Essential Oils

Essential oils are powerful allies that protect us from the ravages of modern lifestyles. Clinical research shows a vast array of healing activities of essential oils.

The Ventura Spinal Care Center utilizes essential oils as part of your health transformation treatment in our office.

Some of the powerful benefits of essential oils are listed below:

1. Affect The Psyche

The aroma of essential oils trigger physiological and psychological responses. They lift our moods, aid in fighting mild to moderate depression, increase alterness, calm aggresive behavior, and help us deal with trauma. Essential oils also lower anxiety, increase memory, and even affect our dreams.

  • lavender, orange, bergamot, rose, jasmine

2. Support Immune Function

Researchers suggest that certain essential oil constituents mimic human immunoglobulin. Essential oils constituents may also elevate leves of lymphocytes and stimulate the immune system.

  • German chamomile, clove, mountain savory, lemon

3. Supply Potent Antimicrobials

In an age where antibiotics are failing due to excessive use, we turn to the plant kingdom for help. Research indicates that essential oils are highly effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Studies find that essential oils are even effective against the superbug, methicillin resistant staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) – a bacteria that has mutated so much that it is resistant to most antibiotics, including penicillin.

  • tea tree, geranium, clove, melissa, eucalyptus, rosemary

4. Provide Natural Pain Relief

Essential Oils may be gently massaged into sore and tired muscles or made into a compress and applied with heat. They may also enhance the production of endorphines and activate neurotranmitters in the brain that alleviate pain.

  • balsam fir, black pepper, peppermint, ginger, lavender, wintergreen
5. Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the root of most chronic diseases. Inflammation is caused by several conditions, including bacteria, poor diet, injuries, reaction to chemicals, and hormonal imbalances. Essential oils possess potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  • German chamomile, fennel, balsam fir, peppermint, herlichrysum, wintergreen, juniper, thyme

6. Ease Stress And Anxiety

Excessive tension, stress, and anxiety are all emotions often associated with chronic illnesses, including cancer. Forty million Americans experience an episode of impairment due to anxiety each year. Essential oils are known to soothe the soul, bringing calmness, peace, and balance without negative side effects.

  • lavender, frankincense, clary sage, bergamot, melissa, vetiver, sandalwood, Roman chamomile

7. Decrease Insomnia

In 1988, the International Journal of Aromatherapy stated, “Lavender Beats Benzodiazepines.” Lavender is reported to promote sleep, enhance relaxation, and decrease anxiety. Pure lavender can be sprinkled on a pillowcase to promote peaceful sleep. Other essential oils may also be beneficial as sleep aids.

  • lavender, valerian, Roman chamomile, frankincense, marjoram, clary sage, cistus

8. Rejuvenate Skin

For thousands of years essential oils have restored, rejuvenated, and improved the appearance of damaged, wrinkled skin. Modern use improved a number of skin conditions including acne, clogged pores, dry skin, eczema, freckles, and stretch marks.

  • lavender, Roman chamomile, German chamomile, geranium, sandalwood, Idaho tansy, tea tree, patachouli, frankincense, myrrh, helichrysum

9. Protect Against Colds And Influenza

Because of their antimicrobial actions, essential oils help protect against colds and flu, and are highly effective for respiratory support. Essential oils inhaled, taken in cough syrups, and taken internally strongly affect lung, ear, nose, and throat problems.

  • lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, frankincense, ravensara

10. Soothe Digestive Disorders

Essential oils are soothing and effective for digestion when rubbed onto the abdominal area. Small amounts, taken internally, provide relief for nausea, indigestion, heartburn, gas, diarrhea, and irritable bowel disease.

  • peppermint, ginger, fennel, basil, patchouli, chamomile, clary sage

11. Improve The Circulatory System

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to every body cell. A healthy vascular system is free of clots, arteriosclerosis, and broken veins. Essential oils promote a healthy circulatory system.

  • cypress, German chamomile, myrtle, helichrysum, grapefruit, bay, basil, ylang ylang, spikenard

12. Promote Optimal Endocrine Function

The endocrine system is an interconnected dance of glands and hormones. If one member of this delicate system lose pace with the rest, all become stressed. Essential oils bring balance to glands such as the thyroid, pituitary, pineal, ovaries, testes, and adrenals.

  • clary sage, fennel, myrrh, pine, lemongrass, balsam fir

13. Support The Urinary System

The eighth edition of Useful Drugs, published by the American Medical Association in 1930, listed a number of essential oils that were rubbed into the kidney area or taken internally (1-2 drops) to help with common urinary, kidney, and bladder infections.

  • orange, oregano, tea tree, juniper, rosemary

14. Soothe Burns, Sunburns, Minor Cuts, And Scrapes

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse (1881-1950), the father of aromatherapy, tells of an explosion in his laboratory that covered his arms in severe burns for soothing the skin. He rinsed the burns with lavender essential oils, and they began healing the very next day. Essential oils are also very antiseptic and cleansing to minor cuts and scrapes. Essential oils, with the addition of aloe vera, are very effective.

  • lavender, geranium, marjoram, tea tree, rose

15. Support Muscles And Bones

Muscles make up approximately 50 percent of our body weight. Our skeleton consists of approximately 206 bones. This framework enables movement and protects our vital organs. When stressed or overworked, this system becomes stiff and painful. Essential oils applied to the affected area offer strong muscular and skeletal support.

  • black pepper, peppermint, wintergreen, bay, rosemary

16. Provide Oral And Dental Care

More bacteria live on the back of the tongue than any other part of the body, and proper cleaning and flossing can do much more than protect the teeth. Research indicates that oral bacteria can cause heart disease. Essential oils are often major ingredients in mouthwash and dental care products that help kill microbes that cause tooth decay.

  • mountain savory, clove, tea tree, myrrh, thyme, peppermint

17. Nourish And Strengthen Hair

Many hair care products contain harmful ingredients, such as propylene glycol (antifreeze) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the main chemical in degreasers. SLS may corrode hair follicles and impair hair growth. SLS is stored in fatty tissues of the heart, liver, lungs, and brain. Essential oils are effective for hair rejuvenation and make excellent hair care product ingredients.

  • sandalwood, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemon, lavender, sage, cedarwood

18. Improve Mental Clarity

One of the greatest fears of the aging population are the loss of mind, forgetfulness, or dementia. Essential oils have a profound impact on keeping the mind alert and focused.

  • frankincense, sandalwood, cedarwood, lavender, helichrysum, orange, peppermint, rosemary

19. Protect Against Cancer

A vast amount of research indicated that constituents of essential oils may play a major role in cancer prevention and act as an adjunct to cancer therapies. Numerous studies on essential oils seem promising for specific types of cancer.

  • frankincense, lemon, orange, lemongrass, clary sage, bergamot, helichrysum, clove, tsuga, lavender

20. Provide Safe And Natural Alternatives To Household Cleaners

Research points to common household cleaners as a possible reason for the 55 percent increase in cancer or women who work as homemakers. Powerful antimicrobial activities of essential oils make them a natural alternative to chemical household cleaners and disinfectants.

  • clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree

For more information about how to use essential oils to enhance your health and energize your life, call (805) 648-7987 for the date and time of the next Essential Oil informational gathering at the Ventura Spinal Care Center.

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