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Benefits and Uses of Essential Oils F-N

Frankincense ~ Resin from a scraggly but hardy tree that originates in Middle East. Frankincense is one of the gifts the three wise men brought to Jesus at his birth. Has a rich woody, earthy scent. Helps joint pain, arthritis, bronchitis and nasal congestion, heals cuts and infected skin. Good insect repellent.

Properties: Antiseptic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, digestive, sedative, tonic, expectorant.

For skincare: Rejuvenates aging skin, strengthens hair roots, tones and lifts skin. In cream is excellent for dry, mature or wrinkled skin.
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Geranium ~ Oil from leaves and flowers of plant/shrub. Good for bruises, burns, cuts, hemorrhoids, lice, mosquito repellent, ringworm, ulcers, edema, poor circulation, neuralgia, sore throat, tonsillitis, infections of nose, throat and respiratory, stress and anxiety, pms, menopausal problems, it is known to balance hormones. Great mental uplifting effects and can be very effective in treating depression, anxiety, anger. Geranium calms irritability, relaxes the mind and eases insomnia. Its reputation as an extremely versatile essential oil is well documented.

Properties: Astringent, haemostatic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary

For skincare: Good for acne, dermatitis, eczema, creates balance between oily and dry skin, nourishes and re-hydrates dry and mature skin. Good deodorant, lasts long and eliminates body odor.

Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant but may cause sensitivity in some people. Should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing.

Ginger (Root) ~ Oil from 3-4' tall perennial herb root that has a warm, spicy, woody scent with a hint of lemon and pepper. Aids digestion. Ginger contains essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid, silicon and B3. Helpful with colds and flu, nausea (motion sickness, morning sickness), rheumatism, coughs and circulation issues. Add few drops of oil to a warm bath to relieve arthritis, nausea, muscle aches, digestive upsets, and poor circulation. Relieves muscular cramps, spasms, aches and ease stiffness in joints with creams. Eases anxiety, renews vitality and self-confidence.

You can easily grow Ginger by planting a ginger root from the store. We plant ours a few inches deep in a large container so we can bring it in when the temps drop in the 40's. Ginger has beautiful tropical blooms, usually in the second year. The top foliage will die back in winter and regrow the next spring. You dig up and cut off a bit of root for use in cooking. Many Asian dishes use ginger. Replant the remaining root and it keeps growing!! Ginger is easy to chop and grate to use in recipes, a little goes a long ways. You can freeze any leftover ginger.

Properties: Digestive, carminative, expectorant, antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties.

For skincare: Relieves acne, lighten age spots, promote smoothness and evenness of skin tone, increases radiance to skin

Cautions: May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Grapefruit (Pink) ~ Oil from fruit of 20-30' evergreen, subtropical fruit tree. Fresh and citrusy, up lifting, ease muscle fatigue, stiffness. Helps with cellulite, blood urea, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, stiffness and cramps in muscles, eases nervous exhaustion and relieves depression. helps diminish appetites, improves digestion and metabolism, a natural toner.

Properties: Diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, anti depressant, anti septic, aperitif, lymphatic and tonic.

For skincare: Excellent body tonic because it increases circulation, tones skin cells, improves cellulite. Purifies congested, oily, acne skin. Believed to promote hair growth.

Cautions: Can cause photo sensitivity, so avoid strong sun exposure after using. Avoid use during pregnancy. You should check with your doctor if you are taking drugs for heart arrhythmia, depression, seizures, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and your immune system because grapefruit can negatively interact with the body's metabolism of these drugs.

Lavender (40/42 Ester) ~ Oil from flowers of herb plant. Lavender is of the most popular, widely used herbs. Great floral scent, although scents will vary between batches. This version is a mixture of other lavenders so the therapeutic qualities are a bit less. We love it for the wonderfully relaxing, aromatic scent, calming nature. You can use in diffusers, few drops in warm bath, on dryer sheets, light bulbs.

Helps sore, tense or achy muscles, rheumatism, sprains, backache. For throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis use as a vapor, inhaler or apply diluted oil or cream to neck, chest and back. It also helps insect bites, repels mosquitoes and moths. Repels lice in hair.

Great to remove nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and treat respiratory problems. migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, emotional stress. The relaxing, refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity, great for insomnia.

Properties: Analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrizant, cordial, cytophylactic, diuretic, emmenagogue, deodorant, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, parasitical, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary

For skincare: Treats acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly, by aiding in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil with chamomile treats eczema.

Cautions: Pregnant and nursing women should avoid high doses because it is a uterine stimulant.

Lemon ~ Oil from fruit of small evergreen citrus tree. Very popular in beverages, like lemonade, and in cooking. We love the refreshing, crisp, yet sweet scent. Lemon oil has high vitamin content so it increases your immunity and stimulates white blood cells to fight disease. Lemon oil also improves the circulation in the body, removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. Good for memory, uplifting, helps concentration. Treats stress disorders, fever, infections, asthma, good for over weight, insomnia, skin disorders, hair disorders, stomach problems and tiredness. Soothes itchiness caused by bug bites. Wonderful for cleaning.
Properties: Stimulating, calming, carminative, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, sleep inducing, and anti fungal properties.

For skincare: Cleansing for skin and hair. Wonderful hair tonic for strong, healthy and shinning hair, removes dandruff. Rejuvenates dull skin, treats pimples, eczema and similar skin conditions, improves signs of aging on the skin, like age spots. For acne, oily skin, add few drops lemon essential oil to witch hazel or water, apply few times day. For age spots, add few drops lemon to carrier oil. Add few drops lemon to bath water for itchy skin, eczema.

Cautions: May cause skin irritation in some. Photo toxic and should be avoided prior to direct sun exposure. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Lemongrass ~ Oil from fast growing, tall grass. Very popular in Asian cooking, beverages, desserts. Scent is an earthy citrus. Invigorating, antiseptic, anti-depressant, tones and fortifies the nervous system, relaxing, good for soothing muscular nerves and pain. Good for sore throats, headaches, infections, respiratory. Given in tea to bring down very high fever. Very helpful for lactating mothers as it increases amount and quality of breast milk.

Properties: Analgesic, anti depressant, anti microbial, anti pyretic, anti septic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactogogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative and tonic.

For skincare: Helps fight acne and greasy skin, wonderful in perfumes and deodorants.

Cautions: People with glaucoma and children under 5 should avoid use. Use caution with prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and those with skin hypersensitivity or damaged skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Lime ~ Oil from small green fruit of small evergreen tree. Widely used in cooking and beverages. Full of anti oxidants and other beneficial nutrients Very fresh and crisp, refreshing, uplifting and revitalizing. Reduces pain of muscles and joints in arthritis. Helps cure infections of throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. Wonderfully effective in curing sores, boils, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes. Helps entire respiratory system, like bronchitis. Helps flu, mumps, cough and cold, measles. Good for toothaches, diarrhea.

Properties: Anti depressant, anti septic, anti viral, astringent, bactericidal, disinfectant, febrifuge, restorative and tonic.

For skincare: Is astringent on skin, helps clear oily skin, good for acne.

Cautions: Users should avoid direct sunlight after application as lime is photo toxic. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Marjoram ~ Oil from bushy perennial herb. Great for muscle aches is comforting, warming, restoring, soothing, acting as a decongestant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-fungal agent. Reduces pain from

Helps cure headache, sinusitis, cold, bronchitis, asthma, stress and insomnia, pain in muscles and joints and fatigue.

Properties: Analgesic, anti spasmodic, anaphrodisiac, anti septic, anti viral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, stomachic, vasodilator and vulnerary.

For skincare: Good for eczema, acne, reducing cellulite

Cautions: Generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Myrrh ~ Reddish resin from a 20-30' thorny tree. Reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system. Eases cough and chest congestion, good for wounds and muscle pains.

Properties: Anti microbial, astringent, expectorant, anti fungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anti catarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic.

For skincare: Good for eczema, ringworm, itches, skin infections. Helps fade scars and spots Cautions: Can be toxic in high concentrations. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

Neem ~ A thick liquid oil which is extracted from the fruits and seeds of large neem tree. Oil gets solid in the cold. The neem tree is widely used in Asia and Africa. The wood is termite resistant, and is used in building. The bark produces tannin and gum which is used in textiles and medicines.

Rich in fatty acids and glycerides it is a wonderful natural moisturizer for skin. Alleviates pain, arthritis, athlete's foot, ringworm, bacterial infections, burns, cuts, eczema, hair dressing, head lice, nits, psoriasis, warts diabetes, blood disorders, digestive problems. Commonly used as a pesticide and in flea and tick control.

Properties: Antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, dermatological and dental agent, a natural insect repellant.

For skincare: Neem has been used for centuries in Indian medicine for skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne. Mix with carrier oil and rub on skin. Helps dandruff and itchy scalp. It contains Vitamin E and is high in essential fatty acids which moisturize and help improve skin's elasticity. Is regenerative and is very effective at soothing and restoring dry, cracked skin.

Cautions: Large doses may be toxic. Avoid use during pregnancy and nursing.

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