5 Of The Top Healing Essential Oils
Essential oils are a very hot and very controversial topic in 2018.
They’re a hot topic because it seems like everywhere you turn, someone is advertising essential oils...or friends, family and even some physicians (like myself) promote their use.
But they’re also quite controversial.
Essential oils are controversial for a few reasons. The first reason is one I’m quite happy about. The rise in the use of essential oils threatens the pharmaceutical industry as they wrestle away the monopolistic control that industry has on “healing.”
That doesn’t mean I’m happy pharmaceutical companies are losing money. I’m just happy people are turning to different forms of treatments and are no longer content to be forced to believe that drugs are all there is available for improving health.
The other reason essential oils are controversial is one I hope to deal with today. As many of you probably realize, the Internet is filled with empty claims about the ability of natural substances to do things like cure cancer and banish disease.
The rise of essential oils has certainly been colored with that kind of magical language. Like claims they cure cancer...or can reverse the most dangerous diseases.
Many of the claims surrounding essential oils are flat-out lies.
I wish essential oils cured cancer. I realize oncologists wouldn’t like that as much...but they’ll likely still have jobs for quite some time, as essential oils don’t cure cancer...or do anything bordering on the miraculous.
That being said, I’m happy to report essential oils certainly can help heal the human body. And the scientific community is collecting mounds of evidence proving they’re far more useful than ever before.
I’d like to spend my time focusing on what I consider to be 5 of the most essential essential oils for healing. These healing claims are backed by research and I’m positive we’ll see more studies support the use of these oils for better health.
5 Of The Top Essential Oils For Healing Revealed
1 - Frankincense:
Just a few weeks ago I wrote about frankincense, AKA boswellia. Since I already wrote an entire article about that, I’ll just share a few highlights on this amazing healing oil.
:: It helps fight dangerous inflammation: Several studies have shown frankincense reduces markers in the body that lead to inflammation. This suggests conditions caused by inflammation might be prevented through the application or ingestion of this amazing oil.
:: It may boost immune function: Another way frankincense may help keep you healthy is by giving your immune system a shot in the arm. Boswellic acid, the primary healing compound in frankincense, has been shown to modulate your immune system’s response so it can fight off all kinds of unhealthy threats to your body.
I’d suggest doing more research on frankincense as I know you’ll be overwhelmed by how much information there is out there.
2 - Clove:
More than just a fun spice to add to wintertime treats, clove is actually a potent essential oil with some serious health boosting properties.
Clove is a powerful antimicrobial which means when used as a cleaning agent...or even when ingested...it has the power to do some serious damage to dangerous bacteria.
In a study out of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, clove was proven to be so strong, it overpowered and eventually conquered two of the most dangerous bacteria the medical community deals with daily...E. coli and Staph aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Clove is also one of the most potent antioxidants known to man. With an ORAC of 1,078,700 (a measurement system for antioxidant strength), clove is considered to be a contender for antioxidant of the year. It is 30x more potent than blueberries.
This also means it’s a great anti-inflammatory and can help with the body’s inflammatory response, keeping you healthy in the process.
The Journal of Immunotoxicology noted in a first of its kind study that clove has extreme antioxidant properties that could neutralize harmful inflammation.
3 - Lavender:
Most people are quite familiar with lavender. It smells great and makes its way into many cosmetics and food products.
Turns out it’s great for keeping you healthy, too.
As biblical scholar and health researcher Dr. Eric Zielinski notes.
"Well-known for its soothing, calming properties, lavender is wonderful for accelerating healing time for burns, cuts, stings, and other wounds. It is jam-packed with antioxidant power, which is why researchers from Tunisia evaluated its ability to maintain blood sugar levels and oxidative stress in rats.
Published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease, the article tells us that lavender essential oils “significantly protected against the increase of blood glucose as well as the decrease of antioxidant enzyme activities.” Ultimately, scientists discovered that lavender essential oil treatment helped induce a decrease in oxidative stress, which is known to cause heart disease and a slew of other health concerns, as well as increase antioxidant enzyme activities."
4 - Oregano:
I’ve written about oregano, both the plant and the oil, once before but considering what it can do, I have to hit on it again.
Oregano might be one of the most powerful essential oils on the planet. That’s because it possesses two compounds with near drug-like properties. These compounds are carvacrol and thymol which are both extremely powerful antibacterials and antifungals.
It’s so powerful that it’s widely used in the treatment and abatement of more medical conditions than almost any other essential oil sold.
"Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, and croup. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. It also helps with menstrual cramps, achy joints, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions.
The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu, swine flu, earaches, and fatigue. It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acne, athlete's foot, oily skin, dandruff, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea, and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins. Oregano oil is also used topically as an insect repellent. "
Many practitioners who are wary of the harm of antibiotics prefer to treat low-grade infections with oregano oil.
Because it’s so powerful, I suggest working with a physician, or trained practitioner before self-medicating with it. Feel free to use it as a cleaner, or even topically (when diluted well)...but for internal use you’ve got to be cautious since it packs a powerful punch.
5 - Tea tree oil:
Tea tree oil is one of my favorite essential oils.
With powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can cleanse your body from problematic bacteria.
Some have worried that because it’s so potent, it might be harmful. The good news is it isn’t, as demonstrated by the The Journal of Ethnopharmacology. In their study, they confirmed it as safe for use and as not posing a risk for harming users. **It should only ever be used externally as it is poisonous when taken internally.
One other note, it is potent enough that diluting it before use is recommended.
Studies illustrate that tea tree oil can help clear up conditions like acne, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
The Australasian Journal of Dermatology, in its study, found twice daily use of a 25 or 50 percent tea tree solution for four weeks cleared up athlete’s foot for more than half the people who used it.
Plus, it may very well be one of the best complimentary treatments for acne.
And for what it's worth, the customer watchdog agency Consumerreports.com wrote this about tea tree oil and acne use.
"A review of seven studies, including three double-blind trials, published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents in 2015, concluded that products containing at least 5 percent tea tree oil, applied twice daily for multiple weeks, is likely to reduce acne. The researchers also concluded that people experienced similar adverse reactions to tea tree oil as they did to other medicated acne treatments, such as dryness, stinging, and burning."
When combined with other acne medications/treatments, tea tree oil can be a very potent acne fighter.
Yes, There Are Many More Healing Essential Oils
What I’ve written on here is just a peek at what essential oils can do.
With more than a hundred distinct essential oils available, you’ll be sure to find one to meet your needs.
This is especially true if you’re looking for oils that promote relaxation...help clean surfaces...or make your room smell good without the nasty side-effects from chemical laced candles/room scents.
More and more research is conducted on these oils all the time and I believe time will prove there’s a bright future for them. More Healing Essential Oils