Everyday we have people looking at our Essential oils and wondering what the uses are, so here is a brief summary on history and use.
Essential oils date back to 3500 BC, the Egyptians were the first to use essential oils. Most of what we know about essential oils has been passed down through thousands of years of use, and more recently there has been some scientific studies providing evidence of certain benefits.
Essential oils are derived from many parts of a plant such as bark, leaves, stems, rind of fruit, and flowers/blossoms.
Even though essential oils come from nature they should not be overused and should be used appropriately. It is also important to purchase your essential oils from a trusted brand, and store them in a cool, dark, and dry place.
Essential oils are used in household cleaning products, natural medicine, personal beauty care, and aromatherapy. These oils can be diluted in a carrier oil and used topically or used in diffusers. They should never be applied directly to skin unless mixed with a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil. This wellness article will focus on diffuser use of essential oils for adults only. Here is the remainder of the list that we posted in April:
Lemongrass can promote awareness, purification, and inspire a sense of clarity and relaxation.
Marjoram promotes peace and sleep, and can aid in anxiety, stress relief, fatigue, and depression.
Orange can be uplifting and calming and gives a sense of peace, harmony, and creativity.
Oregano can strengthen one’s feeling of security.
Patchouli can be sedating, calming, and relaxing, allowing to reduce anxiety and depression. It can influence physical energy thus decreasing fatigue.
Peppermint has purifying and cooling property and may help create a focused atmosphere that can inspire, enhance mood, sharpen focus, and stimulate the mind.
Rose can stimulate and elevate the mind, creating a sense of well-being. It can encourage feelings of positive self reflection and uplifting feelings.
Rosemary enhances mental focus and opens the conscious mind. It can create an energized environment and promote a sense of clarity. It may help relieve headaches and migraines.
Sandalwood can be uplifting and calming, and it harmonizes and balances the emotions.
Spearmint can be uplifting and calming. It may help one feel balanced and relieve mental strain and fatigue .
Tangerine can be sedating and calming and create a happy contented mindset.
Tea Tree promotes cleansing and purity to the mind and body.
Thyme can be uplifting, aid in concentration, and help relieve depression. It may help energize in times of physical weakness and stress and bring a sense of purpose.
Vetiver creates an uplifting environment that may help relieve stress and help people recover from emotional trauma and shock. It may help induce restful sleep.
Wintergreen can be stimulating and invigorating. It may influence, elevate, open, and increase awareness.
Ylang Ylang has a calming and relaxing aroma that may help alleviate anger and soothe headaches and nausea.
Sources: Live strong, Aroma Web, Organic Aromas, loving Essential oils, and Modern Essentials
About Shima: Shima graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Microbiology in 1997 and worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with the Infectious Disease Department on clinical trials for over 4 years. She then pursued a career change and graduated with her Doctorate degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2007. During her years enrolled in pharmacy school she worked part-time at St. Louis University, where she helped design a laboratory protocol for the BCG Vaccine Study, which received full funding in 2011.
Shima joined Sinks and Medley Pharmacy in September of 2014 as a pharmacist. She continually strives to focus on improving outcomes and raising the quality of life for patients with all types of medical ailments and conditions.