Smell is the most primitive of the senses and your amygdalae react strongly to smell. This can come in handy where anxiety is concerned, as pure essential oils have the ability to immediately calm you through your sense of smell.
Essential oils also have the ability to heal as they contain the properties as the plants they are derived from, but in a higher dose, for lack of a better word. It takes roughly 6 pounds of plant substance to produce 1 ounce of pure essential oil. Of this 1 ounce, just a couple of drops is far more potent than a cup of tea made from a teaspoon or two from the same 6 pound of plant.
Essentials oils can be inhaled (smelled) directly from the bottle, added to potpourri, applied topically, or diffused. However, because they are so potent, essential oils should never be applied alone to bare skin. This may cause sensitivity and or an allergic reaction. They are to be diluted with carrier oils, such as Virgin Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil or Hemp oil, before applying. And, regardless of what you may hear or read, essential oils should never be taken internally without a doctor's guidance.
The advantage of using pure essential oils is their ability to travel through the body rapidly. They contain natural chemicals that can cross the brain-blood barrier quite rapidly, reaching your Limbic System where your amygdalae reside, which I often, whimsically, refer to as your inner fish.
Your amygdalae are two tiny, prehistoric organs in your brain that are responsible for managing your emotions and the fight, freeze or fight response. When you are a Highly Sensitive Person your inner fish tend to overreact to stress. Essential oils work to calm them down.
Medieval Biblical Oils & Associations
Faith - Onycha (oh-nigh-ka)
Strength - Cypress
Wisdom - Myrtle
Love - Cistus
Power - Spikenard
Imagination - Aloes/Sandalwood
Understanding - Myrrh
Will - Cedarwood
Order - Galbanum
Zeal - Cassia
Renunciation - Hyssop
Life – Frankincense
Other biblical oils are Cinnamon, Juniper, Coriander, and Calamus.
All living things, including you, are made up of atoms that oscillate back and forth causing electrical vibrations that give off a specific number of cycles or oscillations per second (OPS). These oscillations can be measured through hertz frequencies. The lower the frequency the more dense or nonliving scale something is (often considered negative), while higher frequencies represent a lighter scale, being more alive and, in some cases, more positive. The vibrations of essential oils, either, meet or exceed the vibrations of the human body. Essential oils serve to increase your energy as substances with higher frequencies raise substances with lower vibrations.
Substances with higher frequencies can raise lower frequencies.
Different types of frequencies are either chaotic or harmonizing.
All electrical devices shatter the aura.
Chemical imbalances are actually electrical/magnetic imbalances and cause irritation, inflammation and/or disease.
Low frequencies support physical ailments.
Middle frequencies promote emotional change.
High frequencies promote realization, growth and healing.
Vibrational Levels of the Human Body
The Healthy Human Brain 71-90 Hz
The Healthy Human Body 62-68 Hz
Vibrational Levels of Disease
Human cells mutate at below 62 Hz
Cold/Flu 57-60 Hz
Candida 55 Hz
Epstein-Barr 52 Hz
Cancer can appear at 42 Hz
Death begins between 20-25 Hz
Vibrational Levels of Food Groups
Canned Food 0 Hz
Processed Food 0 Hz
Genetically Modified Foods 0 Hz
Fresh Produce Up to 15 Hz
Fresh Herbs 12-27 Hz
Vibrations & Addictions
Smelling coffee reduces human vibration by 8 Hz, drinking it by 14 Hz.
Holding a cigarette reduces human vibration by 17 Hz, smoking it by 23 Hz.
Individual Essential Oil Vibrations
Aloes/Sandalwood 96 HZ
Angelica 85 Hz
Basil 52 Hz
Blue Tansy 105 Hz
German Chamomile 105 Hz
Frankincense 147 Hz
Galbanan 56 Hz
Helichrysum 181 Hz
Juniper 98 Hz
Lavender 118 Hz
Melissa (Lemon Balm) 102 Hz
Myrrh 105 Hz
Peppermint 78 Hz
Rose 320 Hz
"Science caught up with the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce when it proved that all of materiality, consisting of atoms and therefore protons, neutrons, and electrons, is energy in motion. Everything consists of vibrations. Even the body's five senses operate through the use of vibrations. The Cayce readings suggested that vibrations were also associated with healing, consciousness, and even locations. In fact, the Cayce information presents the premise that all of life in every dimension is actually just different manifestations of the One Force, the Force that moved all of Creation into being. Therefore, all vibration is essentially spirit in motion and our thoughts and actions affect our life and the way we are living."
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If you are interested in learning more about vibrations of things in the universe you might be interested in the works of Nikoli Telsa who understood that diseased cells in the human body are ones that oscillate at a lower vibration than the rest of the body's cells and that aging is simply the decrease of energy.
Medicinal Benefits of Common Essential Oils
Basil is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial. It helps to relieve symptoms of MRSA and other bacterial illnesses, relieves mental fatigue, promotes clarity, lowers cortisol (the stress hormone), and boosts the immune system.
Geranium uplifts mood, calms anxiety and helps to balance emotions.
Frankincense helps to relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, reduces anxieties linked to the past, stress, tension, grief, nervousness. It calms and soothes the mind. It is also an anti-inflammatory and fights cancer.
Helichrysum helps to prevent scarring.
Hyssop – Helps reduce fear.
Lavender promotes calm decision during disorder. Helps with healing, brings peace, love, reduces anxiety, relieves headache and promotes digestion. Treats migraines and reduces tension and feelings of depression, PTSD and Alzheimer's. Helps with emotional stress, removes exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. It also reduces aches and pains from arthritis or sports.
Jasmine balances male and female energies, helps to relieve depression, post-natal depression, grief, lethargy, boredom, apathy, nerves, exhaustion, tension, stress, and emotional stress. It brings positive feelings of confidence, restores energy, love, peace, and balances central nervous system.
Lemon increases happiness.
Manuka oil is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. It is extracted from the leaves and small branches of the Manuka tree. Manuka oil is 10 times stronger than Tea Tree oil and has the ability to relieve all manner of drug resistant gram positive bacteria, viruses and fungus, while remaining nontoxic. To learn more about Manuka oil, click here.
Myrrh is antifungal, anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin.
Neuroli is a natural tranquilizer for anxiety and depression.
Nutmeg supports the adrenals and staves off nervous fatigue.
Patchouli is often used as an aphrodisiac and offers relief from apathy. It's a great balancer, relaxing yet stimulating, particularly relevant for conditions of weak immunity where overwork and anxiety have left the individual in a susceptible state, relieves the strain of those with excessive mental activity who may feel out of touch with their body.
Peppermint supports concentration and focus, relieves headache, and when diluted and used in conjunction with Eucalyptus or Wintergreen can relieve sore muscles.
Rose, Rose Absolute, and Rose Otto soothe emotions, depression, grief, jealousy, resentment, anger, frustration, post-natal depression, hysteria, insecurity, irritability, moodiness, tension, sadness, shock, stress, and anxiety. It gives a woman positive feelings of self, love, peace, beauty, happiness, balance and revive the mind.
Rosemary relieves depression and mental fatigue.
Sage (Clary Sage) ~ Helps to balance hormones, relieve PMS and menopausal symptoms and clear away negative energies. do not use if pregnant.
Sandalwood is spiritually uplifting, helps with nervousness, anxiety, obsessive attitudes, cuts ties with past, and ends old habits. It also reduces irritability and stress, brings peace and acceptance, relaxes the mind, promotes spirituality and meditation, and redirects sexual energy to spirit.
Scotch Pine encourages serenity and feelings of comfort. It is also a pain reliever of arthritis, aches, pains and sore muscles. It increases metabolism, energizes and removes mental stress, refreshes spirit and elevates mood, brings mental clarity, removes anxiety and nervous tension and helps one to concentrate.
Tea Tree is antifungal and slightly antibacterial. It can be used for Candida (yeast), molds, acne and ringworm.
Vanilla soothes and calms emotions, eases tension, and helps with anger. It is comforting, bringing back warm memories, dispelling anger, frustration, and tensions.
Verbena (also known as Lemon Verbena, Blue Vervain, Verveine, Sweet Almond Verbena and Almond Bush) promotes relaxation while invigorating the spirit. It prevents nightmares, relieves headaches and muscle spasms, soothes nerves and strengthens nervous system, reduces mental stress, and increases love of learning, happy outlook, and well-being.
White Angelica – Counters negativity and increases feeling of security.
Yalang Ylang – Soothes grief.
Carrier oils are base oils you use to dilute essential oils in. They carry the essential oils onto and into your skin that would, otherwise, be too potent to use undiluted. Certain carrier oils are better than others when it comes to helping to heal sensitive skin.
How to Measure Essential Oils
Add 12-30 drops of 100% therapeutic grade essential oils to every 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil.
You can mix and match your essential oils as you wish, but never add more than a complete total of 30 drops to 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil.
30 drops creates a 5% dilution, which is the strongest solution recommended within safe limits. For example, I often use 20 drops of French Lavender and 10 drops of Vanilla Absolute to 2 Tablespoons of Jojoba oil for a sweeter smelling massage oil.
Essential Oil Precautions
Potentially Toxic Essential Oils to Use Caution With
Anise (star), Aniseed, Bay Laurel, Bay (West Indian), Calamintha, Camphor (white), Cassia, Cedarwood (Virginian), Cinnamon (leaf), Clove (bud), Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fennel (sweet), Hops, Hyssop, Juniper, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pepper (black), Sage (Spanish), Tagetes, Tarragon, Thyme (white),Turmeric and Valerian.
Pregnant, Lactating & Breast Feeding Moms
Children and pregnant and lactating women should avoid certain oils. Just because something is natural does not mean it is good for everyone all of the time. Some essential oils have hormone-like effects, others stimulate the uterine muscles, while some are just plain toxic. As well as being cautious with the essential oils mentioned above, Angelica, Anise, Aniseed, Basil, Bay Laurel, Birch, Black Pepper, Cassia, Cedarwood (all types), Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Cumin and Wintergreen should be avoided during pregnancy and while nursing baby.
As a Rule
Do not use essential oils on infants, the chemically sensitive, internally in those with liver disease, or when pregnant or nursing.