~Information gathered from different authors, on, Alternative Answers Health Community

Not only do essential oils work on a physical level to help heal cuts and wounds, stop headaches and clear away rashes, but these essence from plants, fruits and vegetables work on our psyche as well!  Triggering what is called the Olfactory nerves, certain scents can open up our mind, empower our way of thinking and help us to build confidence!  Here are some essential oils that can do just that!

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil is a crispy, sweet fragrance that is used in cooking and for treating bacterial and fungal infections. Basil comes from the Greek word, meaning “king”, as it has come to be associated with the Feast of the Cross commemorating the finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine I. The herbalist John Gerard noted that those stung by scorpions would feel no pain if they ate basil, and Nicholas Culpeper noted of basil that it was “an herb of Mars and under the Scorpion, and therefore called Basilicon”, relating it to basilisk. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes speculations that basil may have been used in “some royal unguent, bath, or medicine”. Basil is still considered the “king of herbs” by many cookery authors.

Cedarwood (Cedrus Deodora) is an earthy scent that is both soothing and grounding. Woodsy, grounding and aromatic oil created from the bark of the cedar tree. It was prized by Egyptian and Native American Indian cultures for its ability to calm and stabilize, honor the spirits and offer us an emotionally centered experience. It is a powerful antiseptic, used in urinary tract, respiratory, and bronchial infections. It works both as a stimulant and tonic as well as reducing stress and tension. Used for encouraging perseverance.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) The rare and lovely scented cypress essential oil is soothing to skin and emotions. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help with physical conditions from skin to . The Latin meaning of Cupressus translates to cypress. Sempervirens can mean “always green” or “ever living”. Some cypress trees have been found to be over 1,000 years old. The Greeks used the wood of the cypress to build statues of their gods. The Phoenicians built ships and houses from cypress, while the Ancient Egyptians built coffins. It is considered the “tree of transitions” therefore, its rich oil has been used to help us move from life through death. It calms the mind and unearth fears that hinder transition and block our progressive change.

Rose (Rosa damascena) Rose is the mother of all flowers and the number one oil most associated with beauty. This most rare and expressive oil captures that which reins supreme. Rose oil is synonymous with beauty and works well for all skin types, but especially for mature skin. It is a wonderful remedy for headaches, calming nerves and regulating hormones, as well as one of the top aphrodisiac oils! Rose oil helps sooth and heal the emotional heart.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-diabetic in nature. Rosemary treats alopecia and may stimulate hair growth. Rosemary relieves stress and improves memory and concentration. Rosemary boosts clarity. From ancient times, it has been venerated as a Sacred plant by various cultures and used in spiritual practices and ceremonies, particularly weddings and funerals as a symbol of remembrance. During the Middle Ages the fragrant smoke was used to ward off negative energy or malicious spirits. In a similar vein, ancient Greek scholars wore Rosemary wreaths around their heads during exams to promote recollection and clear thinking.

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