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Essential Oils Mini Guide
Essential Oil Mini Guide III
Compiled by Sarah Judith Cole

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Internal and Oral Use as a Dietary Supplement

All essential oils that are Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) or certified as Food Additives (FA) by the FDA may be safely taken internally as dietary supplements, but ingesting essential oils should only be done under the direction of a knowledgeable health professional.

In fact, many oils are actually more effective when taken orally in very small amounts. Essential oils should always be diluted in vegetable oil, agave nectar or rice milk prior to ingestion. More or less dilution may be required, depending on how strong the oil is.

More potent oils, such as cinnamon, oregano, lemongrass, and thyme, will require far more dilution than relatively mild oils, and very mild oils like lavender or lemon may not need any dilution at all.

As a general rule, dilute 1 drop of essential oil in 1 tsp. of Agave nectar or in at least 4 ounces of a beverage. Usually no more than 2 or 3 drops should be ingested at one time (during any 4-8 hour period).

Because essential oils are so concentrated, 1-2 drops are often sufficient to achieve significant benefits. Essential oils should not be given as dietary supplements to children under six years of age. Parents should exercise caution before orally administering essential oils to any child, and again, oils should always be diluted prior to ingestion.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated, so they should be kept out of reach of infants and children. If a large quantity of oil is ingested at one time (more than 5 drops), contact your healthcare physician immediately.

CAUTION: Essential oils will sting if applied in or around the eyes. Some oils may be painful on mucous membranes unless diluted properly. Immediate dilution is strongly recommended if skin becomes painfully irritated or if oil accidentally gets into eyes. Flushing the area with a vegetable oil should minimize discomfort almost immediately.

DO NOT flush with water! Essential oils are oil-soluble, not water-soluble. Water will only spread the oils over a larger surface, possibly worsening the problem. What I have done when I got an essential oil in my eye was to blot my eye with a dry washcloth. This worked well, including a time when I accidentally dropped a whole drop of the Blend Joy into my eye.

Essential Oils Chart

Single Oil Mini-Guide

Balsam Fir: Is a conifer oil distilled in northern Idaho that has a refreshing and uplifting scent. Used in massage, it has a soothing effect on muscle and body aches and pains associated with exercise. It is being studied for its effects on cancer

Basil: Soothing to muscle spasms, headaches, and mental fatigue. It may also stimulate and sharpen the sense of smell. Dilute with carrier oil.

Bergamot: Analgesic, uplifting to the mind and spirit, and reduces anxiety, supports the female hormone balance. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, allergies, sedative. (Bergamot is a photosensitive oil and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight with 72 hours)

Cardamon: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn, nausea, menstrual period.

Cedarwood: Purifies animal odors. helps to maintain healthy lung function, hair loss, dandruff, and oily hair. Tones lymph system.

Chamomile (roman): Skin care, acne, boils, rashes, and hair care. Helps relieve migraine headaches and inflamed joints.

Cinnamon Bark: Always dilute with carrier oil. Helps with strep and virus conditions. Strengthens the circulatory system.

Cistus: Supports the Immune System. It is believed to be the Biblical Rose of Sharon

Clary Sage: It contains natural phytoestrogens. It has a mellow, warm herbal scent that is uplifting and relaxing, making it a perfect choice for supporting a normal, healthy attitude during PMS. It is also supportive for menopausal women, and it assists the body in maintaining healthy digestive and circulatory system functions.

Clove: Used in Egypt to strengthen respiratory system. Improves mental functions. An important ingredient in Thieves blend due to its wonderful immune-enhancing features, its principal constituent is eugenol, an element that is used in the dental industry to numb gums. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale.

Coriander: Cairo University research: lowers glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels, and supports pancreas function. It also supports healthy digestive and circulatory function.

Cypress: Is a lymphatic decongestant, and is often used to support the circulatory system, as well as the digestive and respiratory systems.

Dill: Helps maintain proper gluclose levels, and is supportive to the Pancreas.

Eucalyptus: Assists respiratory system, sinuses, flu, and allergies. Helps hypoglycemia and Candida. It contains a high percentage of the compound eucalyptol, a key ingredient in many mouth rinses. It has been investigated for its effects on insects, and is used in many insect repellants. It is wonderful to diffuse during cold season, and is used in massage to calm stressed muscles.

Fennel: Is energizing, vitalizing, and balancing. Stimulating to the circulatory, glandular, pancreas respiratory and digestive systems. It may help alleviate the symptoms attributed to gas. It also may help with mild mood changes, cramps and edema associated with the menstrual cycle. Use with caution if epileptic or pregnant.

Fir: Known to fight airborne germs and bacteria. Can help reduce symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and fevers.

Frankincense: Is stimulating and elevating to the mind and spirit. It has been used therapeutically in European and American hospitals and is the subject of a great deal of research. It is wonderful for mature skin. It is very high in sesquiterpenes, which are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala.

Galbanum: Helps wounds, boils and abscesses. Calms mind for meditation. It supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems.

Geranium: Has an uplifting, and calming effect. It helps to release negative memories. It supports the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive and nervous systems, and a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize tissues.

Ginger: In Chinese Medicine ginger nourishes the yin, and is used for motion sickness and chills, it is soothing to the digestive system.

Goldenrod: supports the circulatory system, urinary tract and liver functions. It has relaxing and calming effects to the nervous system.

Grapefruit: Good for acne and has a tonifying effect on the skin. It is energizing and uplifting and is a popular oil for helping to control weight. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is good for skin. Like many cold pressed citrus oils, it has unique fat-impacting characteristics. (This is a photosensitive oil and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight with 72 hours)

Helichrysum: Has been studied in Europe and may promote tissue regeneration. It supports healthy skin, nerves and circulation and scores 17,430 on the antioxidant ORAC scale.

Hyssop: Noted for its purifying properties, it supports the immune, nervous and digestive systems and has been studied for its effects on opening the respiratory system.

Jasmine: is actually an essence rather than an essential oil, which means that it is obtained by extracting oil from the flowers with a solvent. It is beneficial to the skin, and is balancing to the feminine energies.

Juniper: Has a cleansing effect on the mind, spirit and body. It may also work as a detoxifier and cleaner and is beneficial to the skin and the urinary system. It has also been used to support proper nerve function

Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure. May help allergies, all types of burns, ulcers, insomnia, diaper rash, to name a few.

Ledum: Has been used for years in folk medicine. As a tea, ledum soothes the stomach, coughs and hoarseness. It is also believed to calm occasional nervousness. It supports the digestive and respiratory systems and the health of the liver.

Lemon: Germicide, purifies air and water. Relives heartburn, and is uplifting to the mind. It consists of 68 % d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing in water and may be beneficial to the skin. It can also deter pests. (This is a photosensitive oil and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight with 72 hours)

Lemongrass: Has been used as a mosquito repellant, helps connective tissue repair and regenerate. It improves mental clarity, and supports the digestive and circulatory systems and it has a score of 17,765 on the antioxidant ORAC scale developed at Tufts University.

Marjoram: Especially good for tight muscles, may calm spasms and respiratory problems. Has antiseptic properties

Melalueca: Used in war for gangrene and wounds. Can be taken before, during and after radiation treatment. It supports the immune and respiratory systems.

Melissa: Supportive to the nervous system, and is good for skin problems and eczema. It is comforting during the cold season and supportive the immune system.

Mountain Savory: Has been used historically as a general tonic for the body. It scores 113,071 on the ORAC antioxidant scale. It is very antiseptic, and provides support for the immune, nervous, and circulatory systems.

Myrrh: Helps gum infections, mouth ulcers, skin rashes, wrinkles, and hemorrhoids. Can help abnormal vaginal discharge. It is very high in sesquiterpenes, which are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala.

Myrtle: Supportive to the respiratory system, skin and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances and its soothing effects when inhaled.

Nutmeg: Eases digestion difficulties, and boosts energy. It also supports the nervous and endocrine systems and prostaglandin balance. It has been used traditionally to support normal circulation.

Orange: Lifts the spirit while calming the mind. It is supportive the health of the respiratory digestive and circulatory systems. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration. (This is a photosensitive oil and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight with 72 hours)

Oregano: It stimulates and helps protect the immune system, and is supportive to the respiratory and digestive systems. Oregano has been studied extensively for its effects on numerous viruses and bacteria.

Patchouli: Helps relieve anxiety, influences physical and sexual energies. Used for centuries for skin care and wrinkles. It is a general tonic that helps with the digestive system.

Peppermint: It has long been regarded for it's soothing ability to the digestive system, it may also improve gastric motility and digestive efficiency. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint's effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled.

Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied its ability to improve concentration and mental activity. Alan Hursch, M.D., studied its ability to directly affect the brain's satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. Many people have found it useful for headaches and vomiting.

Petitgrain: Derived from the leave of the orange tree rather than the blossoms or fruit, it is beneficial for skin and hair. It is also supportive of the nervous system, having the ability to help re-establish emotional equilibrium.

Pine: Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, for its benefits to the respiratory system, pine is used in massage for stressed muscles and joints. It shares many of the same properties of Eucalyptus and the action of both oils is enhanced when they are blended. Avoid oil adulterated with turpentine, a low-cost but potentially hazardous filler.

Ravensara: From Madagascar, the oil that heals, has antiseptic-like qualities and is high in antioxidant, scoring 8,927 on the ORAC scale. It helps maintain healthy lung function and also provides support for the nervous systems.

Rose: It helps to bring balance and harmony with stimulating and uplifting properties that create a sense of well-being and self-confidence.

Rosemary: An energizing oil, it may be beneficial for helping to restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue. It is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair products.

Rosewood: Has a steadying and balancing effect on emotions and may help to uplift feelings of despair. Rosewood essential oil has been researched at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, for its ability to support the body’s natural defenses. Its soothing and refreshing qualities make it a sought-after ingredient in skin care products.

Sage: It has been recognized for its ability to strengthen the senses and vital centers of the body and to support metabolism.

Sandalwood: It has been used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, it is uplifting and relaxing. Sandalwood is high is sesquiterpenes and has been researched in Europe for its ability to oxygenate a part of the brain known as the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, which enhances deep sleep. Sandalwood is similar to frankincense oil in supporting healthy nervous and circulatory systems. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing properties.

Spearmint: Is a rich antioxidant, spearmint helps support the respiratory and nervous systems and may help open and release emotional blocks leading to a sense of balance and well-being.

Spruce: This is a strengthening and invigorating oil. It has a long history of use in the sauna, steam bath and as an additive to baths or massage oils used for sore muscles associated with strenuous exercise. It is supportive of the respiratory and nervous systems. It also helps to open and release emotional blocks, bringing about a feeling of balance and of peaceful security.

Tangerine: Has a scent similar to orange. It is beneficial to the Lymph system, and can help with occasional nervous irritability. It is also rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene. (This is a photosensitive oil and should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight with 72 hours)

Tarragon: This oil has been used to bring relief and balance to intestinal tract.

Thyme: Known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol, which has been studied for its effect on reducing bacteria in the mouth. As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known. It supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous and other body systems.

Valerian: This oil has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding and emotionally balancing influences. During the last three decades, it has been clinically investigated for its relaxing properties.

Researchers have pinpointed the sesquiterpenes, valernic acid and valerone as the active constituents that exert a calming effect on the central nervous system. German health authorities have pronounced Valerian to be an effective aid for occasional restlessness and sleep disturbances.

Vetiver: This oil is psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing. One of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior. Vetiver may help us cope with stress and recover from emotional trauma and shock.

Ylang Ylang: This oil is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension and nervous irritability. It has a long history in skin and hair care products.

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