History of Essential Oils
Ancient traditions show us that aromatics were used for religious rituals, illness and other spiritual needs, dating as far back as 4500BC. Ancient writings describe scented barks, resins, spices and aromatic vinegars were used for embalming and medicine. There are a lot of hieroglyphics on the wall of Egyptian temples depicting the blending of oils and recipes.
Reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine began during the late 19th century. During WWI, the use of aromatic essences became widespread, in both the civilian and military hospitals. Dr. Monciere, exclusively used essential oils for their antibacterial and wound healing properties.
In the 1937 book, Aromatherapy Dr. Gattefosse told the real account of his now-famous use of lavender essential oil that was used to heal a serious burn.
Dr. Jean Valnet, a medical doctor in Paris, exhausted his supply of antibiotics as a physician in China during WWII. He began using essential oils on patients with battle injuries. The essential oils showed a powerful effect in fighting infection. Two of his students, Dr. Paul Belaiche and Dr. Jean-Claude Laprez, expanded on this work.
In 1990, Dr. Daniel Penoil, a French medical doctor, and Pierre Franchomme, a French biochemist, co-authored the first reference book that cataloged the various medical properties of over 270 essential oils and how to use them clinically. The book was published in French and was titled, I'aromatherapie exactement. This became the primary resource of many authors worldwide.
There is much research being done today by doctors and scientists and the healing power of essential oils is again gaining prominence. Our modern world is just beginning to discover the power of God's healing oils - the ancient world knew this well.
How to Use Essential Oils
Diffuse - A cold-air diffuser is designed to atomize a micro-fine mist of essential oils into the air. They can remain suspended in air for several hours.This is the preferred method of diffusing. The oils have not been heated or burnt, therefore they still have all the benefits. Research shows that cold-air diffusing of certain oils may: Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors - relax the body, relieve tension and clear the mind.
Direct Inhalation - Place 2 or more drops in the palm of your left hand and rub clockwise with the flat palm of your right hand. Cup your hands together over your nose and mouth and inhale deeply. Or you can inhale directly from the bottle. This stimulates your limbic system - the center of emotion and memory.
Indirect Inhalation - Rub 2 or more drops of oil on your chest, neck, upper sternum, wrists, or under nose and ears. You can enjoy the fragrance throughout the day.
Vents/Materials - Apply oils to a cotton ball or tissue (do NOT use synthetic fibers or fabric) and place it in the air vent of your car.
NOTE: If your body pH is low, your body will be acidic; therefore, you could have less of a response to the oils. To support this - start adding just a drop or two of lemon oil to a glass of water and drink. First thing in the morning has the best effect, as well as throughout the day. (Remember to use in glass or stainless steel - no plastic - the petrochemicals in your plastic will break down and get in your water)
Specific Area of Concern - you may apply topically to the area you need. Be careful with "hot" oils (ex. peppermint, thieves, oregano ...) If sensative you may want to dilute oil with a carrier oil first before application (Young Living's V6 oil, olive oil, almond oil, ...)
Feet - Reflexology is the applying of pressure to feet or hands using techniques to achieve physical changes. The skin of the feet have the largest pores therefore, absorbing oil faster. There are certain areas of the feet that correspond to each of the systems of the body. The oil will absorb through the feet and get to the area of the body it's needed. Like frequency's attract.
Ears - The muscles that surround the outer ear, or auricular. This area can stimulate certain organs and emotions. This is similar to the Reflexology mentioned above. Massage oils to this area of the ears only - never pour oil directly into the ear.
Spine - The main frame of nerves, oils applied here will again be received by like frequency. Each vertebrae directly affects specific glands or organs. This is why the Raindrop Technique is a very effective therapy.
Bath - to add essential oils to a bath, you must first mix 5 - 10 drops of essential oil into 1/4 cup of epsom salts or bath gel base. Then gradually add water. This helps the oil to disperse into the bath evenly, and to prevent stronger oils from stinging sensitive areas.
Beneath the Tongue - Just a drop under the tongue and the oil is absorbed quickly.
Gelatin Capsule - you may add the drops of oil into an empty capsule and ingest
Add to Liquids - add a drop of oil to a glass of water (make sure to use a glass or stainless steel, no plastic), add to very warm water (just before the boiling point) to make a tea - My favorite is the cinnamon bark and orange oil tea!
Use in Cooking - While simmering, you can add oils to flavor your favorite dishes. A little oregano and/or basil to tomato sauce, rosemary to olive oil for dipping, lemon with olive oil as a marinate for your poultry.........
Basic Guidelines for Safe Use
Storage - Always keep a bottle of a pure vegetable oil (e.g., V6 Vegetable Oil Complex, olive oil, or almond oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils will dilute essential oils if the essential oils cause discomfort or skin irritation.
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