I do love essential oils and use them often. I use them as substitutes for synthetic household cleaners, deodorants, soaps, mouth wash, inflammations, insect repellent and after bite relief. I use them in a diffuser to improve my mood and when I am doing reiki to assist with healing. There are numerous essential oils that have properties that assist us in alleviating various ailments or dis-eases.
Do Essential Oils Heal?
Using Merriam-Webster’s first definition of heal – to make free from injury or disease : to make sound or whole, they do not. They can, however, mend individual ailments on their own but are often more powerful when used in conjunction with other actions. They are a great tool to have in your arsenal of holistic healing, whether it is just for yourself or you assist others in healing.
Essential oils are comprised of various chemical constituents. These constituents react in various ways with our bodies and this knowledge is essential if you are looking to get specific results. The internet will have this knowledge readily available, but the information is not always reliable. I have a few books on the topic but if I had to choose just one it would be:
The book contains 5 sections with the two largest being a section of common ailments with remedies and one with individual profiles for common essential oils. It also contains various recipes and different ways to use oils.
For example, if I am wanting to know which oils to use to treat depression I could go to the ailments section and find that diffusing clary sage or jasmine are beneficial. Or I can use the index and find that all of these have properties known to help with symptoms of depression: allspice, benzoin, bergamot, cassia, cinnamon leaf, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasminelavender, lemon verbena, lime, melissa, neroli, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, rose geranium, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, thyme, valerian, vetiver, and ylang-ylang.
I can then pick one to build off of if I want to use more. It shares information about which other oils they blend well with and other properties for each oil.
How I Used Them to Help Heal My Knee
A few months ago, I injured my knee while coaching my daughter’s U8 soccer team. I had to keep it bent in order to carry weight on it. It was extremely frustrating not to be able to run around with the kids and I was determined to heal this injury as quickly as possible. The first thing I did was make a rollerball containing frankincense, lemon, patchouli, and sage (each have anti-inflammatory properties). Then I went to the internet to see if I could determine what was going on with my knee.
Based on my previous experience of a torn ACL and meniscus I was able to rule that out. I determined it was most likely hyperextended and began doing daily exercises to strengthen the muscles around it. I do not rely on myself and the internet for a diagnosis, however, as I a by no means an expert in physiology. I had my chiropractic friend take a look. She confirmed it was hyperextended, but helped me to identify the cause. I have (had) a muscle that goes over y pelvic bone pulled so tight that it torqued my entire leg when I would walk or run.
She gave me different exercises to focus on. I did reiki on the area with the intention of relaxing that muscle. I also had a sports massage to help. I continued to work on this and was able to run, free from any pain within 4 weeks.
Essential oils help with the inflammation and eased the pain somewhat, but it was the holistic approach to healing that enabled me to achieve effective results so quickly.
Complete Holistic Healing
To completely free one’s self from injury and/or disease requires a lot of work, but most importantly the care and desire to do so. This involves the healing of the mind, the body, and the spirit. All 3 can be worked on at the same time, but if you are unsure of where to start, I would say the mind because everything begins there.
If our thoughts are not in line with our emotions, our actions are going to be haphazard and not get us to our desired results. Sometimes we may make decisions for ourselves based on knowledge (eating right, for example), but sometimes we may let emotion drive our actions and indulge in a bowl of ice cream for instant gratification.
Understanding our mind and how to fully utilize our left (analytical/masculine) and right (creative/feminine) hemispheres and in harmony is key to consistently taking actions that will help you achieve your goal of holistic health.
Our bodies are a result of what we put into them and what we do with them, ie nutrition and exercise. Our spirit is the current condition of our vibratory energy. This changes from moment to moment, but our ability to remain conscious in each moment will help us take actions that will consistently work to raise this vibration.
If holistic health is something that you seek, I invite you to call, text, or email me. I can help you get on the path to holistic health and assist you in staying on that path. I can’t walk the path for you. That is your responsibility. I do know from my own experience that this path is much easier to walk when we have people guiding us on the way. I walked with a lot of people that have helped me and will continue to do so.
May your journey be blessed with health and love!