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The Wonderful Smells of Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits

Aromatherapy has always been an interest of mine. I frequently use essential oils to lift my spirits, for supposed health and cleansing reasons as well as for their wonderful scents.

Thinking about writing this article about aromatherapy and essential oils led me to do quite a bit of research. I found a wealth of information in both books and online.

These are the facts that have stayed with me and seemed perfect to share here.

Aromatherapy has been used throughout history. Essential oils are both used for their pleasant smells and their antibacterial properties. French chemist Rene-Marice Gattefosse suffered burns in 1910 and discovered that lavender oil was a helpful remedy. Essential oils also were used during World War II to help treat injured soldiers.

Plants continued to be used medicinally throughout the Middle Ages and though to the twenty first century. In the 1950’s an Austrian biochemist Maury became interested in aromatherapy and vegetable carrier oils, to dilute essential oils for topical use in massage. 
 
 With the holidays just around the corner I’m thinking of pumpkin and apple pie smells coming from the kitchen. It’s time to put away my summer flowery essential oils, which I use in a diffuser during the summer. I have exchanged them for smells of a spicier scent for the coming holidays.

The mixture of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are a great combination for fall and winter (That is if you are not allergic to CINNAMON like I am.) Shake out two or more drops of each oil into a diffuser and add water according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Around the holidays there is a sense of deja vu when you use the mixture of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon in your diffuser. It has a delightful smell of pies baking and you expect to find grandma at the kitchen table wearing a flowered apron, eyeglasses sitting on the tip of her nose and hands in flour up to her elbows rolling out pie crust!

I didn’t have a grandma that baked but, I had friends that had grandmas who baked pies. I spent a lot of time at my friends’ homes. Now, when I use the mixture of nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla I get a warm, cozy feeling. No cinnamon for me!

100 percent pure essential oils are recommended. Some benefit of all these essential oils is that it lifts your spirits. Each essential oil has its own unique scent and healing properties. Experiment with different oils to find your favorite fragrance. A mixture of oils can be very pleasing.

Inhalation is the simplest use for essential oils. A few drops of the oils in a diffuser can induce calmness, relaxation and improve clarity and memory. A relaxing mixture — — Few drops of each — lavender, bergamot and Roman chamomile. 
Essential oils
 Nutmeg — — — Nutmeg is a sweet spicy brown nut used for cooking and baking. A nutmeg grater is used to grate the nut in to a spice. You can add a pinch of nutmeg spice to soups and other foods for health benefits. When nutmeg oil is used in a steam diffuser. It helps to reduce stress, pain, and soothes indigestion. It is also used for respiratory problems. Nutmeg can ease menstrual cramps and calm a nauseous stomach. Another benefit is to ease worry and improve negative thinking.

Cloves — — -the benefits of clove oil is attributed to its antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulating properties. Researchers show that the oil can inhibit staphylococcus. To treat acne mix a few drops of clove oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil; put that mixture on a cotton ball and apply it to the inflamed area. Clove oil has been used for centuries to relieve the pain of a toothache. It has numerous medicinal properties. Use it topically for pain relief, use a carrier oil when applying it to the body.
 
Ginger — — -can be used in baking and cooking to enhance the flavor of bread, pies or a cup of hot tea. Ginger has been used to soothe an upset stomach and for constipation. Ginger ale has long been a favorite drink when not feeling well. Ginger essential oil in a diffuser is helpful for a respiratory problem. It’s warming and great to use during cold and flu season. A little cosmetic trick to plump lips — — — a drop of cinnamon mixed with a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to your lips. Being allergic to cinnamon my lips would swell up like a blowfish!

My afternoon pick me up
 A couple teaspoons of jasmine tea leaves
one teaspoon of ginger spice in teapot, steep for 5 minutes. 
 Add a teaspoon of honey and a little almond milk.

Amazon prime has many informative books on Aromatherapy and Essential oils. I am touching on some of the Essential oils that would be found on Amazon prime.

Resources
http://www.aromatherapy.com/history.html

Holistic Aromatherapy: Practical Self-Healing with Essential Oils by Marc J. Gian

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Note — -Aromatherapy and Essentials are not meant to take the place of your physician.

Until We Meet Again!