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The Therapeutic Effects of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for beauty and medicinal purposes for centuries. The practice of aromatherapy dates back before 1500BCE. Egyptians used them in cosmetics, wrapping mummies & embalming process. And essential oils such as frankincense and myrrh are mentioned in the Bible. Modern Aromatherapy began in 1910 when a French perfumer and chemist burned his hand in his lab. He immediately stuck his hand in a nearby vat of lavender essential oil, which he mistook for water. When there was no pain, swelling, or blistering after what was expected to be a serious burn, he began to investigate and observe aromatherapy. During WWI, essential oils were used to treat solider’s wounds, and it encouraged others to follow suit.

In order for an essential oil to have a therapeutic effect on the body, the quality of the oil must not be compromised in any way. Many oils are misleading-some are diluted with castor oil or other carrier oils without the consumer knowing. Some are extracted using chemical means which breaks down the essential oil making them less effective. Then the company masks these issues by calling the oils “therapeutic-grade.” When this is done, it is the same as a chemically based skin care line using the words “natural” or “organic” which can legally be done due to non monitoring of personal care products.

Chemistry is involved in determining the therapeutic value of an oil. This is an important fact when using oils to treat fibromyalgia symptoms and other ailments. Notice the following examples:

Eucalyptus Globulus Therapeutic Effects
General: fevers, insect repellent
Muscles and Joints: good for the treatment of muscular aches and pains; rheumatic pains
Respiratory system: may be used for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, throat infections
Viral infections: may be used for the flu, measles, chickenpox, and shingles
Skin: can be used for wounds and skin ulcers

Lavender Angustifolia Therapeutic Effects
Respiratory: good for hay fever, viral bronchitis, ear infections, dry cough, tonsillitis
Digestive system: good for viral enterocolitis
Muscles and joints: rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis
Peripheral nerves: good for neuralgia
Skin: helps acne, eczema, severe burns

Of course, one would need a good aromatherapy guide and/or take a basic course in order to use these oils safely. But, it is worth the effort and you can have fun in the process.


Free Teleseminar!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to remind you of the Blog Talk Radio Show scheduled Thursday, May 6th in honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day-May 12th. If you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can help your symptoms, please join us on this free call. The details are below.

Blog Talk Show Reminder: Thursday, 7:30 PM Central/8:30 PM eastern
Topic: Relief Never Smelled So Good
Learn the basics of fibromyalgia and how essential oils can provide relief.

I hope you can listen in!

Basic Aromatherapy Course Begins June 13, 2010

Hi everyone,

I just wanted everyone to know that I am starting another basic aromatherapy workshop beginning June 13th. This course is different from the last one because the supplies are included in the price of the course. Also, you will see pdfs and videos during the webinar. If you would like to become certified as an aromatherapist in addition to your herbal certification, taking the basic course is the first step. You will receive 75 hours credit toward your professional certificate.

This course is also for anyone who would like to practice aromatherapy on themselves and their family, to make recommendations to clients, to sell aromatherapy products, or just for the fun of it.

This course is regularly $275, but the Mother’s Day special is $147 (a $128 savings), plus 2 different payment options. The teleclasses will be recorded each week, so if you have a vacation scheduled, you’ll be able to listen to the replay before the next class-which will delete the previous one. This course is 6 weeks ,with 4 sessions (we’ll have 2 weeks off for you to complete the projects and not fall behind and one week is a holiday weekend).

I know some of you are with Nature’s Sunshine, and if you prefer to purchase the essential oils and carrier from them, I will adjust the price to $100 . But, the oils that I’ve chosen comes from a reputable supplier and the bottles will be bigger than Nature’s and you’ll also receive 5 additional samples in your kit.

In a nutshell here’s what you get:

(1) The course handouts and information (Value: $500)
(2) 5 Essential Oils (10ml bottles) (Retail Value: $57.00)
Tea Tree
Ylang Ylang
(3) 5 or more sample essential oils (Value: $10)
(4) 1 Carrier Oil (Value:$12)
(5) 1 Aloe Gel (Value: $12)
(6) 1 Aromatherapy Recipe Book (Value: $14)

All for $147.00!

To hear the details of the program, please listen to this blog talk show at and visit to purchase the course.

I hope you can join us!

Veronica Easterling-Thomas

Aromatherapy Basics for Beginners

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