (literally) as tea tree, helping to explain its fragrant kick.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Euclyptus is said to be good for cleaning the lungs and enhancing  breathing – and Chinese medicine agrees.

Rub some on the chest at the onset of a fever, cold sore throat or bronchitis.

It’s also a natural antiseptic and heals ulcers, wound and burns.

It’s also a natural antiseptic and heals ulcers, wound and burns.

Both the plant leaves and the extracted oil are used in natural remedies.

Eucalyptus has some harmonizing effects on the mind as well. It can lift the spirits and restore balance.

It’s a mind/body purifier in a bottle.

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While euclyptus is non-toxic and non-irritating to adult skin, keep this one far far away from infants.

GERANIUM

{Pelargonium graveolens}

Sweet. Floral. Pleasant. 

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  • As you probably starting to see, Egyptians really knew what they were doing when it came to essential oils.
  • Geranium was used by Egyptians to cure cancerous tumors.
  • It was also very popular in the victorian era as indoor decor on tables.
  • It’s a popular indoor, flowering plant (technically, a shrub) that can grow up to three feet tall.
  • Native to South Africa, it is now cultivated globally for many more to enjoy.
  • By scent alone, you might confuse geranium with rose.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Geranium exits the body during prespiration, which means it will literally make you sweat sweet-smelling flowers.

You can inhale it into the body and sweat it out later.

It can speed up the healing process for new wounds and reduce the appearance of scarring from old ones.

It can also be applied to dark spots and stretch marks – no fancy, expensive treatment creams necessary.

If you lose your voice, try putting a drop of gernium on a sugar cube and suck on it like a throat lozenge.

You can gargle also gargle with it to cure that laryngitis.

WIth a pleasant flavor, geranium is a welcome addition to flavor food and drink.

Topically,  it’s gentle enough to use on kiddos suffering from chicken pox, measles or mumps.

Apply anywhere you could to use a little extra moisture or insect repellent.

Or, of course, if you just want to smell like roses.

LEMON

{Citrus Limon}

Citrusy. Clean. Brightening.

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  • Whoever discovered this one must have been a very patient person.
  • Rumor has it that takes up to 3000 lemons to exact a kilo of oil from the rinds. You probably won’t want to make this one by hand.
  • You’ve definitely seen lemon make an appeanrance in cleaning products.
  • Just a drop or two helps clean sticky and greasy surfaces and remove gum, glue, oil, grease, and yes, even crayon.

WHY WE LOVE IT

Lemon and water go together like PB and J – both in cleansers and just as a refreshing drink added to ice water or herbal tea.

It can help soothe sore throats, headaches, and respiratory and digestion issues while also being a mood brightener and antidepresant.

Topically, lemon is a super powerful antioxidant and natural exfoliant.

For this reason, it can slough off dead skin from the face and body without even needing a gritty texture to do so.

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As a bonus for the feet, it soothes corns, calluses and bunions.

The other body part that loves lemon?

Your legs.

Massage some oil into cellulite or varicose veins to improve circulation and appearnce.

Oh, and your carpet.

Mix it with water to pull out stains and brighten your carpets.

It will also leave a fresh smell in the room that can also have an uplifting effect on your mind and support your nervous system.

Lemon also goes well on your hair, your nails and Chicken 🙂

YLANG-YLANG

{Cananga odorata}

Balancing. Sedating. Floral.

  • Ylang – Ylang (pronounced eee-lang eee-lang) originates from the tropical cananga tree native to Indonesia, Malayasia and Philippines.
  • In Indonesia, the petals are spread on the beds of newlywed couples.
  • In the Philippines, it is strewn with Arabian jasmine to make floral leis.
  • Ylang-ylang has just recently become more widely well-known but is quickly growing in popularity as the fragrance industry makes uses of its intoxicating scent.
  • The ylang-ylang flower is a yellow-green with drooping petals, like a visual testament to its sedative powers.

WHY WE LOVE IT

It’s comfort in a bottle and can help lower blood pressure.

If we had to give this oil a two-word title, it would be: Emotion Balancer. Ylang-ylang can stimulate the production of endorphins (your body’s natural painkiller) and sedates the nerves.

This makes it super effective at relieving anxiety, anger, aggression and nervous tension.

It’s great for mood swings, PMS, depression and stress.

Ylang-ylang is also one of the those magical oils that can cure two polar opposite conditions at once, hydrating dry skin while also balancing oily skin.

It also has aphordisiac qualities to increase libido – another reason it fares so well in fradrances.

Ylang-ylang smells good enough to eat and, in this case, you can… in moderation.

Eating too much can cause nausea and headaches.

But a little can go a way in term of treating infections of internal organs.

Who knows, maybe this one will be the next “Jasmine” as far as popular girl names go. we’d be all about a baby Ylang-ylang.

CLARY SAGE

{Salvia sclarea}

Nutty. Clarifying. Intoxicating. 

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  • Way back when, clary sage was only found in Southern France, Italy and Syria.
  • Today, it is cultivated worldwide (especially in Europe where it is used to ease menopausal discomfort and menstrial pain).
  • It gets its name from the Latin word “clarus” meaning clear.
  • You may be familiar with this family as clary sage is closely related to garden sage.
  • It’s also popular as a natural additive in frozen dairy desserts, condiments, baked goods, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • It’s that essential oil you didn’t already know you knew.
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WHY WE LOVE IT

During the middle ages, clary age was reffered to as “clear eyes”.

A common use was to improve vision and help with tired and strained eyes. Yep, you heard us right.

This is one essential oil that is safe (and beneficial) around the eye area.

Suggested application is to create a mixture of clary sage and warm water.

Place some on a cotton ball and hold it onto the lid.

You can also eat it, smell it, or rub it on the skin.

For more uses, try it as a natural remedy for respiratory troubles like colds, sore throats, bronchitis and asthma. Although word of caution: clary sage and regular sage are not the same thing.

Clary sage is thought to have less adverse reactions and is considered safer.

For that reason, it is geenrally preffered by aromatherapists. Some report feelings of euphoria when  inhaling, and describe its effects as similar to cannabis.

For this reason, it may not be the best essential oil to choose for trying to improve concentration.

But hey, it’s great for anxiety!

It should also not be taken with alcohol or drugs as it can enhance their intoxicating effect.

CONCLUSION

Lavender, 

And tea tree oil, 

And bergamot, 

Oh, my!

As you can see, the world of essential il is vast and powerful.

No one oil does only one thing and while each is unique, many can cure the same things.

They play well with others, yet can also heal in isolation.

In fact, most oils are known for healing at least 20 different things (we were really only able to touch the tip of the iceberg here but could have wrote a book about each).

Because of this, we get why there might be some skepticism – being that versatile and powerful yet simltaneously gentle is a bold claim.

But the proof is in the pudding, and the increasing number of lab tests showing favorable results.

Essential oils improve health and enhance the mind/body connection.

But don’t take our word for it.

You now have enough knowledge to go out and dabble with them on your own and discover for yourself why these guys are truly essential, essential oils.