How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally With Essential Oils
How to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally with Essential oils is something we all need to know!
One out of three adults in the United States have high blood pressure and that number is still on the rise. In fact, according an editorial in the Lancet entitled, “Hypertension: Uncontrolled and Conquering the World,” the risk of becoming hypertensive is greater than 90 percent for individuals in developed countries. Like obesity, high blood pressure is reaching epidemic proportions among adults. This is a very disturbing statistic since many of the cases go undetected.
High Blood Pressure places added strain on a person’s heart, making it work harder in order to pump the blood throughout the body. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very serious health risk, as it can lead to heart disease. Often, without any warning signs or symptoms, someone may have a heart attack or stroke.
The sad truth is, more than half of the people taking multiple medications for high blood pressure are still not able to manage their condition. According to a survey reported by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in July 2003, despite the number of drugs available and number of prescriptions written, no real progress has been made in controlling high blood pressure among the U.S. adult population. Mercola.com website reported in an article entitled, How You Can Normalize Your Blood Pressure Without Drugs, “If big drug companies had their way, there would be at least as many drugs available to treat obesity as there are for hypertension. But as study after study shows, drugging with pharmaceuticals is a short-term, unreliable, and often quite dangerous approach to treating symptoms rather than the underlying causes of disease.”
The JAMA survey revealed that nearly one-third of people with hypertension do not even know they have it, with over 40% not being treated. That means nearly three out of four people do not have their high blood pressure under control.
Fortunately, there are several safe and natural ways to help the body regulate high blood pressure. According to the Mercola.com website, over 85 percent of individuals who do suffer from hypertension can lower their blood pressure through lifestyle modifications. With dietary changes such as avoiding saturated fats from animal sources and all artificial sweeteners, in addition to taking the necessary nutritional supplements suggested in Mercola’s article, optimal health can be achieved. In addition to these recommendations, there are several options available for controlling your blood pressure in both allopathic and alternative medicine. Many people today have been able to regulate their blood pressure with the help of therapeutic quality essential oils along with vigilance and a commitment to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If you have high blood pressure and you want to control it, or if you are someone who is looking to avoid it, there are some simple steps you can take to normalize your blood pressure without harmful medications (which come with list of side effects a mile long).
The following is a list of essential oils that have historically been used to help regulate high blood pressure. All the essential oils mentioned below can easily be incorporated into daily life through inhalation, topical application and massage.
There are several oils to choose from, however, those that are immediate favorites among essential oil enthusiasts include Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) because of its high content of esters and alcohols, chemically speaking. Its sweet, floral aroma is very calming and works at a general tonic on the nervous system. In addition to this, Lavender’s soothing effect on the body as well as emotions, makes it a favorite in the treatment of nervous disorders.
A second favorite is Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) which is high in monoterpenols and serves as a balancing tonic that is calming to the mind, as well as great for chronic lethargy and nervous exhaustion. Sweet Marjoram’s warm, spicy scent is quite relaxing and soothing.
Another essential oil that doesn’t quite get as much fanfare is Cypress (Cupresus sepmervirens) which strengthens the vascular system and increases circulation while at the same time supports the detoxification of the lymphatic system. Quite beneficial indeed!
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is a powerhouse all by itself as a natural anti-inflammatory by improving circulation and cleansing the blood. And finally, Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) which is high in sesquiterpenes offers a calming and supportive effect to the nervous system, while easing stress and tension that leads to high blood pressure. Like several of the previous essential oils mentioned, Ylang Ylang is high in alcohols and esters, which makes it rich in qualities such as promoting sleep and soothing agitation. Its sweet floral scent though is quite intense, so you will not want to add too much of this oil to your blend. Kurt Schnaublet, PhD, in his book “Advanced Aromatherapy,” states that even in the minutest amounts, Ylang Ylang has a noticeable and sinstantaneous effect on heart palpitations. Dr. James Howenstein MD recommends rubbing a single drop of Ylang Ylang oil between the fingertips and inhaling for one minute for hypertension. This can be repeated as needed.
There are many, many more essential oils to choose from. It is important, however, to check with your doctor before using essential oils. There are some medical conditions, such as prescription medications and pregnancy that contraindicate the use of some essential oils.
Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) includes chemical constituents Cineole and Linalool and has antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, astringent, insecticidal and sedative properties. Bay is used in the treatment of rheumatism, muscular pain, circulation problems, colds, flu, dental infections and skin infections. Bay’s high eugenol content may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, so dilution is necessary. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Top
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) helps to release pent up emotions and accumulated stress. It is commonly used in many skin care creams and lotions because of its refreshing and citrus nature. It is ideal for helping to calm inflamed skin and is an ingredient in some creams for eczema and psoriasis. Bergamot’s chemical makeup has antiseptic properties, which help ward off infection and aid recovery. It is a favorite oil of aromatherapists in treating depression. Bergamot is also effective as an antispasmodic and helps to reduce leg cramps and is used for restless leg syndrome. It is also suitable for coughs and works as a digestive aid. The therapeutic properties of Bergamot include analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, stomachic, calmative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary. Bergamot essential oil has phototoxic properties therefore exposure to the sun must be avoided after use. It may also interfere with the activity of certain prescription drugs. Note: Top
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) has a surprisingly sweet scent making it ideal for applications in skin care products and skin therapies. Blue Tansy contains the active azulene, best known for its skin care properties and as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has been credited by aromatherapists as being antihistamine and antispasmodic. Blue Tansy is also excellent for reducing the effects of allergic reactions, asthma, and other skin allergies. This oil induces relaxation, reduces nervous tension and stress, and has hormone-like actions stimulating the thymus gland. Blue Tansy reduces fever, treats colds and other respiratory infections by boosting the immune system. It supports the balance of white blood cell production and may be helpful for leukemia and nourishes the spleen. This oil is fabulous for the treatment of sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, and sciatica. It helps to stabilize blood sugar, eliminates bruises, itching, rashes, cysts, and reduces blood pressure. Its therapeutic properties include anthelmintic, vermifuge, carminative, digestive, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-allergic, antihistamine, febrifuge, diaphoretic, stimulant, tonic, antipruritic, emmenagogue, and hypotensive. Special attention should be given to its blue color as it may change cream or lotion colors. Tansy Blue essential oil is generally non-irritating and non-toxic. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia) has antiseptic properties that are known to kill various types of bacteria and fungi. Cassia has been used as a tonic, carminative and stimulant for treating nausea, flatulence and diarrhea. Chinese and Japanese scientists have found that Cassia’s sedative effect lowers high blood pressure. The therapeutic properties of Cassia are carminative, anti-diarrhea, antimicrobial and anti-emetic. It is a dermal irritant, dermal sensitizer and a mucus membrane irritant. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Cistus Labdanum (Cistus Ladaniferus) contains antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and expectorant properties and acts as a fixative in perfumes as it is widely used in the perfumery industry. It is considered useful in skin care preparations especially for mature skin and wrinkles. Labdanum is known to heal wounds quickly. Rock Rose’s properties include being antiseptic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, astringent, cicatrisant, mucolytic, and a tonic for the nervous system. This oil is strongly highlighted in medical research at this time with studies at animal trial level into vasodilators with hypotensive patients and entry inhibitors in HIV. Uses for Cistus Labdanum include treating symptoms and effects of stress, infection, high blood pressure and anxiety. This oil is generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Base
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) can be used as a deodorant, antidepressant, and as a sedative. Its analgesic and antispasmodic actions can decrease heart rate (Buckle, 1997) and is considered mildly hypotensive (Rovesti and Gattefosse, 1973). It is effective in combating oily hair and is a superior oil for acne, wrinkles and fine lines. Women experiencing hormonal changes, menopause symptoms such as hot flashes find this oil quite beneficial. Clary Sage’s properties are antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, uterine and nerve tonic. Clary Sage Oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing. Do not use during pregnancy or if you are at risk for breast cancer as it may have an estrogen-like effect on the body. Note: Top-Middle
Clove Bud (Syzgium aromaticum) has a spicy rich scent and is an effective agent for minor aches and pains, particularly dental pain because of its numerous effects on the oral tissues. Clove Bud can be used for acne, cuts and bruises, preventing infections and as a pain reliever. It helps with toothaches, mouth sores, rheumatism and arthritis. For the digestive system, it helps to prevent vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, spasms and parasites, as well as bad breath. Clove oil is valuable for relieving respiratory problems, like bronchitis, asthma and tuberculosis. Its disinfecting feature makes it useful with infectious diseases. Clove oil’s therapeutic properties are analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic, carminative, anti-infectious, disinfectant, insecticide, tonic, stomachic, uterine, and as a stimulant. This oil may cause sensitization in some individuals and should be used in dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is used to prevent excessive perspiration, particularly in the feet. It is good for hemorrhoids, oily skin and acts as an astringent in skin care applications. It is extremely gentle and suitable for all skin types. This oil calms and soothes anger while having a positive effect on one’s mood. It is suitable for various female problems and good for coughs and bronchitis. Cypress assists with varicose veins and bodily fluids by improving circulation. Its properties include antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, diuretic, and as a vein tonic. Avoid use during pregnancy. Avoid long term use with high-blood pressure. Note: Middle-Base
Cypress, Blue (Callitris intratropicai) is popular for its moisturizing and soothing skincare properties. This oil is considered similar to German Chamomile due to its soothing and relaxing properties for the nerves without having sedative properties. The therapeutic properties of Cypress are astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, homeostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative. It is considered non-toxic and non-irritant. Blue Cypress is regarded as very gentle and suitable for all skin types. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle-Base
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is highly prized in the aromatherapy industry. It is frequently used in skin care products’ as it is considered a valuable ingredient having remarkable anti-aging, rejuvenating and healing properties. Frankincense is known to calm the mind and end mental chatter. It also helps to ease worry and agitation. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, vulnerary and expectorant. Frankincense is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Base
Garlic (Allium sativum) has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-hypertensive properties that can be used to prevent infections, treat colds, bronchitis and flu symptoms. It is also a powerful detoxifier and rejuvenates the body. Garlic is recognized as a preventative of high blood-pressure and heart disease when taken internally. It is extremely effective at reducing high cholesterol levels. Garlic’s antiseptic, bactericidal and detoxifying properties make it a valuable essential oil in treating acne. Garlic has been used for thousands of years to prevent infestation with intestinal worms, both in people and in animals and is one of the best treatments for gastro-intestinal infections. As an antibiotic, Garlic does not kill off the beneficial flora of the intestine as synthetic antibiotics do and is an effective treatment for cystitis. This oil must be properly diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Top
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is used as an astringent, haemostatic, diuretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-infectious agent. This oil works wonders for wrinkles and is also indicated for disturbed and sensitive skin, as well as broken capillaries. It works well in reducing edema and fluid retention, promoting circulation and has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system. Geranium works well as a decent overall skin cleanser and makes a fabulous oil for mature and troubled skin, bringing a radiant glow to your complexion. Geranium is well tolerated by most individuals, but since it helps in balancing the hormonal system, care must be taken during pregnancy. Avoid use during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Do not use if you have a history of estrogen-dependent cancer or are hypoglycemia. Note: Middle
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is excellent for colds and flu, nausea (including motion sickness and morning sickness), rheumatism, coughs and circulation issues. It has warming properties that help to relieve muscular cramps, spasms, aches and eases stiffness in joints. Ginger’s healing properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, tonic, diaphoretic, expectorant, and antiemetic. It may irritate sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Base
Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) is known to support the circulatory system, urinary tract, and liver function. It has relaxing and calming effects with anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, diuretic, and liver tonic properties. Goldenrod is helpful for the cardiovascular system, bladder infection, congestive cough, diphtheria, diuretic, dyspepsia, fibrillation, heart tonic (stimulant), hypertension, hepatitis, impotence, influenza, fatty liver, liver congestion, nervousness, neuropathy, respiratory mucus, sleep disorders, tachycardia, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis. Goldenrod could possibly cause skin sensitivity. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is an effective oil for acne, bruises, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, irritated skin and wounds. It supports the body through post-viral fatigue and convalescence, and can also be used to repair skin damaged by psoriasis, eczema or ulceration. Helichrysum therapeutic properties include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and as a tonic for the nervous system. This oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Please check with your healthcare provider before use during pregnancy. Note: Base
Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora) has antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative, immune support, tonic and bactericidal properties. It also plays a role as a cellular stimulant, cephalic, and tissue regenerator. Ho Wood has become popular as a replacement for Rosewood because of similar chemical qualities. It may cause irritation to the skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is well respected for its aphrodisiac properties and is a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace. It is necessary to note that all absolutes are highly concentrated by nature. The complexity of the fragrance, particularly the rare and exotic notes is well regarded as an aphrodisiac, though it is also considered an antidepressant, antiseptic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative, uterine and antispasmodic. Avoid use during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Note: Base
Lavandin (Lavandula intermedia var Abrialis) properties include analgesic, anti-convulsive, antidepressant, anti-phlogistic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, and diuretic. It is considered one of the most useful and versatile essential oil’s from easing sore muscles and joints, relieving muscle stiffness, clearing the lungs and sinuses from phlegm to healing wounds and dermatitis. Lavandin is advantageous for burns and healing of the skin. It’s antiseptic and analgesic properties aids with easing pain and preventing infection. Lavandin cytophylactic properties promote rapid healing and help reduce scarring. Its calming scent reduces anxiety and promotes sleep. This oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Note: Middle
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is most commonly used for burns and the healing of skin. It has antiseptic and analgesic properties that eases the pain of a burn and prevents infection. Lavender also has cytophylactic properties that promote rapid healing and reduces scarring. Lavender does an excellent job at balancing oil production in the skin as well as clearing blemishes and evening skin tone and even helps to hydrate dry skin. Lavender is indicated for all skin types and can be used at any step in your skin care regimen. Lavender is beneficial for colds, flu, asthma, high blood pressure, and migraines. It is also excellent for helping with insomnia. The therapeutic properties of Lavender oil are antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, rubefacient, sedative, sudorific and vulnerary. Lavender is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do not use during the first trimester of pregnancy. Note: Middle
Lemon (Citrus Limon) is recognized as a cleanser and antiseptic with refreshing and cooling properties. For the skin and hair, Lemon is used for its cleansing effect, as well as for treating cuts and boils. This oil’s fresh scent is treasured for improving concentration, reducing acidity in the body while assisting with digestion and eliminating cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It is beneficial for the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, reduces blood pressure and helps with nosebleeds. Lemon oil can be used to help reduce a fever, relieve throat infections, bronchitis, and heal cold sores, herpes and insect bites. Lemon’s therapeutic properties are anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge. Lemon is non-toxic but may cause skin irritation for some. It is also phototoxic and should be avoided prior to exposure to direct sunlight. Note: Top
Marjoram (Origanum marjorana) is known for helping combat stress and anxiety. Marjoram’s chemical constituents of aldehydes, in the form of citral and geranyl acetate, aid in lowering the blood pressure (Tiran, 1996). It is a comforting oil that can be massaged into the abdomen during menstruation, or added to a warm compress to ease discomfort. It is useful for treating tired aching muscles or in a sports massage. Marjoram’s pain relieving properties are useful for rheumatic pains, sprains, spasms, as well as swollen joints and achy muscles. It can be added to a warm or hot bath at the first sign of a cold. This oil is helpful for asthma and other respiratory complaints and has a calming effect on emotions, especially for hyperactive people. It soothes the digestive system and helps with indigestion, constipation and flatulence. Marjoram is superb as a relaxant and is useful for headaches, migraines and insomnia. Marjoram is relaxing and quiets the mind and obsessive over-thinking. Marjoram’s therapeutic properties are analgesic, antispasmodic, anaphrodisiac, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, stomachic, vasodilator and vulnerary. It can also be used in masculine, oriental, and herbal-spicy perfumes and colognes. Marjoram is generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Use with caution if you have low blood pressure. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) also commonly called Lemon Balm, is well known for its antidepressant and uplifting properties. It healing properties include being antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, and tonic. Melissa has strong sedative qualities and treats emotional trauma and shock. It is considered non-sensitizing and non-toxic. Please check with your healthcare provider before use during pregnancy. Note: Middle-Top
Neroli (Citrus aurantium) increases circulation and stimulates new cell growth. It prevents scarring and stretch marks, and is useful in treating skin conditions linked to emotional stress. Any type of skin can benefit from this oil, although it is particularly nourishing for dry, irritated or sensitive skin. Neroli regulates oiliness, minimizes enlarged pores, and helps clear acne and blemished skin, especially if the skin lacks moisture. With regular treatment, it can reduce the appearance of fragile or broken capillaries and varicose veins. Neroli is useful for dry, sensitive and mature skin as it helps improves elasticity. It is also known to help relieve muscle spasms and heart palpitations. It provides comfort and strength emotionally and helps to release repressed emotions. Neroli’s therapeutic properties are antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, cordial, deodorant, digestive, sedative and tonic. This oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Middle-Top
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is considered nature’s cure-all due to its high carvacrol and thymol content. This oil’s potent properties include antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. In topical applications, it can be used to treat itches, skin infections, cuts and wounds. Oregano’s anti-inflammatory properties make it effective against swelling and pain caused by rheumatism. It can be used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially men’s fragrances. Oregano is both a dermal irritant and a mucous membrane irritant. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Top
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) is believed to have uplifting properties and is used for calming anger and stress. It is commonly used in the skin care industry for acne, oily skin, and as a deodorizing agent. Petitgrain is valued for its ability to reduce pain and spasms in the lower intestines. Its calming qualities make it a favorite for insomnia. This oil’s properties include antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, immuno-support and stimulant, tonic and sedative for the nervous system. Petitgrain is generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Note: Top
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) helps relieve nervous stress of any kind, while easing frustration, resentment and depression. It is good for most skin types, acne, allergies, boils, burns, eczema, inflamed skin conditions, wounds, menstrual pain, premenstrual syndrome, headache, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and nervous tension. The therapeutic properties of Roman Chamomile oil are analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antidepressant, antineuralgic, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cholagogue, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hepatic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, sudorific, stomachic, vermifuge and vulnerary. It is non-toxic and non-irritant. This oil should not be used by anyone who is allergic to ragweed. Avoid use during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Note: Middle
Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) is used by aromatherapists for rashes, wrinkles, cuts, insomnia, migraines, and wounds. It brings peaceful tranquility. This oil’s therapeutic properties are anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antispasmodic, sedative and tonic. Spikenard should be avoided during pregnancy. Note: Base
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is viewed as a strong relaxant and balancer. It has historical applications as an antiseptic aid for skin care used in treating acne and facial hair in women. It is an analgesic for painful joint conditions such as rheumatism. This oil makes a wonderful digestive aid and helps to reduce excess fluid. Its therapeutic properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, tonic, and diuretic. Turmeric has potential irritating and toxic effects when used in large concentrations. Avoid use during pregnancy. Note: Base
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is used to combat insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, tension, agitation, panic attacks, and headaches as the result of nervous tension. It has also been used on muscle spasms, heart palpitations, cardiovascular spasms and neuralgia. Valerian is a suitable replacement for catnip based on similar chemical components and is gaining popularity as a natural alternative to commercially available sedatives. The therapeutic properties of Valerian are antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, hypnotic, hypotensive, regulator, sedative, and stomachic. It has possible skin sensitizing properties, though it is non-toxic and non-irritating at low doses. Avoid use during pregnancy and with children. Note: Base
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is credited with having an energy similar to that of the earth. It is a balancing, uplifting oil with practical applications on gynecological issues, wounds and open sores. This oil is used in cosmetics for dry skin care and is an exceptional oil for reducing swelling, muscle spasms, digestive issues, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and flatulence. It is also beneficial as an anti-inflammatory for muscle and joint conditions. The therapeutic properties of Yarrow are analgesic, anti-allergenic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, cicatrisant, decongestant, digestive aid and diuretic. Yarrow has no known toxicity and is non-irritant in low concentration. Note: Middle
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) assists with problems such as high blood pressure due to its content of alcohols and cadinene which is hypotensive (Tiran 1996), rapid breathing and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity. Ylang Ylang is renowned as a treatment for arterial hypertension and tachycardia (Rose, 1994). This oil is best suited for use in the perfumery and skin care industries due to it having a balancing effect on sebum and is useful for both oily and dry skin types. The therapeutic properties of Ylang Ylang are antidepressant, antiseborrheic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative. Ylang Ylang may cause sensitivity in some people and excessive use of it may lead to headaches and nausea. This oil is not recommended if you have low blood pressure. For high blood pressure during pregnancy, mix three drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil into two tablespoons of Dead Sea Salts for a relaxing bath. Note: Base
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