Aromatherapy doesn’t exactly fall under the category of “Nutrition” but, it’s useful information.

Aromatherapy can be a very powerful healing aid; depression, burns, wounds, etc.

When shopping for essential oils look for the labeling: genuine, authentic, and premium as everything else probably has additives or is less potent. Dilute oil when applying to skin; use the following to dilute:

Carrier Oils
• Apricot Kernel Oil
• Sunflower Oil
• Soy Oil
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Avacado Oil
• Jojoba Oil
• Wheat Germ Oil

OILS TO HAVE AT HOME

BASIL
• Decreases sinus congestion
• Soothes GI tract
• Aids Digetstion
• Decreases headaches
• Decrease anxiety
• Decreases menstrual cramps

BERGAMOT
• Decreases anxiety
• Decreases depression
• Urinary antiseptic
• Acne
• Disinfectant for wounds, abscesses, boils

CEDARWOOD
• Decreases respiratory congestion and coughs
• Loosens mucous in lungs
• Decreases pain and swelling of arthritis
• Antifungal for skin rashes

CHAMOMILE
• Soothes muscle aches, sprains, swollen joints
• GI antispasmodic
• Rub on abdomen for colic, indigestion, gas
• Decreases anxiety
• Decreases stress related headaches
• Decreases insomnia (ok to use with children)

CLARY SAGE
• Induces sleep
• Increases sense of well-being
• Massage or warm compress for menstrual cramps (DO NOT USE if pregnant)

CORIANDER
• Improves digestion
• Decreases colic
• Decreases diarrhea
• Decreases muscle aches and stiffness in joints
• Decreases mental fatigue
• Increases memory and mental function

CYPRESS
• Decreases rheumatic aches
• Decreases bruising and/or varicose
• Respiratory antispasmodic—decreases asthma and coughing (place couple drops on rag)


ELEMI
• Boosts immune system
• Speeds bone healing (massage prior to casting)
• Increases healing of cuts, sores, wounds
• Cools inflamed skin
• Can be a sedative

EUCALYPTUS
• Feels cool to skin and warm to muscles
• Decreases fever
• Relieves pain
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antiseptic/Antiviral
• Boosts immune system
• Inhaled as steam calms respiratory system

FRANKINCENSE
• Bronchodilatory (gets rid of mucous)
• Deepens breathing to induce calmness
• Incense creates a state conducive to prayer


GERANIUM
• Antibacterial
• Insecticidal
• Antidepressant
• Improves yeast infections
• First aid on minor cuts and burns

GINGER
• Wards off colds
• Calms upset stomach
• Decrease nausea
• Soothes sprains and muscle spasms

GREEN APPLE
• Reduces headache severity
• Decreases anxiety
• Aids in weight reduction
• Reduce symptoms of claustrophobia

JASMINE
• Uplifting and stimulating
• Antidepressant
• Massage abdomen and lower back for menstrual cramps

JUNIPER
• Calming
• Decreases stress
• Diuretic
• Decreases muscle aches and pains

LAVENDER
• Calming
• Sedative
• Decreases insomnia
• Decreases headache (massage around temples)
• Inhale to speed recovery from colds/flu
• Decreases congestion (massage into chest)
• Heals burns (topical treatment leaving zero scarring)

LEMONGRASS
• Sedative
• Skin antiseptic for acne


MARJORAM
• Decreases insomnia
• Decreases tension
• Decreases muscle and joint pain
• Clears sinuses and congestion (inhale)
• Decreases menstrual cramps (massage abdomen)


NEROLI
• Gentle sedative for insomnia and panic attacks
• Decreases irritable bowel syndrome (massage abdomen)

ORANGE
• Decreases anxiety
• Decreases GI antispasmodic for colic and indigestion
• Decreases constipation (massage abdomen)

PEPPERMINT
• Increases alertness
• Decreases colic and indigestion
• Decreases headache (massage on temples)
• Decongestant for colds/flu


PETITGRAIN
• Great for acne and oily skin
• Decreases muscle spasms
• Gentle sedative

ROSE
• Antidepressant
• Increases alertness
• Decreases eye strain and headaches (use as compress)
• Decreases PMS (massage on body)

ROSEMARY
• Stimulating
• Increase circulation to skin
• Decreases swollen joints (use as compress)
• Decreases respiratory congestion
• Antifungal/antibacterial
• Deodorizes the air

SANDALWOOD
• Calms and cools the body
• Decreases inflammation
• Decreases sore throat, congestion (drop onto rag and inhale)
• Improves chapped/dry skin
• Increases a sense of peace in meditation/prayer

TEA TREE
• First-aid kit in a bottle: Antifungal, great for athletes foot or ring worm
• Soothes insect bites and stings
• Soothes wounds
• Cures yeast infection (place in bath)
• Decreases coughs and congestion (place drops in a rag)


VETIVER
• Stimulates production of red blood cells – increasing circulation
• Induces restful sleep
• Decreases tension

YLANG YLANG
• Soothes Central nervous system
• Decreases depression
• Increases euphoric mood
• Decreases blood pressure
• Regulates respiration
• Calms heart palpitations

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