Aromas of health and love: how to use essential oils

Aromatherapy and essential oils

Modern reality, alas, does not add health to a person. And this circumstance again turned us to face the inexhaustible healing forces of nature. Returning to the works of Avicenna and Hippocrates, scientists are re-examining the properties of essential oils. The demand for them in the world market is growing, as the science of aromatherapy is being revived. How will ethers help in everyday life and how useful are they?

Features of essential oils

Everything in nature is rational. Essential oils serve as protection for plants - they protect them from pests, viruses and bacteria, protect them from overheating and cold, activating enzymatic processes. Their fragrance attracts insects for pollination. Plants from dry and warm regions contain more esters than those from moist and cool regions.

The main raw materials for obtaining aromatic oils are flowers, leaves, stems, bark and roots. Less often they are extracted from seeds and fruits.

In terms of composition, esters are not fats, unlike vegetable oils. The latter is a combination of fatty acids and glycerol. Esters are a mixture of volatile substances and organic compounds of various classes. They lack glycerin, and they got their name due to their oily consistency.

Oil bottles
Essential oils contain volatile substances and no fatty base

Unlike vegetable oils, essential oils do not leave greasy stains, evaporate at room temperature, are lighter than water and do not dissolve in it. But they are well emulsified in fats, which ensures their use in cosmetology, as part of massage oils and in pharmaceuticals.

Varieties of esters

Treatment with smells was practiced by Hippocrates. The name "aromatherapy" it received only in the 20th century thanks to the French chemist Gatefoss, who revived this type of alternative medicine. In the 19th century, with the development of chemistry, natural substances began to receive synthetic counterparts. This fate and ethers did not pass. Today on the market there are:

  • natural oils that give the maximum therapeutic effect;
  • restored, quality close to natural;
  • synthetic esters;
  • falsified oils, "enriched" with various aromatic additives.

The value of natural oils is not only in their aroma. They contain many biologically active components that are not found in synthetic counterparts.

Table: Differences between synthetic and natural essential oils.

Synthetic Natural
Suppress immunity Promote healing and health restoration
They do not have a curative effect. Have a long-term immunomodulatory effect
Cause a pronounced general toxic effect. Helps cleanse the body
May cause allergic reactions Have a pronounced antioxidant effect

Synthetic esters do not contain valuable bioactive substances.

Like music, aromatic oils have tonalities:

  • the top notes are called initial - this is the first idea of ​​​​the aroma, ether with rapidly evaporating fractions (citrus fruits, bergamot, anise, lemongrass, mint), they affect the senses;
  • Substances with less pronounced volatility have an average or hearty tone - these are the main notes that affect the internal organs more (jasmine, geranium, ylang-ylang, rose, cinnamon);
  • low key or base notes - the most persistent and least volatile aromas that have a relaxing effect (pine, patchouli, vanilla, incense).

The effect of essential oils on the body is multifaceted. These are natural antibiotics with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. They affect the psycho-emotional sphere and trigger self-regulation processes in the body.

In ancient times, the inhabitants of cities where aromatic oils were produced had excellent health, and epidemics of deadly diseases occurred much less frequently in these places.

Our ancestors did not delve into the study of the mechanism of action of aromas. But empirically, they found out that some of them facilitate labor activity, others make the body healthier, others heal the soul, and the fourth preserve youth and beauty.

physical harmony

Smells, acting on certain parts of the brain, affect all organs and systems of a person.

Table: classification of aromas by therapeutic effect

Action of esters Oils
Anesthetize lavender, rosemary, mint, eucalyptus, basil, tea tree
influence the pressure lowering blood pressure - geranium, cloves, juniper, fennel, lavender;
raising blood pressure - sage and thyme
Relieve convulsions clove, juniper, nutmeg
Relieve spasms lemon, mint, basil, cypress, rosemary
Stimulate physical and mental activity bergamot, lavender, lemon, orange, fir, clove
Are adaptogens melissa, mint, lavender
Soothe sandalwood, oregano, neroli, anise
Disinfect the room conifers, cloves, sage, thyme, tea tree
Relieve depression Melissa, Patchouli, Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Bergamot, Sage
Restore immunity anise, fir, lemon, pine, basil, ylang-ylang
Beneficial effect on the heart, blood vessels, autonomic and central nervous system geranium, lavender, rosemary, neroli, mint
Harmonize the sexual sphere sandalwood, nutmeg, patchouli, ylang-ylang, petite grain, pine
affect emotions oregano, mandarin, mimosa, jasmine, rose, marjoram

Essential oils are good for skin and hair. They must be used carefully so as not to get burns on the skin and allergic reactions from improperly selected odors.

Table: cosmetic effect of esters

Action Essential oil
  • Align the epidermis;
  • heal minor injuries;
  • relieve inflammation
chamomile, sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, vetiver
  • Saturate the skin with oxygen;
  • act as an antioxidant
juniper, wormwood, jasmine, rosewood, neroli
  • Remove irritation;
  • tone the skin
mint, tea tree, bergamot, lavender, lemon
  • Purify;
  • treat acne and comedones
grapefruit, tea tree, juniper, lavender
  • Remove peeling;
  • nourish dry skin
rose, sandalwood, jasmine, rosewood, geranium, chamomile
  • Smooth out wrinkles under the eyes;
  • nourish and tone the delicate skin of the eyelids
frankincense, pine, myrrh, sandalwood, rose
Caring for dry hair neroli, jasmine, lavender, geranium, juniper
Suitable for oily hair grapefruit, cedar, patchouli, ylang-ylang
Strengthen hair and protect against hair loss Tea tree, pine, myrrh, nutmeg, thyme, frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot
Accelerate growth conifers and citrus
Get rid of dandruff Citrus fruits, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender in collaboration with base oils - cedar, castor or burdock

Oil compatibility

In cosmetology and medicine, the use of several flavors is acceptable. But they need to be selected taking into account the compatibility of the esters. It is of three types:

  • synergy - mutual complement and harmony when exposed to the body;
  • complementarity - the compatibility of aromas (used in perfumery and aromatherapy), when one aroma is able to harmonize another;
  • inhibition - the incompatibility of essential oils, when one ether neutralizes or reduces the beneficial properties of another.

The combination of incompatible oils can cause allergies, skin irritation and even poisoning. Individual intolerance to the composition is expressed in suffocation, dizziness, cardiac arrhythmias and allergic skin reactions.

Lavender ether is compatible with all aromatic oils except rosemary, and eucalyptus enhances the bactericidal effect of basil and Monarda by 20 times.

In compositions, it is customary to combine esters of different keys.

In aromatic mixtures, it is customary to combine esters of different volatility (top, middle and low notes of aromas).

Table: Essential Oil Compatibility

Scent type Essential oil Note With what is combined
fresh herbal Eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, thyme, camphor, marjoram Upper Marjoram, Chamomile, Sage, Hyssop, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Citronella, Palmarosa
Fragrant herbal Marjoram, chamomile, sage, hyssop Average Eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, thyme, camphor, marjoram, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, rose, geranium
earthy herbal Carrot seeds, ginger, vetiver, patchouli Lower Marjoram, Chamomile, Sage, Hyssop, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Rose, Geranium
Lemon herbal Lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, palmarosa Upper Lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, thyme, camphor, marjoram, lavender, coriander
fruity citrus Lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot Upper Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Citronella, Palmarosa, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Lavender, Coriander
Lavender Lavender, coriander Upper Lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, palmarosa, anise, fennel, peru balsam
Pink Rose, geranium Average Lavender, Coriander, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Anise, Fennel, Balsam of Peru
Floral Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang Average Anise, Fennel, Balsam of Peru, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Ginger, Vetiver, Patchouli
savory fruity anise, fennel, balsam of peru Average Bay, Cinnamon, Clove, Cassia, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Lavender, Coriander
Spicy Bay, cinnamon, clove, cassia Upper Anise, Fennel, Balsam of Peru, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Myrtle, Tea Tree
Spicy woody Cardamom, nutmeg, myrtle, tea tree Upper Bay, cinnamon, clove, cassia, lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, thyme, camphor, marjoram
woody forest Cypress, pine, juniper Upper Sandalwood, cedar, lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, frankincense, myrrh
Balsam Sandalwood, cedar Lower Cypress, Pine, Juniper, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot
balsam resinous Frankincense, myrrh Lower Sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, thyme, camphor, marjoram, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, bergamot
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You can not mix soothing oils with tonic, anti-erogenous oils with aphrodisiacs. The combination of anti-erogenic esters with stimulating esters does not have a refreshing effect, and with calming ones it relaxes. Enhancing sensuality oils in commonwealth with stimulants excite, and in combination with sedatives become aphrodisiacs.

The use of aromatic oils

Esters are not used in their pure form, they are mixed with emulsifiers - vegetable fats, cream, milk, honey, yogurt, sea salt. It is better to use a product obtained by cold pressing as a base oil.

All essential oils have an antimicrobial effect and restore the skin. Therefore, any cosmetic procedures with them eliminate acne and minor inflammation of the epidermis.

Esters for skin

There are many ways to use aroma oils for skin care - steam baths, enrichment of ready-made cosmetics, masks, washing, anti-cellulite rubbing, bath procedures. In any case, the oil is selected according to the type of skin.

Aroma oils for cellulite
Anti-cellulite massage gives the best result if you use aroma oil for it.

Cleansing emulsion

For cleansing the face with any type of skin, a mixture of 100 ml of base oil and esters of lavender, bergamot and geranium, 3 drops of each, is suitable. Dip a cotton pad moistened with water into the resulting emulsion and with light movements (without pressure and rubbing) wipe the face and neck. This must be done quickly, otherwise the oil mixture will penetrate into the pores of the skin and “pull” decorative cosmetics and daytime skin impurities with it. For oily skin, you can add a few drops of lemon juice or food vinegar to the emulsion.

Anti-wrinkle mask

Combine a tablespoon of warmed honey with egg white, 2 tablespoons of classic yogurt and 3 drops of lavender oil. Preheat your face with a warm compress. Apply the mask along the massage lines. Holding time - 15 minutes.

Moisturizing soufflé

The mixture is diluted in a glass bottle with a cap. For the cream, you will need 5 ml of warm coconut oil, 10 ml of almond oil, 2 drops of patchouli and chamomile, 4 drops of leuzea ether. After combining all the ingredients, close the bottle and shake it until a light foam is obtained, then let stand for 2 hours in a cool place. Souffle is applied to the most delicate places - around the eyes and lips. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin well.

In winter, the air in the apartment is dried by running radiators. Oil creams help the author of these lines to save the skin from drying out. For myself, I prepare a mixture of grape oil and tea tree esters, bergamot and lemon (suitable for oily skin). The cream is applied twice a day - in the morning and in the evening on a cleansed face. The result - the feeling of tightness disappears, and the skin is always fresh. I prepare the mixture for future use and store in the refrigerator, but no more than 2 weeks.

Hair care with esters

For hair care, base oil, egg yolk or honey is most often used as an emulsifier. Split ends can be stopped with a mixture of olive oil, fat-soluble vitamin E, and a few drops of lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.

flowing hair
Aroma combing strengthens hair and adds shine

A mixture of sandalwood and bergamot esters based on jojoba oil will relieve oily dandruff. From dry - lavender and tea tree on any base oil. A therapeutic mixture of olive oil (15 ml) and esters of cedar and sage and rosemary (1-2 drops each) will stop hair loss. It is useful to add essential oils to any hair masks, choosing them depending on the problem or simply using your favorite fragrances. Aroma combing makes hair shiny, healthy and strong.

How to lose weight with essential oils

Essential oils are used for weight loss in several ways:

  • in an aroma lamp;
  • for massage, including anti-cellulite;
  • for baths;
  • in the wrapping mix.

In aromatherapy, grapefruit ether is considered the most suitable oil for weight loss - it reduces appetite. During a special diet, sessions with oils that soothe and improve mood are practiced - oregano, citrus fruits, valerian.

Properties of citrus essential oils:

  • Orange - gives the skin elasticity, helps reduce wrinkles, has a whitening effect, an effective anti-cellulite agent. It activates the processes of excretion of toxins from the body. Promotes weight loss. Smoothes and tones the skin.
  • Bergamot is useful for overweight people, as it normalizes metabolism and prevents the accumulation of fats, and due to its diuretics it helps to get rid of cellulite. Bergamot makes the skin of oily and combination types cleaner and fresher, tones, tightens pores.
  • Grapefruit - stimulates metabolism, regulates fat metabolism, cleanses, disinfects and tones the skin. Grapefruit oil is an effective remedy for cellulite and obesity. Breathing aroma helps to reduce appetite.

During the massage, essential oils enter the bloodstream through the skin and have a systemic effect on the body.

Essential oils, unlike vegetable oils, are able to penetrate deep through the skin and have a systemic effect on the body. For massage, the best esters are:

  • dill, cypress, ginger burn fat cells;
  • black pepper ether normalizes metabolism;
  • lemongrass, myrrh and mandarin tighten the skin after losing weight;
  • rose, bergamot, geranium and jasmine increase vitality.

For wraps, you can use any ether in combination with jojoba base oil.

Aroma oils for sensuality

Aromatic oils since ancient times served as aphrodisiacs not only for men, but also for women. Esters are able to enhance mutual attraction, make feelings fuller and brighter:

  • bergamot awakens fantasy and relaxes;
  • geranium sets in a romantic mood;
  • vanilla awakens attraction;
  • jasmine liberates;
  • cloves and neroli make orgasms last longer;
  • cinnamon enhances sensitivity to caresses.

Properties of essential oils as aphrodisiacs:

  • Ylang-ylang - harmonizes intimate relationships, promotes relaxation and eliminates uncertainty. Recommended for fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, frigidity, impotence. The aroma of ylang-ylang evokes a feeling of self-confidence, calmness, restores peace of mind. Relieves depression, anxiety, irritability, weakness.
  • Cinnamon - an erotic stimulant, eliminates the problems of Ur genital area of ​​men and women. Removes depression. Helps relieve feelings of loneliness and fear. Relaxes, creates an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. For men: stimulate blood circulation in the pelvic organs. For women: normalize the regularity of the physiological cycle.
  • Patchouli - effective for impotence and frigidity. Stimulates sexual desire. Calms and creates an atmosphere of Love. Patchouli oil has a calming, anti-depressant and erotic effect. Removes excessive nervousness, increases concentration.

Aromatic oils create an atmosphere of sensuality and increase mutual attraction.

There are oils that excite women and men equally - ylang-ylang, ginger, clary sage. Men's aphrodisiacs - sandalwood, patchouli, orange, bergamot, petit grain. Women will be helped to relax and enjoy a mixture of oils:

  • 3 drops of sandalwood + 3 drops of cloves;
  • orange (5 drops) + patchouli and cinnamon (2 drops each);
  • neroli (3 drops), rose (4 drops), ylang-ylang (2 drops).
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You can not use an aroma lamp, but simply light a candle and drop essential oil into the melted wax with a pipette.

Relief from insomnia and depression

The inability to fall asleep after a hard day's work is painful, and restless sleep does not give proper rest. Before taking medication, try aromatherapy sessions. Aroma lamp, bath or relaxing massage helps to cope with the problem. Fragrant helpers in the bedroom:

  • soothe lavender, sandalwood, pink ether, geranium, lemon balm, valerian, vetiver, petite grain to help them;
  • juniper, myrrh, cypress, cedar, tangerine will help to fall asleep;
  • make sleep calm chamomile, neroli, lavender, incense.

Relax a mixture of rose, ylang-ylang and lavender (2 drops each) or vetiver, lime, frankincense 6 drops each plus a couple of drops of jasmine. These compositions do not have to be refilled in an aroma lamp. Oils can be dripped onto a cotton pad and placed near the bed or moistened with them on the corner of the pillow. They are also suitable for an aromatic bath before bedtime.

The effect of oils on the brain
Aromatherapy sessions are taken out of an oppressed state

Depressive conditions destroy the immune system, making the body defenseless against serious illnesses. Non-drug methods of treatment, including aromatherapy, are well removed from an oppressed state. Russian scientists proved in the last century that the inhalation of aromatic substances strengthens the nervous system and stimulates the body's natural defenses.

Table: what antidepressant esters save from

Condition What oils are corrected
Irritability, anxiety rosewood, citrus, ylang-ylang, basil, juniper, mint, geranium, cypress, rose, lavender, patchouli
Apathy 4 drops of ginger and 3 drops of eucalyptus and mint, use in a bath or aroma lamp up to 10 drops.
obsessive fears vetiver, rose, violet, tea tree
Tosca bergamot, geranium, chamomile, jasmine, neroli, lavender, sandalwood, orange, ylang-ylang.

Oils (no more than three) are mixed in a bath, diffuser or aroma lamp. For one session, it is enough to use 10 drops, repeat 3 times a week. The same compositions are also suitable for a relaxing massage mixed with any carrier oil.

Treatment with essential oils

It must be remembered that esters are not a substitute for drugs, but an additional remedy. There are several methods of treatment - ingestion, application to the skin, inhalations, the use of an aroma lamp, therapeutic baths and massages.

Prevention and treatment of viral respiratory diseases

Here, the antiseptic and bactericidal properties of esters come to the fore. They not only disinfect the room, but also bring the humidity to the optimum value, which is important for colds. For prevention, fumigation is used with an aroma lamp. Compositions can be made arbitrarily or use one oil:

  • lavender or lemon will need 5-7 drops;
  • tea tree or patchouli - 4-5 drops;
  • thyme or oregano - 3-4 drops.

Aroma fumigation is carried out during the flu epidemic every day for 20 minutes. In the children's room, it is enough to do wet cleaning using any liquid soap (300 ml) with the addition of 10 ml of one of the oils - tea tree, oregano or lemon. To clean the floor, add 1 tablespoon of this mixture to 5 liters of water.

Health effects of essential oils:

  1. the activity of oils competes with chemical antiseptics, antibiotics, sulfonamides;
  2. the antiseptic properties of thyme essential oil are 25 times stronger than phenol - carbolic acid, fennel - 13 times, geranium - 6,5 times.
  3. an aqueous 5% solution of thyme removes typhoid bacilli in 3 minutes, streptococcus in 4 minutes, Koch's bacillus in 30-60 minutes.

Esters have a powerful bactericidal and antiseptic effect.

Relieve symptoms and help to cope with all manifestations of a cold inhalation. The same oils are used as for fumigation. Hot inhalations are allowed to be done only at the end of the acute period. The steam temperature should be between 45–50°C. The procedure is carried out 1–1,5 after a meal, expectorant drugs should not be taken before it.

You can not refill essential oils in a nebulizer - their smallest drops can penetrate the lungs and cause pneumonia.

With laryngitis, tracheitis and tonsillitis, the hot mixture is poured into a bowl with a narrow neck and the steam is inhaled only through the mouth. For bronchitis use wide dishes. During inhalation, cover your head with a towel, add oil (3-4 drops) to the water and breathe through your mouth and nose at the same time.

Essential oils help with dry and wet coughs, sore throats and runny noses. High temperature and chills will be removed by compresses. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint to a tablespoon of base oil. Almond, apricot or rice oil is used as a base. Compresses are done on the forehead and feet.

Help with asthma and xchronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Aromatherapy is also used to treat asthma. In the compositions, oils with antihistamine properties are used - ginger, mint, fragrant elecampane, pharmacy chamomile. They can be inhaled directly from the vial. Lavender, rose and geranium relieve bronchospasm, and rubbing the chest with fragrant equalsara facilitates breathing. Washing with the addition of esters will help relieve an attack of bronchial asthma - 5 drops of Atlas cedar, 7 drops of narrow-leaved lavender and 2 drops of marjoram.

In obstructive pulmonary disease, essential oils are allowed to be used only during remission. Steam inhalations with chamomile, pine or eucalyptus oil expand and disinfect the airways - no more than 2-3 drops per session.

Oils for migraines and headaches

Migraine is a serious condition when the headache is very difficult to remove. It is impossible to do without potent drugs, so aromatherapy is given only an auxiliary role. Esters are used through a sprayer, in an aroma lamp, for facial massage, in compresses and inhalation. Preparation of the mixture for massage:

  • 2/3 fill the bottle with almond oil;
  • drip into it 6 drops of lavender and the same amount of clary sage and chamomile;
  • add 12 drops of peppermint to the composition;
  • top up the bottle with base oil;
  • cork and shake well.
girl face
With a headache, oil is rubbed into the temples

Apply the mixture with a roller or rub into the temples with your fingers. Lubricate the back of your hands and earlobes. At the first sign of an impending migraine, aromatic compresses of cool water and a few drops of oil will help. They need to be changed every 10 minutes. The compress is applied to the forehead and temples.

Multiple sclerosis and aroma oils

Little is known about the effect of essential oils on the course of the disease, scientific studies have not been conducted. Aromatherapy gives a slight calming effect only in patients with unimpaired perception of smells. American doctors tried to use Roman chamomile and citrus oils to treat patients in a hospital. Experience has shown a slight sedative effect. Anxiety in patients with multiple sclerosis is helped to relieve antidepressant oils in combination with citrus aromas. When used for massage, the effect is enhanced and back pain is reduced.

Help with cancer

Doctors do not get tired of looking for additional opportunities in the fight against cancer. One of these areas was the study of the properties and capabilities of ethers. And scientists approached this issue from an unusual point of view. It is believed that the vibration frequency of a healthy body is in the range of 62–78 MHz. The disease develops when this indicator drops to 58 MHz. After conducting research, scientists have found that some essential oils have the ability to normalize the frequency and thereby fight cancer cells. Along the way, other properties of esters in relation to malignant cells were also investigated. As a result, it was found that anticancer activity has:

  • lavender, thyme, tarragon, sage, savory and rosemary for powerful antioxidant properties;
  • cinnamon, thyme, chamomile and jasmine help with breast cancer (thyme was the leader in research);
  • frankincense is effective in the fight against ovarian cancer, liver, lung, melanoma.
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Essential oils are by no means a substitute for medical and surgical treatment of cancer.

To activate the body's defenses

Many essential oils have immunomodulatory properties. The phytoncides contained in them several times increase the production of T-cells, which are the central regulators of the immune response. The most effective are lavender, orange, bergamot, verbena and lemon. Strengthen the immune system by pouring cool water on the feet. Immediately after this, massage your feet with a mixture of base oil (10 ml) and mint, lavender, orange and lemon esters (2 drops each). Perform the procedure before bed.

Charge the aroma medallion with fragrant mixtures:

  • lavender (1 drop), verbena (2 drops), bergamot and eucalyptus (3 drops each);
  • orange, rosemary (2 drops each) and ginger (3 drops).

They will help to withstand the period of winter cold and epidemics.

Treatment of fungal infections

All esters have anti-fungal properties to a greater or lesser extent. The most effective are:

  • tea tree, which not only destroys the fungus, but also restores tissues damaged by the disease;
  • oregano containing carvacrol - a powerful bactericidal and antifungal agent;
  • lavender enhances the effect of tea tree;
  • cloves contain eugenol, which destroys the fungus and capsaicin, which relieves inflammation and pain;
  • cinnamon gets rid of yeast fungus.
Applying oil to the nail
With fungal infections, pure ether is applied to the nail

Any of these essential essences is applied to the affected areas. Soaked cotton pads are applied to the nails and fixed with a plaster. Such a compress can be kept all night. The use of esters is only an addition to the drug treatment prescribed by the doctor.

Esters for men's and women's health

Marjoram, myrrh, geranium and lavender help a woman cope with premenstrual syndrome and normalize the cycle. Jasmine oil eliminates fine wrinkles, increases sensuality and relieves depression. From the fourth month of pregnancy, it is allowed to use chamomile to reduce the manifestations of toxicosis, from edema and headache. At the end of the term, eucalyptus and lavender will relieve stress and relieve insomnia.

During pregnancy, esters are used with caution in doses three times smaller than indicated in the instructions. From toxicosis, oils are dripped into the aroma medallion, a bath with the addition of emulsified ether helps with pain, in other cases it is preferable to use an aroma lamp.

With a weak erection, black pepper oils and patchouli will help men. Ginger improves fertility, neroli treats impotence. An aroma lamp is used for treatment. Natural aromas act on the subconscious of men and control physiological processes.

To reduce pressure

Taking antihypertensive drugs with the permission of a cardiologist can be combined with aroma treatment. Chamomile, bergamot, sage, marjoram, ylang-ylang, fir, oregano, together and separately, are used to apply to pulse points - the wrist, upper sternum (aorta), behind the auricles, behind the earlobe (carotid artery). Esters must be diluted with base oil.

Sedative oils normalize the emotional background, which also lowers blood pressure.

Esters are used in the form of massage (the course gives a lasting effect), in aroma lamps, inhalations, aroma medallions.

Benefits of essential oils for the elderly

With age, the adaptive abilities of the body, the production of enzymes, and energy capabilities decrease. Free radicals destroy cells, and the body actively ages. Aromatic oils mobilize its own antioxidant reserves, have a beneficial effect on blood circulation, eliminate the symptoms of cerebrovascular accident - irritability, bad mood, fatigue.

Eucalyptus, cajeput, lavender, spruce, peppermint are oils that improve cognitive functions, preventing a decrease in the functionality of brain cells. Lavender improves hemodynamics in the cerebral vessels. To aromatize a room, use 3-4 drops of ether in an aroma lamp. For cold inhalation, 1-2 lemons per handkerchief or cotton pad are enough, for a bath - 8 drops of lavender.

Contraindications for use and possible harm to esters

Each person, depending on the state of health, has contraindications to the use of certain oils. Only a perfectly healthy person can use them independently within reasonable limits. An unequivocal contraindication is an allergy. People with endocrine and cardiovascular diseases need the approval of the attending physician. Some contraindications for the most common diseases:

  • after a heart attack and with ischemia of the heart, fir and pine esters cannot be used;
  • severe hypertension is incompatible with juniper, mint and basil;
  • ylang-ylang, lemon balm and tea tree are contraindicated for hypotensive patients;
  • kidney diseases exclude thyme, pine and juniper;
  • with epilepsy and a tendency to convulsions, thyme, rosemary, sage and basil are contraindicated.

It is impossible to combine the intake of iodine-containing preparations with the use of lavender. Parents should not use jasmine, ylang-ylang, hyssop, cypress, cinnamon, lemon balm, juniper and some other oils on their own for children who have not reached puberty.

Oils of orange, bergamot, grapefruit, St. John's wort, lavender, lime, lemon, mandarin are phototoxic and should not be applied to the skin before sun exposure. Exceeding the permissible doses causes unpleasant side reactions in the form of disruption of the liver and a negative effect on the nervous system.

Table: safe amount of esters (in drops) for different ages

Age and condition Massage Aroma bath Shampoo and shower gel Compresses Aroma lamp (for 15 sqm)
Children (3 - 12 months) 1 1 2 3 4
From 1 4 years up 2 2 3 3 6
From 5 6 years up 5 3 10 5 8
From 7 12 years up 8 5 15 5 8
From 13 65 years up 10 10 25 5 8
65 years and older 5 4 15 5 6
Pregnancy 2 2 8 5 8

Before use in any form, all esters are tested for allergies.

Feedback on the use of essential oils

Now is the season of colds, children are constantly sick, especially those who first went to kindergarten. The body adapts to a new environment, to new people, to new microbes. This year we also went to kindergarten for the first time. We walk for three days, we get sick for two weeks - snot + cough, and another unpleasant thing is coughing at night, the child himself does not sleep and does not let others. And here is eucalyptus oil - despite the fact that it is a very good natural remedy for coughing and not only for coughing, it is a powerful antiseptic. This oil is used to treat acne, to strengthen hair, cleans the nose well, many uses can be found for this product. If you heat the oil on a candle, it evaporates quickly, literally five minutes and that's it. In the air, the fragrance does not last very long, maybe 10 minutes maximum, this is quite enough. And the main result: for 2 nights the child sleeps calmly and does not wake up from a coughing fit. I wouldn’t say that we are sick, we can say that cough is a residual phenomenon after an illness, it passes, but very slowly, but with eucalyptus, the healing process went faster.

This is my first experience with orange oil, so when I first opened the bottle, I was completely surprised. In the blink of an eye, a warm and very soft citrus scent enveloped me. It was not at all like the sharp bright smell of a fresh cut orange. I really wanted to stick my nose into the vial and never take it out. I've heard a lot about the psychologically warming properties of this oil, but I've never experienced it myself. But just like that, unexpectedly in broad daylight, find yourself in a zone of inner comfort, devoid of anxiety, nervousness and sadness! It was as if the sun was turned on for a moment and the corners of my lips automatically spread from ear to ear like a smiley face. After such an unexpected reaction of my body to the aroma of orange oil, I willingly believe in its other wonderful properties.

Natural remedies are sometimes stronger than synthetic ones. Aromatherapy affects the body at the vegetative level. Uncontrolled addiction to essential oils can turn medicine into poison. Cicero also said - have fun, but keep the measure.