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Essential Oils Move from Mysticism to Mainstream

Mar 02, 2021 08:00AM ● By Joyce Sobotta

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Essential oils have moved from the realm of mysticism to mainstream. We know that microbes mutate and become immune to drugs; however, no disease-causing microbe has ever been known to mutate against essential oils. Most people have heard of essential oils and many are experimenting with their efficacy. However, there are questions regarding which essential oils are best for various conditions and how to choose the ones that will be most beneficial for individual needs.

Essential Oils for Medicinal Use

Because pure essential oils are very potent, it is best to dilute them in a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, grapeseed or coconut. A good ratio to follow is five to 10 drops in a one-ounce bottle of carrier. Always dilute essential oils for babies with more carrier (one tablespoon carrier to one drop essential oil).

Absorption through the skin, such as in a massage, is highly effective. Some essential oils known for their physical medicinal effects are lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, ginger, copaiba, Roman chamomile, rosemary, marjoram, frankincense and geranium. Once beneath the skin, essential oils travel into the intercellular fluid surrounding the skin cells, then move to the internal organs and the lymphatic system. This is how essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems.                                                                                                                   

Effective for Respiratory Conditions                                                                              

Select essential oils that are effective for respiratory conditions are eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme, lemon, lavender and oregano.

Eucalyptus has eucalyptol which has an antimicrobial effect. Applying it to the chest and throat will help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and ease muscle tension that can be a result of a cold or flu.

Rosemary, like eucalyptus, contains a compound called cineole that helps break up mucus and reduce inflammation.

Thyme and Oregano contain a high level of carvacrol which is helpful in fighting off many types of germs. They both may be helpful in eliminating or protecting against viruses and bacteria.

Peppermint, according to one study, helps relax the muscles of the windpipe, such as the bronchial muscles.

Other supportive essential oils for respiratory conditions include lemon, citrus, lemongrass and chamomile.

Inhale the Energy

Any physical condition generally has an underlying emotional cause. Inhaling oils is the fastest and, most often, the preferred method for balancing mood and emotions. Scents can affect at a subconscious level to modify emotional imbalances, change behavior and help with physical stress. A quality micro-mist diffuser is a safe way to administer essential oils anytime.

The “Lifeblood” of Plants

Essential oils that are 100 percent pure, are extracted or distilled from plants and have the same molecular structure as the human body. This is the secret that makes essential oils so effective and almost magical. The body uses them effectively to carry oxygen and nutrients, just as the plants did.

Our gut is referred to as our second brain. Often, we look to others for answers, but there is a lot we can do for ourselves with awareness and experience. When it comes to antibiotics and vaccines, trust your gut instincts and creativity. The physical body is unique in the ability to sense what is good and what is not. Be aware and use your experience, your gut feeling, and intention for your highest good. 

Nurture yourself with essential oils daily. Each essential oil has its own unique frequency and purpose. A blend always works synergistically to address more than one aspect of a condition. Learn the benefits of essential oils to put you on the safe track for your well-being.

Joyce Sobotta creates her own formulations using pure essential oils. She is the founder of Healthy Girls Breast Oil, an exclusive blend she created in 2007. Sobotta is available for consultations for natural health and loves to custom create essential oil blends to suit each client’s needs. To learn more, visit


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