What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a non-oily, natural extract of a plant obtained by distillation or expression. It’s oil by chemical definition but feels watery to touch, rather than greasy. Some experts believe the essential oil is the ‘life force’ of the plant. It’s interesting to know that the harder a plant struggles to grow, the better the quality of essential oil it yields.
Properties of essential oils
All oils are stimulating to the various healing mechanisms of the body. The human being is a marvellous self-healing mechanism – the surgeon can make the cut but only the body tissues can knit together and heal.
Essential oils stimulate and encourage these responses naturally found in the human being.
A favourite essential oil of mine
In my last blog I mentioned an essential oil called Eucalyptus Staigeriana. I talked about the fact that it could be used in a calming blend and an uplifting blend, if chosen, by the clinical aromatherapist. It’s a lovely oil to use in an oil burner or to vaporise around the room. The aroma is fresh and lemony. It gives an immediate lift in spirits.
It has the following properties: anti-infectious, immuno-stimulant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and calming. It’s particularly calming to the muscular system and to the nervous system. The essential oil appears to have a profound effect on an emotional level. It’s very uplifting and has been used in the treatment of ME.
I am working very successfully with a client who has ME and I include this in her bespoke blend. I use it in my aroma stream at home and if I find I am in need of some energy during the day I have a bottle of the essential oil in my handbag. I place a few drops on a paper hankie and spend a couple of minutes inhaling the fresh and lemony smell. It works really well.
Eucalyptus Staigeriana comes from the Myrtaceae plant family and the essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the tree.
Please contact Lesley on 07889955010 if you would like to book an aromatherapy treatment or purchase a 10ml bottle of Eucalyptus Staigeriana.