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Healing With Essential Oils

Ever wonder what essential oils can do? The aromas are beautiful, reminding us of fresh picked flowers, herbs, spices and the woodsy smells of pine trees. And the awakening fresh aromas of orange, grapefruit, bergamot and lime. I traveled without my oils for 2 weeks recently. When I returned and opened my mini fridge full of oils, I felt a comfort, a sense of peace. Truly mentally and emotionally calming and healing. Along with the aromas that lighten our senses, comfort and relax us, essential oils have therapeutic actions that can help ease inflammation as well as aches and pains, clear up stuffiness and ease and relieve the duration of colds and flu. Essential oils have been known to assist in lowering blood pressure and fight off respiratory diseases and rid ourselves of pesky mosquitoes.

Each oil has it's own unique composition of components which affects how they smell, how they absorb into the body and how the affect the body therapeutically. With this quick list, you can choose what therapeutic actions you desire and aromas that are pleasing to your personal needs and senses. This list is not all-inclusive but a starting place to research and expand upon. Locate the action you need. Then choose the oils that appeal to your senses. Start by combining a only a few drops of 2 oils. It may only take two but that is the fun of blending; creating something personal to you. Always keep safety in mind.

Healing Actions of Essential Oils:

Airborne antimicrobial: Cinnamon, Copaiba Balsam, Kanuka, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool

Acne Issues: Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Patchouli, Tea Tree, Vetiver

Anti-diarrhea: Cypress, Lavender, Opopanax, Peppermint

Anti-fungal: Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Ravintsara, Rosemary

Anti-histaminic: Tea Tree, Clove Bud, Oregano, Holy Basil, Thyme ct. thymol

Antimicrobial: Cinnamon, Clove, Thyme ct. linalool, Juniper Berry

Antioxidant: Cypress, Siberian Fir, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Rosemary

Antispasmodic: Laurel leaf, Lemon, Neroli, Siberian Fir, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Ravintsara, Rosemary

Anti-Viral: Sweet Orange, Ravintsara

Appetite: Bergamot, Cardamom, Fennel,

Astringent: Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Rosemary

Cognitive awareness: Ravintsara

Bacterial Issues:

Central Nervous System sedative: Anise, Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Hemlock, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Sweet Marjoram, Valerian,

Cicatrize (skin healing): Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender German Chamomile, Geranium

Circulatory stimulant: Black Pepper, Juniper berry, Rosemary, Nutmeg

Cooling: Lemon, Peppermint

Chronic joint pain: Nutmeg, Rosemary

Decongestant: Cypress, Laurel leaf, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Opopanax , Siberian Fir, Eucalyptus

Deodorant: Lavender, Neroli, Tea Tree

Depression: Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Neroli, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Digestive Stimulant and Aid: Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange

Diuresis promoter: Cypress, Sweet Orange, Rosemary

Expectorant: Black Pepper, eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Ravintsara, Laurel leaf, Rosemary

Fever Reducer: Black Pepper, Laurel leaf

Flatulence: Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Caraway, Cinnamon, Fennel, Laurel Leaf, Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Nutmeg, Peppermint and Rosemary.

Grounding: Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Myrrh, Opopanax, Patchouli, Spikenard

Immune System Stimulant: Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Siberian Fir, Thyme ct. Linalool, Sweet Marjoram

Inflammation: Black Pepper, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Opopanax, Ravintsara, Rosemary, Siberian Fir, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. Linalool, Frankincense, Laurel Leaf, Lemon, Neroli

Liver (Hepatic) Support: Lemon

Pain receptors/reliever: Black Pepper, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Opopanax, Ravintsara, Frankincense, Laurel Leaf, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree, Siberian fir, Thyme ct. linalool, Lemon, Neroli, Rosemary

Soporific (tranquilizing): Lavender, Vetiver, Sweet Marjoram, German Chamomile, Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Spikenard

Skincare: Juniper Berry, Neroli, Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense

Skin Penetrator: Ravintsara, Lemon

Skin Healing: Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense

Vasodilator: Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree

Vomiting: Black Pepper, Chamomile, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint

Warming: Nutmeg, Sweet Marjoram

Clinically Active Oils

Circulation: Black Pepper, Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary

Digestion: Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Opopanax, Laurel leaf

Diuretic: Grapefruit, Lemon, Juniper berry

Dysmenorrhea: Clary Sage, Fennel, Juniper, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram

Emotional balance: Nutmeg, Neroli, Myrrh, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Fluid Retention: Juniper Berry,

Infections: Tea Tree, Thyme ct. Linalool

Immune Boost: Black Pepper, Frankincense, Ravintsara, Angelica

Lymph System: Lemon

Mental Fatigue: Ravintsara, Rosemary

Menstruation: Cypress

Mood Lifter: Sweet Orange, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Neroli, Jasmine,

Musculoskeletal: Black Pepper, Frankincense, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Nutmeg, Opopanax, Rosemary, Laurel leaf, Lemon

Respiratory: Black Pepper, Cypress, Frankincense, Rosemary, Eucalyptus

Shingles: Bergamot, Ravintsara, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree

Skin: Cypress, Black Pepper, Lemon, Neroli, Opopanax, Sweet Orange, Rosemary

Stress and Palpitations: Rosemary, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium


Each oil comes with safety in mind. Having good resources on hand is important. Robert Tisserands’ Second edition Essential Oil Safety is great, if you can maneuver through it and get all related information and understanding on the overall use and individual safe use of oils. Safety issues include age, sensitivity, health (including but not limited to asthma, blood pressure, headaches), drug interactions, and more. Until you know which oils are safe, Tisserand speaks of diffusing in regards to all ages that, “indirect, or ambient inhalation, is safe for young children, and includes any method that vaporizes essential oils into the air.” Do not diffuse longer than 30 minute intervals. We do not promote ingesting or using essential oils undiluted.

Rehne Burge, Certified Aromatherapist

Member of NAHA and AIA


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