How Essential Oils Improve Health

Essential Oils

People have always use essential oils in healing remedies. Have you ever got a whiff of a smell that immediately threw your thoughts back to your 7th birthday party or some other important time in your life? Scents have a powerful ability to affect our physical being and our emotional state.

Essential oils are extracted from plants by the use of distillation, the method used to remove impurities from water. Fresh plants or flowers are placed in a compartment and steam under pressure releases the essential oils.

If you ever wondered why essential oils are so expensive, it takes several hundred pounds of flowers or plants to produce a small amount of essential oil.

Once extracted, this precious essential oil if ready to be used to treat medical conditions, such as headaches, depression, anxiety and healing through therapeutic message and in cosmetics. You can also place a few drops of essential oil into a hot bath to help to calm your mood and release unwanted stress.

Bergamont Essential Oil

Essential oils, can be used by placing a few drops on a cloth or tissue and the fragrance inhaled. This provides a fast absorption into your system and you can have an immediate affect depending of what oils you are using.

Bergamot essential oil is great to use when you want to feel energized, uplifted and is helpful for depression. It has been used in Italian native medicine for hundrends of years. Bergamont can be used with massage or in bathwater, to ease pain associated with shingles and chicken pox in children.

Pepperment Essential Oil

Peppermint can be use for stress related problems, anxiety and problems associated with addiction.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties an can be use to apply to stiff joints, aching feet or to treat fungal an bacterial infection.  Peppermint works as a diuretic and can be used to relieve water retention and menstrual discomfort.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood oil can be used for increasing mental focus and soothing the nerves. It also is on of the oils used by Egyptian in the prepare of the dead for burial. Cedarwood is used in cosmetics, and in insect repellents. You have heard of protecting valuable garments by placing them in a cedarwood chest. Other uses:

  • respiratory infection
  • kidney problems
  • rheumatism
  • arthritis
  • rashes

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense has been use for thousands of years as incense in worship. The bible often speaks of frankincense and its aroma flowing up to God. It also has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and slows breathing.  It has benefits to the respiratory system and is good to sooth head cold and sinus problems. Frankincense has property that help balance skin properties and aid in minimizing the development of scar tissue.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon acts to stimulate the circulatory system, clears the mind and refreshes. It can be use topically to cleanse and brighten the skin. Lemon essential oil also helps to relieve arthritis migraines, clear acne, sore throats, ease asthma symptoms, stimulate blood flow and can help to lower blood pressure. Lemon essential oils can be place in a vaporized to help


Lavender, is a very common fragrance. It is relaxing soothes muscles, calms the mind and help you sleep better. Lavender is therapeutic as an antidepressant, a digestive aid, helps with nausea and gas.

It also can be used to relive the pain associate with rheumatism, arthritis and general aches and pains. It helps to tone skin soothe sunburn ,insect bites and minor wounds.


1. Do not apply essential oils to the skin with first diluting. Except when using lavender or tea tree oil.

2. Be cautious when using essential oils around an open flame as they are flammable.

Note: These methods have been used for hundreds of years, with success; but are not to be substituted for professional medical care for illness.

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Comments 6 comments

Lori 2 years ago

Love your unbiased (brand orientated) post on essential oils just what I've been looking for.

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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Excellent hub. Thanks!

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

They are so powerful you don't need to use much! Thanks SwiftlyClean!

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SwiftlyClean 6 years ago from Texas

Oils are the best way to relax and refresh a room and change the mood.I use them always.

Great hub!

Peace and God Bless!

Sharon Smith

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Oh wow Korea, how exciting! There is so much to learn about essential oil, it really is an art form. Thanks for stopping by!

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

My sister returned from Korea with my first essential oil gift. It was lotion made from grape seed oil. I love it! I am going to get peppermint oil next. Of course the more I learn, the more oils I want to purchase. (smile) The info on frankincense oil was something new, I'm very familiar with the scriptural reference but didn't know there was an essential oil available. Thanks for the informative article.

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