There are also quite a few studies that have found essential oils to be helpful for hair growth. One such study, conducted in 2015, evaluated the efficacy of rosemary oil on patients with androgenetic alopecia, or male or female pattern baldness. Patients were randomly assigned to rosemary oil or minoxidil (a medication commonly used for hair loss) for a six-month treatment period. Researchers found that both groups experienced a significant increase in hair count at the six-month endpoint. They also indicated that scalp itching was more frequent in the minoxidil group. (17)
Essential oils are highly-concentrated essences derived from different parts of aromatic plants, including bark, leaves and flowers 2. The oils are used in a number of ways, from skin-care products to aromatherapy. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of essential oils available and choosing the best one for your needs can be overwhelming 2. Fortunately, there are a handful of commonly-used oils that cover most of your needs and can be found easily at local heath-food stores or specialty shops.
Health benefits:Ginger essential oil has been known to cure pain, stop vomiting, protect from wounds becoming septic, and relax spasm. Some practitioners also use it to inhibit bacterial growth, eliminate gas, and improve brain and memory function, while helping to expel phlegm & catarrh. Finally, it is known to break fevers, clear bowels, bring color to the skin, improve stomach health, and promote sweating, which helps removes toxins from the body.
Health benefits: It has also been found to protect wounds against becoming septic, and it clears spasm, increases appetite, removes excess gas, purifies the blood, increases urination, and promotes a regulated menstrual cycle. Fennel essential oil defends against cough and cold, increases milk secretion, helps clear bowels and constipation, stimulates systems, and is good for stomach and spleen health.
For pet health. Heavily dilute tea tree with coconut oil and, using a cotton swab, gently clean accumulated gunk in your pet’s ears. Proceed with extreme caution though and never drop essential oils into the ear canal (whether pet or human). Tea tree oil also helps to repel insects. Use a drop of tea tree oil on pet bedding or inside their crates to repel fleas and ticks.
Health benefits: Normally, it is used in order to reduce the feeling of depression, cure nervous disorders, open blocked menses, sedate inflammation, reduce spasms, and is good for stomach. Furthermore, it inhibits bacteria, removes gas, increases perspiration & removes toxins, while reducing fever, lowering blood pressure and boosting the health of the immune system.
Health benefits: Traditionally, it has been known to fight depression and uplifts mood, soothes inflammation due to fever, protects wounds against developing sepsis, relieves spasms, fights viral infections, enhances libido and cures sexual disorders, while tightening gums and muscles, and stopping hemorrhaging. Furthermore, it inhibits bacterial growth, promotes discharges and secretions, heals scars, purifies the blood, opens up obstructed menses, stops hemorrhaging, boosts liver health, cures constipation and nervous disorders, as well as being good for stomach and uterine health.
Help kill bacteria in the kitchen & around the home. Clove is a natural antibacterial, powerful against many bacteria strains. It kills E. coli, Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori (implicated with stomach ulcers), Staphylococcus aureus (also known as golden staph), Streptococcus pneumoniae, and many others, with no observed side effects. Put a drop on your kitchen sponge, in dishwashing liquid, and on cutting boards to reduce bacteria naturally. Don’t forget telephones, toilet seats, doorknobs, and computer keyboards!
Pour the oil into a container for storage as quickly as possible. Most essential oils can be kept for at least one or two years, but some have very short shelf lives. To maximize the useful life of your oil, keep it in a dark glass bottle or stainless steel container. Use a clean funnel to pour the oil into the container, and make sure the container is clean before pouring the oil into it. Store it in a cool, dark place.
Skin complaints. Whether your skin is dry and mature or oily and blotched with blemishes, frankincense oil has wonderful balancing qualities. It helps to reduce lines and wrinkles by tightening and toning skin, accelerates the healing of blemishes, skin ulcers and wounds, and stimulates cell regeneration. For anti-aging benefits, put several drops into your favorite night time moisturizer. For acne and blemishes, apply it neat directly on the problem area, unless you have very sensitive skin, then dilute as described below.
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Health benefits: The uses of bitter almond essential oil are widely ranged, and include killing worms, reducing fever, killing bacteria, germs, and fungi, sedation and reducing inflammation. It can also cause numbness and act as an anesthetic or desensitizing agent. It is a purgative that increases urination, and helps remove excess water, salt, toxins, and fat from the body, while countering the effects of intoxicants, curing spasms, and helping to cure hydrophobia, which is the fear of water.
Promising research for breast health. 2014 Iranian research published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that lavender oil kills breast cancer cells but leaves healthy cells unharmed. It’s important to note that this study was on cells in a petri dish, not on humans. The researchers concluded that: “L. angustifolia has cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in HeLa and MCF-7 cell lines, and apoptosis is proposed as the possible mechanism of action.”2
Health benefits: This oil has been traditionally used to soothe inflammation, fight depression and uplift mood, protect against sepsis, enhance libido and as a cure for sexual dysfunction. Also, it gives relief from gas, increases urination and removes toxins, while toning up general health of the immune system, reducing emotional and nervous disturbances, increasing discharge and secretions from glands.
Improve brain health. Rosemary oil is stimulatory to the central nervous system, and helps to promote clearer thinking. Rosemary has long been valued for its ability to help overcome mental fatigue, and to improve mental clarity and focus. Japanese researchers have recently shown that carnosic acid (one of rosemary’s phytochemicals) has neuroprotective functions in brain cells and may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.6
Health benefits: It is great for uplifting moods and fighting depression, and it has also been popularized for eliminating gas build-up, warming the respiratory system, reducing body odor, curing infections, relaxation, promoting urination, and the subsequent removal of body toxins. This useful essential oil also strengthens gums and stops hemorrhaging, cures inflammation, improves circulation, and can help cure arthritis, while calming anxiety and relieving tension.