Virtually everything used today in modern drugs can be traced back to a botanical source.
Hippocrates, the father of modern day medicine, taught that following traditional healing wisdom and the good common sense passed down to us for hundreds and even thousands of years in the use Nature's botanical medicines is the best way to health and healing.
Hippocrates recommended a scented bath and daily massage.
Here are just a few of the wide range of uses and recommended essential oils for each:
- Beauty and skin care (geranium roseum and gaveolens, ylang ylang III, carrot seed, rose, patchouli, rosemary verbenon, palmarosa, galbanum, helichrysum).
- Health enhancement (myrrh, frankincense boswellia frereana, spikenard, rosemary verbenon, marjoram, cypress, ledum, juniperberry).
- Prevention of disease, i.e. cold and flu (eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus radiata, lemon, rosemary verbenon, oregano, thyme, cinnamon leaf, ravensara, tea tree, clove).
- Natural remedies for a variety of health issues, including:
- Respiratory conditions (eucalyptus globulus and radiata)
- Digestive complaints (ginger)
- Headache (peppermint, sweet marjoram)
- Nausea (peppermint)
- Weight loss (grapefruit)
- Insomnia (spikenard, vetiver, clary sage, ylang ylang III, German and Roman chamomile)
- Burns (lavender)
- Cancer (research suggests frankincense boswellia carterii and lemon, among others)
Want to know even more oils to use for common health issues?
Check out, Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide for Over 100 Common Ailments By KG Stiles.
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