Essential Oils have been used throughout human history for medicinal treatments, religious ceremonies, beauty care, pest control around the house or garden and have also been used to promote mental health care. Using essential oils can enhance your mood, boost your immune response, prevent or stunt bacteria growth and thwart viral spread.
Using essential oils can help you to remain calm and to relax. Some oils can aid digestion and help stop seasonal and environmental attacks. There are oils that promote a healthier immune response and help build stronger, healthier muscles and joints. Oils can also contribute to healthy skin and help your skin heal when it has been injured.
Both copaiba balsam and copaiba oil are used to make medicine. People take copaiba balsam for treating bronchitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea, and bladder infections and other urinary tract infections (UTIs). They also take it as a stimulant. In foods and beverages, copaiba balsam is used as an ingredient.
Geranium essential oil has been used to treat health conditions for centuries. There is scientific data indicating that it may be beneficial for a number of conditions, such as anxiety, depression, infection, and pain management. It is thought to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps.
Lemongrass oil can be extracted, and it is been used by healthcare providers to treat digestive problems and high blood pressure. It has many other potential health benefits, too. In fact, lemongrass essential oil is a popular tool in aromatherapy to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oil is abundant in aldehydes, particularly citral (geranial and neral). As such, it is anti-microbial, possesses an intensely lemony aroma and is great for use in diffuser blends and for use in household cleaning formulations. It is a wonderful choice for use in helping to combat odors.
Orange essential oil can be used for a variety of applications that range from lifting mood and reducing stress to adding a fresh, citrusy aroma to a room. Research has shown that orange essential oil may have several benefits. Some examples include antimicrobial activity, pain relief, and anticancer properties.
Peppermint oil has a wide variety of uses. For example, it can be used as: a treatment for a variety of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, and other digestive issues, as well as the common cold and headaches. a topical application for relief from itching, muscle pain, and headache. However, the mechanism of action is still unknown, but it is hypothesized that the scents of peppermint can stimulate the areas of the brain responsible for alertness (e.g., brain’s reticular activating system)
Pine essential oil is also touted as having anti-inflammatory effects. In theory, such effects could do two things: Ease symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. Alleviate pain from related health conditions, such as arthritis and muscle pain.
In ancient Greece and Rome, rosemary was thought to strengthen memory (5). Research indicates that inhaling rosemary oil helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical important for thinking, concentration and memory. If you want to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, rosemary oil is a great choice thanks to its ability to improve cellular generation. According to one study, rosemary oil performed as well as minoxidil, a common hair growth treatment, but with less scalp itching as a side effect.
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial. Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, lice, nail fungus and insect bites.
Ylang ylang essential oil is also used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve mood, and enhance libido. In addition, ylang ylang essential oil is said to act as a natural insect repellent, promote wound healing and diminish the appearance of scars when applied to the skin.
A sampler set of oils can be purchased here!
**The opinions expressed by Liam Avanti Culture Select Organic (LACSOrganic) has not been evaluated or endorsed by the FDA or any other private or public entity. This information is in no way intended to replace certified medical advice or medical care. LACSOrganic is an independent, privately run business separate from any other organization. None of this information is intended to substitute advice and care of a medical professional. Use any of the oils, whether aromatically or topically at your own risk.
*Information about the properties of each oil was compiled from various sources including internet content.
Essential oils listed here as well as others sold by LACSOrganic are not intended for ingestion.
Essential oils that are intended for ingestion will be labeled as such. Otherwise, LACSOrganic does not recommend ingestion of essential oils. These oils are very powerful and extreme care must be used if you intend to ingest them. Again, none of the oils sold by LACSOrganic are intended for ingestion. Any oils intended for ingestion must be marked and labeled to show FDA approval.
The two main ways to use essential oils are aromatically & topically.
Aromatic application simply means smelling the aroma of essential oils to receive therapeutic benefits. It is a powerful way to affect memory, hormones, and emotions. It involves the olfactory system and helps manage mood and emotions.
Here are some options for aromatic use of the essential oils.
- Inhale directly from the bottle
- Place a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball
- Use an aromatherapy diffuser
- Place a few drops on a diffuser necklace and wear around neck
You can also use the oils topically.
Dilute essential oils before applying to the skin. Using a carrier oil slows evaporation as most essential oils evaporate rapidly. They will remain liquid for longer when used with a carrier oil and have more time to absorb into your skin or scalp.
Here are some carrier oils that can be used. By using them in combination, you will get the benefit of both the essential oil and the carrier oil.
- Jojoba oil (wax)
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Argan Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Shea Butter
Using a carrier oil also makes it easier to apply the essential oil over a larger area or your skin or scalp.