History- Use of essential oils go back to 4000 BC, many ancient civilizations have used essential oils as medicine, cosmetics & in religious ceremonies. It’s believed Egyptians were the first start using essential oils and aromatic resin and balms for embalming process. Oils such as cedar wood, myrrh & frankincense were used in embalming process. Indian, Chinese absorbed the knowledge and used many aromatic herbs in their medicine. The Greek were next who used Essential Oils extensively in cosmetics and medicine as well. Romans used Essential oils to promote health and the Persians refined the distillation process and extraction.
During dark ages use of essential oils decreased and anyone who were using essential oils in their practices were called witches. During modern time, a French Chemist (1937) who healed his badly burned hand with lavender oil- rediscovered the essential oils. In one of his book he mentioned “ essential oils play the same role in plants as hormones play in animals”. During WWII French doctors used Essential oils to treat wounded soldiers.
Uses of Essential oils- there are wide range of uses for E.O. – emotional well being and physical healing such as anti-microbial/anti bacterial
E.O. can be used in blend or single
Can be used in diffuser
Can be used topically
Taken internally (not recommended unless under practitioner’s supervision
– 3 drops per oz. (sensitive skin, emotional & spiritual purposes)
– 6 drops per oz. (recommended for children, expectant mothers, skin care)
– 12 drops per oz. (massage, body lotion)
– 18 drops per oz. (massage, body lotion)
– 3 ml. (60 drops) (pain, infection, usually on small body area)
Method of Use:
Bath: sitz, hand, foot, full bath. Use 6-8 drops total per adult. Avoid irritating oils such as peppermint, spice & citrus oils. Bath is useful for respiratory, stress & insomnia complaints. Water & heat increases absorption.
Inhalation: steam inhalation, diffuser, aroma lamp, room sprays, humidifier, and potpourri pots.
Massage: 2-3% dilution in vegetable, nut or seed oil as a carrier or unscented natural lotion.
Facial steam: 1-3 drops in a bowel of hot water. Use skin friendly essential oils (lavender, geranium, chamomile) according to skin type, keep eyes closed.
Compress: Hot, cold & alternating, local area for headache, menstrual pain, muscle pain. Whole body wrap for encouraging general detoxification, relaxation & stress maintenance.
Clay masks: for face & whole body clay packs.
Important points to keep in mind when using essential oils:
– Use only 100% organic essential oils (avoid synthetic oils)
– Be aware of individual sensitivity/Allergy
– Use diluted in carrier, such as lotion, veg. oil.
– Photo sensitive essential oils: bergamot, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and angelica root.
– In case of skin irritation, apply veg. oil to wick essential oil from the skin.
– Store away from heat & light. Keep out of reach of children
– Some essential oils can stain clothing & damage the finish on furniture.
The effects of stress in daily life, often seen as depression, anxiety, irritability. In this area aromatherapy can be very successful especially with acupressure.
Aromatic compound found in bark, flower, stem, roots & seeds. Because of their special molecular structure, they are very unique natural alternative in holistic self-cares practices.
Based on the source & aroma of each essential oil, it makes them:
Cooling, warming, stimulant, relaxant and move energy in different directions
BEST OILS FOR TENSE CONDITIONS:
Tense conditions symptoms included: spasm, increased sensitivity, tension and tightness, pain
Use essential oils that has cooling effects and regulating qi such as:
Bergamot, Lavender Clary Sage
1-Shen Men (point on ear) Bergamot see the picture
LI4 (on hand) Beramot
Liv3 (on toe) Lavender
2-Racing mind: worry, anxiety, repetitive thoughts, obsessing, compulsin
Yin Tang (3rd eye) Lavender
Kid 3 cedar wood
3- Scattered mind with ungroundedness: Nervous energy, startles easily, distracted, difficulty focusing, not in their body, ADD & ADHD
K1 Vetiver, cedar wood
CV 6 Clary sage
CV 12 Mandarin, Petitgrain
4- Mental emotional rigidity: fixed ideas, nervous tension, lack of emotional flexibility, high motivation, controlling, micromanagement
CV 12 Palmarosa
CV 8 Geranium
CV 12 Helichrysum
BEST OILS FOR WEAK CONDITIONS: Fatigue, difficult waking up in the morning, lacking purpose.
1-Basic points for the weak condition
LI 11 Rosemary, Saro
CV 6 Geranium
K 3 Clary Sage
2- Mental deficiency: poor concentration, attention span or memory, brain fog, melancholic depression
GV 20 Cajeput
GV 16 Saro (strengthen & clear mind)
3- Loss of motivation: resignation, emotional withdrawal, low self-confidence, pessimism, depression, and guilt
Liv 14 Blue tansy
Lu1 Saro, rosemary
CV 17 Mandarin
4- Fatigue, lethargy: difficult arising and getting going in the morning, intermittent fatigue throughout the day, lacking purpose, hyperflexibility
Liv 8 Geranium
GV 20 Cajeput
5- Immune deficiency: Chronic or recurring infections
LI 4 Saro, ravintsar
Lu 7 Saro, ravintsara
LI 10 Saro, ravintsara
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office:
Hakim Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic
Dr. Katayoon Hakim L.Ac., DAOM