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Essential oils were man’s first medicine and are making an astounding comeback. Records dating back to 4500 B.C. describe the use of balsamic substances with aromatic properties for religious rituals and medical applications. Ancient medical scrolls describe a high success rate in treating 81 different diseases with aromatic and medicinal plants.





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King Tut receives oil application
from his wife Ankhesenamun

Essential oils were man’s first medicine and are making an astounding comeback. Records dating back to 4500 B.C. describe the use of balsamic substances with aromatic properties for religious rituals and medical applications. Ancient medical scrolls describe a high success rate in treating 81 different diseases with aromatic and medicinal plants.

The Egyptians may have been the first to discover the potential of fragrance and were masters in using essential oils and other aromatics. Imhotep (2780-2720 BC) was one of the founders of “pharaonic” medicine and is often given credit for ushering in the use of oils, herbs, and aromatic plants for medicinal purposes.

Well before the time of Christ, the ancient Egyptians collected essential oils and placed them in alabaster vessels. These vessels were specially carved and shaped for holding scented oils. In 1922 when King Tut’s tomb was opened, about 50 alabaster jars--- enough to hold 350 liters of oils were discovered.

“Essential oils are the regenerating and oxygenating immune defense properties of plants. Their oxygenating molecules effectively transport nutrients and a myriad of other powerful chemical constituents to the cells, bringing life to the plants, destroying infections, staving off infestation, aiding in growth, and stimulating healing. They are to plants what blood is to the human body, and much, much more”. - Dr. Gary Young

The term “aromatherapy” was coined in 1928 by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, and involves using a plant’s essential oil (the blood of the plant). They are the subtle, volatile liquids or resins from plants, shrubs, flowers, leaves, seeds, bark or roots.

In both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible there are over 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments. Aromatics such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, cinnamon, cassia, rosemary, hyssop and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick as well as protection against disease.

Therapeutic grade essential oils boost the body’s own defense system which helps fight infectious illnesses. It is through these properties that aromatic herbs have been esteemed so highly throughout the ages and so widely used during the onsets of malaria, typhoid, and the epidemic plagues during the 16th century. People who use pure essential oils have a higher level of resistance to illnesses, colds, flu, and diseases.

“Essential oils include muscle relaxants, digestive tonics, circulatory stimulants, and hormone precursors. Many repair injured cells, others carry away metabolic waste. In addition, a number of essential oils enhance immunity, working with the body to heal itself. They are capable of stimulating the production of phagocytes (white blood cells that attack invaders). And some are antitoxic. Many essential oils have been proven effective against fungi and yeast, parasites and viruses. Others fight infection with amazing effectiveness, killing bacteria by disrupting their life cycle. And unlike conventional antibiotic drugs, essential oils are ‘probiotic’--- they not only kill pathogenic bacteria, but tend to leave beneficial bacteria intact. Finally, bacteria typically do not acquire a resistance to essential oils, as they so often do to antibiotic drugs.” -Green and Keville, “Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art”

The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Recently researchers at an American university sprayed therapeutic grade essential oils within enclosed areas in controlled tests to measure their effectiveness against airborne, life-threatening pathogens. They discovered that diffusing these oils in a micro-fine vapor in a room destroys these infectious pathogens. The studies proved conclusively that essential oils are even more effective and reliable than popular antibiotics. A virus or bacteria will mutate to defend itself against vaccines and antibiotics, but no pathogen has ever been known to mutate when confronted with essential oils.

One of the most interesting studies conducted was one that tested oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteria which is responsible for a variety of severe infections, and one which is becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics. The oregano oil was found to inhibit the growth of staphylococcus in the test tubes as much as antibiotics did. The ability of oils from various spices to kill infectious organisms has been recognized since the beginning of recorded history. Spice oils have also been known to create a hostile environment for parasites, bacteria, yeasts, and molds.

Many researchers and practitioners including some of the world’s most prominent doctors actually consider essential oils to be medicine. Dr. Jean Valnet, MD, the well-known French medical researcher and essential oil expert states that various essential oils can be used to treat many conditions ranging from high blood pressure to fatigue.

The rediscovery of the efficacy of essential oils is evident by the many people who are now buying oils instead of over-the-counter medicines. The public has also learned that prevention is key, and that they should not wait until they come down with symptoms to start using oils. Protection can be as simple as inhaling the vapor of tiny molecules from a small bottle that fits easily into a pocket or in an aroma diffuser pendant easily worn around the neck . A few drops rubbed on the hands or feet or if it is a pure oil, taken as a supplement, can also be very helpful. For many, the renewed confidence in the healing properties of essential oils has made oil application part of a daily routine.

 

Application Guide

BASIL - Helps relax muscles and soothe away tension. Supports healthy digestion.* Deeply cleansing. Helps with mental fatigue.

BERGAMOT - Has about 300 natural chemical constituents that contribute refreshing mood-lifting qualities. Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of Earl Grey Tea.

CANADIAN RED CEDAR - Was used traditionally by Canadian Native Americans to help them enter a higher spiritual realm. They also used it to stimulate the scalp.

CEDARWOOD - Helps cleanse oily skin when applied topically. Evokes sensations of strength and support; meditative aroma. Helps one focus and calms nervous tension.

CINNAMON BARK - Helps promote blood circulation;* powerful antioxidant. Restores wakefulness when experiencing fatigue. Vitalizing, refreshing, and warming.

CLARY SAGE - Helps with mild mood changes, cramps, and edema associated with menstrual cycle; supportive for menopausal women. Quickens the senses; supports a positive mood.* Contains natural phytoestrogens.

CLOVE - Supports healthy respiratory, circulatory, and brain function.* Contains eugenol which is used in dentistry for toothache and to numb gums. Highest scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale.

CYPRESS - Used most often to support the circulatory system.*

EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS - Helps maintain healthy lung function.* Soothes muscle soreness following exercise. Cleansing to the skin; antiseptic. Promotes feelings of well-being.

EUCALYPTUS RADIATA - Supports healthy respiratory function.* Supports and cleanses skin; antiseptic. Evokes feelings of well-being.

FENNEL - Encourages feelings of balance. Provides pleasant feeling when rubbed on abdomen. Evokes restorative, warming, and motivating feelings; enlivens the senses. Is stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, pancreas, digestive and respiratory systems.*

FIR, DOUGLAS - Helps relieve sore muscles after exercise. It is spiritually realigning.

FIR, WHITE - Is high in d-limonene. Powerful antioxidant.

FRANKINCENSE - Holy anointing oil. Maintains healthy lung function and supports the immune system.* Balancing; helps elevate the mind to overcome occasional stress. Uplifting, stabilizing; enhances meditation.

GERANIUM - Helps promote blood circulation; promotes normal liver function. Supportive for menopausal women. Supports normal skin; helps to replenish it.* Cleanses oily skin. Alleviates occasional nervous tension, maintains emotional balance. Fosters feelings of hope. Helps release negative memories.

GINGER - Helps alleviate nausea, vomiting, or dizziness associated with motion sickness; also aids digestion and helps maintain healthy lung function.* Stimulates physical energy and courage.

GOLDENROD - Supports normal liver, vascular, and heart function.*

GRAPEFRUIT - High in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene. Supports a normal, healthy attitude during PMS. Comforting during the winter season.* Deeply cleansing; antiseptic. Refreshing and uplifting.

HELICHRYSUM - Helps promote blood circulation; supports healthy liver function. Helps maintain healthy lung function and healthy skin.* Soothes muscle pains following exercise. Soothes the body and uplifts the spirit.

JUNIPER - Promotes normal digestion; supports normal urinary tract and nerve function.* Helps cleanse oily skin; antiseptic. Promotes feelings of protection, love, and peace.

LAVENDER - Most versatile of all oils. Supports normal skin; helps to replenish and protect it. Maintains healthy lung function; supports the immune system.* Antiseptic. Calming, relaxing and balancing.

LEDUM - Promotes normal liver and thyroid function. Supports normal skin*.

LEMON - Powerful antioxidant. Supports the immune system*. Contains 68% d-limonene. Very energizing.

LEMONGRASS - Aids normal digestion; calming and relaxing. Supports proper joint and ligament function.* Promotes feelings of psychic awareness and purification.

MARJORAM - Assists in calming the nerves; promotes a calming and relaxing feeling. Helps with occasional muscle soreness following exercise.*

MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA - Helps support the immune system; supports normal lung function.* Used to cleanse the skin; helps to protect it; antiseptic. Cleansing, strengthening, and purifying. High levels of terpinenol.

MYRRH - Has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. Used in skin care and oral hygiene.

MYRTLE - May be rubbed on throat area near thyroid to encourage feelings of balance. Elevating, clarifying, and cleansing.

NUTMEG - Help alleviate minor muscle soreness associated with exercise. Supportive to the nervous system, the endocrine system, and prostaglandin balance.* Has been used to support normal circulation.* Rejuvenating, uplifting, and energizing.

ORANGE - Antioxidant rich in the antioxidant d-limonene. Comforting during the winter months. Alleviates occasional simple nervous tension.* Helps cleanse oily skin. Calming and relaxing. Uplifting; promotes feelings of joy and generosity.

OREGANO - Maintains healthy lung function. Powerful antioxidant; supports the immune system.* Deeply cleansing. Promotes a feeling of security. In laboratory research was shown to have a 99% rate of reducing airborne bacteria.

PATCHOULY - Helps promote digestion. Supports normal skin.* Improves appearance of older skin. Increases sexual desire and has an aroma of attraction. Calming and relaxing, supports positive mood.

PEPPERMINT - Has been used to soothe digestion and relieve headaches. Improves concentration and mental activity. Helps to trigger a sensation of fullness after meals.*

PINE - very cleansing, revitalizes and freshens. Used in massage for stressed muscles and joints.

RAVENSARA - Has antiseptic properties and is supporting to the nerves and respiratory system*

ROMAN CHAMOMILE - helps overcome simple restlessness and gently soothes away tension. Supportive to the digestive system and normal liver function*. Supportive and regenerative to normal skin. Calming and relaxing.

ROSE - Has a beautiful fragrance that is intoxicating and aphrodisiac-like. Helps bring balance and harmony. It is stimulating and elevating to the mind, creating a sense of well-being.

ROSEMARY - Helps promote blood circulation. Maintains healthy lung function.* Helps restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue; improves mental clarity and focus.

ROSEWOOD - Gently strengthening and calming. Deeply cleansing. Soothing to the skin. Helps to uplift feelings of despair.

SANDALWOOD - Supports normal nerve function. Used to maintain normal skin.* Promotes feelings of emotional well-being and stability; helps promote positive feelings. Good to use for meditation.

SPEARMINT - Supports healthy respiratory function; aids digestion; balancing to metabolism.* Promotes feelings of lasting well-being. It may help open and release emotional blocks and bring about a feeling of balance.

SPRUCE - Supports proper joint and ligament function; supports healthy respiratory and endocrine function.* Antiseptic. Helps free emotional blocks.

TANGERINE - Helps calm occasional simple nervous tension. Promotes normal circulation; aids digestion.* Calming, soothing, and relaxing. Rich in the antioxidant d-limonene.

THYME - Powerful antioxidant. Maintains healthy lung function; supports normal liver, heart, eye and brain function.* Supports positive mood; boosts stamina.

VALERIAN - Has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding, and emotionally balancing influences. Relaxing and calming to the central nervous system. Has been used for sleep disturbances.*

VETIVER - Psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing. Has been studied for improving children’s behavior. May help cope with stress and recover from emotional trauma and shock.

WINTERGREEN - Contains methyl salicylate. Warming and comforting when applied to muscles. Dilute when applying to sensitive skin. Increases sensory awareness.

YLANG YLANG - Symbolic of love in some cultures. Calming and relaxing. Supports normal heart function.* Nourishing to the hair and skin. Increases sensory awareness; may increase sexual desire. Promotes feelings of balance in relationships.

Young Living Blends

ABUNDANCE - Supports a positive aura. Encourages feelings of physical and emotional abundance. Promotes feelings of vitality and balance. Contents: myrrh, cinnamon bark, frankincense, patchouly, orange, clove, ginger and spruce

ACCEPTANCE - Evokes images of acceptance, overcoming procrastination, and conquering denial; promotes feelings of confidence. Contents: neroli, sandalwood, blue tansy, rosewood, geranium and frankincense

AROMA LIFE - brings vitality to the heart and overall circulation. Contents: sesame seed oil, cypress, marjoram, helichrysum, and ylang ylang

AROMA SIEZ - Encourages feelings of peace and calmness. May help relax and calm muscles stressed from exercise. Contents: basil, cypress, marjoram, lavender, and peppermint

AWAKEN - Helps bring the inner awareness necessary to make successful changes and desirable transitions. May help you progress toward your highest potential. Contents: Five other blends.

BRAIN POWER - Helps restore mental alertness or wakefulness when experiencing fatigue. Use to clarify thought and support concentration. Contents: frankincense, sandalwood, melissa, cedarwood, Australian Blue, cypress, lavender, and helichrysum.

CITRUS FRESH - Calming and relaxing. Promotes feelings of creativity, joy and a sense of well-being. Can be used as an air purifier. Highly aromatic; high in limonene. Contents: orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, and spearmint.

CLARITY - Evokes the sensations of mental clarity and alertness. Contents: cardamon, rosemary, peppermint, basil, bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lemon, palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, rosewood, and ylang ylang.

DI-TONE - A valuable digestive aid and promotes normal gastrointestinal function.* Contents: tarragon, ginger, juniper, anise, fennel, patchouly, peppermint, and lemongrass.

DRAGON TIME - Is formulated to help balance mood swings and other side effects that may be caused by PMS.* and inspires balance throughout the month. Contents: clary sage, yarrow, lavender, jasmine, fennel, and marjoram

DREAM CATCHER - May enhance dreams and visualization. Promotes a greater potential for realizing your dreams and remaining on your path as well as protect you from negative dreams that might cloud your vision. Contents: sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang, black pepper, bergamot, juniper, anise, and blue tansy.

ENDOFLEX - Supports healthy gland function and supports normal metabolism which may be helpful for weight control.* Contents: spearmint, myrtle, nutmeg, German Chamomile, geranium, and sage.

EN-R-GEE - Invigorating; supports feelings of alertness and vitality in the body. Contents: clove, juniper, fir, black pepper, nutmeg, rosemary, and lemongrass.

ENVISION - An aroma that elicits images of emotional fortitude, renewed faith in the future, and sharpened intuition. Contents: sage, geranium, orange, rose, lavender, and spruce.

EXODUS II - A blend of essential oils recorded in the Bible (Exodus 30:23-24) Helps the body’s natural defenses and inspires feelings of fortitude and stability. Contents: cassia, hyssop, frankincense, spikenard, galbanum, myrrh, cinnamon bark, and calamus.

FORGIVENESS - May help release negative memories through the electrical frequencies of the oils in this blend. Inspires images of surpassing emotional barriers and achieving a higher awareness; increases desire to forgive. Contents: rose, melissa, helichrysum, angelica, frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lemon, palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, rosewood, and ylang ylang.

GENTLE BABY - a combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils for mothers and babies. It is uniquely comforting, soothing, and relaxing, as well as helpful during the birthing process and for reducing stress. Nourishing to the skin. Contents: palmarosa, geranium, Roman Chamomile, rose, lavender, rosewood, ylang ylang, bergamot jasmine, and lemon.

GROUNDING - A scent that inspires rational and logical thinking when dealing with adverse circumstances. Provides a stabilizing and grounding influence. Contents: spruce, fir, ylang ylang, pine, cedarwood, angelica, and juniper.

HARMONY - Elicits sensations of well-being, balance, and happiness. It promotes physical and emotional well-being by bringing a harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body. Contents: hyssop, spruce, lavender, geranium, frankincense, ylang ylang, sandalwood, angelica, rose, orange, bergamot, sage lavender, jasmine, palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, and sandalwood.

HOPE - Helps you reconnect with feelings of strength and grounding, restoring hope for tomorrow. It may also help overcome severe, dark thoughts. Contents almond oil, melissa, juniper, myrrh and spruce.

IMMUPOWER - Promotes a healthy home environment, particularly during the winter season when diffused. Was specifically blended for building, strengthening, and protecting the body. Contents: cistus, frankincense, oregano, Idaho Tansy, cumin, clove, hyssop, ravensara, and mountain savory.

INNER CHILD - Reminds one of their true identify or inner-self. Was created for those suffering from abuse. Inspires images of emotional balance and stability, Contents: orange, tangerine, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, spruce, lemongrass, and neroli.

INTO THE FUTURE - Helps you leave the past behind in order to go forward. Often people settle for mediocrity and sacrifice their own potential and success because of fear of the unknown. This blend was formulated to help you move forward and progress. Contents: almond oil, clary sage, white fir, Idaho Tansy, frankincense, jasmine, and juniper.

JOY - Inspires feelings of romance and self-love. Brings joy to the heart. (Great used as a perfume). Contents: rose, bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang, lemon, geranium, jasmine, palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, and rosewood.

JUVA FLEX - Helps support healthy liver function.* Helps evoke the sensation of released anger and negativity. Contents: geranium, rosemary, Roman Chamomile, fennel, helichrysum, and blue tansy.

LIVE WITH PASSION - Revives the zest for life and improves internal energy. It helps people recover an optimistic attitude. Contents: melissa, helichrysum, clary sage, cedarwood, angelica, ginger, neroli, sandalwood, patchouli, and jasmine.

LONGEVITY - Contains oils that rank among the most powerful antioxidants known. Contents: thyme, orange, clove, and frankincense.

MAGNIFY YOUR PURPOSE - Creativity, desire, motivation, and focus are all enmeshed in this remarkable scent. Contents: sandalwood, nutmeg, patchouly, rosewood, cinnamon bark, ginger, and sage.

MELROSE - Deeply cleansing. Is used topically for cleansing cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and stressed tissues.* Antiseptic-like properties when diffused. Contents: melaleuca a., melaleuca q., rosemary, and clove.

MOTIVATION - Helps enable a person to surmount fear and procrastination and stimulate feelings of moving forward to accomplish new things. Contents: Roman Chamomile, ylang ylang, spruce, and lavender.

M-GRAIN - Helps contribute to the relief of stress and also promotes a sense of well-being, particularly in the head and neck area. Contents: basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint, Roman Chamomile and helichrysum.

PANAWAY - Evokes sensations of well-being, warming to muscles and ligaments. Contents: helichrysum, wintergreen, clove, and peppermint.

PEACE & CALMING - A gentle calmative blend specially designed for diffusing. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace, helping to calm tensions and uplift spirits. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. May be especially calming and comforting to young children. Contents: blue tansy, patchouly, tangerine, orange, and ylang ylang.

PRESENT TIME - Has an empowering fragrance, which gives a feeling of being "in the moment." You can go forward and progress when you are focused on the present time. Contents: neroli, spruce, and ylang ylang in a base of almond oil.

PURIFICATION - A blend that, when diffused, helps to purify and cleanse the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke, and disagreeable odors. When applied directly to the skin, it may be used to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts and scrapes. Contents: citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca, and myrtle.

RAVEN - Creates an "open" sensation in the head and chest area. Excellent to diffuse or use in steam inhalations. Contents: ravensara, eucalyptus, peppermint, wintergreen, and lemon.

R.C. - Evokes a sensation of "openness" in the sinuses. Excellent to diffuse or use in steam inhalations. Contents: Eucalyptus (4 types), myrtle, pine, spruce, marjoram, lavender, cypress, and peppermint.

RELEASE - May stimulate a sense of harmony and balance within the mind and body, and help release anger and frustration, bringing about a sense of peace and emotional well-being. Contents: ylang ylang, lavandin, geranium, sandalwood, and blue tansy.

RELIEVE IT - Contains oils that possess a highly effective, soothing action to benefit nerves and alleviate muscle soreness associated with exercise.* Contents: spruce, black pepper, hyssop and peppermint.

SACRED MOUNTAIN - An aromatic blend that evokes sensations of strength, security, grounding, empowerment, and courage. Contents: Spruce, fir, cedarwood and ylang ylang.

SARA - Has a fragrance that may enable a person to relax, release the traumatic memory of sexual and ritual abuse, and cope with emotional problems. Contents: Ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, orange, blue tansy, cedarwood, rose, and white lotus.

THIEVES - Antioxidant; protective blend of essential oils, some of which support immune function. Helps maintain healthy lung function.* Comforting during the winter season. Protective and purifying; antiseptic. Contents: Clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary.

TRAUMA LIFE - May help release buried emotional trauma resulting from accidents, the death of a loved one, assault or abuse. This blend of calming, grounding essential oils can help purge stress and uproot traumas that cause fatigue, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response.

VALOR - Helps balance electrical energies within the body, giving you courage, confidence and self-esteem. It has also been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment. Contents: spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense in a base of almond oil.

WHITE ANGELICA - A combination of oils used during ancient times to increase the aura around the body, bringing a delicate sense of strength and protection while creating a feeling of wholeness in the realm of one’s own spirituality. It’s frequency protects against the bombardment of negative energy. Contents: bergamot, geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, rosewood, ylang ylang, spruce, hyssop, Melissa, and rose.

3 WISE MEN - Was formulated to open the subconscious mind to help release deep-seated trauma. This blend helps promote emotional equilibrium and an elevated spiritual consciousness. Contents: sandalwood, juniper, frankincense, myrrh, and spruce in a base of almond oil.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Create Your Environment

Essential oils offer us the unique opportunity of choosing and creating the environment in which we live. Purify the air, rid an area of unpleasant odors or change the atmosphere according to your mood.

  • The scent of pine, fir, and spruce are nice in the bathroom.
  • Relax in the bedroom with lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, geranium or frankincense.
  • Cleanse the air with orange, peppermint, lemon, or lavender.
  • Energize the working areas with lemon, spearmint, basil, and peppermint.
  • For a romantic evening try jasmine, rose, sandalwood or ylang ylang.


Chemical Free Pest Control

Pesticides are extremely toxic to pets and humans as well as insects. Shake up a few drops of oil in water in a pistol-grip squirt bottle for a healthy way to control pests.

ANTS
peppermint
spearmint

APHIDS
cedarwood
hyssop
peppermint
spearmint

BEETLES
peppermint
thyme

CATERPILLARS
spearmint
peppermint

CHIGGERS
lavender
lemongrass
sage
thyme

COCKROACH
Mix 10 drops peppermint and 5 drops cypress in ½ cup salt water. Shake well and spray.

CUTWORM
thyme
sage

FLEAS
peppermint
lemongrass
spearmint
lavender

FLIES
lavender
peppermint
rosemary
sage

GNATS
patchouli
spearmint

LICE
cedarwood
peppermint
spearmint

MOSQUITOES
eucalyptus radiata
peppermint
lavender
lemon
lemongrass

MOTHS
cedarwood
hyssop
lavender
peppermint
spearmint
patchouli

PLANT LICE
peppermint
spearmint

SLUGS
cedarwood
hyssop
pine

SNAILS
cedarwood
pine
patchouli

SPIDERS
peppermint
spearmint

TICKS
lavender
lemongrass
sage
thyme

WEEVILS
cedarwood
patchouli
sandalwood

 


A Brief Sampling of Emotional Applications

ANGER
cedarwood
Roman chamomile
frankincense
lavender
myrrh
orange
rose
sandalwood
ylang ylang

ANXIETY
orange
Roman chamomile
ylang ylang
lavender

CONCENTRATION
cedarwood
cypress
juniper
lavender
lemon
helichrysum
myrrh
peppermint
sandalwood

DEPRESSION
frankincense
lemon
sandalwood
geranium
lavender
orange
grapefruit

GRIEF/SORROW
bergamot
Roman chamomile
clary sage
eucalyptus globulus
juniper
lavender

MOOD SWINGS
bergamot
clary sage
sage
geranium
juniper
fennel
lavender
peppermint
rose
jasmine
rosemary CT cineol
lemon
sandalwood
spruce
ylang ylang

PAIN
peppermint
helichrysum
spruce
wintergreen or birch
ginger
clove
elemi
oregano
Douglas fir
Balsam fir
rosemary cineol

STRESS
lavender
Roman chamomile
blue tansy
German chamomile
marjoram
rose
sandalwood
frankincense
cedarwood


Sensual Aromatherapy - Oils as an Aphrodisiac

Since the olfactory nerves (the nerves in the nose) are directly connected to the limbic system of the brain, their stimulation by the aroma of essential oils causes immediate, although perhaps subconscious, physical and emotional responses.

The limbic system of the brain not only controls our drives of hunger, thirst, and sex, but more subtle responses of emotion, memory, creativity, and intuition as well as reproductive cycles. Olfactory membranes contain millions of nerve endings causing the sense of smell to be the most acute of all senses.

Inhaling oils triggers a chain of internal reactions with a wide range of results from the release of endorphins (powerful mood elevating substances) to boosting the immune system. Within the limbic system resides the regulatory mechanism of our highly sensitive inner life, the core of our being. Here is the origin of our sexuality, the impulse of attraction and aversion, motivation and our moods, our memory, and creativity.

Smells work in the limbic system to release neurotransmitters. Encephaline reduces pain, produces pleasant, euphoric sensations, and creates a feeling of well-being. Endorphins also reduce pain, stimulate sexual feelings, and produce a sense of well-being. Serotonin helps relax and calm.

The pituitary, also known as the master gland of the endocrine system, is responsible for controlling hormone production of other glands. There is an association between an underactive pituitary gland and a decreased interest in sex. Essential oils have the ability to stimulate the pituitary gland. Oils that stimulate the pituitary and, therefore, are considered an aphrodisiac are clary sage, jasmine, patchouli, and ylang ylang.

Aphrodisiacs are substances that are capable of enhancing sexual pleasure or sexual desire. Certain essential oils can be considered aphrodisiacs since they have the potential to affect the circulatory, hormonal, and the nervous systems. The best aphrodisiac will make use of the brain, since this is where the sexual center is located.

A blend of the erogenous, stimulating or calming, and euphoric essential oils would make a well-rounded aphrodisiac synergy. Jasmine is the most sought after fragrance in the perfume industry because it has a very erogenous effect on humans. Other oils that have been considered as having aphrodisiac properties are clary sage, black pepper, ginger, fennel, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, patchouli, pine rose, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Our erotic life is much influenced by odor. Pheromones, hormone-like substances in one’s personal odor, influence partner choice in humans as well as in animals. Since many essential oils contain pheromones, they affect our sensuality.

Personal attraction and aversion are always influenced by odor. Without the ability to smell there would be little attraction. As many as 25% of the people who experience smell disorders also lose interest in sex. Therefore, keeping your sinuses healthy could be the hidden key in creating a healthy sex life.

Fragrances can bewitch the most sober people. With a few essential oils you can create your own very personal, natural perfume that may not only improve your health, but attract that special person. To create a special perfume use jojoba which is a nondrying skin-care oil that allows a fragrance to linger longer. Fill a bottle nearly to the top with jojoba oil, and add the essential oil of your choice (15 to 20 drops). Enjoy!

 

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Author Bio :
Peggy Carey, The "Zest Lady" is a Wellness Coach, author, and designer of Zest Lady Aroma Pendants T. Peggy acquired the name "Zest Lady" because of her ageless and youthful living advice through her articles such as Pursuing Postmenopausal Zest. You can learn more about healing, the secret to longevity and being ageless, achieving optimum health and success, and Peggy's abundance manifesting and wellness tools at http://www.peggycarey.com. Her aromatherapy pendant can be purchased at http://www.zestladyaromapendants.com

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