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Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally

Updated on October 30, 2011

Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally is the second hub and a continuation to revealing some “must have” essential oils that individuals should consider keeping on hand for family emergencies and day to day mishaps.  If you have not read my first hub, Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing, it will provide you with a historical background of essential oils and some of my favorite oils to use to assist in healing.  Within this hub you will find more essential oils and more information to assist you in making “informed” choices to make when choosing a therapeutic essential oil. 

Choosing the Best Therapeutic Essential Oils

What IS on Labels?

  • Although most labels on essential oils will not tell you precisely concrete information; there should be at least a concentration warning, (i.e. “do not apply directly to skin” or “not for internal use”). Such warnings can be used to measure how adulterated (polluted) an essential oil may be.
  • If you find “nutritional facts” similar to those on the label of any food or supplement then you can believe that it should be safe to take internally because this most likely is the purest form of oil a manufacturer can produce.

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What’s NOT on Labels?

Essential oils are not considered under the Food and Drug Act in the United States. And this can have good and bad consequences. Hence, all therapeutic oils are not created equally. You would not want to purchase an oil labeled “100 % pure organic essential” only to learn later that 99% of the oil contains filler base oils, perfume, or synthetic esters. As discussed in my previous hub on essential oils, one must research and learn how to find the best therapeutic essential oils.

Only a few companies will display the actual scientific name of the herb on their labels. Most choose not to reveal their secret ingredient of their product. This you might say is the norm of most companies; however, you would not want to be purchasing substitute oil that possibly has a totally different medicinal property. A great example of this would be that the sale of Lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida ) being sold as Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ). It is true that lavandin can be made to mimic lavender however the medicinal qualities are way off. Real lavender helps to heal burns whereas lavandin will make a burn worse.

  • Another example is Oregano (Origanum compactum ) being sold as Marjoram (Origanum majorana ). Although oregano oil is very healthy for you and offers many health benefits; again, the medicinal qualities are not the same. So unlike purchasing a car where one might settle for a ‘look-like’ version an individual seeking true healing from therapeutic oil would not want to do so. The best way to avoid this situation is to find a reputable herbalist, naturopathist, or a specialist in alternative medicines to provide information and guidance, and of course research, research for yourself.

My Personal Experience

In the first hub, I revealed that it was an annoying earache that caused me to begin researching essential oils for their healing qualities in addition to using them for aromatherapy. Almost annually in the past I have developed at least one bad ear ache that takes over a month to heal and results in my going to a doctor to get antibiotics. Each time I have followed routine doctor’s orders of taking over the counter remedies of antihistamines and decongestants to control sinusitis, and NASIDs for pain and swelling. And each time I’ve developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) that made me miserable for another 2-3 months.

My research for the first hub revealed that the home remedy that the doctor recommended (over the counter antihistamines, decongestants, and NASIDs) caused the tinnitus. Well I’m happy to say that it has been ten days since I began using therapeutic essential oils for my ear ache and the pain and swelling is gone with only a small whisper of ringing in my ear presently. Probably had I not been on the doctor’s recommended remedy for ten days prior; I’m thinking that there would not have been a problem with the tinnitus in the first place. O.k. enough about me, now back by popular demand….

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for Healing

How to Administer

The above chart provided by the Young Living essential oils' website reveals the area on the body where therapeutic essential oils can be used. The most common ways therapeutic essential oils are administered are through the nose and the skin. There are numerous ways to inhale these oils into the body; i.e. a few drops in a hot bath, on a humidifier or light bulb, in melted wax from a burning candle, a handkerchief, or in a bowl of warm water.

As for the skin the essential oil products can be applied directly to the spot. Please remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, they should be diluted before being applied to the skin via oil-based mixtures, salves, creams or lotions, alcohol, or water-based tinctures.

Personally, prefer mixing with extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, a water-soaked cloth used as a compress, or a nice warm bath. I’ve discovered that by applying a tea tree oil compress directly to the back of my neck will eliminate the tension and swelling from an old neck and back injury caused by an accident. Whereas in the past, I would have to rely on a muscle relaxer to be ingested and wait for it to be systemically absorbed from my stomach (took at least 2 to 4 hours) to get relief. Now I’m receiving relief in about 10 to 15 minutes and within an hour all pain and swelling is gone.

Specific Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and Healing Qualities

There are numerous natural plants that can be manufactured into essential oils. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has named what they consider to be the top 10 essential oil products. Three of NAHA’s top l0 list was discussed on my first hub, titled Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing. Please see that hub to learn more about peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil; in addition to learning about the ‘miracle oil’ from the neem tree.

But before you go there let me share with you the other 7 essential oils that this association views as the ‘must-have’ healing oils:

1- 4 of NAHA's Top Ten List

Ylang Ylang - Cananga odorata

The essential oil of ylang-ylang is extracted from the fresh flowers of the ylang-ylang tree through steam distillation. This tree is an inhabitant of the rain forests located in certain islands in the Asia-Pacific i.e. Comoro, Indonesia, Java, Philippines, and Polynesia.

Health benefits of the Ylang Ylang are associated to its properties being an anti-depressant to drive away sadness, anti-seborrhoeic by reducing skin peeling resulting from eczema, anti-septic to treat wounds, aphrodisiac that helps reduce stress, and sedative to assist in calming nerves. It helps one to relax, can reduce muscle tension, and provides an individual with a sense of well being.

Geranium - Pelargonium graveolens

The stems and leaves of the Geranium plant is extracted through steam distillation to produce this essential oil. This flower is indigenous to various parts of southern Africa particularly South Africa. Helps to balance hormones in women and good for balancing the skin; can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant. Note – Women that are pregnant should not use this oil since it influences certain hormone secretions.

Health benefits from the Geranium natural oil are realized from its properties of being an astringent take can make muscles contract; cicastrisant to assist with acne and keeps skin free from scarring; cytophylactic to regenerate new cells; diuretic which increases urination; deodorant in aiding to reduce body odor; and acts as a tonic to tone up health internally (i.e. digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems, etc).

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia

The Latin name Lavare means “to wash” and lavender is known for giving the feeling of a clean aroma. Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. The steam distillation process is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant. This native plant ranges from across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, Arabia, India, the Mediterranean, and Southern Europe.

There are numerous health benefits include: the ability to remove nervous tension of headaches, migraines by acting as a tonic for the nervous system; relieves pain caused by sore muscles, rheumatism, backaches and etc.; disinfect scalp and skin possessing antiseptic and antifungal qualities; enhance blood circulation and assists in lowering blood pressure; and treats respiratory problems, i.e. colds, flu, sinus congestion and even tonsillitis.

Be sure to check the scientific name on this one because Lavender (Lavandula vera) : Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin, and can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant. However, may not provide all the other benefits listed above.

Lemon - Citrus limon

Lemon oil can be extracted by cold expression from the fresh fruit peel. The lemon tree can be looked upon as a small evergreen tree native to Asia that produces yellow fruit. This plant can be found in India, northern Burma, China, South and Southeast Asia, but also can be found in Europe near Italy in the first century AD.

Then health benefits of lemon essential oil attributes the qualities of anti-fungal, anti-infection, antiseptic, astringent, calming, carminative, detoxifying, disinfectant, and sleep inducing properties. Having these traits helps lemon oil to have the ability to treat stress disorders by removing mental fatigue and anxiety; fever, infections, and asthma by building the immune system through stimulation of white blood cells; overweight by reducing weight via reducing appetite to eat; insomnia through releasing nervous tension and negative emotions; skin disorders because it is astringent and detoxifying; stomach problems since it is carminative; and tiredness via the aroma being uplifting, stimulating and increases circulation.

5 - 7 of NAHA's Top Ten List

Clary Sage - Salvia sclarea

The extraction process for Carly Sage is the steam distillation process of the buds and leaves of the plant.  This herb is a native of Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, and the northern Mediterranean.  This natural pain killer, helpful s in treating muscular aches and pains; very relaxing, can help with insomnia, assist libido, and also is very helpful in balancing hormones.

The health benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant by reliving anxiety; anti convulsive by acting as a sedative for tense nerves; anti-bacterial curing infections in colon, intestines and urinary tract; aphrodisiac to increase sexual desires; carminative causing excessive gas to be eliminated; emenagogue easing painful menses and other irregular troubles; and euphoric by causing senses of immense joy, pleasure, and high spirits.

Roman Chamomile - Anthemus nobilis

Chamomile essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the chamomile flowering plant. This native flower can be found in Europe, North America, and Argentina. It is very relaxing, can help with sleeplessness and anxiety, also good for muscle aches and tension, and useful in treating wounds and infection.

Roman Chamomile properties are more calming, sedative, and a better emenagogue than German Chamomile that has the more powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to the compound Azulene.

Additional health benefits that are derived from the medicinal properties of this oil are: anti-biotic, anti-septic, disinfectant, bactericidal and vermifuge to fight off infections; emenagogue by helping to reducing menstrual problems; stomachic by promoting digestive juices; anti-rheumatic curing dysfunctions of the circulatory system; and tonic by nature thus toning up skink muscles, and internal organs.

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis

The final natural oil that I will discuss on this hub is mostly extracted from the leaves of the plant that belongs to the mint family.  This native herb plant can be located in the Mediterranean region.  Very stimulating and uplifting, good to help mental stimulation, in addition to stimulating the immune and digestive system, very good for muscle aches and tension.

The health benefits of this plant are numerous just like all the others.  Rosemary therapeutic essential oil can be used for mouth care as a mouth wash; hair care to help hair grow longer and stronger while eliminating a flaky scalp; stimulates mental activity; assists in pain relief of arthritis, sore muscles, and headaches; assist indigestion, flatulence and stomach cramps; and treat respiratory allergies, colds, and flu. 

8 - 10 of NAHA's Top Ten List and Conclusion

O.k. I apologize for the lengthiness of this hub, but again there are a lot of important things one should learn prior about the healing properties of therapeutic essential oils. Within this hub you have read about the importance of researching your essential oil company and knowing what to look for on the labels. Also, I’ve revealed to you how to apply these oils to the different locations on your body. In conclusion to Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally believe it or not I have enough additional info probably for another hub, if the interest remains popular for the last two articles. You can find the finally three (tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint) of the NAHA’s top ten list of essential oil products on my first hub titled Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing.

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician. If your doctor does not believe in alternative medicines and you would like to give them a try then find a reputable doctor, TCM specialist, certified herbalist or naturopathist familiar with alternative medicines that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.


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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Money Glitch,

      Recently a friend introduced me to Essential Oils, and I love them! I find they help calm me, and make the house smell wonderful when I use the diffuser. I washed my hardwood floors with lime oil, because they don't need much soap, or they get smudgy, but do need a little something in the water. They shone and smelled so good. My son is an elementary school teacher, and catches a lot of colds, all part of the deal. He also gets earaches a lot. What oil do you recommend for that? Maybe smelling the peppermint?

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      Fernanda 6 years ago

      So where do you usually buy your oils from to

      Make sure they are the real thing?

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      This one is copied on New Health Tips too. So far I've found 4 of mine, 2 of yours, 2 habee, 1 Lily Rose, couple more HP hubs and ezine articles.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      amybradley77 7 years ago

      Wonderful, that you are writing on these subjects!! I have been using them as a natural remedy to many ailments of my own for years now, including deppression, anxieties, even with virus's like strep throat, cold's flu's. These natural herbs and oils help so much and added with a doctor's medicine you can't really go wrong. Good work, I look forward to reading more. A.B.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      Marketing Path 7 years ago from Beaches Of Panama City Fl.

      Wonderful hub, and it's good to see so many mindset towards the use on these oils, I have a website for MRSA and will be helping those learn about quality oils to stop recurring infection and boosting immune system. Once again great hub I,m following, liked, useful and awesome and as time permits will be reading your other hubs.

      Essential oil distributor

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Jessy 7 years ago

      This is really neat stuff. I really would like to find something that does help me with some of my problems without having to go to a doctor for them. I feel that you are not always treated the right way at the doctor. Great information and I can not wait to read your fist post.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Rochelle Frank - Hi Rochelle, my grandmother was always using some type of herb for illnesses like your mom, I really wish granny was still living to pass on her wisdom to me. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @wicklesscandles -Hhhmmm, interesting combination, I will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for the reading and comments. :)

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      wicklesscandles 7 years ago

      I have been a big user of essential oils for a long time. I like to use eucalyptus and peppermint when I have a sinus problem. Works like a charm.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      This is a very interesting review of these products. I know my mom always used eucalyptus oil for congestion.. and I have recently 'discovered' tea tree oil for healing purposes.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Awesome Tyler, I agree with you that many drugs have side effects that can lead to other health issue. Natural is the way to go. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      tylercoop 7 years ago

      This is a great hub. I have been using more and more natural remedies. I have found that a lot of medications from the pharmacy cause side effects that are unplesant at least. So, whenever I can I have been using natural remedies. This hub is very informative and I have learned some new cures. Thanks

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Awe sorry to hear about the potential ear ache, but at least you have the ability to learn from my mistakes with the over counter drugs. Please be sure to check out the links highlighted in the words, "ear ache and tinnitus" right under the picture of the lady with the earache for hubs from other hubbers that was really helpful to me. Hope you are feeling better soon. :)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Money Glitch - what an amazing Hub you have. I am so happy that I stumbled here today cause I am feeling that same ear thing. You just saved me a lot of searching which oil I need. Natural Oils, why would anyone want to go anywhere else but straight to Mother Nature for whatever ailments we have. Bookmarked this. Rated it upwards, awesome and useful. Oophs, almost forgot beautiful. Your presentation, a true masterpiece!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @billyaustindillion - Thanks Billy for your support and comments. Let's win! :)

      @Smart Rookie - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @DebtFreedom - Thanks for sharing your thoughts about therapeutic essential oils and healing naturally. You are exactly correct that many essential oils should not be used by pregnant women. I've attempted to mention that in each of my essential oil hubs. Thanks again for commenting and the read. :)

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      Smart Rookie 7 years ago

      A lot of great information here on essential oils. I like the inclusion of pictures of the plants the oils are derived from.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I am a huge fan of Therapeutic Essential Oils and of Healing Naturally so you covered it all here - wow!

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      DebtFreedom 7 years ago

      Great Hub. Very informative. Thank you for it. I just wanted to mention though that pregnant women and those that are nursing should not use essential oils such as lavendar and tea tree oil because of their estrogen content. Estrogen can be passed to the baby (boy or girl)and in turn affects the baby's hormones and development.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @vocalcoach - Hello, Thanks for your kind comments I hope you enjoy the rest of the series also. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

      @oblio421 - You are welcome, and thanks for commenting. :)

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      oblio421 7 years ago

      Nice hub. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      The best article I have ever read on essential oils (and I have read a lot of them). I am eager to begin reading your other hubs and know that I will learn so much. Thank you and I wish you success in all that you do. Rated up and awesome!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi viking, that was something new that I learned as well. As a matter of fact this series of hubs has really taught me a lot about looking for remedies from nature prior to popping a pill. Thanks for the read. :)

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Therapuetic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally is a very useful and interesting hub. I didn't realise lavender was good for easing rhuematism. I will be bookmarking this too so that I can read it again

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the bookmarking Izzy, I am glad you found the hub informative. :)

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      What a brilliant hub! The information here is fantastic! I'm bookmarking this for future reference :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Jane, Check out the first hub title, Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing, the neem therapeutic essential oil is said to help with ezcema. Click on the link that I've provided there in the name "Neem" and you will find more info. Thanks for the read. :)

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      Again, another great hub on essential oils. Have you found one for skin conditions such as ezcema? j.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I agree katiem. I love the natural way of healing it just makes one feel better in the long run. Thanks for the hub love. Namaste :)

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Healing Naturally is always the option I use and really appreciate this fine information as I learned some helpful and new facts. Here's to healing naturally and using essential oils the natural answer. Peace :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @kaltopsyd - I agree Kaltopsyd, once you've learned the difference between the perfumy stuff compared to the therapeutic essential oils it is hard to use anything other than the oils. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @anglnwu - Brave??? Oooh I hope so! Thanks for your support. :)

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      MG, you're a brave soul, taking on the 60DC. Good luck and I know you'll do fabulously!

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I love therapeutic oils. They're more beneficial and they usually smell a whole lot better than gels, creams and ointments. Nice, informative Hub. Thanks.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the rating, you might notice that I just published another one. :0 I'm doing the 60DC return challenge and this is my first series. Wish me luck, I'm a little behind right now. Nice to see you! :)

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Very thorough with great explanation. I'm glad to find some of the herbs growing in my garden. Now, I should learn the art of steam distillation. Thanks again and rated awesome.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi K9, I am like you in that I can not wear a lot of manufacutered scents, very few. Where as I am learning to have fun with the essential oils peppermint being one of my favorites, as well. Now I know why some of the candles and other products in the past use to make my eyes water (they were not therapeutic essential oils). Thanks for commenting and the rating. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @lakeerieartists - Hi, lakeerieartists, I'm sensitive like that as well. And some scents most the flowery kind make my nose itch too; due to me having seasonal allergies. It is like K9 has noted the 'pure, natural, 100 percent, therapeutic aromas are less likely to make your nose itch or cause adverse reactions.

      However, if they do just stay away from those type of essential oils. In my next hub you will see that there is such a variety of these oils that you most likely can find one that agrees with your nose and of great benefit. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Therapuetic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally is the only way to go! I am sensative to so many aromas, but I sem to find that the Essential oils don't cause me the problems that many manufaturers of 'designer' scents do. Maybe the natural way they are extracted? Peperment has always been my favorite of any aroma! Clear and complete information here, I am impressed with your research. Up and useful without adoubt.


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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Morgan F - Hi Morgan, remember in school when the teacher repeated something twice that meant it was going to be on the test? LOL! No seriously it was a big late night typo, thanks for calling it to my attention. Thanks for the read. :)

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This has a lot of very thoroughly researched information. One of my problems when dealing with any scents is that my nose is quite sensitive to scents, and I really can only handle very mild scents like vanilla, and a few of nut scents, and once in a while mango. The rest make my nose itch. Any suggestions?

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      Morgan F 7 years ago from USA

      Very informative hub Money Glitch. I just wanted to point out a typo here in the 2nd paragraph of "What's NOT on Labels" you repeat the sentence, "As discussed in my previous hub on essential oils, one must research and learn how to find the best therapeutic essential oils. As discussed in my previous hub on essential oils, one must research and learn how to find the best therapeutic essential oils."

      Just thought I'd let you know, but as I said great series of hubs and I voted up!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Jasper, I glad that you found this hub informative when time permits be sure to check out the rest of my aromatherapy essential oil bubs. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      jasper420 7 years ago

      very informational i think i have a better understanding towards herbal medications and the natural way thanks so much for a great hub i will defintly try some of this stuff out sounds promising


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