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Mon, April 1, 2013
What Essential Oils are Essential?
Essential oils have a number of properties that are healing in many ways, but there are some oils that I believe are considered truly “essential”. I use Young Living Oils exclusively, for reasons I’ve discussed previously on the site, and some of those oils are discussed here. You may have your own favorites. (For anyone interested in Young Living oils, their Essential Seven kit includes: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon Joy, PanAway, Peace and Calming, and Purification. These oils have been chosen because they can help alleviate some of the most common maladies and have multiple purposes.)
Below is additional information for my list of must-have essential oils:
  1. Lavender
  2. Lemon
  3. Peppermint
  4. Joy*
  5. PanAway*
  6. Purification*
  7. Peace and Calming*
  8. R.C.*
  9. Frankincense
  10. Valor*
*  The above blend oils are specifically Young Living.
  1. Lavender
Lavender is known for its tissue regeneration properties and can be used on burns, cuts, abrasions and acne.  It also can have a relaxing and calming effect both physically and mentally and improve concentration. University of Miami researchers discovered that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves which indicates an increase in relaxation. It also decreased depression, and improved cognitive ability.

Lavender oil is contained in several of Young Living oil blends but not any of the Essential Seven blends. “Oilers” or oil enthusiasts, have an unwritten code to use lavender as a so-called “default oil” since it has multiple applications and even if it might not be the number one choice for a particular health challenge it is likely that it will help improve symptoms until you are able to obtain a more suitable oil.
  1. Lemon
Lemon oil has been found to kill meningococcus bacteria, typhoid bacilli, staphylococcus  aureas,  pneumococcus, diphtheria and tuberculosis bacteria. It can be used to cleanse the skin, combat acne and promote clarity of thought. Limonene, a key constituent in lemon oil, has been studied in over 50 clinical trials for its ability to interfere with tumor growth. University researchers in Japan discovered that diffusing lemon oil in an office setting decreased errors by as much as 54%.

It is advised that one avoid applying lemon oil to the skin if exposure to sunlight is likely within 24 hours. Lemon oil is one of the ingredients in Young Living’s Essential Seven blend, Joy. I use the lemon oil on my furniture for cleaning and also get to enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits. Additionally I sprinkle a few drops in my water and enjoy a refreshing drink.
  1. Peppermint
Peppermint is often used to relieve digestive upset, headaches, and for mental stimulation as well as sinus relief. Dr. William N. Dember of Cincinnati discovered that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental function by 28 percent. It is presumed to have been included in the “Marseilles Vinegar” by grave robbing thieves during the 15th century plague.  Dr. Alan Hirsch has studied peppermint’s ability to stimulate the brain’s satiety center to decrease appetite.

It also has been found to improve or restore the sense of smell by stimulating the trigeminal nerve. As a massage therapist, if my client’s nose is congested I have them dab some peppermint oil under their nose and soon they are breathing clearly. It is included in Young Living’s PanAway blend.
  1. Joy
Young Living’s oil blend, Joy contains rose, bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang, lemon, geranium, jasmine, palmarosa, roman chamomile, and rosewood. Rose oil has the highest frequency of any essential oil, helping to increase well-being and a sense of balance. Most rose oils today are solvent extracted which is inferior to Young Living’s steam distillation process. It is the most expensive oil in Young Living’s collection since it is said to take a ton of rose petals to make one pound of rose oil. 

Mandarin helps combat insomnia and irritability while ylang ylang balances male and female energies.  Geranium is a nerve stimulant, helping to release negative memories and jasmine renews spirits. Palmarosa improves the nervous and cardiovascular system while roman chamomile decreases restlessness and tension. Rosewood’s high linalool content has a relaxing effect. This blend has had a profound affect on people struggling with depression, bipolar, and anxiety.  Whenever I feel like I need a little pick-me-up emotionally, this is the oil that I select.
  1. PanAway
PanAway is used to alleviate pain and inflammation, increase circulation, and speed healing. It includes helichrysum which is a powerful anesthetic and analgesic, and wintergreen which is an anti-inflammatory and an antispasmodic. It also contains clove oil which is often used in the dental industry to numb gums and alleviate pain but also has the highest antimicrobial and antiseptic content of all the essential oils. It is also one of the oils reputed to be part of the “Marseilles Vinegar” mentioned earlier in this article. It also contains peppermint oil whose benefits have previously been listed. My family members and clients have used it get relief from knee pain, back pain, headaches, and arthritis pain.
  1. Purification
Purification is used to cleanse the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke, and other odors. It can be used along with your laundry detergent to add a fresh smell to your clothes. It also can be used to disinfect cuts, scrapes, and bites from spiders, bees, hornets and wasps. It can be used on your pets to reduce skin irritation from bug bites. It contains citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca, and myrtle. These oils are known for either their antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic, or insecticidal properties. I was very grateful to have Purification with me recently on vacation to ward off the insects that had climbed into my bed!
  1. Peace and Calming
Peace and Calming contains blue tansy, patchouli, tangerine, orange, and ylang ylang.  The esters and aldehydes in tangerine are calming while the sesquiterpenes in patchouli stimulate the limbic system in the brain, creating a grounding and centering experience. Citrus has been documented to combat depression and enhance immunity. Blue tansy helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system while it calms negative emotions. I had my niece’s children over for a sleep over and they were over stimulated well past midnight. I  applied Peace and Calming to their feet and they were asleep in minutes. Needless to say, my niece purchased a bottle immediately. This oil is my son’s favorite and was the only oil he requested to take with him to college.
  1. R.C.
My personal favorite for the cold season is R.C. which contains eucalyptus globules, radiata, australiana and citradora, myrtle, spruce, marjoram, lavender, cypress and peppermint. It helps reduce infections in the throat and lungs such as rhinoparyngitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, bronchitis and the flu.  It helps keep the sinus clear, acting as a mucolytic (thinning of mucus) and antiviral, antibacterial, and expectorant.  I have had family members get relief from sinus infections and sinus headaches using R.C. and their relief is immediate and long lasting. I personally use R.C. whenever I feel any kind of sinus congestion and it helps me to ward off the onset of a headcold.
  1. Frankincense
I also would recommend having Frankincense on hand for spiritual upliftment and for painful injuries. My nephew dropped a heavy folding table on his toes and was frantic with pain. He refused to let me touch his foot but allowed me to rub some oil on his palm. Within minutes he was leaping off his mother’s lap and back at play. My husband also dropped a heavy object on his foot and when he applied the frankincense, he reported that the throbbing pain subsided.
  1. Valor
Valor is the oil I use the most frequently in my massage practice. It has a delicious aroma that never fails to bring enthusiastic remarks from my clients. It is known for its grounding quality and for helping balance energies. It helps the body to re-align, earning its nickname “chiropractor in a bottle”. Many chiropractors use valor prior to doing an adjustment to help ease the vertebrae into place. It contains rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense, and spruce.  Rosewood is antispasmodic as well as antibacterial, antifungal and anti-infectious. Spruce is used to reduce discomfort from arthritis, rheumatism, and sciatica as well as sinus or respiratory infections. It was used by the Lakota Indians to strengthen their ability to communicate with the Great Spirit.
As I mentioned in my first CoSozo article, essential oils are heterogenetic, which means they have a wide range of applications and can be used for multiple purposes.  The chemistry of the oil determines the balance of therapeutic applications they possess. You will notice several of the oil blends mentioned contain some of the same oils because of their heterogenetic properties.
To begin using the oils, first obtain some basic information and then experiment with various combinations and application protocols and observe your body’s response. It is often the case that subsequent applications will be necessary in the case of an injury or illness and if you respond positively to an essential oil, continue usage until the health challenge is resolved. While you can obtain a lot of information about oils over the internet, application protocols and interactions between various oils can be complex and are best learned from a workshop or textbook setting.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and for anointing ceremonies and have rightfully claimed the title “essential”. In this generation of prescription and over the counter medication with serious to mild side effects, it is a blessing to have a remedy that helps boost the body’s natural defenses and ease the symptoms during the healing process. Essential oils are a simple and easy alternative that can improve health, speed recovery, and increase feelings of well-being.

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