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Essential Oils in Menstrual Problems

Disturbances in the menstrual cycle can be of various kinds and can be due to a   wide number of factors, so it is essential to take a broad, holistic view of health. For persistent problems, or if self-help does not correct matters, do seek professional help. In order to get relief from painful periods, with cramping pains, a gentle and slow abdominal massage may be needed. Using oils that aid relaxation of muscle spasms, such as Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm or Marjoram, will help a great deal. If massage cannot be tolerated, try using a few drops of one of...

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Essential Oils in Athlete's Foot

This fungal skin condition can be produced by a number of different microscopic fungal growths, causing inflammation and itching. Despite its name, it is neither confined to the feet nor only restricted to athletes. The most suitable anti-fungal essential oils to use are Lavender, Myrrh and Tea Tree, all of which not only tackle the infection directly but are also soothing and healing. Initially, they may be best applied dissolved in a little neat alcohol, at 2-3 percent dilution, or even used sparingly on their own on the moist, infected skin; when the skin is drier, they might then be...

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Essential Oils in Arthritis

Although specialists identify up to 200 divisions of arthritic conditions, it is useful to think of arthritis falling into two categories: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is the natural wear and tear of the joints that occurs with aging, as the cartilage surrounding the bones becomes thinner and the surface becomes rougher. This leads to friction and degeneration occurs as the joint gets deformed. The two principles of many natural approaches to arthritis, namely detoxification and improving circulation around the joints, arc the main aims of aromatherapy treatment. Essential oils which aid tissue cleansing include Cypress, Juniper, and...

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Essential Oils in Acne

This is a very common skin condition during puberty, although it may continue into later life for some people. Increasing levels of hormones during adolescence lead to greater activity of the skin's sebaceous glands, and if this becomes too great, excessive amounts of sebum, our natural oily skin lubricant, are produced. This in turn can cause the glands and hair follicles to become blocked and infected.   Many essential oils are not only antiseptic but also promote healing or generation of new healthy skin cells. Some of the best are Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender and Lemon; these may need to be...

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Using Essential Oils in Acidity and Heartburn

Many people get occasional bouts of acid dyspepsia, usually related to a temporary problem such as having eaten rich, spicy foods or having eaten too quickly when feeling rushed and stressed. If the symptoms happen very regularly, you may need to look more carefully at what you eat and how fast you eat it. If there is persistent discomfort, seek professional treatment. Using hot or warm compresses over the abdomen, with up to 10 drops of oils such as Chamomile or Lavender in a small bowl of water, can give relief from the inflammation and spasm that accompany excess acidity....

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