The sublimity of essential oils

Home Remedies, what makes you trust them.

When I think about my childhood, the first memory of trust I remember is, my Mother. The magnanimity of their significance in our lives remains unparalleled. So naturally we feel secure around them and trust their every judgment, be it the values they inculcate in us or the little pearls of wisdom they impart, that we hold onto through the tospy-turvy journey of life. When I think of home remedies I am reminded of the quote by the famous French philosopher Voltaire. He quoted

“The art of medicine, Consists in amusing the patient. While nature cures the disease.”

And that couldn’t make more sense! However, we were treated, the course of nature would do its duty in healing us. The course of whatever medication was prescribed, we’d still have to detox ourselves and be as pure as we could. Our eating and living habits would dramatically change once we were dealing with any ailment.

No matter what minor ailment we suffered through when we were kids, Mothers would always know the quickest remedy using a mix of herbs and secret ingredients that were passed on from generation to generation through her mother and so on. The bases of this trust were entirely upon the knowledge of ancient herbs and their assured medicinal abilities to heal.

Nature does play a major role in these cures. Our bodies consist of self-healing abilities that get clouded by the impurities that surround us today. Home remedies have a huge history behind them. A clear example of herbal remedies that have moved through many lifetimes to reach us today are essential oils. The phenomenon of how quickly these aromatic healing oils have gained popularity throughout the world is no mystery nor it’s a new discovery.

For the love of Oils

The use of essential oils in healing practices earliest uses have been recorded about 5000 years ago in Egypt. They were renowned for their knowledge of cosmetology, ointments and aromatic oils. At the peak of its powerful Monarchy, it was only the high priests that had authority to use aromatic oils. They believed aromatic oils helped to cleanse and purify and was essential in the practice to be one with the Gods. Specifically made oils were dedicated and anointed for each deity.

Queen Cleopatra famous for her beauty that made the world’s most powerful emperor bow down to her ethereal grace, quite obviously took her beauty regime very seriously. It was known that her immense love for essential oils and knowledge for cosmetics pursued her to open her onw spa. Cleopatra also wrote a book called Cleopatra Gynaeciarum Libri around 50Bc, which unfortunately has been lost, though other references say that the book contained remarkable recipes for essential oil combinations as well as beauty products. The Pharaohs too had their own special blends of oils they diligently used for Meditation, War and Love.

Aromatherapie

During the Crusades, the Knights were responsible for passing the knowledge of herbal medicines to Western Europe. They had acquired the art of distillation and perfumes from Middle East. While researching the properties of essential oils, French Chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé coined the term “Aromatherapie”. His book under the same name was published in 1928 which details the healing capabilities of essential oils. With a positive response of using these essential oils, the popularity of the use of Aromatherapie grew throughout Europe.

Gattefossé stumbled upon the incredible healing properties of essential oils during a mishap in his laboratory. During an explosion, his hand got severely burnt and in the chaos, he quickly reached out to the nearest vessel that contained liquid and immersed his hand in it. To his astonishment, the burn soon healed with no scarring or infections. The miracle liquid that healed him was essential oil of Lavender.

And… the Romance continues

Essential oils have proven throughout history that they have tremendous healing affects not only when used topically but also for holistic healing. These one of a kind herbs have remarkable qualities that can heal mentally, physically and emotionally. Essential oils aren’t oils at all, since they lack fatty acids, they are highly concentrated plant components.

A large amount of plants are used to extract a small portion of essential oil, hence some of them can be expensive. The high quality therapeutic grade oils are pure, steam distilled and prove to be extremely medicinal. Apart from the obvious effects these oils have, here are a few unconventional yet tried and tested healing abilities these most popularly used essential oils embody.

Lavender Oil

Or Lavander in French derived from the Latin word Lavare meaning to wash. Perhaps it refers to the use of its infusions of plants. The ancient Greeks called the Lavender herb nardus after the Syrian city of Naarda. Lavender was one holy herbs used in the biblical temples to prepare holy essence. Being one of the most versatile of oils, Lavender is more popularly known for its relaxing effects.

The soothing fragrance calms the nerves by reducing the levels of stress hormones in your blood. Known to effectively to help with insomnia, adding a few drops to your bath water can help calm tight muscles and ease headaches and body aches. Spiritualist believe that the fragrance of lavender oil help create serenity within the body, mind and soul during meditation due to its calming effects and has also the power to induce lucid dreams when used at bedtime.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary OilAccording to an ancient myth, it’s said that the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over a bush of white blossomed rosemary while she was resting and the flowers turned blue. The shrub was then christened as the “Rose of Mary” and was considered sacred to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. In the middle ages, Rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies as it was thought to be a love charm.

Even till today Holistic healers uses these herbs is healing with matters of the heart as the fragrance is said to help in energizing your heart chakra during meditation. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance” Rosemary is believed to have powers to strengthen memory. Diffusing this essential oil or lightly inhaling the fumes form the bottle helps to sharpen the memory and the ability to learn.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Essential OilIn 1770, Captain James Cook while aboard the H.M.S Endeavor he landed at Botany Bay. He discovered natives brewing a concoction of viscous, camphor like leaves of the Melaleuca tree. The native Australians swore by the healing properties contained within the leaf and with scarcity of their own forms of the medicines the English were astonished to find that the poultice made of these crushed leaves fought infection and swiftly healed the wounds.

Throughout history Tea tree oil has been identified as having antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and preventive qualities.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass OilIt’s believed that lemongrass essential oil may have exported during the 17th century by the Philippines as distribution was limited the oil remained unheard of. In 1905 while researching on the properties of the Lemongrass plant, J.F Jovit from Sri Lanka learned more about the oil that the plant produced and soon word of its benefits spread around.

It was not until 1947 in Florida, Haiti that the first commercial cultivation of Lemongrass oil started. Apart from being effective in killing bacterial and fungal infections it has that ability to kill cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. The oil works wonders for relaxation during massages or holistic healing therapies. The calming and soothing aroma of lemongrass is becoming most popular today with treating sleeping disorders, stress and even depression.

The rich history behind these ancient herbal medicines proves that trust and faith in them ardently continues. The power to heal and energize your senses soothingly through Aromatherapie is soon being recognized as an effective and trusted remedy for many ailments the world over.

So, be reassured that no matter how you come to learn about essential oils, the history that began this legacy would forever continue. The people that have put their heart and soul into the trust they had for these herbs, is proof enough that their truly remarkable healing qualities have emerged unbeaten even till today.

Watch our video on how to find out if your essential oil is fake or real

Happy Healing Ya’ll!

Will essential oils help with alopecia barbae?

Alopecia Barbae

Alopecia Barbae also known as beard hair loss. Alopecia Barbae refers to patches in facial / beard hair. This mainly occurs when the immune system wrongly detects hair follicles as invaders and attacks them. This causes bald patches in the facial region. In most cases patches remain confined to small areas until treated for hair regrowth. However if this is due to genetics or family history then chances are that it cannot be reversed.

Though over the counter medications are available to treat alopecia barbae but they do come with their own side effects. Natural ways to cure this would be by massaging the effected area which stimulates blood flow and can revive the roots. You can take Jojoba oil or Almond oil and mix lavender essential oil in it. For example. You if you take 100ml of Jojoba Oil, you can add 2-3ml of Lavender oil in it. Mix well and leave it for a day to fully mix. Then apply everyday on the affected area and massage it well into the skin. Since jojoba oil is easily absorbed into the skin, this should not take more than 20 min to, after which you can wash your face.

Give this natural treatment a few months before you start seeing results.

Top 5 benefits of lavender essential oil

Lavender OilLavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils in India. What makes it so popular? It’s the versatility of the oil.

Lavender essential oil and it’s many uses!

Hair care: Lavender essential oil has been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss. A study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp.

Skin Care: Because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender essential mixed with aloe or jojoba oil has profound benefits on your skin. Regular application of this oil can take off years from your face. It also helps with sunburn and wrinkles.

Good Night Sleep: A study on students found that using lavender oil improved the overall quality of sleep. This included length of sleep, time it took to fall asleep, restfulness. A couple drops of lavender oil to your pillow or in the oil burner at night can help you have a peaceful and uninterrupted sleep.

Non Toxic Room Freshener: Instead of using chemical artificial perfumes or room fresheners which are bad for you and the environment, why not make your own totally natural and non toxic room freshener? Add a few drops of the oil with water and then keep it in a spray bottle or add it to your oil burner to breath and feel healthy.

Get Rid of Headaches: There are millions of people in India who struggle from tension headaches and migraines and are searching for a natural alternative to medicines. According to a new medical research, lavender oil might just be that natural cure that you are looking for.

These are the top 5 benefits of lavender essential oil, have a look our video to know a few more.

A Word of Caution: Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care. Though safe for almost everyone, in certain situations you might need to exercise caution, especially if you are a pregnant women.

Get rid of stubborn dandruff with lemongrass essential oil

Benefits of Leomongrass essential oil

Dandruff is a sign of bad hygiene and it is bad for your scalp and the health of your hair. Aesthetically no one likes to see dandruff on their hair and on their cloths. Yet there are so many men and women, even kids who struggle with dandruff everyday.

Let us discuss a fast way to get rid of dandruff without using any anti-dandruff shampoos or harmful chemicals which can ruin your scalp and even though reduce dandruff in the short time, they are not good for hair in the long run.

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How to use (3 simple steps)

Step 1 – Take 2–3 teaspoons of the carrier oil of your choice.

Step 2 – Add 3–4 drops of Lemongrass essential oil in the carrier oil

Step 2 – Apply to scalp and massage gently.

Things to keep in mind

  • It’s best to apply the mix at night and leave it overnight but if you do not have time, then apply 2–3 hours before you shampoo.
  • You do not need to use any anti-dandruff shampoo, try buying a shampoo which does not contain sulfate and parabens.
  • Apply 2 times a week for a month to start seeing results. (After getting the desired results) If you are using the Satthwa hair oil, you can discontinue adding lemongrass EO and just use the Satthwa oil as it contains Jojoba oil which has anti fungal properties as well.

Final thoughts

Lemongrass Essential Oil is also known to help with Psoriasis (Red and Itchy scalp), you can use the above technique to get relief.

Watch our video on some of the other benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Benefits of tea tree essential oil – Melaleuca oil

Tea Tree essential oil, also know as Melaleuca oil being so many benefits along with it. Below are a list of benefits tea tree essential oil can help you with.

– Helps with Acne (Pimples)
– Fights Dandruff, head lice
– Antimicrobial, kills germs
– Helps with Psoriasis & Eczema
– Eliminates body odour
– Helps infections and cuts
– Helps with nail fungus
– Reduces cold sores