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The Essential Zone

Essential Oils for Body Systems  by Maisha Liwaru 

  As we all know, the body is a combination of systems, which are all essential to life.  They are the digestive system, urinary system, circulatory system, respiratory system, endocrine system, reproductive system, immune system, lymphatic system, nervous system, muscular and skeletal system and the skin.  Each do an important job for the body and work together for the good of the self.

When one system has a problem, the whole body suffers.  Essential oils work with the various systems of the body to improve the over all performance of our body. Some essential oils overlap and benefit several systems, however, each system is prone to it’s own set of problems.

The digestive system includes the stomach, liver and gallbladder.  Improper eating is the main cause of problems in the digestive system. The system can be strained.  The results are indigestion, spasm, colic, flatulence and constipation. Of course, there is a wide range of herbal remedies, but essential oils should not be ignored.  They should be applied locally using a compress over the abdominal area or massaged into the back at the lower spine region. Try these essential oils:       

  • Chamomile, melissa, sage, peppermint, anise, and fennel work to antispasmodic.

  • Angelica, basil and peppermint work to alleviate flatulence.

  • Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger work to reduce stomach acidity.

  • Rosemary, lemon and lime work to control liver decongestion.

  • Peppermint works to stimulate the gall-bladder to secrete bile.

  • Bergamot, orange and ginger work to promote appetite and increase secretion of saliva (saliva not only helps with digestion, but helps to avoid bad breath).

  • Camphor, peppermint, marjoram and rosemary work as a mild laxative.

The urinary system tends to become infected. Essential oils promote the flow of urine, which helps deal with urinary problems. They are antiseptic and affect the urinary tract in a positive way. Try a lumbar-sacral massage and hipbaths with the following combinations of essential oils:

  • Lemon, rosemary, and fennel for a diuretic

  •  Sandalwood, bergamot, and tea tree for an antiseptic

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The circulatory system is extremely important.  The body simply cannot function properly without the proper function of the heart and proper circulation.  When this system is not ticking like a Swiss watch, we have high and low blood pressure, weakness in the contraction of the heart.  Since essential oils can be easily absorbed throughout the skin and mucous membranes into the blood, simply treat the heart area with a compress.  

Here is another chance to get a nice back massage, this time in the dorsal region.    Or take a relaxing aromatic bath.    I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of seeing a doctor if you have any indication that you have problems with your circulatory system. Essential oils should be used as a companion to traditional medical treatment and proper diet.  The following essential oils are essential for the purpose of promoting good heart health:

  • Lavender, marjoram, clary sage, lemon, lemon and Ylang-ylang act as a hypotensive to reduce high blood pressure

  • Rosemary and thyme act as a hypertensive to raise lowered blood pressure

  • Hyssop and angelica act as a tonic to regulate blood pressure

  • Cinnamon and marjoram, ginger and nutmeg act as a rubefacient to warm and stimulate the circulation

  • Melissa and orange has an antispasmodic action on the heart

  • Cypress acts to combat constriction of the veins

The respiratory system is prone to infection.  As mentioned many times before, essential oils have excellent antiseptic properties, which make them very effective in the treatment of respiratory problems.  The best form of application is inhalation but back dorsal massage and compress on the chest are alternative methods.  Use these essential oils:

  • Cinnamon, thyme, tea tree, eucalyptus, pine, clove, lemon, peppermint and cajuput for a general antiseptic

  • Rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, and myrrh for an expectorant to clear the respiratory tract of mucous

  • Clary sage, anise, cypress, frankincense, and basil for an antispasmodic for cough.

The endocrine system regulates growth, metabolism and reproduction by producing hormones.  It is composed of endocrine glands. Essential oils are used in two ways on the endocrine system. Either to stimulate the endocrine glands to produce hormones or act as hormones themselves, which causes a direct regulating effect on the body.  Massage with the following set of essential oils:

  • Basil, rosemary, sage and pine stimulate the adrenal glands

  • Peppermint and jasmine stimulate the pituitary gland

  • Chamomile and clary sage stimulate the reproductive glands

  • Anise and lemongrass promote milk secretion

  • Sage and peppermint reduce milk secretion

Add emu oil to your massage oil or compress to aid its absorbency. “Laboratory test have shown that the phospholipids content of emu oil matches that of human skin.  Our skin recognizes this and literally opens up and allow the emu oil to penetrate deep into the layers of the epidermis…

I will continue the topic of “Essential Oils for Body Systems” in the next issue. In the meantime, if you want to find an individual essential oil or a recipe for a specific problem, please visit the recipe section of my website at: http://www.wesmellgood.com/recipe.htm

Maisha Liwaru is the owner and CEO of  Perfume Oils by Maisha

maishazoja@aol.com

        Emu's Zine does not diagnose, prescribe or dispense medical advice.  We report and attempt to educate the public about the possible health benefits derived through the use of emu oil based products and consumption of low cholesterol, low fat emu meat.   This site contains personal testimonies and professional observations.   We encourage people to contact their family physicians regarding any health problems they may have for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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