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The uses for essential oils (both for health and emotions) are vast and diverse. As human residents of planet Earth, hardly a moment goes by when we are not reminded of our dependance on plants and their uses for oxygen, food, clothing, building.

But in their essential oil form, they can offer some unique properties:

  • Supporting the respiratory, digestive, or other systems
  • Nurturing cell function
  • Encouraging balance in the hormones
  • Relieving stress and balancing emotions
  • Replacing chemical cleaners naturally
  • Replacing synthetic deodorant, perfumes, etc

And a ton more...

What are essential oils?

The essential oils are the aromatic, natural chemical compounds extracted from various parts of a plant: leaves, flowers, stems, roots, bark, etc. They are in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea and oils can be up to 70x more potent than their dried herbal form). This means less is more.

How are they used?

You can use essential oils aromatically, and topically, as well as internally (depending on the brand, the oil, and the results you're seeking). You can learn more about application methods and learn how to use essential oils here.

You can use them to impact the limbic system and thus your emotions, for natural cleaning and deodorizing, to support health and wellness efforts, and even as a natural alternative to perfume.

A few tips: When you're looking at the many uses of essential oils I would encourage you to look for the body systems you're wishing to nurture or support, and the oils that work with that system. When it comes to particular emotions, you can also get hints from the oil itself as to the impact it has on our mind and emotions. For instance, tree oils can help us feel more grounded with their earthier aromas. Start small, seek guidance, support, and scientific resources, and feel empowered to learn as you go.

But isn't this just placebo?

No, it's chemistry. And it has a growing list of research to back it up, as well as more doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers promoting it as a natural means to help their patients meet their goals without side effects.

But the remarkable uses of essential oils can only be maximized when purity is involved.

Since quality regulations are virtually non-existent, knowing where your oils come from and how they are created is crucial to ensuring safety and effectiveness. (You can learn how to choose essential oils here.)

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

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Essential Oil List: Single Oils

A-B

Arborvitae: Supports healthy cell function, grounding, cleansing, insect repellant, etc
Basil: Mental alertness; supports sore muscles/joints, menstruation, etc
Bergamot: Skin purifying, emotional support, etc
Birch: Supports healthy muscles/joints, skin blemishes, uplifting, etc
Black Pepper: Antioxidant; supports healthy circulation, flavoring, etc

C

Cardamom: Supports healthy digestion, respiratory health, cooking, etc
Cassia: Supports healthy cell function, digestion, arousal, etc
Cedarwood: Repels insects, supports healthy skin, emotional support, etc
Chamomile, Roman: Calming, immune healthy immune function, etc
Cilantro: Antioxidant, digestive aid, cleansing, healthy skin, etc
Cinnamon Bark: Supports metabolic function, oral health, cleaning, etc
Clary Sage: Supports healthy hormonal balance, tension, emotions, etc
Clove: Promotes cardiovascular health, oral health, immune health, etc
Coriander: Supports digestion, clear skin, sore joints and muscles, etc
Cumin: Digestive health, purifying to body systems, flavoring, etc
Cypress: Soothes muscle tension, energy, skin health, etc

D-F

Dill: Digestive support, calming, cooking, etc
Douglas Fir: Respiratory health, skin health, etc
Eucalyptus: Supports healthy respiration, skin, cleansing, etc
Fennel (Sweet): Promotes healthy digestion, metabolism, circulation, etc
Fir, White: Muscles, joints, respiratory support, empowering, etc
Frankincense: Supports healthy cellular health, skin, emotions, etc

G-J

Geranium: Healthy skin and hair, calming, insect repellant, etc
Ginger: Digestive support, grounding, cooking, antioxidant, etc
Grapefruit: Cleansing, skin health, healthy metabolism, alertness, etc
Hawaiian Sandalwood: Healthy skin, meditation, etc
Helichrysum: Promotes skin appearance, healthy metabolism, etc
Jasmine: Skin health, balanced mood, etc
Juniper Berry: Kidney/urinary function, skin appearance/toner, cleansing, stress, etc

L-M

Lavender: Universal oil. Calming, skin health and recovery, flavoring, etc
Lemon: For increasing energy, digestive and respiratory support, cleaning, etc
Lemongrass: Healthy digestion, supports muscles and joints, complexion, insects, etc
Lime: Cleans, detoxifies, energizes, healthy immune function, etc
Marjoram: Emotional support, muscular support, cardiovascular function, etc
Melaleuca (Tea Tree): Cleansing, healthy immune function, skin complexion, etc
Melissa (Lemon Balm): Supports healthy immune function, tension, etc
Myrrh: Cleansing, skin and complexion, emotional balance, etc

O-P

Orange: Emotional balance, overall health, cleansing/purifying, antioxidants, etc.
Oregano: Powerful cleansing agent, healthy immune/digestion/respiratory function, etc
Patchouli: Supports skin health/complexion, grounding, tension, etc
Peppermint: Wonderful for digestive/respiratory function, energy, cooling, etc

R-T

Roman Chamomile: Calming, immune healthy immune function, etc
Rose: Promotes skin health/complexion, emotional balance, etc
Rosemary: Promotes healthy digestion, respiratory function, healthy hair/scalp, etc
Sandalwood: Skin health, calming, grounding, etc
Sandalwood, Hawaiian: Healthy skin, meditation, etc
Spearmint: Promotes digestive health, oral health etc
Tangerine: Cleansing, healthy immune system, cooking, etc
Tea Tree (Melaleuca): Cleansing, healthy immune function, skin complexion, etc
Thyme: Cleansing, purifying, healthy immune function, insect repellent, etc

V-Y

Vetiver: Calming, grounding, healthy immune function, etc
White Fir: Support muscles/joints, stress, empowering, etc
Wild Orange: Emotional balance, overall health, cleansing/purifying, antioxidants, etc
Wintergreen: Soothes muscles/joints, skin/complexion, emotional support, etc
Ylang Ylang: Promotes healthy skin and hair, calming, etc

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

More Helpful Links on Uses for Essential Oils

How to find the best essential oils!
Oily Recipes PDF
How to use essential oils!

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IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

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