AMAZING Essential Oils!
The purpose of this report is to help you take control of your family’s health thru the use of essential oils. It combines established science with the wisdom that has guided our ancestors for thousands of years.
If you’re like most Americans, your medicine cabinet is full of chemicals and pills that only mask the symptoms of your health problems, without eliminating the causes. The added “benefits” are all the unwanted side effects.
By just adding 10 of the most common essential oils to our health regimen we can:
- Fight flu and cold symptoms
- Heal skin conditions
- Alleviate pain
- Relax and soothe sore muscles in our body
- Support healthy digestive function
- Balance hormones… hot flashes, cramps, etc
- Cleanse the lymphatic system
- Create personal care products… shampoo, lotions, skin care, etc.
- Clean our homes by creating natural cleaning products
And that’s just a few of the benefits of using these 10 essential oils.
In this report, I’ll cover what essential oils ARE… what they DO… and HOW TO use them.
My First Encounter With Essential Oils
My first encounter with essential oils happened when I was 6. It was Christmas, and, as usual, the family had gathered at Granny and Grandad’s house to exchange gifts. I remember my uncle Ray complaining that he had a toothache, so Granny sent me to get her “medicine bag” out of her closet.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one… but it was an old “carpet bag”. It was made of heavy flowered material… and it smelled funny. Like cloves… and cedar… and lots of other smells I still don’t know how to describe.
It was full of little bottles of “stuff” and bags of leaves and stems.
She rummaged around until she found the right bottle, and poured some of the liquid on a rag, and told my Uncle to open his mouth. She poked it on his tooth and told him to bite down. The bottle went back in the bag and Granny had me put it back in the closet.
There were a lot of other instances when Granny used the liquids in the bottles or the leaves in her bag to treat whatever any of the family complained about… runny noses, belly aches, bug bites, coughs… you name it and Granny had something in her medicine bag that would cure it.
And it usually did!
I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve opened a bottle of essential oil and the smell of that oil took me straight back to Granny’s medicine bag. Like a bottle of Clove oil… that was exactly the same smell as was on the rag that my Uncle had used for his toothache.
You see, Granny was half Comanche and grew up using different plants for her “potions” and “salves”. I could kick myself for not learning more about them… I feel certain that she would have loved to teach me how to prepare each one and what they could be used for.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the oils extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree. By using either a low-heat, steam distillation, or a cold-press process, the oil is separated from the water-based components of the plant.
Because of their tiny molecular structure, use of essential oils is the most potent form of plant-based medicine. One drop of an essential oil contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. That’s a 4 with 19 zeros: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Think about it… there are 100 trillion cells in the human body. So just 1 drop of an essential oil can cover every 1 of those 100 trillion cells with 40,000 oil molecules.
Talk about something that has the power to heal our aches and pains!
The FDA won’t allow me to say that essential oils can “cure” anything… but, I can say that they are so effective that a lot of folks are able to safely wean themselves off their prescriptions. We all know in our heart, that it’s always better to eliminate the cause rather than just manage the symptoms.
God created these plants for a purpose… recorded history shows that essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and there are 264 references in the Bible of 33 different essential oils being used… then I feel safe in using them in and on my body too.
Now Let’s Talk About Essential Oil QUALITY
Not all essential oils are created equal!
Unfortunately, most essential oils on the market today, are of little value to your health… some can even be toxic.
There are four recognized grades of essential oils:
#1 – Synthetic or Adulterated
Created in a laboratory and are the lowest grade and cheapest oils
#2 – “Natural” and “Pure”
In this case, “Natural” and “Pure” probably doesn’t mean what you may think… they may be processed to point of having little or no beneficial compounds left (Most commonly sold type – the words are purely marketing hype.)
#3 – Certified Therapeutic Grade
- Low heat distilled or cold pressed with beneficial compounds
- May or may not have been sprayed with pesticides before being harvested
- Manufacturer self-certifies quality, rather than Independent third party
#4 – Certified Organic
- Highest grade with greatest beneficial properties
- Free of pesticides and chemicals
- Third-party certified for purity.
Creating true quality essential oils starts with harvesting high quality plants, grown in organic soil in their natural environment, and harvested when their beneficial compounds are at peak.
They should be extracted using low-heat steam distillation, cold pressed, or CO2 extraction (none of which uses chemicals).
Essential oils should be bottled in dark glass containers which protects them from losing their potency.
Details of the oils… Latin name, country of origin, growing method and extraction process, should be listed clearly on the bottle. If it’s NOT, DON’T buy it!
Whenever possible, buy certified organic oils.
What Makes Essential Oils So Beneficial?
When we think of oils… we normally think of vegetable or nut oils… olive, vegetable, coconut, etc. Essential oils are different from those types of oils. Rather than staying on top of your skin… essential oils can penetrate the skin, get into your cells and some of the compounds in them can actually cross the blood-brain barrier.
In order to provide the most benefit, essential oils have 2 things going for them that other oils don’t.
1. The size of their molecules
For any substance we put on or in our body, to accomplish its purpose, the molecules that make up that substance have to be able to reach the area where it’s needed. Molecules heavier than 500 “Dalton” (the standard measurement of weight of an “atomic mass” unit) can’t get thru the top layer of the skin.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, however you want to look at it… the molecules in lotions, make-up, sunscreens or whatever we’re putting on our skin are all much heavier than the 500 Dalton. So, they sit on our skin rather than penetrating it and offer no long term benefits.
That’ not an issue for essential oils… they’re comprised of molecules that weigh considerably less than 500 Dalton. In other words, they can easily go through the skins’ protective barrier.
2. The lipid (fat)… solubility of their molecules
In order for anything to effect the brain’s function in a positive or negative way, it has to get past the brain-blood barrier… which requires the molecules be less than 800 Dalton and be lipid/fat soluble.
Essential oils are both… the molecules are less than 500 Dalton in order to get thru the skin, AND far less than the 800 Dalton required to cross the blood-brain-barrier.
The brain… the fattest organ in our body is also fat soluble. Both being fat soluble allows the essential oil to not only pass thru the skin, but also pass the blood-brain barrier where it gets into your blood tissue and then is quickly diffused to wherever it’s needed.
Essential oils are typically used in four ways
#1 – Applied topically
#2 – Inhaled by using a diffuser
#3 – Taken internally
#4 – Used in personal care items (shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, etc).
#1 – TOPICAL Use of Essential Oils
Some essential oils can be placed directly on the skin, but, in my opinion, the majority should not… but should first be diluted with a “carrier oil”.
Some of the best carrier oils include coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil.
If the oil can be used directly, put 3–5 drops of the oil in the palm of your hand and apply it to the area in a circular light massage movement.
If it needs a carrier oil, mix 3–5 drops of the oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and apply in the same way as above.
There are key points of the body where an oil should be applied:
- Behind the ears
- Upper back
- Along the spine
- Soles and tops of the feet
Other ways to use oils topically:
In Your Bath
15 drops mixed with 1/2 cup of Epsom salt makes a fantastic and relaxing bath, which helps improve circulation, relieve sore muscles, soothe skin, open airways, relax the body and improve sleep. Use oils like eucalyptus and lavender.
10 drops per 4 ounces of water. Soak cloth and apply for bruises, cuts, aches and pains. Peppermint is one of the best for muscle aches, and lavender is great for cuts and burns.
You can make a salve by mixing coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil and your essential oils… 15 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil. They should be stored in a metal or glass container and used for cuts, scrapes, bruises or sore muscles.
#2 – INTERNAL Use of Essential Oils*
Current research suggests that many essential oils are more effective when taken orally. BUT, only pure certified organic oils should ever be taken this way.
The dosage and dilution depends on age, size and health of the person. If you have questions, you should definitely consult your nutritionist or physician before proceeding.
Suggested internal use methods:
- Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water.
- Add 1–3 drops to a glass of water, almond milk or coconut milk.
- Put 1–3 drops to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil then consume.
- Add 1–3 drops to 1 teaspoon of raw honey.I personally put a couple of drops of lemon oil in my water and drink it throughout the day.
*A Word Of CAUTION:
- Some oils can be used internally and others cannot.
- There are essential oils suitable for adults, but not healthy for children.
- In-depth questions about internal dosage should be directed to a nutritionist or physician.
The following essential oils should never be taken internally:
- white fir
#3 – INHALATION WITH A DIFFUSER
Diffusing essential oils has become the most popular way to use them and is probably the most effective way to get their health benefits… elevating your mood, improving brain function, reducing any infection you may have, relaxing your body and even supporting your respiratory system.
I have several diffusers and keep, at least one, going all day.
When we’re travelling, you can bet that I’ll have one stashed in my suitcase along with a bottle of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lemon. Both of those oils, can help kill off mold and purify the air of any harmful pathogens that may be hiding somewhere.
It’s amazing how potent the oil is when it’s diffused. As an example… I have a peppermint plant in my kitchen. If I’m standing beside it… I sometimes can smell it. But if I move away from it, even 3 or 4 feet, no smell at all.
However, I can add 3 DROPS of Peppermint Oil to my diffuser, and smell peppermint all over the downstairs.
The same goes when I diffuse cinnamon or oregano oils. And that’s not to mention when I use a “blend” of oils in the fall and at Christmas.
It’s not unusual for those smells to waft all over the entire house.
Why is that?
That’s because the volatile compounds in essential oils can pass from the air into your olfactory system.
Your olfactory system… which provides your sense of smell… is connected directly to your brain. Whatever you smell passes through your cells and into your bloodstream within seconds.
If the kids or grandkids aren’t feeling good or have a runny nose, try diffusing essential oils of clove and frankincense in the air. Not only will it smell good…it will help their immune system and they’ll feel better.
#4 – PERSONAL CARE
Using essential oils for DIY personal care items has taken a major spike upward the last few years. All it takes is a quick look at the ingredients in your shampoo, conditioner, lipstick or gloss, lotion, and even in your toothpaste… and it will scare the what-ever out of you. They’re poured on, rubbed in, left to sit, and sometimes soaked onto and into our skin… the largest organ of our body!
In case you haven’t figured it out… the beauty and personal care companies do NOT have your best interest at heart. Profits are their top priority.
There’s a list a mile long of the chemicals used in commercial body care products, and the list of horrible things they can do to our body is several times longer!
Instead of trying to remember all their name, here are just 5 of the really bad ones:
- Parabens – (e.g., ethylparaben) and can indicate hormone disrupting effects linked with cancer and a shift in natural puberty patterns, among other issues.
- Phthalates – used pervasively in body care ingredients and packaging, phthalates are a concern for allergies, asthma, reproductive health, and more.
- Formaldehyde – used as a preservative but is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.
- Triclosan – an antibacterial staple, which can affect the liver and thyroid, among other concerns.
- “Fragrance” – a catch-all term that can hide dangerous toxins.
There are so many recipes for making your own personal care items… why not give them a try.
In addition… think of all the money you’ll save by making your own stuff.
Don’t believe me?
Take a quick glance in your make-up drawer… and just take a guess on how much money you spent to buy all that stuff… that for the most part, you never use.
Top 10 Essential Oils – Health Benefits
Although most oils should NOT be applied directly to the skin… these 10 oils can. (It’s best to always test one drop on your skin to see if you have a reaction.)
#1 – LAVENDER
Known for its soothing, calming properties, lavender is wonderful for promoting natural healing from burns, cuts, stings and other wounds. It supports healthy blood sugar levels and reduce oxidative stress.1
Lavender oil benefits:
- Relaxes body and reduces stress
- Promotes natural healing of wounds and burns
- Supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Promotes restful sleep
- Promotes healthy skin and appearance
- Supports hormone balance
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Rub on neck or diffuse in evening to relax body and improve sleep
- Detox and relaxing bath… add lavender oil and Epsom salts to your bath after a stressful day
- Apply to cuts, scrapes, rashes, burns and wounds
- Diffuse in the air to relax and improve your mood
- Take as a supplement or use topically on neck to support healthy blood pressure levels
- Helps balance high blood sugar levels
- Protects the body from oxidative stress that causes diabetic complications
#2 – PEPPERMINT
Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world.
Research has found peppermint can support healthy digestion and relieve occasional gas and bloating.2
When used topically, it has a cooling sensation and calming effect on the body that can relieve sore muscles. It’s antimicrobial properties help freshen bad breath and support healthy digestion.
Peppermint oil benefits:
- Natural Energizer
- Improves focus, energy and concentration
- Skin Conditioner
- Supports digestion
- Reduces muscle soreness
- Fights bad breath
- Improves breathing
- Supports seasonal immunity
- Mix with coconut oil and rub topically on sore muscles
- Diffuse in air to improve focus and energy
- Use on bottom of feet and chest to improve breathing
- Mix with coconut oil and baking soda for homemade toothpaste
- Put 1 drop in water and use as a mouthwash to freshen breath
- Take 1 drop in water to support healthy digestion
- Mix with coconut oil and dark chocolate to make homemade peppermint patties
#3 – Eucalyptus
A 2015 study, published in the Journal of Natural Products set out to evaluate how utilizing Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil fared against the inhaling drug-resistant tuberculosis. In addition to discovering 32 active anti-TB compounds in E citriodora, it observed the way that multiple components of the eucalyptrus interacted with each other and discovered that certain combinations literally inhibited airborne TB by over 90 percent! 3
A researcher out of Bonn University Hospital in Germany published an article in the journal Drug Research this past May highlighting how the cineole commonly found in eucalyptus essential oil is actually an effective long-term therapy to help control COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) symptoms and improve asthma. 4
Eucalyptus oil benefits:
- Clears sinuses
- Keeps skin feeling fresh and youthful
- Supports digestion
- Reduce swelling and redness
- Stimulates the immune system
- Antimicrobial and antiseptic
- Natural home cleanser
- Can be used to help control insects
- Diffuse to help body detox and improve sleep
- Mix with Epsom salts to remove grease and dirt from hands
- Put on burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes
- Mix with coconut oil to use as a hair conditioner
- Put 1 drop in water and gargle to clear throat
- Add few drops to vacuum and clothes filters… it kills mold
- Mix with lemon oil to remove spots on carpets and clothes
#4 – LEMON
Lemon essential oil actually comes from the lemon peel, which is the most nutritious part of the lemon, but also the part that we seldom consume.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful antimicrobial agent of all the essential oils.
Another study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oils supports healthy neurological activity and promotes the breakdown of body fat.5
Lemon oil benefits:
- Promotes cleansing of lymphatic system and purification of the skin
- Supports healthy weight management
- Promotes energy levels
- Supports healthy immune system response
- Improves mood and reduces stress
- Natural home cleanser
- Put 1–2 drops in water to freshen breath
- Take 1 drop 3x daily as supplement to promote cleansing and boost metabolism
- Diffuse to clean air and uplift mood
- Rub on hands in place of hand sanitizer for antimicrobial benefits
- Add 2 drops to yogurt or smoothie to enhance flavor
- Mix with olive oil as natural cleaning product
- Mix with baking soda as natural teeth whitener
#5 – FRANKINCENSE
One of the most underrated essential oils, frankincense could be the most powerful.
Frankincense is also known as boswellia. It’s been regarded as a holy oil in the Middle East for centuries and used for anointing individuals.
It’s well known from the Bible as one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth.
The essential oil has also been used with much success to support healthy inflammation response and healthy immune system function.6
Frankincense oil benefits:
- Supports healthy inflammation response
- Supports healthy immune system function
- Aids in the cleansing and detoxification of the body
- Promotes healthy mood
- Spiritual awareness
- Promotes total body skin health
- Rub topically behind ears, on chest and neck to support immune system function
- Take internally to support inflammation response and apply topically on areas of joint pain
- Apply topically on age spots, scars and stretch marks to aid in skin regeneration
- Diffuse in the air when praying or meditating
- Use after a trauma to relax and calm yourself
- Diffuse in air to promote seasonal immune system health
- Take internally, diffuse or use topically for cellular health and longevity
#6 – MELALEUCA (Tea Tree Oil)
The oil from the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia, has been used as a cure-all medicine since ancient times… and that’s not an exaggeration. It can be used as a cure for almost all tropical infections and diseases. You name it and it has some sort of positive effect or treatment for that disease.
It also has strong antiseptic properties and has been documented to kill many germs on contact.
In addition, two 2010 Australian studies with mice found that tea tree oil had anti-tumor activity against mesothelioma and melanoma. Researchers stated that tea tree oil “significantly inhibited the growth” of these two tumor cell types.
Chinese researchers in 2009 reported that tea tree oil had both antimicrobial and anti-cancer effects. They found that tea tree oil exhibited strong cytotoxicity (toxic to cancer cells) against human lung cancer cells, human breast cancer cells and human prostate cancer cells (PC-3, which exhibit high potential for metastasis). 7
Melaleuca oil benefits:
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
- Stimulates blood circulation
- Heals wounds
- Boosts the immune system
- Mix 5 drops with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and use as a wash for blemishes
- Apply topically to aid in natural skin healing of toenails and feet
- Add 5 drops to shampoo to improve scalp health
- Diffuse in the air to purifyGargle melaleuca essential oil and water to support seasonal immunity
- Put directly on bug, mosquito or spider bites to aid in natural healing
- Mix 2 teaspoons melaleuca and water in spray bottle for all-purpose cleaner
#7 – GINGER
For thousands of years, ginger has been used as a digestive aid and to soothe the respiratory system.
Mental fatigue and motion sickness don’t stand a chance against Ginger oil. It also aids in poor circulation, colds, achy muscles and migraines and improves the libido.
Ginger oil benefits:
- Reduces inflammation
- Alleviates nausea
- Aids in the cleansing and detoxification of the body
- Reduces menstrual disorders
- Powerful antioxidant
- Natural aphrodisiac
- Rub 1-2 drops over the heart to improve blood circulation
- Rub 2-3 drops on the needed area twice daily for muscle and joint pain
- Diffuse 2-3 drops and inhale twice daily to boost mood
- For nausea, apply 1-2 drops over the stomach
- To aid digestion and get rid of toxins, add 2-3 drops in a warm bath
- To relieve respiratory issues, add 1 drop of oil to green tea twice daily
- To improve libido, diffuse 2-3 drop of oil or apply 1-2 drops to the feet or lower abdomen
- Add 5-6 drops to a diffuser to alleviate a migraine or headache
- Place a drop of oil on a tissue and breathe in the aroma to help sooth a cough
#8 – CINNAMON
You’re probably familiar with the spice – cinnamon. Cinnamon oil is different because it’s a much more potent “extract” form of the plant that contains special compounds not found in the dried spice.
There are two primary types of cinnamon oils available on the market: cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil. While they have some similarities, they’re different products with somewhat separate uses.
Cinnamon bark oil is extracted from the outer bark of the cinnamon tree, and is usually more expensive than cinnamon leaf oil. Both are beneficial, but cinnamon bark oil is considered to be more potent.
Cinnamon oil benefits:
- Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Immune booster
- Protects the heart and boosts blood circulation
- Improves digestion
- Powerful antioxidant
- Improves blood glucose lowering effects
- Protects brain function
- Add 1-2 drops on the feet for fungal foot infections… athlete’s foot
- To repel flies, apply diluted oil to skin and dab on clothing
- To aid digestion mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to stomach
- Mix 1 drop each, cinnamon, lavender, & carrier oil to treat bites and stings
- Diffuse 2-3 drops to reduce headaches, reduce depression and irritability
- Add 2-3 drops to a diffuser to relax tight muscles, ease joints and relieve menstrual cramps
#9 – CLOVE
Clove essential oil ranks as the No. 1 herb in the world in antioxidant value also known as ORAC score. Its antioxidant score is 1,078,700 per 100g where blueberries are 9,300 per 100g. Clove has also been shown to possess antifungal properties. 8
The Journal of Immunotoxicology just recently published the first ever study proving that the eugenol in clove oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory. In addition, it is commonly used as an antiseptic for oral infections.
Because of its strength, clove oil should be mixed with a carrier oil for most topical applications and only used for short periods… up to two weeks internally.
Clove oil benefits:
- Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory
- Kills mold and fungus
- Fights candida
- Relief from toothaches
- Powerful antioxidant
- Supports health of liver, skin, hair and mouth
- Kills parasites
- Add 1-2 drops with carrier oil and rub on neck and chest when exposed to fold or flu
- Rub on gums to relieve toothache
- Diffuse 3-4 drops to clean air in your home
- Mix 1 drop to homemade personal care products
- To eliminate acne, mix 3 drops oil and 2 tsp honey. Wash face and rinse.
#10 – ROSEMARY
Rosemary essential oil is one of the most powerful oils on the planet. According to a recent article published in the Journal Cancer Letters, properties in rosemary has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results. It’s been shown to boost nerve growth and support healthy brain function.9
Having an antioxidant ORAC value of 3,300, rosemary has the same free radical fighting power as goji berries.
Rosemary oil benefits:
- Antifungal and anti-inflammatory
- Powerful antioxidant
- Improves memory
- Benefits hair growth
- Detoxifies the liver
- Mix 3 drops with 1/2 tsp coconut oil and rub on neck to improve memory
- Put 5 drops on scalp and massage after showers to thicken hair
- Mix 2 drops with 1/2 tsp carrier oil and rub beneath testicles to heal prostate
- Mix 3 drop with 1/4 tsp coconut oil and rub over gallbladder to improve gallbladder function
- Rub 1-2 drops on your chest and throat every few hours for cough and cold relief
- Add a carrier oil and massage your stomach or rub on the bottom of your feet to alleviate indigestion.
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC4334616
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC3953654
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