Healing Properties of Oils
The benefits of essential oils are countless, and varied, but did you know that their healing properties are influenced by the part of the plant they come from? These parts include flower blossoms, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, and bark.
Here are some of the benefits you can anticipate from their oils:
the enthusiasm shown by the florals
the good natured equilibrium of the fruit group
the practicality and caring skills demonstrated by the herbal world
the intuition and vision that is common among the leaf group
the wisdom and maturity of the resinous oils
the peace-making qualities of the roots
the joy and vitality of the spices
the courage of the woods
Wouldn't it be great to have all those qualities?
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Examples and Benefits
Florals – anthopogon, blue tansy, catnip, chamomiles, goldenrod, helichrysum, Idaho tansy, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, osmanthus, patchouli, rose (maroc and otto), tagette, violet leaf, yarrow, ylang ylang
These oils are helpful for physical ailments that are emotionally driven, like pain that comes from emotional stress or nervous tension. They support the female reproductive cycle and inability to absorb nutrients.
Fruits – allspice, anise, bergamot, black pepper, chaste tree, cinnamon berry, clementine, clove, grapefruit, green pepper, juniper berry, lemon, lime, litsea cubeba, mandarin, orange, tangerine, vanilla
These oils help us feel kind-hearted, friendly, and supportive of others. There is something nourishing in this plant group for every body system and gland.
Medicinal Herbs – basil, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, marjoram, melissa, myrtle, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme both red and white, blue yarrow, green yarrow
Herbal essential oils are nutritious – good for nutritional deficiencies that are depleting your energy stores. They are strong in vitamin content and helpful when you’re overwhelmed or nutritionally deficient, or feeling resentful of the needs of others.
Leaves – allspice, anthopogon, basil, bay, birch, blue tansy, cajeput, camphor, cassia, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, cypress, davana, eucalyptus, fir, geranium, gingergrass, marjoram, melissa, myrtle, niaouli, oregano, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rose geranium, rosemary, sage, spearmint, spruce, tarragon, tea tree, violet leaf
The main impact of these essential oils is in either toning or cleansing the vital organs, with a particular affinity for the respiratory system.
Resins – benzoin, copaiba balsam, elemi, frankincense, myrrh, opoponax
These essential oils have an affinity for bodily secretions, pus filled and inflamed infections, catarrhal conditions, ulcers, and inflammations of any sort. They are helpful for maintaining or returning elasticity to the skin.
Roots – angelica, garlic, ginger, spikenard, turmeric, valerian, vetiver
These oils are stimulating and nourishing to the body’s vital functions, particularly to the digestive and nervous systems. They’re often used to improve absorption of nutrients, being nourishing and strengthening to the nerves.
Seeds – ajowan, anise, caraway, cardamom, carrot seed, celery seed, chaulmoogra, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, manuka, nutmeg, parsley
These oils have an impact on anything having to do with growth and development, such as the glands and digestive organs. They can help the body rid itself of accumulated toxins and poisons that are interfering with growth and normal functioning. They are cleansing and supporting to the liver.
Spices – anise, basil, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, lemongrass, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, turmeric
These oils have a stimulating and toning effect on our bodies and minds. They are especially helpful if you are unbalanced or burned out. They are strong in mineral content.
Woods – cabreuva, camphor, cedarwood, cypress, hinoki, howood, pine, ravensara, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, cinnamon
The wood oils help us maintain firmness and strength in our own centers, especially when ailments come from wavering or lack of faith in our core beliefs. They support heart irregularities and the inability to handle stress.