What are Essential Oils used for?
by Dr Josh Axe DC, DMN, CNS
Published: July 26, 2018
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Because of their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties, essential oils are recently gaining popularity as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns.
Known to build confidence and enhance your mood, bergamot oil is one of the best essential oils for depression and it helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. In Traditional Chines Medicine, bergamot is used to help with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work properly, and it’s also used to prevent the growth of bacteria, relieve muscle pain and boost the health of your skin.
It’s benefits go far beyond it’s ability to boost your mood, too, with its positive effects on your cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems.
- Helps to Relieve Depression
- Helps Lower Blood Pressure
- Prevents and Fights Infections
- Relieves Stress and Anxiety
- Alleviates Pain
- Boosts Skin Health
- Aids Digestion
Clary sage is considered to be one of the top essential oils for hormones especially in women. Many claims have been made as to its benefits when dealing with cramps, heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes and hormonal imbalances. It’s also known for its ability to increase circulation, support the digestive system and improve eye health.
Clary sage is one of the most healthful essential oils, with anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a nerve tonic and sedative with soothing and warming components.People suffering from insomnia can find relief with clary sage oil. It is a natural sedative and will give you the calm and peaceful feeling that is necessary in order to fall asleep.
- Relieves Menstrual Discomfort
- Supports Hormonal Balance
- Relieves Insomnia
- Increases Circulation
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Works as Stress Reliever
- Kills Bacteria and Infections
- Promotes Skin Health
- Aids Digestion
It’s one of the best essential oils for sore throats, cough, seasonal allergies and headaches. Eucalyptus oil benefits are due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation.
- Improves respiratory conditions
- Relieve cough
- Improve seasonal allergies
- Fight infections
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Alleviate headaches
- Aid wound care
- Improve earaches
- Boost mental clarity
- Repel rats
When inhaled, frankincense oil been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has anti-anxiety and depression-reducing abilities, but unlike prescription medications, it does not have negative side effects or cause unwanted drowsiness.
Studies have demonstrated that frankincense has immune-enhancing abilities that may help destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses and even cancer.
Frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules associated with conditions like arthritis, asthma, painful bowel disorders like IBS and many more conditions.It can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painful inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons.
- Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions
- Helps Boost Immune System Function and Prevents Illness
- Astringent and Can Kill Harmful Germs and Bacteria
- Heals Skin and Prevents Signs of Aging
- Improves Memory
- May Help Balance Hormones and Improve Fertility
- Eases Digestion
- Acts as a Sleep Aid
- Helps Decrease Inflammation and Pain
Lavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today, but the benefits of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and antidepressive properties, lavender oil benefits abound and it’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries. The Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. In fact, when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years.
Today, lavender oil benefits for your body include the following:
- Reduce anxiety and emotional stress
- Protect against diabetes symptoms
- Improve brain function
- Help to heal burns and wounds
- Improve sleep
- Restore skin complexion and reduce acne
- Slow aging with powerful antioxidants
- Relieve pain
- Alleviate headaches
The health benefits of lemon essential oil have been well established scientifically. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and it’s widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, rejuvenate energy, purify skin, and fight bacteria and fungi.
Lemon oil is indeed one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand, as it can used for so many purposes, from a natural teeth whitener, household cleaner and laundry freshener, to a mood booster and nausea reliever. You are covering a lot of ground with this one bottle of essential oils!
- Relieves Nausea
- Nourishes Skin
- Improves Digestion
- Helps Purify the Body
- Boosts Oral Health
- Relieves Cough and Stimulates Lymphatic Drainage
- Natural Disinfectant
There are so many amazing health and beauty benefits from just a few drops of patchouli oil. Some of the most common benefits of patchouli essential oil include:
- fights depression
- boosts immune system
- works as a natural deodorant
- stops fungal growth
- reduces inflammation
- enhances mood
- strengthens hair
- fights infections
- clears dandruff
- treats skin conditions
- works as a bug repellent
- stimulates hormones
- fights fever
Peppermint oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. It can be used aromatically and topically to address a number of health concerns, from muscles aches and seasonal allergy symptoms,to low energy and digestive complaints. It’s also commonly used to boost energy levels and improve both skin and hair health.
- Relieve Muscle and Joint Pain
- Sinus Care and other Respiratory Benefits
- Seasonal Allergy Relief
- Increase Energy and Improve Exercise Performance
- Alleviate Headaches
- Improve IBS Symptoms
- Freshen Breath and Support Oral Health
- Promote Hair Growth and Reduce Dandruff
- Relieve Itchiness
- Reduce Nausea
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds, which is why it’s one of the top antibacterial essential oils.
- Fights Acne and Other Skin Conditions
- Improve Dry Scalp
- Soothe Skin Irritations
- Fight Bacterial, Fungal and Viral Infections .
- Relieve Congestion and Respiratory Tract Infections
- Help Treat Head Lice
- Help Treat Scabies
- Improve Bad Breath
Ylang ylang is considered an effective antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative. It has a positive effect on immune health, blood flow and emotions, making it a natural remedy for the endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive and digestive systems.Ylang ylang essential oil benefits include:
- Increasing blood flow
- Relieving inflammation
- Regulating heartbeat
- Healing cardiac problems
- Lifting someone’s mood
- Promoting healthy intestinal function
- PMS Remedy