Essential oils have been used for thousands of year, including extensive use by the Ancient Egyptians who knew the healing, restorative and rejuvenating powers of plants and aromatherapy. Whether inhaled, massaged, or, in some cases such as peppermint or chamomile, ingested, essential oils often replace popular drugs such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol, antacids, Vick’s, Pepto-Bismol, and many other common OTC and prescription drugs. As we embark on our winter post New Year cleanses, bear in mind, essential oils play an important role in detoxification whether it is to cleanse the liver, cleanse parasites, or even simply to uplift a mood caused by rapid detoxication.
Essential Oils for Detox
Juniper berry : This powerful, detoxifying oil is a purifier, helps avert nervous tension, and reduces cellulite. Juniper essential oil is an antiviral, antiseptic, diuretic, and can help relieve pain, the symptoms of rheumatism, and expel uric acid from the system. Juniper’s spicy aroma helps to strengthen and fortify the spirit during times of low energy, anxiety, and emotional overload. The oil can irritate some people’s skin, and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Helichrysum : Ideal for use during a drug or alcohol detox or a detox from estrogen dominance, helichrysum helps stimulate liver cells, thin mucous secretions, and acts as a free radical scavenger. It is non-toxic and non-irritating.
Lemon: A refreshing citrus oil, lemon stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection. Its detoxifying and regenerating properties are beneficial for the liver, and aid in bringing clarity to the mind and emotions. Lemon may irritate those with sensitive skin, and when used in a bath it must be used with a carrier oil.
Grapefruit: Having a detoxifying effect on individuals recovering from substance abuse, grapefruit is antiviral, antiseptic, diuretic, and can aid the digestive system and skin. It refreshes the mind, relieves anxiety, is reviving, uplifting, and helps disperse negative energy. It may, however, increase photosensitivity.
Laurel: Characterized by a fresh, sweet smell, laurel contains eugenol which makes it effective in thinning mucous secretions, as an expectorant, and as an anti-viral and anti-fungal. Laurel has a powerfully balancing effect on the lymphatic system.Rubbing a few drops of oil on swollen lymph nodes for an immediate effect. Laurel should be used in moderation, and avoided during pregnancy.
Below is a list of common symptoms and/or ailments along with body, skin and hair conditions along with the essential oils that balance them.
Stretch Marks / Scars: Lavender, Rosemary, Rosewood, Patchouli, Chamomile. Also use Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E.
A word about carrier oils:
NEVER apply essential oils directly to skin. For aroma therapeutic benefits use a diffuser or for application on the skin use a carrier oil. A few of my favorites are calendula, almond, jojoba and olive.
Grapeseed, Olive, Macadamia, and Avocado Oils are also a good way to go.
Argan and Tamanu oils are good choices but quite pricey.
Sunflower and Safflower oil must be organic and cold pressed.
Castor oil (should be sustainably sourced and high quality) can be used for very oily skin.
Wheat germ oil mixed with Vitamin E is a great carrier base for stretch marks and scarring. Calendula is great for this too.
Rosehip oil is pricey but very high in Vitamin C. It is not, in my opinion, neutral smelling though. I use it diluted with calendula oil, 4 parts calendula to 1 part rosehip oil and my favorite essential oils.