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Essential Oils Uses and Properties

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Essential oils have so much to offer. They're wonderful for balancing your spirits, healing your body and enhancing your environment.

Use them for pain relief, depression, cleaning, skin care and a hundred other things. (Try making some of the recipes here - it's easy, fun and very rewarding!)

When making aromatherapy recipes, it's important to know about essential oils uses, properties and cautions.

Overview - Uses for Essential Oils

Essential oils work in three major ways to support your well-being:

  1. They kill viruses, bacteria and fungi in the air and on your skin, helping you stay healthy and germ-free.
  2. They help reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, easing your aching muscles and joints.
  3. They sedate your nervous system, relaxing and loosening tight, tense muscles, calming your nerves and quieting your mind.

Each essential oil has its own special strengths and properties. So each essential oil is especially suited for a certain job.

For example... Lemon, Tea Tree and Cinnamon are powerful antiseptics (germ killers) and are perfect for use in home cleaning products.

Rosewood, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang rejuvenate skin and help reduce wrinkles - perfect in formulas for aging or devitalized skin.

Check out the Essential Oil Use Chart, which gives you the best essential oils for problems ranging from acne to weight loss, plus aromatherapy recipes.

Essential Oil Safety

Always dilute essential oils when applying them to your skin (in a bath or massage oil, for instance.)

The one exception to this rule is lavender - it's safe to apply lavender 'neat' (undiluted) in the case of cuts, burns, scrapes, bug bites and such.

Pregnant women need to be careful about using essential oils. Only some essential oils are considered to be safe when used in small, well-diluted amounts: cardamom, coriander, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemon verbena (also called melissa,) lime, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, spearmint and ylang ylang.

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If you're highly allergic or have extremely sensitive skin, do a spot test before using essential oils.

Put 1 drop of the essential oil into 15 drops of carrier oil (rice bran oil is probably your best bet) and rub it into your upper chest.

If you show no reaction after 12 hours, it's likely safe to use it.

Essential Oils Uses and Properties

Click on the links below to get detailed information on each of the most common essential oils and their uses.

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