Who have used essential oils in the past?
Egyptians had oils to treat literally everything; they became well known for their cosmetology, ointments and aromatic oils. Around Egypt during the time of Cleopatra, archaeologists surmised that the doctors of the royal court gave aromatherapy treatments by boiling medicinal plants in water and then having their patients inhale the vapors that rose from the pot. Like Neroli, or orange blossoms, it helped uplift the mind and calm the senses.
If they planned on applying the oils externally, they could simply grind them down by hand into a very fine powder and mix them with a carrier oil like olive oil to help preserve them. Then to release the potent ingredients within the plants, they'd boil this herb powder and oil mixture, straining it through a woolen cloth afterward. The final product would be as close as you could get to an essential oil in those days. Now, we have industrial-sized steam distilleries that can extract the purest essence of the harvested plants.
Traditional Indian medicine called “Ayur Veda” is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world and uses essential oils in their healing practices. China has a rich history of using aromatics in which “The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine” written during the reign of Huang Ti is still considered a classic by eastern medicine practitioners. Suffice it to say, essential oils have been around for a long time.
How are essential oils used today in Medical hospitals?
Essential oils and aromatherapy are gaining momentum as they support patient recovery in hospitals and in other health care programs. Most popular in Europe, geriatric and oncology departments love essential oils and diffuse them or administer them in other treatments upon request. Specifically, at the La Rochelle-Ré-Aunis Hospital Complex in France, they've studied the benefits of essential-oil diffusion within wards and using aromatherapy massages for all cancer patients.
They've all seen how aromatherapy enhances the patients' quality of life and reduces lots of anxiety to help them sleep better during their hospital stay.
Studies about the medicinal purposes of essential oils
One incredible study discovered that curcumin and fennel-seed essential oils relieved the symptoms of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, one of the most-difficult chronic diseases to treat today. These oils have antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and carminative effects that helped soothe abdominal pain and other IBS problems.
Doctors at the Southwest Florida hospital tested 80 patients who suffered strokes to see how they responded to aromatherapy with lavender oil. Nurse Tammy Booth said, “The antioxidant effect of lavender helps reduce brain injury by increasing blood flow.” Their results were unanimously positive.
A study from Harris Methodist found that 57 percent of all their nurses working in intensive care had decreased stress levels after using aromatherapy with lavender and sage essential oils, which also relaxed their patients.
Our favorite top 10 essential oils for a natural first-aid kit:
Always test a little drop of oil on your skin to first to see how it feels to you since everyone has varying skin sensitivities. Then when applying, you can mix these oils with gentle carrier oils that medical practitioners prefer, like almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
All of these oils have disinfecting, immune-system-boosting properties and uplifting scents that nurses have loved using:
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The best ways to use essential oils to improve your health
The last time we talked about essential oils in our introduction to aromatherapy; a lot of what we discussed came from "aromachology," the modern science of changing your moods and emotions through scents. However, most aromachologists don't necessarily use all-natural scents, and that's a big difference between aromachology and aromatherapy. Don't let them confuse you. Aromachology’s scientific studies have found very similar facts confirming everything we know about aromatherapy. For example, lemon boosts your cognitive performance, peppermint invigorates you and lavender is, of course, relaxing.
If you want to enhance your health and well-being with aromatherapy, you need organic essential oils because only those contain all their natural, potent ingredients that boost your health. In other words, you don't just want to smell eucalyptus because it makes your head feel more clear. You want the scent of eucalyptus to permeate your room because it helps purify the air you're breathing, which can help you with that cough you've been having, for example.
Not all essential oils are strong enough to boost your health. Trust only organic-grade oils like those from Living Mavens.
Living Mavens organic oils are pure, undiluted, essential oils suitable for all applications; medicinal, aromatherapy, topical, cosmetics, skin care, candles, soap, incense, potpourri, magic, etc. Grown, harvested, and processed by organic and sustainable means... this means good for you and Mother Earth! We always suggest using organic oils over others whenever possible.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Living Mavens products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. Individuals using essential oils should be educated about their use, properties, safety precautions, and dosage or be under the care of a qualified health professional. Customers should purchase products from Living Mavens with the clear understanding that all products must be used at the customers own discretion.
*** The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm).
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