Essential oils are the liquid life that flows through plants. They contain the "essence" of the plant's properties. God created plants to help Man by creating some with components that can soothe our spirits while others are more invigorating to us. Some plants have historically been used for their anti-bacterial qualities while other may help skin heal more quickly. Each type of plant has different properties and therefore each essential oil distilled from different plants will have different properties as well.
With winter coming up, I've done some research on different types of essential oils that might be able to help the body fight off sickness. It is important for me to state that I have not paid a professional laboratory or doctor to verify how well these work to ward off illness (although I do have a homeschool science project in mind now!). However, I will share with you what I've learned about oils and how they have historically been used.
One of the most interesting blends of essential oils that is all over the internet is one that supposedly kept a band of robbers from catching the plague as they stole from those who had died of the plague in the 15th century. The robbers were spice traders and would rub these particular spices on their body and they continued their stealing for years without getting sick.
There are various forms of this essential oil blend on the internet but the one I find most often is this:
40 drops Clove Essential Oil
35 drops Lemon Essential Oil
20 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Here are some of the historical uses of each essential oil as found in The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health Beauty a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood. I have had this book forever and it is my "go-to" guide for essential oils.
Clove - antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, toothache, digestive problems, muscular disorders, sterilization of surgical tools.
Lemon - water purifier, scurvy, antiseptic, antibacterial, tension headaches, insect bites, stimulates digestion,
Eucalyptus - chest problems, colic, cools the body, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, analgesic, deodorizing, insect repellent, sunburn.
Rosemary - stimulant, antiseptic, arthritis, headaches, coughs, flu, migraines, diabetes.
While I do not believe in using essential oils internally, I have found wonderful benefits in diffusing the oils in the air. I fill up my diffuser with distilled or filtered water then add 5 drops of this essential oil blend and let it run. The diffuser sends a light mist of the essential oil into the air where we breathe it in and maybe even let it mist our skin. The blend smells wonderful and hopefully it will help to fight off germies that we might come in contact.
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