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THE ESSENTIALS ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

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tom4By Tom Kish

It is a well-known fact that overuse of anti-biotics may render you susceptible to certain drug-resistant bacteria. It has become evident to me and other healers that the only true defense against certain drug-resistant bacteria is through the use of natural medicines such as essential oils. This fact makes the enormously profitable drug companies shudder. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent a natural medicine such as essential oils and therefore will either deny their effectiveness or ignore them altogether. Keep in mind that without a patent a product is worthless to a pharmaceutical company.

Essential oils are just that: oils that are extracted from specific parts of plants and are essential to the plants survival. The oils are found in seeds, leaves, roots, flowers and resins in various amounts at different times of the year. Unlike the use of prescription drugs, the extraction and use of essential oils has been around for centuries and were used by ancient civilizations for the treatment of illnesses and in religious ceremonies. We all know the story of the Wise Men bringing gifts of the essential oils known as frankincense and myrrh to the newborn Christ-child.

Essential Oils are quickly regaining the respect as remedies for illnesses and ailments that modern medicines ineffectively treat. In fact, you probably use some essential oils everyday without even knowing it. For example, cough drops and nasal inhalers contain oil of eucalyptus to assist in decongestion of nasal passages, oil of peppermint is used in toothpaste as an anti-bacterial agent, pine oil is used in household cleansers and at TOM KISH skin care we rely on the unique healing powers of some essential oils in the formulation of our skin care products.

Essential Oils are extremely concentrated. For example, a single cup of rose oil requires 110 pounds of rose petals. For this reason essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin or taken internally.

In this article we will explore the topical use of essential oils and essential oil use in the bath and as inhalants.


TOPICAL APPLICATION OF

ESSENTIAL OILS

Transdermal application” is the delivery of a substance through the skin. Just as drugs such as nicotine and certain hormones can be delivered transdermally by the application of a “patch”, essential oils can be delivered transdermally.

Due to their concentrated nature, essential oils should always be diluted with another base material such as another oil. The oil that you rub on the skin will be absorbed by the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. The best oils to use for dilution purposes are those high in monosaturated fats such as hazelnut, avocado, olive or almond. These oils are higher in antioxidants that serve to preserve the oil and provide extra protection once absorbed into the body. The oil should be unrefined and cold-pressed and maintained in opaque amber glass in a dark, cool area such as a refrigerator.

Prior to application of the essential oil to the skin it should be diluted with an oil mentioned above. Add 2 to 4 drops of the essential oil to 2 tsp. of the oil mentioned above. After diluting the essential oil, place a small amount in the palm of your hand to warm it. Then gently massage the oil over the area being treated. Refrain from bathing the area treated for at least a few hours after the application of the oil to allow it to be absorbed by the skin. As I mentioned, essential oils are extremely concentrated and some individuals may experience some irritation to the skin. It is best to test a small area before applying the essential oil to a larger area of skin.

BATHING WITH

ESSENTIAL OILS

It is well documented that essential oils are absorbed in baths. In fact, essential oil baths are commonly used for relaxation or in the treatment of overall muscle soreness, arthritic joints or widespread skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Lavender oil is known to help induce sleep. Adding a mere single drop of lavender oil to a baby’s bath water can be quite effective. For adults, 10 drops added to your running bath water can achieve similar results.

It has been shown that oils from thyme are absorbed in large quantities and eliminated through the lungs and an effective treatment for chronic coughs, emphysema, whooping cough and asthma. Chamomile oil in the bath has been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic eczema and hemorrhoids and pine oil baths have been shown to increase white blood cell counts.

Widespread skin disorders are the bane of some existences. They are very difficult for physicians to diagnose and treat and in some cases it may take years to correct the problem. Supplying healing compounds such as those found in essential oils to the bath may be a much more effective treatment. The healing baths can be continued indefinitely without harmful side effects while other problems are addressed.

INHALATION OF

ESSENTIAL OILS

The inhalation of essential oils is commonly referred to as aromatherapy. Most of us know that inhaling certain fragrances has the ability to alter our moods. Think about when you smell a fresh cut lawn or a pie baking in the oven. A fragrance can calm, change your heart rate and lessen tension. A lesser known fact is that inhaling essential oils also has certain healing properties.

Inhaling lavender oil fumes has been shown to end a headache, asthma attack, panic attack and mild seizure. The next time you have a headache try placing 5 or 6 drops of the essential oil in a handkerchief and hold close to your nose and breathe.

Breathing eucalyptus oil clears congestion in the nose and lungs. Again, try placing 5 or 6 drops of eucalyptus oil in a handkerchief and breathe the next time you have a congestion caused by a cold. Or add 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil to a vaporizer. Or by diluting it with one of the oils I mentioned earlier, it becomes an excellent chest rub to clear air passages to help you breathe easier.

TOM KISH ESSENTIAL OILS

There are approximately 750 essential oils that have been extracted from plants. A single essential oil, such as lavender, can contain over 150 compounds that can have healing properties.

At TOM KISH skin care, we recognize and respect the fact that when you extract the very essence of a plant by distilling hundreds of pounds down to just a few ounces of essential oil you have acquired some very powerful compounds. For this reason we have introduced the use of essential oils into our skin care line. For more information contact us at 310-876-1949.

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