Essential Oils 2 – Specific health uses
By GOWRI KANAGARAJAH – In our introduction to essential oils (http://bit.ly/18WpCG4), we talked about the methods of use.
While you might have heated oils in a diffuser to clear a stuffy nose or for relaxation, essential oils can actually do much more eg treat specific problems such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), insomnia, skin problems and coughs?
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Pre-menstrual syndrome affects some 3 out of every 4 menstruating women, according to mayoclinic.org (http://mayocl.in/1GQu2K2) and can cause discomfort and loss of productivity at work or school.
Skin problems that can be helped by essential oils include eczema and rashes. Eczema, in particular, is common as changes in humidity and environmental conditions can trigger dry, flaky and itchy patches. Although creams for topical application are available, you might need a prescription or have to bear with side effects. Try essential oils as they are natural and generally safe.
I spoke to Mrs Susan Wee, Master Aromatherapist from Pure Serenity. (http://www.pureserenity19.com/#!about/c1akg)
She has a diploma with specialisations in Holistic Herbal Therapy and is a clinical nutrition consultant.
How do essential oils help people with PMS, insomnia, rashes, eczema and coughs?
Mrs Wee: The symptoms of PMS are extensive. They include fatigue, anxiety, bloating and irritability. Essential oils have proven effective in treating these conditions. Suitable oils are geranium, clary sage, bergamot, grapefruit and chamomile roman. These oils will help balance the body’s hormones and promote a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
For insomnia, cedarwood oil is often recommended. It is calming and helps relieve tension and anxiety, giving you restorative and uninterrupted sleep. Cedarwood blends well with bergamot, cypress and lavender oils.
Eczema (a condition where dry, flaky patches appear on the surface of the skin) may be treated by oils such as patchouli (repairs broken skin), chamomile (calms itchiness), geranium (for cell regeneration) in carrier oils such as jojoba and avocado.