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Branch of herbal medicine utilizing the medicinal properties found in the essential oils of various plants

The essence or the volatile constituents of the plants oil are extracted from its flowers, leaves, branches, or roots

It is said to be a misleading term since it is not the aroma itself that is involved in the healing process but the oils through their pharmacological properties and small molecular size enabling them to easily penetrate body tissues

Very effective for


Bacterial infections of the respiratory system Immune deficiciencies such as EBV Numerous skin disorders Infections such as cystitis & herpes simplex

The immediate and often profound effect essential oils have on the CNS makes this an excellent method for stress management

How It Works

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Many desirable pharmacological properties


Antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmodic Diuretics Vasodilators, vasoconstrictors

Can energize, pacify, detoxify or facilitate digestion Oils have therapeutic properties effective for treating infections by interacting w/ the nervous system. Modifying immune response and harmonizing moods & emotions

Aromatic molecules interacting w/ the nasal cavity give off signals These signals are modified by various biological processes before going to the limbic system, the brains emotional switchboard

In the limbic system these molecules create impressions associated w/ previous experiences & emotions

Oil fragrances achieve rapid physiological & psychological effects because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain controlling heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, & hormone balance

Studies show that oils like orange, jasmine & rose have tranquilizing effects and work by altering brain wave patterns into rhythms that produce calmness & a sense of wellbeing

Stimulating oils that produce a heightened energy response: Basil, black pepper, rosemary, cardamom

Certain essential oils can help clear sinuses or chest congestion and alter neurochemistry of the brain to produce changes in mental & emotional behavior

How To Use

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The benefits of essential oils can be obtained through inhalation, external application, or ingestion

A diffusor dispenses microparticles of the oils into the air Can be used to improve respiratory conditions or to simply change the air w/ the modd-lifting or calming qualities of the fragrance

Oils are readily absorbed through skin May be done through baths, massages, hot or cold compresses or simple topical applications of diluted oils

Essential oils in a hot bath can stimulate the skin, induce relaxation and energize the body; using certain oils can also stimulate the elimination of toxins through skin

Oils can be worked into the skin thru massage and can either calm or stimulate depending on the oil and massage technique In compresses, oils can soothe minor aches & oains, reduce swelling and treat sprains

Can be sprayed into the air or on skin that is too sensitive to touch

Certain conditions (e.g. organ dysfunction or disorder) may make it advantageous to take oils internally

Conditions Benefited By

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Oil massage to induce sleep or relieve pain and stress such as in post-op, AIDS or terminal cancer patients Vaporized oils to prevent transmission of airborne infectious diseases Topical applications on wound sites to counter infection

Essential oils are powerful antimicrobial agents that do not have the usual negative side effects with conventional antibiotics and do not destroy intestinal bacteria

A 1973 study showed that a mixture of the essential oils of clove, cinnamon, melissa and lavander were as effective as commercial antibiotics in treating bronchial conditions Cinnamon and eucalyptus oils are effective against flu

Sandalwood oil is a traditional remedy for sore throat and laryngitis Lavender oil has a dramatic healing action on burns

A study presented at the 1st Congress on Aromatherapy in 1987 demonstrated that due to their strong antiviral properties many essential oils are highly effective against this virus

Recommended oils:
Lemon and geranium oil blend Eucalyptus radiata and bergamot True rose oil True melissa oil

The most effective treatment is application of the said oil(s) at the first sign of outbreak If lesions have already appeared oil is applied directly on the lesions In most cases the lesions dry in 1-2 days, w/ complete remission in 3-5

Topical treatment of shingles Application of a blend of 50% Ravensera aromatica and 50% Calophyllum inophyllum Drastic improvement complete remission within 7 days

Essential oils are skin-friendly & are thus utilized for skin problems
Thyme oil: Highly antiseptic but non-irritating Neroli oil: Rejuvenating effect similar to hormones & is used to prevent stretch marks Rosemary oil: Cell regeneration & improved metabolism in inner skin layers

Essential oils are skin-friendly & are thus utilized for skin problems
Everlast (Helichrysum italicum): Very effective antiinflammatory agent Thyme-linalol, rosewood oil: Anti acne Eucalyptus oil: Regulation of overproductive sebaceous glands

Essential oils are skin-friendly & are thus utilized for skin problems
Carrot seed oil: Tissue revitalizer esp. used on the face Basil, cinnamon, garlic, lavender, lemon, onion, sage, savory, thyme oils have antitoxic & antivenomous properties and are used for bites or stings

Relief of muscle spasm because of effects on the nervous system Combinations of oils w/ high proportions of ester compunds are especially effective: Clary sage, Roman chamomile, lavender

Stimulatory essential oils such as clove, cinnamon & thyme have antiinflammatory effects which may be due to their effect on the adrenals Everlast & eucalyptus relieve arthritic pain because of very strong local antiinflammatory action

Widely Used Essential Oils

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Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus australiana Classic antiviral & expectorant agent Best used through a diffusor, or a topical chest rub

Helichrysum italicum Topical use only w/ dilutions not more than 2% because of its ketone content Tissue-regenerating effect on scars Highly anti-inflammatory & prevents hge & swelling after sports injuries or bruising

Pelargonium x asperum Fragrant oil w/ antifungal & antiviral properties Gentle on skin

Lavandula angustifolia The classic oil of aromatherapy, its high ester content gives it a calming, almost sedative quality May be used undiluted on burns, small injuries, & insect bites

Citrus reticulata Pleasingly fragrant W/ calming properties Typically dispersed in a room w/ a diffusor

Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora Calms respiratory allergies Vitalizing, balancing agent for overactive & oily skin Useful in treating nonacute hemorrhoids

Cymbopogon martinii Pleasing fragrance Antiseptic & antiviral activity Used in skin care & treatment of herpes infections

Mentha piperita One drop of this oil on the tongue provides relief for nausea & travel sickness Also effective for irritable bowel syndrome

Anthemis nobilis Recommended in calming an upset mind or body Rubbing of a drop on the solar plexus can bring rapid relief of mental or physical stress

Rosmarinus officinalis A staple in aromatherapy skin care blends Improves cell regeneration in the skin

Melaleuca alternifolia A non-irritating antiseptic w/ antibacterial, antiviral, & antifungal properties Topical applications for healing pusfilled wounds & in treating many mild or chronic infections

In the Home

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Ideally suited for home use despite certain risks w/ irresponsible or ignorant use Problems may be caused by excessive use of allergenic oils such as clove, cinnamon, oregano or savory

Gentle antiviral essential oils such as eucalyptus & niaouli can be spread over the skin before, during or after a bath This also strengthens resistance to sickness during the flu season

A drop of anise-seed oil helps relieve GIT cramping Tarragon stimulates digestion & calms a nervous digestive tract

Everlast relieves pain after injuries and also prevents hemorrhaging and swelling

Lavender is unsurpassed in treating itching or stinging from mosquito bites or bee stings

Lavender has restorative effects on burnt skin

Essential oils of black spruce & peppermint are effective stimulants due to their effect on the adrenal cortex

Citronella or eucalyptus oils can be diffused in the air or rubbed on skin for quick & effective relaxation Mandarins fragrance is favored by children & helps in hyperactivity

Peppermint is used to alleviate nausea & travel sickness

The Future of

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Applied in professional medical practice in France only, however, many believe it will eventually become widespread beacuse of:
Increasing demand for holistic health care The so-called Green Revolution