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.
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.