What are Essential Oils?
Essentials oils, more widely known as aromatherapy, have been around for centuries. Some research points to the emotional and physical healing benefits of aromatics. We’ve even uncovered some ways essential oils can help with psoriasis.
Like herbs and minerals, the FDA does not regulate essentials oils. Most medical doctors don’t consider them a valid treatment for what ails you, but those who use them are believers. If you have allergies or anaphylaxis, you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils, so check with your doctor first. By and large, though, they’re worth a try.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that in MS patients: “Essential oils (aromatherapy) may give symptomatic relief with sleep, relaxation, joint mobility, and an improved sense of well-being.” Below is a list of essential oils that might help to ease symptoms of various conditions.
Massage Today suggest these uses of essential oils:
For Pain: Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.
For Stress: Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.
For Sleep: Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Sense of Well-Being: Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.
For Headaches: Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Circulation: Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.
Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas:
For Antioxidant Properties: Lavender.
For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.
For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.
For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.
For Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.
For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.
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