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Essential Oils for Body Systems Part 2

By Maisha Liwaru

As we all know, the body is a combination of systems, which are 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 does an important job for the body, and they 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 its overall performance. Some essential oils overlap and benefit several systems; however, each system is prone to its own set of problems.

I am continuing my discussion of the effects of essential oils on our body systems from my previous article.

Hormonal changes and infection can affect the reproductive system.  There are aromatherapy treatments, which help with menstrual problems, genital infections and sexual dysfunction.  Some essential oils are particularly helpful because they regulate and strengthen the reproductive system. And yes, the rumors are true, some essential oils are aphrodisiac, helping frigidity and alleviating impotence. Treatment involves massage of the lower abdomen area and leisure baths with: 

  • bergamot, sandalwood, tea tree, cinnamon and lavender – antiseptic 
  • ylang-ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, vetivert and clary sage - aphrodisiac
  • anise, basil, peppermint, lavender and rosemary – antispasmodic for            menstrual cramps 
  • sage, clary sage, cypress – to help with the symptoms of menopause

When it is time for your body to put up a fight against infection, the immune system is called into play.  It produces white blood cells and antitoxins.  The body is aided in its fight against bacteria and viruses with certain essential oils.  The oils stimulate the immune function.  As usual, the most effect treatment is massage and aromatic baths with:

  • lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, pine, and sandalwood – immune stimulating by promoting the formation of white blood cell 
  • sandalwood, bergamot, and tea tree for an antiseptic     
  • clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, cajuput, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, and basil – antibacterial and antiviral

The lymphatic system is our drainage system.  It disposes of toxic waste and drains fluids from our bodies.  If the system is sluggish, the result is edema or fluid retention, especially on the ankles and cellulite on the thighs, hips and buttock.  Again, the best treatment is by massage and also compress with the following essential oils:

  • fennel, juniper and rosemary – lymphatic stimulants
  •  tea tree, thyme, pine, eucalyptus and lemon – antitoxic agents

The nervous system is both stimulated and sedated by essential oils.  One effect is usually more than the other but some do both to regulate and balance the system.  When you are depressed or suffering from nervous fatigue, try a combination of stimulating essential oils such as:

  • fennel, cinnamon, basil, clove, anise, peppermint, pine, thyme, rosemary, and cajuput

Can’t sleep, nervous, suffering from anxiety or hysteria, you need sedative essential oils including:

  • chamomile, melissa, vetivert, lavender, clary sage, rosewood, and marjoram

Need a little balance in your life?  Try sandalwood, bergamot and cedar wood.

One of the best uses for essential oils is for relief of rheumatic stiffness and pain in the muscles and joints.  Essential oils stimulate local circulation and produce warmth. You guessed it.  The treatment calls for massage and or aromatic leisure baths fragranced with:

  • lavender, rosemary, and marjoram (added to emu oil for massage) – for muscle ache.
  • rosemary, juniper, and fennel (added to emu oil for massage) – for joint stiffness

The largest system is the skin.  Since it covers the entire body, it protects the body and conserves body heat. Water is eliminated through the pores of the skin and the skin produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun.  It the skin is imbalanced it is either, oily, dry, hydrated or dehydrated.  Of course the skin is also susceptible to injury, inflammation, infection and unpleasant odors.  Essential oils can relieve all of these problems.  Treatment is by topical application using:

  • lavender, chamomile, frankincense, and myrrh for healing minor wounds
  • chamomile, lavender and myrrh – anti - inflammatory
  •  chamomile, lavender lemon, pine, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, cinnamon and lemon – antiseptic for skin infections
  • bergamot, thyme, juniper, cypress, pine, tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass and citronella - deodorant

As I have mentioned in previous article, in addition to affecting our physical conditions, essential oils can affect our emotional responses. Since the limbic system, which is concerned with emotion, is connected to the olfactory nerves in the nose.  This makes the affect immediate and powerful.  Just inhaling lightly is sufficient to induce an emotional response.

There are a lot of creative ways to use essential oils in our very day lives.  Ways that will enhance any activity.  Next time, I look forward to sharing some with you.  Once you start using some of these ideas, you will start thinking of your own clever ways to use essential oils.  

Add emu oil to your massage oil or compress to aid its absorbency. “Laboratory tests have shown that the phospholipids content of emu oil matches that of human skin.  Our skin recognizes this and literally opens up and allows the emu oil to penetrate deep into the layers of the epidermis…” (Dr. Norm Shealey of the Shealey Institute of Health).

For more recipes for specific problems, please visit the recipe section of my website at: http://www.wesmellgood.com/recipe.html

           

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

maishazoja@aol.com

 

 

 

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