Tuesday, January 22, 2013
essential oil specifics
Essential oils can be loosely classified into five categories. There are the alcohols, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, and esters. There are other categories as well, but I will not go into detail here. I have recommended some resources at the end of yesterday's post, if you are interested to learn more about the science behind the oils.
Alcohols- antiviral, antibacterial, immune stimulants, hormone balancing, non-irritating
Phenols- antibacterial, antifungal, immune boosting, central nervous system (CNS) support, antidepressant
Aldehydes- antiviral, anti-infalmmatory, skin irritant, calming to CNS
Ketones- sedatives (should be used with great caution around children and by pregnant or nursing women- personally, I would avoid use with these two groups)
Esters- antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming, gentle on skin
Before listing some specific oils I want to over emphasize the importance of using therapeutic grade essential oils. Cheaper oils are not safe to be used medicinally. It is also important to remember that while herbs are natural, they are still medicine and the improper use of them can be serious.
Singles (in reference to single oils, not blends):
Chamomile (Roman or German)- ester
anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, calming
possible uses- eczema, skin irritations, gastric ulcers, morning sickness, nausea
Clary Sage- ester
relaxing, estrogen like, regenerative
possible uses- PMS, stress, to facilitate labor
SHOULD NOT BE USED IN EARLY PREGNANCY OR CANCER
Clove Bud- phenol, ester
antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, immune stimulant, uterine stimulate
possible uses- toothache, flu, viral hepatitis, long labor
SHOULD NOT BE USED BY PREGNANT WOMEN OR THOSE WITH HYPERTENSION
anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antibacterial, antifungal
possible uses- Candida, coughs, respiratory tract infections, colds, flu, asthma, headaches
SHOULD NOT BE USED BY VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
Frankincense (I am fascinated by this EO! It has been used for over 5,000 years!)
anti-asthmatic, immune support, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
possible uses- nervous depression, immune booster, asthma, rheumatism, injuries, scars, to slow tumor growth
In our home we have used Frankincense for mole removal, cyst reduction, and an immune booster.
*has also been found to inhibit bacterias such as E. coli, staph, and primarily Listeria monocytogenes
This stuff is powerful! Definitely research this oil more!
Lavender (one of my favorites- we use almost daily)
anti-inflammatory, relives tension, analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balancing, calming
possible uses- almost endless! We have used for headaches, ant bites, anxiety, bruises, skin infections, migraines, pulled muscles. Can be used for irregular menstrual cycles, coughs, hypertension, sleeplessness.
Every home should have a bottle of lavender on hand!
antiseptic, digestive aid, liver stimulant (great for detoxing), calming, antiviral
possible uses- in water as a powerful detox, nerve related indigestion, can be used topically but avoid UV exposure
stimulant, strengthening, digestive aid, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, antiviral, expectorant, soothing
possible uses- motion sickness, nausea, poor digestion, headaches, bronchitis, fever, colic, vomiting
SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH INFANTS OR YOUNG CHILDREN, or NURSING WOMEN
Sage - ketone
strengthening, estrogen like, digestive aid, antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, diuretic, emmenagogue (increases menstrual flow), expectorant, nervine
possible uses- flu, fever, hot flashes, night sweating, poor digestion, cold sores, UTI, irregular cycles, cough
SHOULD NOT BE USED IN PREGNANT/NURSING WOMEN, OR BY CHILDREN
I prefer to uses those blended by Heritage Essential Oils. You may be able to find similar blends by the companies Young Living or doTerra.
Plague Defense- used in flu prevention (I am currently diffusing this daily in the house and rubbing it on feet as we venture out into the world), can also be used in flu treatment
Warrior- to be used as an antibiotic would be. Not used in prevention, used after an illness has been contracted.
Solace- calming and hormone balancing
Sunshine- keeps adrenal glands open and well functioning, great for times of stress
Peaceful- we use this nightly on Birdy's feet to ensure good rest, and to calm and support her CNS. I've also used to help with anxiety or sleeplessness in all of us!
Digestion Support- stomach virus, indigestion
We use other blends here and there, but these are on constant rotation in our home.
I hope this very short list is helpful! Please do your own research and find which oil is most useful for you! The Heritage website is full of helpful information.
Please tell me, what oils do you use in your home and for what ailment? I love to learn from all of you!
If you have any questions please ask in the comment section- I will do my best to answer anything I can, or point you to another resource. I will answer in the comment section.
Most of this information I learned through my Master Herbalist Coursework. Vintage Remedies also offers courses in Aromatherapy and essential oils. If you are interested in doing coursework, I highly recommend their programs. Click here for more information:
disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I have had extreme success with essential oils in my home, but I cannot prescribe or guarantee them. Please use at your own risk and seek out the help of a professional if needed.
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