Essential Oils are oils that are freshly distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bark, bushes, and seeds. They have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties because of how they affect the limbic system (the seat of emotions).
Many people today use them in place of pharmaceuticals, toxic household cleaners, and beauty products. Essential oils have been used and revered for centuries for their restorative powers to the body, mind, and spirit. They were mankind’s first medicines and are mentioned over 1,000 times in the Bible.
Here are 10 top essential oils for supporting and restoring health:
Egyptian tradition says that Frankincense is “good from head to toe” and is used to treat every conceivable ill known to man. Mary and Joseph would have anointed Jesus with it. It was used for skin health and to support the respiratory system.
Today, frankincense essential oil is distilled from the resin of the Boswellia tree.
- Promotes the health of skin, improving the appearance and texture, including aging or dry skin, helpful for age spots and other skin irregularities.
- Enhances respiratory health – apply topically on the chest.
- Supports the immune system.
Frankincense is mentioned in one of the oldest known scientific records, the Ebers Papyrus, dating from the 16th century B.C. It promotes a meditative state and spiritual attuning. It also helps maintain a happy and peaceful mood. Diffuse, inhale, or apply a drop over the forehead and on the crown of the head. Rub frankincense essential oil on the bottom of your feet to help alleviate nervous energy.
Much research is being done on the health benefits of frankincense. I encourage you to search this out.
Frankincense is my absolute favorite essential oil and I would never be without it.
Peppermint has been widely studied for its potential to support normal digestion, as it supports gastrointestinal system comfort and maintains the efficiency of the digestive tract.
Peppermint can also:
- Support your performance during a tough workout.
- Support circulatory system.
- Supports cravings.
- Promote a full feeling when used in your daily water.
- Improve focus.
- Boost energy.
- Supports beautiful skin.
- Promotes hormone balance.
- Promotes tooth and gum health. Apply a drop on site.
- Promotes a healthy appetite.
- Myrrh is a helpful aid to meditation, having one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes available. Sesquiterpenes are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala, the seat of our emotions.
Clove essential oil is distilled from aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. When we use cloves as a spice, it is the dried flower bud that we are using.
Clove essential oil:
- Promotes a healthy immune response.
- May support overall wellness.
- Supports respiratory system.
- Provides a rich and spicy addition when cooking or baking.
- Includes the naturally occurring constituent eugenol.
Eucalyptus essential oil is useful for massage after activity. It can be diffused for a stimulating and rejuvenating environment or used in your favorite household cleaners. I personally like to add a few drops in my shower to support my respiratory system. Eucalyptus includes the naturally occurring constituents 1,8 cineole and eucalyptol.
Ginger is pungent, sweet, and savory. Many times we think of it as a flavoring for food, but did you know that this amazing rhizome can do all this:
- Reduce inflammation
- Support joints
- Improve digestion
- Support lung function
- Bring support to inflamed areas
- Strengthen the heart
- Improve liver function
- Support the nervous system
Ginger essential oil is the most potent form of ginger, containing gingerol.
When I smell oregano, I’m reminded of the pizzeria I frequented in Mamaroneck, New York while growing up (I lived in a neighboring village, Larchmont) called Sal’s Pizzeria. Oh, man, such deliciousness!
So, the thought of putting oregano oil on my skin took me by surprise at first. CAUTION: Oregano essential oil is a “hot oil,” meaning it can irritate sensitive skin. So always dilute it with a carrier oil, which as a pure vegetable oil like EV olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, etc.
Oregano oil can:
- Support your body when you have a fungus or candida.
- Support your immune system.
- Support your respiratory system.
- Help you purge “critters.”
Oregano oil is great to have on hand if anyone in your household is dealing with a cold or the flu.
You may know lemon essential oil for its ability to cut grease and sticky substances. I add it to my dishwasher instead of a rinse aid and put it in my disposal. Recently, I used it to remove a sticker from the front of my planner(worked beautifully!). Many people like to add it to their daily water.
Additionally, lemon benefits include:
- Improves lymph drainage.
- Cleanses the body.
- Improves oral health and halitosis (bad breath).
- Supports digestion.
- Thirst quencher.
- Soothes irritated throat (great when combined with raw, local honey).
- Calms stomach and nausea.
- Assists in the absorption of nutrients.
- Nourishes the skin.
- Promotes proper weight.
Lavender essential oil is known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because of its many uses. It has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking, and for scenting the air.
Lavender helps with relaxation and improves mood, so it’s a great addition to your bath.
Lavender can also be used to:
- Soothe irritated skin.
- Calm twitchy muscles.
- Encourage a peaceful sleep.
- Reduce anxiety and emotional stress.
- Restore skin complexion.
- Slow aging.
- Release head tension.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
- Supports healthy skin.
- Reduces bad odors.
- Helps stimulate the immune system.
- Supports the respiratory tract.
- Supports your body when you have a fungal infection (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot, or toenail fungus).
- Improves oral health like halitosis (bad breath)
Additionally, tea tree oil can replace many of your household items like:
- Anti-microbial laundry freshener.
- Insect repellant.
- Natural deodorant.
- Removes odors.
- Removes mold.
- Household cleaner.
These are my top 10 essential oils for restoring and maintaining health. What are yours?
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