What Are Essential Oils? (Part 4)
The Physical Benefits of Essential Oils: In previous blogs, we have explored how essential oils can help us on a mental level and how they have been used across cultures, throughout the centuries as an integral part of ancient ritualistic and religious practices to create sacred spaces and ward off negative energies.
Furthermore to their esoteric properties, these healing oils have the ability to act as natural medicines without any side effects, because their benefits come from their properties which are analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. They are concentrated essences obtained through the distillation of plants and fruits which include the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. Only a few drops of these highly concentrated extracts are enough to provide great healing on a physical level.
To receive the maximum benefits from essential oils it is important that only therapeutic grade essences are used and blended at a high dilution in a carrier oil, cream, lotion, shampoo or gel – an aromatherapist advice is essential for this step.
Physical problems treated with essential oils are:
- Sprains and strains
- Muscular aches and pains
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
Each of the above conditions can be treated holistically using aromatherapy and the appropriate essential oils. Some conditions may include massage whilst others will benefit more from compresses and baths, or simply the application of a cream or lotion. Each problem will be addressed individually in the later blogs.
The following conditions: dermatological, gynecological, respiratory, cardio-vascular, neurological and urogenital problems, will definitely benefit from the use of essential oils.
In the next series, I will look at how the use of essential oils and aromatherapy can alleviate these health issues without side effects.
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