Posted on July 2, 2017
Essential oils have many therapeutic properties including analgesic, anticarcinogenic, antihypotensive, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive and antispasmodic, among others.
I have chosen to focus on analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial as those are the properties that are sought by the population within the nursing home where I work.
Many oils have analgesic properties that help relieve pain, such oils include: Anise Pimpinella anisum, Basil (Sweet) (Ocimum basilica ct. linalol), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata), Coriander (Cariandrum sativum), Frankincese (Boswellia carterii), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Peppermint (Pogostemon cablin), Rose (Rosa damascena), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to name just a few. In a study published in Molecules on the analgesic potential of essential oils, they studied the antinociceptive activity of essential oils from 31 plant species and concluded “ this review show the potential of essential oils like low cost analgesic drugs for new treatments for pain” (Saramento-Neto, et al., 2015. p. 19).
Not only are many essential oils anti-inflammatory, but they also have several other therapeutic properties as well. Some common oils that have anti-inflammatory properties are Anise (Pimpinella anisum), Basil (Sweet) (Ocimum basilica ct. linalol), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Coriander (Cariandrum sativum), Frankincese (Boswellia carterii), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Orange (Sweet) (Citrus sinensis), Rose (Rosa damascena), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), and Ylang Ylang (Canaga odorata). In Antiinflammatory effects of essential oil from the leaves of Cinnamomum cassia and cinnamaldehyde on lipopolysaccharide-stimulated J774A.1 cells, showed that “Cinnalmaldehyde exhibited antiinflammatory activity by decreasing inflammatory enzymes and mediators and by increasing antiinflammatory mediators” (Pannee, et al., 2014. p. 170).
In one study, “essential oils of Laportea aestuans in that a methyl ester of SA, methyl salicylate, as the main compound, showed inhibitory potential especially at 200 mg/mL, against various microorganisms, including E. coli and S. aureus” (Monte, et al., 2014. p. 475). Other oils that have antimicrobial properties are Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum), and Lemongrass (Cymbopogon). In the study, Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro, ten essential oils were tested against 22 different bacteria. They found “Lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint and orange oils were effective against all the bacterial strains” (Pattnaik, et al., 1996. p. 237). Those bacteria included “Gram-positive cocci and rods and Gram-negative rods, and twelve fungi (3 yeast-like and 9 filamentous)” (Pattnaik, et al., 1996. p. 237).
It is clear that essential oils are an important tool for those suffering from either acute or chronic pain when administered properly. The therapeutic properties of several essential oils can be an cost-effective and healthy alternative for many people.
Monte, J., Abreu, A.C., Borges, A., Simões, L.C. and Simões, M. (2014) Antimicrobial Activity of Selected Phytochemicals against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus and Their Biofilms. Pathogens, 3, 473–498.
Pannee, C., Chandhanee, I., & Wacharee, L. (2014). Antiinflammatory effects of essential oil from the leaves of Cinnamomum cassia and cinnamaldehyde on lipopolysaccharide- stimulated J774A.1 cells. Journal Of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research, 5(4), 164-170. doi:10.4103/2231-4040.143034
Pattnaik S., Subramanyam V. R., & Kole C. R. (1996). Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro. Microbios, 86(349). pp. 237–246.
Sarmento-Neto, J. F., do Nascimento, L. G., Felipe, C. F. B., & de Sousa, D. P. (2015). Analgesic potential of essential oils. Molecules, 21(1), 20.
Posted on June 17, 2017
We all have times where we go through aches and pains, sometimes it is acute and as we age, chronic. Most of the time we are quite content with taking an ibuprofen or Tylenol to help ease these pains. However, there is another way to take the edge off. Essential oils are an excellent option.
For instance, did you know that clove bud oil can numb tooth pain instantly. Not only that but clove bud oil is an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. Additionally, it helps fight mouth and throat infections.
If you add a couple of drops of clove bud oil to a steam diffuser to aid in relieving mucous and loosen phlegm. Add a drop of diluted clove bud oil to a cotton ball and apply to tooth or gum area for instant relief.
Clove bud oil has many other uses as well, rub warmed clove oil that has been added to a carrier oil onto sore muscles and aches for pain relief; when added to a tea, it can aid in halting digestive problems, like nausea and vomiting.
It is a great idea to keep this oil in your medicine cabinet for multiple uses.
Updated on June 14, 2017
For the people that follow Meditation and Moxie, you probably have noticed something. I have deleted all of my previous blog posts. There is a method to the madness. I deleted them because they no longer serve a purpose. They are no longer needed and do not point to the direction that my life is going.
Med and Moxie is now going to be the home for all things in my life, including holistic, homeopathic and nutritional content. The more I learn this, the more I want to share it. And as I have learned, you put out into the universe that which you want to come back to you. I want to share what I learn and help people see that there is more out there that help us control out health than pharmaceuticals. With healthcare being the dismal mess that it is with this administration, we will need to be able to help ourselves with what the earth has already provided for us. So, please subscribe to the blog and comment with questions. Let’s engage in helping one another.
Melodi Hickey, MSW