I am a big advocate and user of essential oils, both personally and in my practice. I work daily with essential oils on clients and see the effects of their inherent powerful life force. We know that the chemical structure of an essential oil is such that it rapidly penetrates our cell membranes. From there it travels through our blood and thereby improves cellular function. The key is in the concentration. They can be from 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated then the plant itself and are therefore more potent.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, based on Traditional Chinese medicine, we are in the Wood element cycle, which governs the Liver and Gallbladder. Some of the essential oils that can help support these organs and help us create harmony and balance within ourselves are Rosemary, Lemon, cypress, thyme, sage and lavender.
Rosemary an “Herb of goodness,” with its medicinal properties as a tonic and stimulant to the nerves and circulation, make it an ideal remedy to combat depression and general fatigue. Rosemary also increases the blood flow to the head, which helps the memory and concentration. It is also regarded as a traditional digestive remedy to ease symptoms related to the liver.
Lemon is thought to help with issues like colic, insomnia, and anxiety. With being rich in Limonene, a chemical found in the peel of citrus fruits and other plants, it is used to promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer. Lemon oil has been used in skin care to reduce wrinkles and combat acne.
Cypress is to be known for bringing skin back to life. It shares its name with the island of Cypress, where it is used for worship. It creates a sense of security and grounding. It is used to heal emotional trauma and helps in general life flow better. Due to its circulatory benefits and strengthening of the blood capillaries, Cypress oil can wake up your dry and dull skin just in time for spring.
Thyme, the oil of the Egyptians. It was used by them for embalming. The word “thyme” has been derived from the Greek word “thumus,” which means courage. Given its anti-aging, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, thyme oil can protect your skin from sores, wounds, rashes and even cuts. And since thyme also acts as an antioxidant, it can slow down the aging process and gives your skin a healthy and glowing look.
Sage, the sacred herb by the ancient Romans. It is used to strengthening the vital centers and supporting the metabolism. It has found its way in modern skin care products to treat certain skin conditions, like reducing inflammation associated with acne, reducing both dry and oily skin.
Lavender, an herb to be known for its calming and soothing effects on the nerves. It is one of the most versatile essential oils, because it finds it use for physical as well as emotional issues. Some of the health benefits of Lavender include relieve of muscle tension, rheumatism, backache, treating psoriasis and eczema, inducing sleep, thus makes it an alternative treatment for insomnia. It can be helpful in treating migraines, headaches and depression.
Essential oils desk reference, fourth edition, by essential science Publishing
The complete illustrated book of Herbs by Readers Digest