By now, you’ve probably heard about, or even used, essential oils (EOs) for aromatherapy, relaxation, massage, etc. There is a plethora of good information on the web about their uses, but there are also unsubstantiated claims. For example, I could not in good conscience recommend any EO with the promise that it will bring me success (yes, these claims are out there!) However, I do believe these plant oils do have effects on the mind and the body. The third edition Essential Oils Desk Reference explains:
When a fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes that are well protected by the lining inside the nose. Each odor molecule fits like a little puzzle piece into specific receptor cell sites that line a membrane known as the olfactory epithelium. Each one of these hundreds of millions of nerve cells is replaced every 28 days. When stimulated by odor molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain.
So to avoid misleading my readers, below I’m going to describe what documented benefits these particular EOs convey, and also their ancient uses from historical sources, such as the Bible. I hope this will be especially helpful for individuals moving toward a more natural, less toxic lifestyle.
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. Some of these ways will be described below.
Bay Essential Oil .5 oz $25.69 (Pimenta Racemosa)
A spicy, sweet aroma that invigorates, opens the senses and enlivens the spirit. Dilute in jojoba oil and use as an invigorating scalp tonic. Bay blends nicely with eucalyptus.
Bergamot Essential Oil Organic 1 oz $24.99
Sweet and fruity, and mixes well with cedarwood and chamomile essential oils.
Black Pepper Essential Oil $21.00
Used in Ayurvedic medicine because it relieves flatulence/gas (i.e., carminative), and is warming and eliminative (i.e., purifying).
Cardamom Essential Oil 10 ml $39.60
Known for easing indigestion, for producing mental clarity and supporting healthy respiration. Cardamom is one of the essential oils celebrated as an overall health tonic for the body.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil 1 oz $19.99
Earthy, woody and sweet, and mixes well with lavender and geranium.
German Blue Chamomile 3 ml $53.00
Calms both upset stomachs and upset emotions. Soothing and anti-inflammatory, it makes the skin glow and the hair shine.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil 1 oz $29.99
Warm and spicy, and mixes well with citrus oils, clove, and nutmeg.
Clary Sage Organic Essential Oil .25 oz $19.99
A key ingredient in many skincare formulas, clary sage has a sweet, soothing aroma with intriguing musk and wine-like nuances.
Frankincense Essential Oil 1 fl oz $62.97
Uniquely warm, rich and spicy, with a scent described as clean, woody, fruity and peppery.
Geranium Essential Oil 1 oz $19.99
Subtly sweet and floral.
Helichrysum Essential Oil 10 ml $184.00
A sweet-herbal essential oil that is used for treating bruises, burns, ear infections and respiratory issues, acne, stretch marks and new or old scars, while soothing and moisturizing the skin.
Hyssop Essential Oil 1 oz $31.99
Camphor-like, useful in respiratory and viral issues.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil 1 fl oz $24.99
Used to reduce edema; benefits kidney/bladder issues.
Lavender Oil Organic 1 oz $22.99
Frequently used to eliminate nervous tension but is stellar in its skin rejuvenation abilities. Used in many hospitals around the world to treat burn victims.
Patchouli Organic Essential Oil .25 oz $17.49
A widely used fixative in perfumes, patchouli’s rich, earthy aroma provides an olfactory bridge between floral and herbaceous oils.
Organic Peppermint Oil 1 oz $18.75
Fresh smelling, revitalizing, invigorating, and cooling. Helps promote mental focus.
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil 1 fl oz $18.75
A warmly scented oil, that is uplifting and purifying. Ideal for focus and concentration.
Sandalwood Oil Blend 1 oz $29.99
Subtle, floral, with undertones of wood and fruit.
Spearmint Essential Oil Organic 1 fl oz $22.49
A tantalizing sweet scent of fresh mint. Invigorating, energizing, and refreshing.
Spruce Hemlock Essential Oil 10 ml $25.00
This invigorating oil has many varied uses in aromatherapy, most notable eases breathing trouble associated with a wide range of respiratory problems.
Tea Tree Essential Oil 1 oz $22.05
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial. Relieves muscular aches and pains.
Thuja Essential Oil 1 oz $33.00
anti-rheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insect repellent, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substance.
Thyme (Red) Essential Oil 1 oz $42.50
Warm, spicy and herbaceous. Blends well with bergamot, clary sage, geranium and lavender.
Vetiver Essential Oil 10 ml $43.00
For thousands of years, vetiver essential oil has been used in Ayurveda medicine to treats fevers, muscle aches, headaches, and arthritis. The purported health benefits of vetiver essential oil may be due to its nervine, sedative, cicatrisant, antiseptic, tonic, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, and antioxidant properties. (Source: https://tinyurl.com/y9demzgn)
Diffusers do not heat essential oils but rather, disperse them into the air as vapor. This is important because heating would degrade the aroma and therapeutic qualities of the oil. Individual oils or combinations can easily be used in a diffuser, and the oil’s benefits are protected.
Ultrasonic USB Diffuser $26.99
NOW® Solutions Ultrasonic USB Oil Diffuser unites aromatherapy with modern scientific innovation to create a diffuser that plugs into your laptop with a USB cable. This mobile diffuser is BPA-free and diffuses essential oils for up to 4 hours. IT utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties every time you use it.
Ultrasonic Real Bamboo Diffuser $49.99
NOW© Solutions Real Bamboo Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser unites aromatherapy with modern scientific innovation to create an essential oil diffuser that’s the perfect complement to your home or office. This attractive diffuser is BPA-free and utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties.
Ultrasonic Metal Touch Diffuser $49.99
NOW® Solutions new Metal Touch Ultrasonic Diffuser is a sleek and contemporary diffuser that complements almost any décor and makes a healthy alternative to scented candles and aerosol air fresheners. This attractive unit has rotating LED lights, runs up to seven hours continuously, and has a total run life of 5,000+ hours.
NOW® Solutions Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser unites scientific innovation with contemporary design to create an essential oil diffuser that’s the perfect complement to your home or office. This attractive diffuser is BPA-free and utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine aromatherapy mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties. It’s perfect for daily and year-round use and is a healthy alternative to synthetic room fresheners and scented candles.
Dr. Mercola Dry Aroma Diffuser $62.49
Easy to operate, a single silver control knob switches the unit on and off, and allows you to control its speed of operation. To use, lift the glass nozzle and add 10 to 15 drops of one or more essential oils to the reservoir. We recommend using our 100 percent Organic Essential Oils for optimal benefits.
The Dry Aroma Diffuser requires no water to operate. Within seconds, it begins drawing the essential oil (s) up through the internal spray nozzle and then sprays it against the wall of the reservoir, creating droplets. The droplets then disperse through the glass nozzle’s small opening, diffusing powerfully into your space.
Operating at a soft purr, the Diffuser runs continuously for 5 minutes and then rests silently for 3 minutes until you turn the control knob to the off position. This intermittent operation conserves your oils and allows your olfactory system to fully benefit from the oil’s components. You don’t need to monitor it yourself!
Ultrasonic Circular Dual Mist Diffuser $49.99
NOW® Solutions Dual Mist Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser unites aromatherapy with modern scientific innovation to create an essential oil diffuser that’s the perfect complement to your home or office. This attractive diffuser is BPA-free and has dual directional mist nozzles, which utilize high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. This diffusion method doesn’t utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties every time you use it.