by Michelle Kmiec
Depression, Insomnia and More!
I know first-hand the devastating effects anxiety (as well as
depression and insomnia) can have on your health and to your overall
sense of well-being!
And in our fast-paced society is it any wonder that these particular
health conditions are on the rise and growing exponentially each
Furthermore, for most
people, the idea of self-care ranks low on their priority list which
is very sad. After all, you can trade in your car for a newer model,
but you only have one you!
So, allowing yourself time to rest and rejuvenate is vital not only
for your physical body but also for your psyche as well.
But before we dive into the amazing healing properties of
essential oils, let's talk a bit
about essential oils and a good place to start is with a brief
have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of
Ebers Papyrus (medical
papyrus of herbal knowledge dating back to around 1500 BC)
included over 800 herbal mixers for many different health
conditions and many of the remedies contained essential
myrrh was prescribed as a wound salve.
In 1922, King
Tut's tomb was discovered and interestingly, there were vats
of essential oils that were still viable!
essential oils were first recorded during the reign of Huang
Ti, also known as the Yellow Emperor. His famous book "The
Yellow Emperor's Book of Internal Medicine"
contains uses for several essential oils which are still in
use today by many eastern medicine practitioners.
medicine has used essential oils for more than 3000 years!
are liquid concentrations of nature
Essential oils are
organic substances derived from the volatile liquid of plants.
These natural plant oils
are extracted from leaves, flowers, grasses, roots, fruits, and
trees, and each oil has a variety of properties and can be used for
many diverse purposes.
For example, the oils are directly or indirectly applied to the skin
or can simply be inhaled.
When the scent of the oil is inhaled, the odor molecule travels
through the nose and stimulates the olfactory nerves which in turn
stimulate the emotional center of the brain where all of our
emotions are stored.
So it's no wonder that
they can relax you when you are feeling stressed, invigorate you
when you are fatigued, or calm you into a peaceful night's sleep.
Here are some highly recommended essential oils to help you reduce
and manage stress:
promotes relaxation and decreases feelings of anxiety and
reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation and sleep
reduces anxiety and depression, and helps reduces scars from
helps to improve memory and has anti-inflammatory properties
Mandarin - calms
nerves, improves mood and promote relaxation
reduce inflammation, wrinkles and age spots, and helps
improve the immune system
Clary Sage -
reduces anxiety and depression and reduce skin inflammation
Jasmine - reduces
depression and promotes healthy skin tone
Cedarwood - helps
reduce inflammation and relieves chronic pain
reduces depression, enhances mood, and helps to relieve pain
Rose - reduces
Ylang Ylang -
induces relaxation and reduces depression
And here is the best
Essential oils are
very convenient and super easy to use!
Not to mention that they
can be used as a natural perfume or as a healthy holistic
alternative to commercial lotions (which I highly recommend!).
If you'd like to make
your own essential concoction, then you should know a bit about oil
Carrier oils (or base oils) should
always be used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the
skin. Essential oils and carrier oils work in synergy with each
Carrier oils "carry" the
essential oil into the skin, while essential oils provide a pleasing
scent to the base oils which themselves possess therapeutic
Basically, carrier oils "carry" the essential oil into the skin,
while essential oils provide a pleasing scent to the base oils which
themselves possess therapeutic benefits.
This is definitely a
Two popular carrier oils are Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba
Sweet Almond Oil
contains Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D and it is known
for its ability to strengthen and moisturize the skin. It
has a warm scent and can elicit a sense of grounding.
Jojoba Oil is not
really an oil but a liquid wax that possesses moisturizing
and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to bring life
to the skin and is one of the most popular carrier oils
because of its luxurious feel when applied to the skin.
Essential oils can also
be added to a warm
Epsom salt bath to relax muscles,
soften skin and promote an overall sense of relaxation.
Alternatively, place a
few drops at the base of the shower for a spa-like steam bath
experience. Another way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is
to put a few drops into a diffuser.
Aromatherapy diffusers are small devices that send the essential oil
elements into the air to both purify the air and create a relaxing
and healing living environment.
Inhaling the vapors of
the essential oils is one of the best ways to reap their therapeutic
I'd like to point out that I always prefer organic
essential oils over non-organic for one simple reason:
They are a bit more
expensive, but when talking about optimal health… you are worth it!