Essential oils have moved from the realm of mysticism to mainstream. We know that microbes mutate and become immune to drugs, however, no disease-causing microbe has ever been known to mutate against essential oils. Most people have heard of essential oils and many are experimenting with their efficacy. However, there are always questions regarding which essential oils are best for various conditions and how to choose the ones that will be most beneficial for individual needs.

Essential oils for medicinal use

Because pure essential oils are very potent, it is best to dilute them in a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, or coconut. A good ratio to follow is 5-10 drops in a one-ounce bottle of carrier. Always dilute essential oils for babies with more carrier (one tablespoon carrier to one drop essential oil).

Absorption through the skin, such as in a massage, is highly effective. A few essential oils known for their physical medicinal effects are: Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Ginger, Copaiba, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Marjoram, Frankincense, and Geranium. Once beneath the skin, essential oils travel into the intercellular fluid surrounding the skin cells, then move to the internal organs and the lymphatic system. This is how essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems.

Effective for respiratory conditions

Select essential oils that are effective for respiratory conditions are Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Thyme, Lemon, Lavender and Oregano.

Eucalyptus essential oil has eucalyptol which has an antimicrobial effect. Applying it to the chest and throat will help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension that can be a result of a cold or flu.

Rosemary essential oil, like Eucalyptus, contains a compound called cineole that helps break up mucus and reduce inflammation.

Thyme and Oregano essential oils contain a high level of carvacrol that is helpful in fighting off many types of germs. They both may be helpful in eliminating or protecting against viruses and bacteria.

Peppermint, according to one study, is an essential oil that helps relax the muscles of the windpipe, such as the bronchial muscles.

Other supportive essential oils for respiratory conditions are Lemon, Citrus, Lemongrass, and Chamomile.

Inhale the energy

Any physical condition generally has an underlying emotional cause. Inhaling the oils is the fastest and, most often, the preferred method for balancing mood and emotions. Scents can affect at a subconscious level to modify emotional imbalances, change behavior, and help with physical stress. A quality micro-mist diffuser is a safe way to administer essential oils anytime.

The “lifeblood” of plants

What is the secret that makes essential oils so effective and almost magical? Essential oils that are 100 percent pure are extracted or distilled from plants and have the same molecular structure as the human body. The body uses them effectively to carry oxygen and nutrients, just as the plants did.

Our gut is referred to as our second brain. Often, we look to others for answers, but there is a lot we can do for ourselves with awareness and experience. When it comes to antibiotics and vaccines, trust your gut instincts and creativity. The physical body is unique in the ability to sense what is good and what is not. Be aware, and use your experience, your gut feeling, and intention for your highest good.

Nurture yourself with essential oils daily. Each essential oil has its own unique frequency and purpose. A blend always works synergistically to address more than one aspect of a condition. Learn the benefits of essential oils to put you on the safe track for your well-being.