In the latest podcast of ESSENTIAL OIL ZEN, Kathy Heshelow shares her top 10 list of essential oils for the home pharmacy and home use.
“It is a group of essential oils that compliment each other. I look at different home and wellness needs – from infections, colds, indigestion and muscle strains to freshening the home, repelling insects, slowing hair loss and polishing furniture naturally,” says Heshelow, author of “Essential Oils Have Super Powers” and founder of Sublime Naturals.
Many of the most touted advantages of essential oils are those pertaining to anxiety, stress and relaxation. While it’s true that essential oils of all types have these calming qualities, it is also true that there are several helpful medicinal qualities as well including reducing inflammation, healing cuts or burns, or boosting the immune system. The immune system and its many processes are an important area for good health.
Essential oils are extracted from plants, and are very concentrated and potent. They carry the medicinal, fragrant and helpful elements. Their function, for the plants that produce them, is usually for defense against insects, bacteria and infections. Since each plant faces different adversaries in the wild, there are a wide variety of elements in each plant which humans can use for their own benefit.
Viruses and bacteria are microbial invaders in our bodies. Once inside us they can cause all manner of illness and disease. Each essential oil has its own particular molecular makeup that can be helpful to humans in the fight against harmful microbes. They can protect us by keeping microbes from entering our bodies, fortifying the immune system, and attacking the harmful microbes after they have entered the body.
There are several effective ways to use essential oils to benefit your body. One is by simply diffusing it into the air. There are many choices of diffusers these day – either ionized diffusers using water & mist, or candle warming diffuser, or USB-stick powered or even rattan reed sticks in a vase. Diffusing them in the air helps eliminate airborne bacteria and creates a nice atmosphere.
Once you have taken care of your outside environment, you can turn your attention to topical approaches for your body and immune system. Many studies have shown us that specific essential oils can prevent viruses and bacteria from permeating our skin. They can also keep harmful bacteria levels down and clear away toxins from the body.
ZEN IMMUNE BOOST
One of our most popular essential oil blends is Zen Immune Boost. Each essential oil was chosen carefully to support the immune system and wellness, and they were blended in organic jojoba and sunflower oils for topical use.
Here are the oils in the blend:
Why Chosen for this Blend:
Cinnamon supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system, and is prominent in Ayurveda. It is used around the world in many treatments and disorders. Cinnamon is rich in essential minerals such as manganese, iron and calcium, while also having a high content of fiber.
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The health benefits of clove oil include its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral and aphrodisiac properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.
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You may know that Rosemary is very popular in the Mediterranean region as a culinary herb, which belongs to the min family (also in this family are basil, lavender and sage.)
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Frankincense Oil is extracted from resin of Frankincense or Olibanum tree, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. Frankincense has been a popular for centuries! It has been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations among others. It is also associated with religious activities.
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Peppermint may be the one of the most versatile essential oils, as it can help body, health and mind with various issues. Known for anti-nausea and soothing effects on the gastric lining, it can also reduce muscle spasms. Peppermint is a hybrid species of spearmint and water mint (Mentha aquatica)., with active ingredients menthol and menthone.
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Lemon is well-known as a cure-all, especially for colds, fevers, bacterial and viral infections.
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EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus Globulus)
The health benefits of Eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, especially for sinus and respiratory applications.
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The essential oil of the rosemary bush, with its strong woodsy aroma, has many holistic uses. Known in folklore and myth as far back as ancient Greek and Roman times, rosemary is a versatile oil that works its magic alone, and pairs well for an even stronger effect with other like-minded essential oils.
Top 5 Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil
Essential oils are well known to possess many medicinal properties, including antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic qualities. Rosemary essential oil also possesses many of these qualities, making it perfect for use in improving and enhancing memory and concentration, relieving aches and pains, stimulating hair growth, relieving indigestion, and reducing allergic and viral respiratory symptoms.
1. Boosting Memory and Enhancing Concentration.
Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “Rosemary – that’s for remembrance.”
Rosemary essential oil supports brain and neurological functions. When needing to focus on a task, diffuse rosemary essential oil. Inhaling the aroma can deepen cognitive functioning and help increase concentration. As a stimulant, it’s great at combating forgetfulness, mental exhaustion, and depression. Inhale it to simply lift your spirits and enhance your mood.
Currently, researchers are studying the effects of rosemary essential oil on Alzheimer’s patients. They have determined a link between higher neural transmitters and this essential oil.
2. Relieving Aches and Pains.
Rosemary essential oil has long been used to treat headaches, muscle aches and pains, and joint pain, including rheumatism and arthritis. The rosemary plant contains the chemical salicylic acid, which is also found in aspirin. In a topical treatment for muscle and joint pain, massaging the oil directly onto the afflicted area provides quick relief.
Diffusing rosemary and inhaling its pine like aroma helps ease pain from inflammation related to arthritic joints and sprains or injuries. Add a couple drops of rosemary essential oil to your warm bath to ease muscle tension. Or use it on a warm compress.
3. Help Stimulate Hair Growth and Ease Skin Issues.
Due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial agents, rosemary eases symptoms of many skin disorders from eczema to acne. These qualities also make it a wonder in treating hair conditions including dandruff and baldness. Massaging rosemary oil mixed with an oil directly into your hair, or adding it to homemade shampoos and conditioners, can help stimulate the hair follicles and can promote longer growth and stronger hair. Daily use of rosemary essential oil also decreases the severity of dandruff and flaky scalp. Use it with olive oil as a homemade hot oil treatment to strengthen your hair.
4. Gastrointestinal Symptom Relief.
While Peppermint is traditionally known as the essential oil for nausea and gastrointestinal relief, rosemary has long been used for relief as well. Rosemary can help reduce stomach issues, including flatulence and excessive gas, bloating, stomach cramping, and constipation. Rosemary also aids in digestion and is an appetite stimulant. New research indicates it could help to clean the liver. It is even thought to help alleviate menstrual cramps and symptoms in women.
Blend it with your favorite cream or oil and rub on your stomach and intestinal area, and diffuse it or breathe it in to help.
5. Allergic and Viral Respiratory Issues.
Using rosemary as an aromatherapy treatment can help relieve throat and chest congestion from allergies, colds, and the flu. Its antiseptic qualities make it great for aiding in respiratory infection treatments. It is also antispasmodic, making it helpful for coughing fits and asthma treatments.
Ahhhh, to sleep like a baby!
Everyone loves a good night’s sleep but not everyone understands all that happens inside the human body when it sleeps. Much more than rest and a reset, sleep helps the body perform many functions that are essential to life. Each night when we sleep, our bodies perform a full body tune-up. Ideally, humans should get 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night. That allows the body to do all the things it needs to reset for another full day’s activity.
Sleep helps your mind as well as your body. Have you ever heard the expression; “sleep on it”? People say this whenever they are facing a troubling issue and there is a reason for it.
We learn hundreds of pieces of information during our daily routines and when we sleep at night our brains sort through the information and help us make sense of it. During sleep, our brain decides which pieces of information are important enough to keep and which will fall to the waysides of our memories. Sleep also brightens our outlook on the world and helps us combat stress. Studies have shown those who sleep the recommended amount of time show fewer depression symptoms.
Sleep is a trigger to your brain to release hormones that promote the growth of tissue. You can see evidence of this when you get in a big work out and your muscles are sore the next morning. Ample sleep also helps the immune system. White blood cells accumulate during sleep that the body uses to fight bacteria and viruses. Studies have shown those who get 7 or more hours of sleep have fewer colds per year than others.
Despite its importance, millions of people have trouble sleeping in the United States. There are many prescription medicines that induce sleep for those with sleep issues but many prefer to use natural methods. Using natural remedies limits the intake of chemicals into the body and reduces the chances of negative effects such as dependence or addiction.
Essential Oils that calm and sedate are very popular – and natural! Lavender essential oil is one of the best known for helping sleep. You can inhale it or diffuse it in your bedroom at night.’
A topical essential oil blend, ZEN SUBLIME SLEEP, can also be applied to the back of your neck, wrists and feet at night + inhale it. Include the lavender in the diffuser if you have a bad case of insomnia.
Here is what is in the blend and why the essential oils were chosen:
An additional aid is meditation. Turn your mental focus completely on the act of breathing and nothing more. (We like to do it with light soothing music.) It takes practice. Intentionally relaxing and meditating can make falling asleep easier especially when combined with relaxing essential oils.
– One Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil or Blend per month in a bubble envelope (not a subscription box)
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– A bonus product in December.
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It’s entitled “ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE SUPER POWERS: From Solving Everyday Wellness Problems with Aromatherapy to Taking on “Superbugs”.
The book is 322 pages long, and it covers subjects as why I believe they have super powers, Heshelow says, fascinating history, clinical research now, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria crisis and how essential oils can help solve it, and more!
The book should be enlightening and interesting! It’s available now in paperback and should be in Kindle format soon.
Frankincense essential oil is a favorite of mine, and of many people. It smells wonderful and has so many great uses and powers.
Here are just 7 simple ways to use Frankincense.
Inhale (from its bottle, or diffuse it.) Frankincense is a wonderful essential oil for tranquility and clarity – and it will purify the air and kill microbes to support your immune system! You could also add some drops of Frankincense to a carrier oil or cream and use it topically to help your immune system. Or buy a blend already made with Frankincense in it!
Put some drops in a cream or organic oil, and smooth on the affected areas. Arthritic hands, feet and joints love Frankincense. In the U.K., Cardiff University scientists found that Frankincense could inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules, helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue that causes these conditions.(ScienceDaily August 4, 2011.)
Apply 1-2 drops of frankincense essential oil in a tsp. of carrier oil to the back of your neck and your temples for better focus or clarity. Frankincense can help with oxygenation.
Frankincense in a carrier oil or cream, applied to the chest will invigorate and support deep breaths during occasional stress. It is known to help with respiratory issues, too.
Frankincense loves to be paired with lemon essential oil for a purifying aroma. Especially good if someone in your home has a cold – keep those bacteria away!
2 drops of Frankincense + 2 drops of Lavender and an ounce of carrier oil (we like Baobab, Grapeseed or Jojoba) makes a beautiful face serum! Use morning and evening for glowing healthy skin. Frankincense is wonderful for regenerating cells and supporting aging skin.
Be sure to review our Safety First page before using any essential oil!
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