Last Modified on Mar 24, 2014
Essential oils have gained popularity in recent years. Ranging in use from perfumes, cosmetics and bath products to food and drink flavorings, essential oils are also effective household cleaning products and health treatments. Known as an essential oil largely because the oil contains the “essence” of the plant from which it was derived, these oils have a variety of applications and uses.
What are Essential Oils?
An essential oil can be defined as a natural aromatic compound that is derived from the seeds, bark, stem, root, flower or any other part of a plant. In addition to the pungent fragrance of essential oils, these aromatic compounds also play a part in protection and health of the plant. However, the benefits of these oils extend beyond benefiting the plants.
Essential oils have many therapeutic and medicinal benefits that have been used throughout culture. As such, essential oils are an important component of holistic medicine and balanced wellness. Different oils are used for supporting health in different ways; however, the benefits range from fighting infection to reducing inflammation and even relieving pain.
Most Common Essential Oils
Every plant contains essential oils that contribute to health in some way; however, some oils are used more commonly than others. While not the only ones, eucalyptus, jasmine and lavender essential oils are among the most common. These oils have potent effects that relieve specific conditions and encourage health.
From the eucalyptus tree, eucalyptus oil has a powerful scent that is easy to recognize. Eucalyptus is known as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and a stimulant. As such, it is often used to treat respiratory disease, migraines, fevers, muscle aches and pains and to support concentration.
A sweet-smelling oil, jasmine is derived from an evergreen with origins in China. One of the most expensive essential oils, jasmine is known best for its relaxing properties. As such, it is typically used to treat depression, tension and stress and can also be used to relieve pain of childbirth and enhance libido.
Considered one of the most popular essential oils, lavender is known best for its stress- relieving properties. However, lavender can also be used to fight colds, flu and migraines.
Essential oils are pure, natural treatment aids that can be used to alleviate a variety of health conditions. Derived from plants, essential oils effectively render the most basic forms of nature to be used in supporting health and wellness.
07/20/2012: Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia: "Hi team, We are worried about our mother (68) who misread information about using essential oils. She insists that her body is riddled with inflammation (not wanting to take medicine/drugs for this) and a friend suggested she infuse 2-5 drops of Tasmanian Kunzea essential oil. The friend wrote it down on a piece of paper and our mother, not using her glasses! , read it as 25 drops. On top of that she did not understand the term infuse and swallowed the 25 drops with a glass of water. This happened 9 days ago and we only heard about what had taken place when we queried why it took so long to overcome her cold and how come she was coughing up all this phlegm.
Overall she is a fairly healthy woman using home remedies all her life. Lately she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and under investigation about cause(s) for this. She has seen her GP the day after she took these drops and her blood pressure had shot up by 10 points. She refuses to discuss this occurence with her GP, not only feeling stupid but also not wanting to give reason for essential oils to be prohibited. She was OK with me contacting you people and see if something could be done to minimise short/long term damage. She complains of burning feel in esophagus, earache with some crackling noises, persistent 'bronchial type' of cough bringing up lots of phlegm. Any suggestion welcome."Replies
07/31/2012: Rhymskii from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "Given the symptoms you've described the oils are doing their job way too well for the dosage. Not necessarily a bad sign. Some oils such as lime will cause the cough up of mucus and such. In reality the oils are detoxifying her body. So it will seem as if she is sick but it's really the body getting rid of junk. The constant cackling sounds she's hearing is the candida dying off. (A Yeast infection that can cause all sorts of problems) This is a good thing as well. The burning depends on what oil- Eucalyptus really shouldn't be taken internally. Oregano oil is best taken in capsule. It does burn like no tomorrow. She may find some comfort just swallowing a tblespoon of coconut oil before a meal. Frankenscence is good too. In doing anything with oils it's usully going to be very minimal drops. They are extremely potent. Make sur she lays low on the Processed sugars and breads- That will keep the candida at bay. Plenty of vitamin d, c and whatever it takes to keep her immune up. Good luck."
07/31/2012: Rhymskii from Salt Lake City, Ut replies: "PS- I know I mentioned different oils than what you have posted but keep in mind many oils have a lot of the same properties and abilities."
12/05/2012: Lee from Honolulu, Hi replies: "Hi Jolole; It's been a few months since your post, and I hope your mother has healed already, and is doing fine now. I just wanted to say (for your info and the benefit of others) that I experienced this situation also (from snorting a mixture containing too much tea tree oil, in attempts to rid of a nasty sinus infection). After much throat discomfort, and ever worsening mucus, throat burning, and reflux symptoms, it was diagnosed as a "burned esophagus" due to the stringencency/potency of the oil. (Doctors put a camera down my nose/throat at the cost of over a $1000; and did a acid reflux study by ultrasound for another $1000). It seems that my body began over-producing stomach acid in attempts to wash away/ digest the oil reside & the burned tissue left in my throat. I was prescribed the standard acid reflux meds "Omeprizole" and ______ to keep my digestive juices to a minimim (temporarily), and to keep the acid/juices from burping-up (and further burning my throat); they also prescribed the standard GERD med/drink "Carafate" to keep my throat coated/protected until the burns healed. I took the meds for 4 weeks or so then was fine; no follow up needed. I'm sure I could have taken sodium bicarb for the acid reflux, and kept my throat coated with TUMS, and/or Pink Bismuth (Pepto Bismol), or Slippery Elm, Aloe gel lozenges just as well, and much cheaper, for the same effect."
06/24/2013: Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia replies: "Update re ingesting Tasmanian Kunzea essential oil. Thanks to all who responded to my request for advice when my mother accidently ingested 25 drops of this essential oil. I am happy to report that she recovered in about 3-4weeks and does not seem to have any detrimental effect of this, in spite of the fact that she had not once but 3x taken this dosis of 25drops, as we found out at a later stage. The essential oil she took was pure, locally produced and sourced from shrubs belonging to the Manuka family. Prior to taking this oil she was diagnosed with GERD and had already made dietary changes to alkalise. In all her life she might have swallowed prescribed medicine on maybe 5 occassions and only short term. She uses suger minimally and often we found that she had ran out of sugar without ever realising this. She grows organically most of her own fruit and vegies; an interest I have inherited. Even in winter we have plenty of 'greens' in the garden that are stir-fried and eaten with rice (white unfortenately) on a daily basis.
She has never taken a liking to soft drinks. In the last 15 years she gradually gained almost 20kg mostly around belly. In spite of minimal use of prescribed drugs and minimal sugar intake, tests show that she has candida and we wonder how that can be. Also her blood pressure is far too high ranging from 149/78 to 178/82, needless to say that her GP wants her on medication which she is not in favour of. She just wants to know what is causing her hbp and recently agreed to blood test to begin finding out. We also would like her to get hair analysis done to identify mineral deficiencies and she has agreed. Not until we have this information can we determine how best to help her. Blessings of health and wellbeing to all of you and thanks for sharing your experiences, ideas, suggestions and feedback."
[YEA] 08/26/2013: Essential Oil Mama from Va: "Oh, I wish I could post photographs here. Please allow me to share with you about my friend's experience when she burned her hand, and treated it by using essential oils. She was boiling quinoa on the stove. The boiling water poured over the top of her hand, and it developed a huge blister, and second degree burns.
Instead of accepting conventional, medical treatment, she started using an organic, unadulterated collection of essential oils. (PLEASE be sure the essential oils you choose are unadulterated.)
She topically applied lavender, sacred frankincense, sandalwood, helichrysum, myrrh, and an ointment blend that contains Mink oil, lecithin, beeswax, lanolin, sesame seed oil, rosewood, wheat germ oil, palmarosa, geranium, patchouli, balsam fir (Idaho), myrrh, carrot seed oil, Melaleuca alternifoila, and rose hip seed oil.
By day 4, the blister was gone, but she still had a red blotch on her hand. By day 8, you could see the oils' healing effects. By day 35, you couldn't even tell it had been burned. It looked as normal as it ever did.
With these kinds of burns, you would treat it with (unadulterated) essential oils as frequently as you need, in order to avoid pain and to begin the healing process. After the pain subsides, you may choose to use the oils as frequently or as infrequently as you wish. A reasonable recommendation would be to begin treatment 4-5 times per hour in the first few hours of the accident. If you have the oils on hand (ESPECIALLY lavender), and if you immediately apply the lavender on your burn, you should be able to avoid great pain and further consequences.
I keep a bottle of lavender in my collection of essential oils at all times. It is a great adaptogen to practically every first-aid need.
Again, I cannot stress it enough, PLEASE USE ONLY UNADULTERATED, ESSENTIAL OILS."
EC: Hi, we would love to post your photos in your thread.You can email them to staff (at) earthclinic (dot) com.
[YEA] 01/11/2011: Kelly from Vancouver, Canada: "Cold sore treatment: Essential oils! I used eucalyptus oil, another time tea tree oil, and now am using lavender essential oil. No pain, and it seemed to kill it instantly. It was going away before it ever really started! Just a dab, straight on it, not diluted."
[YEA] 06/03/2010: Regulator555 from Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa: "In my house, essential oils are a must for their medicinal uses. The staple two are tea tree and lavender. Best healing tale: My husband caught his finger in the band saw at his work. As you can imagine, his finger was a mangled mass of meat. There was nothing to stitch together. Gross. Anyway, he applied a drop of tea tree and a drop of lavender, neat, to the wound twice daily and kept it clean, dry, and bandaged. He would air it out a bit once a day for a few minutes. It never became infected - never. It healed well with virtually no scarring."
[WARNING!] 11/23/2011: Deirdre from Atlanta, Ga: "I wanted to warn everyone about the perils of soy based, essential oil candles made with bamboo wicks. It the bamboo wicks that are the issue. I know a family here in Atlanta that had bought two expensive candles, burned them for 2 hours in the master bedroom and are still, 6 weeks later, dealing with nightmarish damage from the candles:$20,000 in damages thus far, and they still aren't finished repairing the house. The candles in just 2 hours coated all the ceilings, clothing, carpets and walls, not just in the master bedroom, but also every hallway, bedroom, closet, and bathroom upstairs. Clothes and carpet - all destroyed. Every wall and ceiling had to be restored and repainted. The shelving in every closet also had to be replaced. PLEASE DO NOT BUY CANDLES WITH BAMBOO WICKS!!! "
[YEA] 10/02/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York: "I was surprised by the effectiveness of an essential oil patch I placed
on my upper chest, near my armpit. (I awoke calm & relaxed, unusual, forgetting that I had it on)I purchased it at a local health store.
Question: Since the product is too expensive, I was wondering if anyone has any home recipes or methods for applying essential oils to skin. The oils in this patch were Bergamot, Ginger, Lavender and a carrier. A patch seems more effective then just rubbing it on.
EC, perhaps an essential oil section? thanks!"Replies
10/03/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "I have alot of experience with essential oils, and this patch sounds like something you could easliy make at home for a fraction of the price it costs at the store. E.Os are easily absorbed through the skin, and I bet that a mix of the same ingredients (EOs plus the carrier), put on a piece of gauze and taped to the skin with surgical tape, would accomplish the same thing. And, once you get to know the properties and actions of the various EOs, you will be able to make customized blends to suit yourself. Get yourself a good primer on EOs, and whenever you try a new one, watch yourself for allergic reactions like dermatitis, etc. One really good book on essential oils is called "Medical Aromatherapy". I cannot remember the author's name off hand, but I'll post it later when I have more time."
10/04/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "thanks Kathy... I am going to try your suggestion.. heading out today to buy the ingredients and will report back...
this is the listed ingredients of the patch I purchased:
Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, bergamot, ginger, rosemary and lavender essential oils. Adhesive ingredients: Medical Grade Mineral Oil, Resins/Fatty Acids, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose and Thermoplastic Rubber
& this is the listed benefits...
Bergamot: Balancing, uplifting and gently warming, Bergamot oil regulates mood swings and lifts the spirits. Topically this oil can be used to balance skin that is oily, scaly or slow to heal. Ginger: generates warmth, vitality, centering and grounding, thereby helping relieve physical and emotional coldness and tiredness. It will address spacey-ness, low motivation and sensual or emotional inhibition. Ginger oil also warms and comforts the muscles and tendons.
Rosemary: has a stimulating, awakening energy in conditions of lethargy and withdrawal. This oil increases mental focus and memory, while enhancing motivation, self-confidence and self-assertion. Rosemary will also warm and relaxes the muscles. Muscle fatigue, colds, poor circulation, aches and pains and mental fatigue. Debility, headaches, hypotension, neuralgia, mental fatigue, nervous exhaustion, stress related disorders.
Lavender: soothes, calms and harmonizes; relieving nervous tension and irritability. It can help resolve emotional crises and facilitates letting go of past negative experiences. It is used for nervous system disorders such as depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, stress related conditions, PMT, sciatica, shock and vertigo.
Facts: Bergamot Botanical Name: Citrus Organia. Recommended to combat stress and tension symptoms. Bergamot's virtues are considerable: uplifting, refreshing, inspiring, balancing, confidence building, concentration, motivation, good cheer and harmony. Named after the Italian city of Bergamo in Lombardy, where the oil was first sold."
10/13/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "no success with the homemade patch.. the gauze and tape approach is too messy..I also tried an "elbow" bandage and applied the oil to the pad...but the adhesive irritated my skin..
However I found rubbing on the soles of my feet and rubbing on chest just above armpits was effective. As effective as the patch? Hard to say.. the patches run about $15 for a tin of 10...I will use both methods in the future."
10/14/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi Rob, I wanted to comment on the oil effectiveness. Massaging it in is very valid and highly effective. In Aryuvedic medicine it is a highly regarded therapy. I have been oil pulling for about 3 months now on a very regular basis because its effectiveness was so powerful on my hip pain that I suffered from. Nothing else seemed to crack it. I read about it first long ago in Deepak Chopra's book "Perfect Health" but at that time in my life it was insignificant (oh as we age, how that changes...) Then, I found this therapy here on earth clinic and decided to give it a try. Voila! It was amazing. Anyway, I was puzzled as to why it worked so significantly and did research. I always have known of Aryuvedic medicine but not very thoroughly. Well, according to this very ancient form, oil helps to calm the body, reduce the friction and distribute the heat more evenly through the body. Also, knowing your body type in Aryuvedic medicine helps. I am very Vata so sesame oil is extremely effective for me. They also recommend massaging oil in specific areas for various reasons which may interest you a lot. In the navel before going to bed cures dryness of the whole body. Massaged at the juncture of the skull and spine will calm the entire nervous system, improve memory and eyesight. Do some research on the web. I am certain you will find it most interesting. I do a lot of research in Chinese medicine and Aryuvedic because they are so ancient and our country does not utilize or know much about them and yet they are filled with wisdom and answers. Good luck!"
10/15/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "thanks for the info Lisa! I have a tendency to think of the skin as an impenetrable membrane..though a simple brush of poison oak or ivy one is reminded how interactive and breathing our skin is. I was told by a massage practitioner a while back that I too was Vata and before leaving she blobbed a handful of oil on the top of my head. I was quite annoyed by it, walking down the street with oil dripping down my forehead...however since then I come to realize her reason/wisdom. She saw that I suffered from an over active mind (a legal battle over the losing of my home and death of loved ones) & the massaging of oil on the head helps to calm my racing thoughts significantly. I am slowly discovering the value of oils & essential oils.. I would say that it trumps most things that I've taken internally for my conditions of stress and inflammation."
10/15/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa replies: "Hi again Rob, So, after telling you about the oil yesterday it reminded me of its powerful abilities- so simple yet so effective. My husband said let's try the oil on the neck tonight and we did. Well, I slept like a baby and usually am up early but didn't wake up until after 8 am feeling very refreshed. I didn't put it together but my husband said, " You really slept soundly- do you think it was the oil? I feel really calm this morning." And he is vata also and has an extremely overactive mind so you might want to try it. I am aware of the oil technique on the head- I believe it's referred to as panchakarma. Nonetheless, I laughed at image of you walking through NYC with oil dripping from your head. And being a vata you must have been really annoyed! As for your inflammation that you have alluded to a couple of times- what kind of inflammation? Have you tried the sesame oil pulling? It has helped my inflammation and calmed my hip pain down incredibly."
10/17/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "yes, you imagine correctly..me walking down a busy street with oil dripping down my face...I have a peculiar chronic neck & jaw stiffness with a fullness in my ears..I have yet to have it properly diagnosed.. It could be an inner chronic infection..fungus? Not painful just constant.. things like coffee or alcohol, wheat/pasta, make it worse. I also have asthma...The oils although no cure seem to lessen it or at least calm me.. similar to a good massage."
10/18/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi again Rob, Your description is very interesting in that my husband suffered from the same thing for years. Seemingly "Strange things" would make it worse- chocolate, a certain piece of cake, pasta, etc. I would always say to him it had to do with his diet- that he had a yeast condition. Of course, he would shrug it off. That happened for years and he would suffer through it. Then about a year and a half ago, I was working with an energy healer who worked psychically as well. I know for some of you out there that might sound strange but we are energy and vibration I believe so, it can be extremely effective. Well, I was seeing results so I suggested he go. When he got home, he was very agitated and upset because she picked up that he had an extreme candida condition and parasites. Of course, now he says, "HELP ME!" and I said that he needed to start cleaning that up with diet. We also have an ion cleanse machine which we had just purchased and I had been using. He started using it on a very regular basis and had a huge change with it. I also had him do the hydrogen peroxide treatments that I had found here on earth clinic when I started coming on here last Dec. and that also made a significant change. Since all of this he no longer has reactions when he does have any of the above mentioned. I do have to say though, that since he has found such relief, he no longer really wants those things nearly as much. Before it was like an addiction which is how candida works. The "beast" I call it cries for sugar and the person keeps feeding it. My husband also says the oil "calms him" as you said but as I mentioned earlier, he too has a very racing, busy mind. Anyway, look into candida because it creates all sorts of seemingly unrelated problems. I really hope this helps you. Lisa"
12/22/2009: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, USA replies: "Where do you buy your essential oils? I want to buy them but not sure if I can only get at the health food store? Would a place like bath & body shop have good quality essential oils? Or do I have to buy them on line? Thanks!!!"
04/13/2011: Lori from Houston, Tx replies: "This is a question for Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA. Could you suggest anything essential oils that I could use for my pains. I would appreciate it. Thank you. I like to thank the people who are supporting this site. I have been using ACV, MSM, and Virgin Coconut Oil for the last 6 months. I have been very happy, with lots of energy and pain free but last week I did some exercises that hurt my hip. It started with heel spur pain on my left foot then it progress to knee pain and then to hip pain. At night I was unable to sleep because of the pain, a 8 on a scale of 10. One night the pain got me up at 1am and the only thing I could think of was of taking a hot water bath with epson salts. I also tried using Castor Oil on cosmetic pads soaked in caster oil on my heels, knee, and hip and then applying heat. This helped and I am feeling better but still feel very limited. Going up the stairs is very painful and I am not able to walk for exercise and have not been able to go to my joga class. Also, you mention using and essential oil to help with overall dryness could you be more specific, what kind of oil and the area were it should be applied. Again thank you to all of you, this is my favorite site."
04/13/2011: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Lori, Well, to be honest, I seem to have success for temporary amounts of time for my hip pain. It is a chronic condition I have to say. From years of being a ballet dancer and after 6 years of trying to find an answer, I have learned to live w/it. I continue to search for answers though.
Most recently I had a Limbic System Analysis done on myself in which a computer reads through your systems and then gives you the feedback. Well, it came up that my body really wants MSM and cod liver oil and also is lacking in magnesium. Interestingly enough those would be all the things that could help joints! That was a week and a half ago so I have been taking quite a bit of MSM, fermented cod liver oil daily and putting lots of magnesium oil on throughout the day. I have to say that the pain in my hips has become much more bearable and my husband has commented that I seem to be moving easier. Still, it is not gone! I use a wonderful product by Omica that is MSM w/ turmeric and I think that may be the difference from other msm products. I may even add more turmeric in addition. The more I learn about turmeric the more I feel I should keep it in my system!
As for the use of essential oils, I switch it up- sea buckthorn oil, a mix of essential oils w/ homeopathics added, but also coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, olive oil. Also, remember that our skin takes things in transdermally so you want to use really good, pure products. Anyway, I hope this info helps you."
06/02/2010: Regulator555 from Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa: "For those interested in the medicinal capabilities of essential oils, check out a book by Valerie Ann Worwood called "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy." They go beyond smelling nice. Also, never use EO's straight on the skin. Two exceptions are tea tree and lavender. Not all EO's are created equal, so do your homework before buying."
10/07/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa: "Hi!
I read something fascinating in a newsletter I received. There have been studies that have found a combination of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils to have healed MRSA and also TB. I have read about some essential oils working on MRSA, but never on TB. Apparently, in one study, when the compound of the oils was sprayed on tuberculosis cultures, the TB was wiped out in 40 minutes. The Dr studying this was amazed, because no antibiotic can do that.
I suppose if I had TB, one of the first things I would do would be to use an essential oil nebulizer to diffuse tea tree and eycalyptus into the air (to get it to the lungs. ) I am sure there are other natural things that would help, and I know this website has lots of things people have used to cure MRSA. It is just great to have more things to try. Always when treating something serious, I would try and obtain the highest quality essential oils possible.
Just thought I would share what I learned and my 2 cents on it!
Have a great day!
~Mama to Many~"
06/25/2013: Edentoo from Meridian, Id, Usa: "Hi, I am a registered aromatherapist and so was curious to see if your site had much on the use of essential oils. I'm surprised! I haven't looked at everything yet since I just found your website today, but haven't seen anything so far.
Are people not talking about? Do you not consider it a natural remedy? Do you feel it's covered well enough on other websites? Do you only stick to things commonly found in many people's homes? If so, then what about the supplements? Sorry for all the questions, just my nature to ask them. I'm simply very curious to know why I don't see anything about them since (good) essential oils are 100% natural and so effective for many of the ailments listed.
What are your thoughts? Thanks for your time."Replies
06/25/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Edentoo, There are many posts regarding essential oils (I know I have made several! :) ) but there might not be as common as many other things that people have tried, or used for many ailments on this site. I know often times people are looking for remedies easily available and that may exclude essential oils sometimes. I hope you will share with us some of your favorite cures with essential oils. As an aromatherapist, you must have lots of things that would help out earth clinic readers. As for me, peppermint and eucalyptus are two of my favorite essential oils. Geranium is gaining popularity with me, but it isn't my favorite scent, so I am not too quick to reach for it.
~Mama to Many~"
06/25/2013: Prioris from Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa replies: "Aromatherapy doesn't seem to address these as well as supplements and herbs due to the strength needed to overcome them. I would think aromatherapy would be useful for brain related issues due to it's ability to overcome the blood brain barrier but I haven't seen anything real useful. Everytime I delve into the topic I don't come away with much.
This is not saying aromatherapy can address something but it just seems to address more minor problems. I've only gotten a few oil of essences in my life like oil of oregano.
What you need to do is indicate which health problems aromatherapy has good success and advantage over taking supplements and herbs."
06/26/2013: Prioris from Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa replies: "I think some of my post above was lost in a paste or something ...
Aromatherapy doesn't seem to address these as well as supplements and herbs due to the strength needed to overcome them.
By these I meant
1) bacteria, viruses and other microbes
2) depletion of some substance that the body needs
Many conditions of bad health are caused by the above whether through lack of nutrients or/and aging in the body. When you can counter the above, you can make strides."
[YEA] 06/04/2010: Sp from Nashville, Tn: "Lavender essential oil works great to relieve the itchiness of mosquito bites. Dab a drop directly on the area and a few minutes later the itchiness is gone. It gets rid of the swelling also."Replies
[YEA] 10/14/2010: Dleigh57 from Buckhannon, Wv, Usa replies: "Lavender also works wonderful on minor burns. It relieves the pain instantly."
[YEA] 01/04/2011: Jasmine from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "I have noticed that my hair recently starting thinning on the top for about 6 months, nothing was helping it, until I tried Lavender oil. I put a few drops in my shampoo everyday and about three times a week massage my scalp at night with it. I find it also helps to mix in a few drops of rosemary oil. My hair is thicker on the top and is also growing a lot faster and healthier."
01/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks Jasmine but do you dilute it with any other oil? I understand that you put it in your shampoo when you wash the hair but how do you do it when you just massage it? I thought that you weren't supposed to use any essential oils directly on the skin as they are too strong and can cause severe irritations?"
01/05/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Francisca - Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils you can use undiluted. I massage a few drops of lavender oil onto my scalp (like Jasmine does) and, as well, I sprinkle a few drops on my hairbrush so when I brush my hair, I get the lovely scent. It's an excellent burn remedy too. A few drops on your pillow helps you sleep. France has some of the highest quality lavender in the world. Cheers!"
01/12/2011: Jasmine from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Sometimes I use the lavender alone like Bess said, but I sometimes mix it with Almond oil and massage it in, you could use jojoba oil as well. Sometimes I mix in basil or rosemary along with the lavender and almond oil too. Hope it helps!"
01/18/2011: June from Kc, Ks replies: "Hi, I love lavender oil, but have stopped using it because of advice from my nutritionist. Lavender oil, he said, can especially have a detrimental effect on your thyroid, which might be why you have hair issues in the first place. If you feel you want to continue with the lavender oil, you might consider mixing it with some coconut oil to help oppose the estrogens and unsaturated fats in the lavender oil. Coconut oil alone is said to do a lot to help repair hair and there is feedback on this site regarding it as a remedy. Coconut oil also has so many wonderful attributes and helps the whole body.
Essential oils are polyphenols, which are estrogens, and many of us are estrogen-dominant anyway. Likely as a result of my over use of essential oils in the past I have had the experience of remedies that work great for other people actually working backwards on me! It has made my case a real challenge for my nutritionist. And the only people he's worked with who react the same way I do are people who have used a lot of essential oils. There is a reason why nature puts only a tiny amount of essential oil in one plant or flower, because essential oils are very powerful substances and we really no so little about them.
Essential oils are also unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are the best for you, things like coconut oil, butter, palm oil and olive oil.
And one of the side effects of a poorly functioning thyroid, as well as estrogen dominance, is thinning of the hair.
Best of luck as you research your health."
01/19/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Too bad but if it can thin the hair I won't use it again.... I have just spent quite a bit of money buying lavender oil after reading here that it could help thicken my hair..... Would it be ok to use a bit in the bath water in order to relax? There must be something I can do with it that won't hurt my health....... I thought that actually essential oils were very good for you....."
01/19/2011: Deb from Melbourne , Australia replies: "Francisca, You can always put some lavendar in a diffuser for a fragrant room or use it dilluted on kitchen benchtops or a few drops in a bucket to mop the floor. It has antiseptic properties. You could also add a couple of drops in the toilet bowl. Lavendar oil has many uses."
01/19/2011: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "There was a Scottish study where they used Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender and Cedarwood in a base of jojoba... After 7 months, 44 percent showed improvement with Alopecia.. The control group just using unscented joboba showed 15%. The essential oil formula matched the effectiveness of Rogaine.
There was also a case where 3 brothers in Colorado developed breast enlargment (prepubertal gynecomastia)They traced it to the use of Lavendar and Tea Tree oil in their soap and shampoo. The two had a duel effect acting like estrogen and blocking angrogen. Though this is highly individual how you may react since another brother, a twin, using the same products had no reaction... Here is the info:
03/20/2013: Latrisa from Pleasant Grove, Ut: "So, I was told and have often put a little bit of peppermint oil in my water. But this time it burnt my throat, I guess I got too much oil in it this time. Any ideas on how to help the pain?"
[YEA] 01/03/2010: Kim from Greensboro, Nc: "I was just recently introduced to peppermint oil. I had a really bad headache and a friend of mine said here rub this on it. I rubbed it on the spot and my headache went away immediately. Just be warned that it can irritate your eyes so do not put to much. Just smear some on your finger and rub it in."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/09/2010: Lorica from New Albany, Indiana: "Aroma Therapy & Depression
I am on Citalopram 20 mg. a day. I exercise and eat mostly organic & avoid sugar & other no nos. Also, I take tons of supplements like magnesium & fish oil. Still, the depression has not all gone away. I heard that rose oil was an antidote for depression & decided to try it. All I did was put 1 or 2 tiny drops of rose absolut (the real stuff) on my upper lip, well massaged in, under my nostrils at my "droop time" at night. About an hour later I would also do a bit more aroma therapy by burning just one stick of good incense (not the kind that is made from cow dung, really healthy kind, any "flavor".) I waited an hour for the incense because I wanted my olfactory sense to get the full benefit of the rose oil by itself. (I also rubbed the left over bit on my finger onto my wrists.) The effect has been wonderful. Boy does it put me in a happy, even joyful mood. And this lasts about 24 hours! Also, I noticed it was helping me with attention deficit order, definitely. Well, at first I could find no one else saying that it helped A.D.D. But since then, I have found on the net that yes, people say it helps with A.D.H.D. (A.D.D. is sometimes lumped into that category.) per empirical studies. Now A.D.D. & depression go together commonly. No way I believe this was placebo effect. I didn't dream it would help with A.D.D. for example.
Rose absolut is pricey. However, I get it at a major discount vitamin site that sells everything for about 40% off. It could last me several months at the rate I'm using it, personally."
[YEA] 05/17/2010: Pat from Athens, Al, Usa: "I just wondered if anyone has tried rosemary oil for any types of cures? I've tried it for headaches and some sinus problems in the past and have had some good success. It is also good for the scalp and is found in some shampoos. I did a search on this site and didn't find anything. I was wondering about other essential oils as well. All I've ever seen mentioned is tea tree oil and wild oregano oil. Thought it might be a good topic. Just wondering."Replies
[YEA] 03/24/2014: Ruth from New Hampshire, Usa replies: "Hi- I have been using Rosemary Essential Oil in my mascara and it has helped lengthen my eyelashes as well as keeping the mascara free of germs! I also have added it to shampoo and found that I am losing less hair than I had been-
Also, slightly unrelated-I fill a spray-bottle with mostly water and a few drops of Rosemary EO and use that to spray down my luggage when in hotels- just in case- because I read that it repels bed bugs!"
[YEA] 01/27/2014: Linda from Southern Maine: "I have had skin issues this winter as I have many winters past; itchy, rashy, welts...on shins, forearms, my back. For some reason I read about Thieves Oil and mixed up a batch. What relief!! I mixed a couple drops with a dab of coconut oil and applied it before I got dressed for work this morning - the relief lasted most of the day and the redness of the breakouts is a little less. I have steroid cream for when I need a "quick fix" but I might just be able to give it up as the Thieves Oil takes care of the itch much better, for me. I mixed the oils according to a recipe I found somewhere....I can't - for the life of me - recall the website:
40 drops CLOVE e.o. - 35 drops LEMON e.o. - 20 drops CINNAMON BUD e.o. - 15 drops EUCALYPTUS e.o. - 10 drops ROSEMARY e.o.
I decided to fraction what I mixed and it turned out pretty well; I didn't use a carrier oil - just added a drop or two to a little coconut oil.
Also, I felt like I was coming down with a cold yesterday so decided to simmer a pan of water on the stove, to which I added several drops of "my Thieves Oil" - if it's mind over matter, I don't care! Maybe I was just overtired after having my grandson for an overnight....I feel better today and that can't be a bad thing. : -) I also have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of 500 ppm Colloidal Silver for a couple months (daily during the week, then my schedule gets thrown to the wind on the weekends) and have been able to avoid the viruses that are rampant this winter. I had nothin' to lose by trying this and I've gained so much!"