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Natural Cures For Dummies by Scott J. Banks, JJ Virgin, Joe Kraynak

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Appendix F

Aromatic Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic essential oils extracted from plants to improve mental and physical health. Table F-1 highlights the most commonly used essential oils and lists the ailments that each is most often used to treat.

Remember Don’t take essential oils internally. Essential oils are commonly combined with salts to be used in baths, mixed with a carrier oil to be used in massage or applied topically, or used with a diffuser to spread the aroma throughout a room. For details on the various ways to use essential oils, see Chapter 3.

Table F-1 Essential Oils

Essential Oil

Used For

Allspice berry

Arthritis, bronchitis, cough, depression, exhaustion, indigestion, muscle cramps, muscle tone, nausea, rheumatism, stiffness, stomach cramps

Also used as an aphrodisiac

Amyris

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress

Also used as an antiseptic, sedative, and fixative (for stabilizing oil mixtures)

Anise

Bronchitis, cold, cough, colic, flu, indigestion, rheumatism, stomach cramps

Atlas cedar

Acne, arthritis, bronchitis, cough, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, stress

Basil

Bronchitis, cold, cough, depression, infection, insect bites, muscle fatigue

Also used as an insect repellant

Bay

Circulation issues, dandruff, hair care, neuralgia, oily skin, sprains and strains

Bergamot

Acne, bad breath, depression, eczema, fever, infection, ...

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