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Organic essential oils

Organic rose geranium essential oil

Organic rose geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant Pelargonium that belongs to the Geraniaceae family and is not to confused with geranium. Pelargonium comes from South Africa but is nowadays popular in every garden as they can resist strong heat and even mild frosts. Besides being a beautiful flower with a very pleasant smell, it is also believed to repel insects and mosquito.

Rose geranium essential oil is a valuable essential oil with a sweet and rosy note and has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti fungal properties, it is astringent and tonic, it has anti inflammatory properties, it is anti depressant, cicatrisant and haemostatic (stop haemorrhage). Its properties are due to its chemical composition that includes terpenes, cetones and aldehydes.

Health benefits of organic rose geranium essential oil

Rose geranium essential oil can be used as such:

– to lift the spirit and release stress and tiredness by rebalancing the nervous system; it puts you in a good mood
– for detoxification and elimination because it has a diuretic effect and will be beneficial in case of water retention; it also helps cleanse the lymphatic system
– for PMS
– for inflammation in the joints, muscles or connective tissues
– on the skin, it has amazing effects especially in case of acne, eczema, psoriasis or other skin disorders caused by bacteria, but it can be used by anyone to regulate the sebum secretion and is beneficial to dry skins
– it can be useful for nose bleeding because of its haemostatic properties and even in case of cuts, wounds or burns thanks to its cicatrisant properties

You can use rose geranium essential oil in baths, massage oil, diffusion in the home, in a vaporizer, in organic cream or shampoo bases, or other organic products. As it is an insect repellent, you can use a few drops on a tissue if you are sitting outside or even at home to avoid insect bites. However, essential oils are very strong and only one or two drops should be used. It should not be applied undiluted on the skin as it can create irritations or burns and rose geranium essential oil should be avoided by pregnant women. Also, chose an organic essential oil to guarantee its quality as fragrance essential oils do not carry the therapeutic effects a therapeutic grade oil does.

A brief history of aromatherapy

Around 3000BC in Egypt, aromatic plants, herbs, spices were already in use and were burnt to please the Gods. Egyptians used fragrances in their daily lives and became the masters of aromatics. They used oils for embalming (cedar) and during religious ceremonies (Frankincense, cinammon). The trade of herbs and spices was blooming in Egypt, Greece, India, Mesopotamy and China.

In 2700BC in China, the Shennong’s Herbal book was written, containing information on 365 plants and their healing effects while in India, Ayurvedic medicine already existed and The Vedas, the most sacred book, was mentioning over 700 different herbs and aromatics codified by their usage for religious and therapeutic purposes. In ancient Greece, plants were mascerated in olive oil to create fragrance oils for massage. Asclepius was the God of medicine and healing and was depicted with a snake , still the symbol of medicine today.

Circa 460-370BC, the physician Hippocrates and Father of medicine developed the concept of holism and cured diseases with herbs, baths and massages. Athens and Babylon became the aromatics centre of the world and later on, Theophrastus of Athens, the founder of botany wrote The History of Plants, a reference used centuries thereafter.

At the time of Jesus, essential oils and aromatic plants were also used and are mentionned in the Bible.

In the 1st century, physician and Father of pharmacology, Dioscorides, develops the 1st pharmacopeia “De Materia Medica” where he describes 1000 herbs. Around 126AD, Claudius Galien, a Greek phyisician, surgeon and philosopher who believed in the healing powers of nature revived the ideas of Hippocrates and other Greek physicians in Rome where he was living. Romans favored oils for massage and burnt herbs and plants for aromatics. The word perfume was created coming from the Latin par fumier – through smoke-.

At the end of the 11th century, the Arab world becomes the center for herbalism and Abu Ali Ibn Sina (973-1037 AD), an Arab physician publishes Canon Medicinae in which he describes 800 herbs. He develops the distillation process to extract essential oils and herbal medicine is developed using Greek and Roman medical books. Rose and chamomille gain notoriety for their healing properties and frankincense and myrrh are imported in Rome for medicine, ceremonies and fragrances.

In the 12th century, herbal remedies are brought to Europe and Abbess Hildegard (1098-1179) writes the Causes and Cures of Illness. She used essential oil of lavender for its medicinal properties. In the following centuries with the crusades, knowledge on herbal remedies circulate the world and are used in forms of ointments, pomanders, infusions. However, herbal medicine is considered as witchcraft and in the 13th and 14th centuries, medicine is governed by the Church in Europe and diseases are cured in the form of prayers. It is also the time when the Black Death hits Europe resulting in killing 30% to 60% of the European population. People involved in perfumary were less likely touched because of the manipulation of essential oils.

In 1597, John Gerard published ‘General History of Plantes‘  that became a reference in herbal medicine and in the same century, German physician, Jerome de Brunswick documented 25 essential oils.

The Great Plague hits in 1665 and essential oils are widely used to combat it thanks to Nicolas Culpepper who promoted the use of herbal remedies and plants to fight pest, diseases and infections (cloves, orange, peppermint).

In the 19th century, essential oils are used in perfumes and medicines. However, with the development of allopathic medicine, essential oils and herbal remedies are slowly forgotten until 1937, when French chemist Gattefosse revived the interest in the healing properties of essential oils. He burnt his hand while working in the laboratory and started developing a gangrene that doctors could not cure. By putting his hand in lavender oil, it healed vey quickly with little scaring. He created the term aromatherapy and spent his life researching essential oils. Other major researchers included Doctor Jean Valnet who was using essential oils to treat wounds on soldiers during the war, Austrian biochemist, Marguerite Maury, who introduced essential oils in aromatherapy massage treatments and cosmetics and Robert B. Tisserand, an English aromatherapist who brought this alternative therapy to English speaking countries.

In the 50 and 60’s, when antibiotics became popular, doctors still prefered to use essential oils for the quick results they were bringing and promoted research on the therapeutic effects of essential oils.

Today, aromatherapy is gaining importance again. In France, aromatherapy is used in orthodox medicine and counts 1500 doctors trained as aromatherapists who can prescribe essential oils for external or internal use. It is used in spas all over the world, in hospitals, at some workplace, at home, in many products such as detergents, food for flavoring, pot pourris. In Orient, people still burn herbs, woods, incense to create aromatics used during religious ceremonies, worshipings, burrials.

Helichrysum essential oil

Helichrysum comes from the Greek Helios=sun and khrusos=gold. Also known under the name Helichrysum italicum or Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum is a plant belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae that grows on rocky and dry grounds, on abandoned grounds or behind sandy beaches at low altitudes. Helichrysum is commonly found in the Mediterranean region, especially in Corsica. Helichrysum plant produces blooming yellow flowers on a woody stem; the flowers are also called Everlasting (or Immortelle) because dry bouquets are made out of the flowers. The plant measures between 20 to 50 cm high and the flowers bloom in June or July. They have a very strong smell and are sometimes used in gardens to repel cats.

Helichrysum essential oil benefits

Helichrysum essential oil is becoming a rare oil and is extremely expensive. It has a thick texture and a dark color and is considered one of the most valuable essential oil for its health-benefiting properties. Relatively unknown in the USA, helichrysum is widely used in the medical aromatherapy world in Europe and even sceptics do not argue with its powers. Helichrysum essential oil is the most powerful oil to use in case of:

bruise, wounds, sprains: In case of emergency and until medical attention is available if needed, a few drops applied right away on a wound or bruise will mostly prevent hematoma or swelling. Even if applied once the bruise is apparent, helichrysum will speed up healing and prevent the pain associated with the bruise. It can also be applied on sprains to heal quicker and even act faster than organic arnica cream.

– Inflammation, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pain: Helichrysum has unique natural anti-inflammatory properties and regenerative properties due to its content of di-ketones. It helps connective tissues to heal and can soothe inflammations and even arthritis. It is good for all kinds of aches and muscle pain associated with exercise thanks to its muscle-relaxant properties and is therefore good for athletes. It has cell regenerative properties.

– Anti-coagulant and blood circulation: Helichrysum prevents the formation of blood clots and can even be used in cases of varicose veins or phlebitis. It acts as a blood thinner so it should be used only with the help of a professional practitioner especially for people on blood thinner medications. It stimulates the blood circulation.

Stretch marks and scars: Helichrysum can help reduce scarring (new or old scars) thanks to its cicatrisant properties and should be used for a minimum period of 6 months to see results. It can be used also after surgery to speed up scar healing. It is also beneficial in case of stretch marks and can be used after pregnancy to make them disappear. It will help with tattoo-healing and body piercing.

– Colds, bronchitis, coughs and asthma: Helichrysum can help recover faster from a cold and soothe the effects of cough (helps get rid of mucus in combination with ivy leaf extract), bronchitis and even asthma thanks to its antispasmodic effects and natural anti-bacterial properties.

– Skin problems: Helichrysum is widely used in skin products because it can help with eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis or problem-prone skins or skin irritation. It has also skin-rejuvenating and anti-aging properties and works wonder on sensitive or inflamed skins.

Detoxification: Helichrysum can help get rid of toxins in the body by stimulating the liver and the kidneys. It can be used also during detoxification from drugs or nicotine to speed up recovery and it helps with nicotine withdrawal for people who want to quit smoking.

– Psychological traumas and nervous tensions: Helichrysum has the ability to soothe nervous tensions (works as a tonic for the nervous system), to relieve stress, to reduce headaches and to recover from past or current emotional traumas, shocks or stress disorders. It can be used as a natural cure for depression, anger or phoebias. It is said to be the “honey for the psyche” and contributes to spiritual growth by opening the heart and connecting body and soul.

How to use helichrysum essential oil?

When considering using helichrysum essential oil, one should always favor a 100% pure helichrysum essential oil to ensure that the oil is true and pure. A fake oil will not have the health benefits listed above and won’t work.

Also, helichrysum essential oil is a very powerful oil so it should be used carefully and in small quantities otherwise, the adverse effects could occur. When used to treat emotional wounds, this should be done step by step as strong emotions can resurface at once.

When used on the skin, one or two drops mixed with a carrier oil is sufficient to apply on the desired area. In case of bruise or wound, one or two drops of undiluted organic helichrysum essential oil can work wonders.

Helichrysum essential oil is not to be used by children or pregnant women. Also, to use helichrysum essential oil as part of a health treatment, it is recommended to consult a professional practitioner for advice.

Aromatherapy: alternative therapy through the use of essential oils

Aromatherapy consists of the use of essential oils to promote the general wellness of the mind, body and soul. Essential oils are derived from the essence of plants and
botanicals with effective therapeutic effects to soothe a wide range of disorders.

Essential oils are made of such small particles that these molecules can easily penetrate the skin, enter the blood stream and circulate throughout the body for their healing actions to take place.

Aromatherapy can help the body to regenerate, enhance body functions, release stress, balance nervous and hormonal pathways, boost the immune system and act also on a psychological level.

Aromatherapy has been practiced since centuries in many great civilizations and is nowadays a recognized and accredited alternative and complementary therapy.

Common methods to use essential oils include:

– inhalation
– bath
– massages
– compress

When choosing an essential oil, it is important that it is a certified organic essential oil to guarantee the expected results as too often, substitutes to essentials oils are sold (like fragrances) and not only they do not work but they can actually be a hazard to one’s health. Like for all organic products, always check the label or gather information about the manufacturing practices of the company.