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Written by April Renee
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Staying healthy is no easy feat.  There are so many things to consider in each of our individual situations and our bodies are unique temples.  Finding remedies that support essential health characteristics are readily available to us these days, however.  Some of us just don’t know where to look...

Consider Essential Oils!

Essential oils as defined are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.
The term ‘essential oil’ is said to be a contraction of the original ‘quintessential oil.’  This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements - fire, air, earth and water.  The fifth element would be the quintessence, and was then considered to be the spirit or life force.  According to NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy), distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term ‘spirits’ is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy and whiskey.  The last of these, again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant.

There are hundreds of essential oils to choose from while evaluating your health and the benefits are astounding. Here are just a few of the most popular blends and their benefits:

SANDALWOOD -
Low self esteem
Insecurity
Stress
Enhanced sleep
Female reproductive and endocrine health
Urinary tract infections
Bronchitis
Stretch marks
Depression
Laryngitis
Sensitive skin
***Please take note that although sandalwood is a beneficial oil, the trees must be felled to collect the product and there has been much over harvesting.  Indian sandalwood is controlled by the Indian government, which allows a limited amount of the essential oil to be traded on the world market.  However, due to its high value, sandalwood may be produced illegally without replanting programs in place.  There is concern that this oil should be on the endangered list and many essential oil producers are contemplating not selling it, so you may want to seek an alternative oil, such as Western Australian sandalwood.***

LAVENDER -
Anxiety
Depression
Irritability
Mental fatigue
Panic attacks
Stress
Oily skin
Bruises
Stretch marks
Earaches
Chickenpox
Hypertension
Vertigo
Whooping Cough
Flatulence

CEDARWOOD -
Anxiety
Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, dandruff and dermatitis
Arthritis
Bronchitis
Coughing
Cystitis
Stress
Insect repellant
Hair loss
Tuberculosis
Gonorrhea

FRANKINCENSE -
Insecurity
Grief
Immune system stimulation
Cancer
Depression
Allergies
Headaches
Herpes
Brain damage from head injuries
Panic attacks
Anxiety
Asthma
Coughing
Bronchitis
Scars
Stress
Stretch marks

PEPPERMINT -
Mental fatigue
Nausea
Headache
Exhaustion
Vertigo
Asthma
Flatulence
Sinusitis

Besides these awesome benefits, think of this article I found from 2004… yes, take note of that, 2004, this is NOT a NEW trend.  Essential oils usually used in aromatherapy have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria according to research carried out at the University of Manchester.

It is stated that tests revealed three essential oils that killed MRSA and E. coli as well as many other bacteria and fungi, within just two minutes of contact.  The oils can easily be blended and made into soaps and shampoos which could be used by hospital staff, doctors and patients in a bid to eradicate the spread of these deadly ‘super-bugs’.
The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other super-bug bacteria finds difficult to resist.  The problem with current treatments is that they are made of single compounds which MRSA relatively quickly becomes resistant to, so treatment is only successful in around 50% of cases.

Researchers at the time were desperately looking for funding to develop their work and carry out a clinical trial.  “We believe that our discovery could revolutionize the fight to combat MRSA and other ‘super-bugs’, but we need to carry out a trial and to do that we need a small amount of funding,” said Peter Warn from the University’s Faculty of Medicine who worked on the research.  
The researchers were having problems finding this funding because essential oils cannot be patented as they are naturally occurring, so few drug companies were interested in picking up the funding as they did not see it as commercially viable.    
This is important research to have considered, regardless of any clinical trials or otherwise.  

It’s important to point out that essential oils are not the same things as fragrance oils. Essential oils come from plants while fragrance oils are artificially created and often contain synthetic chemicals.  While they smell good and are typically less expensive, they will NOT give you the therapeutic benefits of organic essential oils -- and you don’t want to be inhaling any synthetic chemicals!

What could possibly be holding you back now that you know how essential, essential oils really are?

This is only a brief overview of what essential oils can do for your health. Want more information? - follow this link to DoTerra Essential Oils Independent Consultant and Wellness Advocate Shannon Verduzco - www.MydoTerra.com/ShannonDanae or you can email her directly - watch the spelling difference - shannon_danee@yahoo.com.

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Authors Bio:  April Renee is a Freelance Writer and Enthusiast.  She currently studies English and Humanities with a focus in Writing Communications.  Her dedication to writing spans many years across topics of many interests.  She is niched in:
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