The term healing oil refers to oil that is used for healing purposes. The most well-known healing oils are aromatherapy oils. Oils such as tea tree, lavender, and chamomile are some of the most common of these and can be used in numerous ways. Healing oil can also refer to anointing oil, but it is normally used in religious rituals rather than having medicinal uses.
Aromatherapy oils are essential oils that are derived from various plants and flowers. They are concentrated and should be diluted in a carrier oil, such as grape seed or almond oil, before they are applied to the skin. Aromatherapy is used to treat a variety of health problems and can also benefit one's mood or emotions.
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There are different ways to use aromatherapy oils. They can be used in a burner as part of scent therapy or diluted in carrier oil for massage purposes. The oils can aid in relaxation but also have antifungal, antibacterial, and healing properties. Certain aromatherapy oils can be used on cuts, bruises, insect bites, and minor burns.
Tea tree oil has many benefits, and one reason it is so popular is because it is effective against fungi, viruses, and bacteria. One of the most common uses for tea tree oil is that of direct application to the skin to soothe and disinfect cuts, burns, or insect bites. Coughs or colds can also be treated with tea tree oil, but it should not be taken internally. Instead, the vapors should be inhaled, which can be done by adding the oil to hot water and then inhaling the steam.
Lavender oil is known for its calming and soothing properties and is often used in a blend with other aromatherapy oils. It is best known for its antidepressant properties, but it also has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic uses. It can be applied directly to cuts and grazes and often helps to relieve the irritation associated with insect bites. It may also be taken internally, and placing two to three drops on a sugar cube is an easy way to administer the oil.
Chamomile oil has numerous uses and can help treat a variety of health problems. It is best known as sedative and antidepressant and is considered effective against stress related illness. It can also help alleviate digestive problems, fight inflammation, and help clear the urinary system through its diuretic properties. Chamomile oil can be taken internally by adding a few drops to a glass of water.
Healing oil can also take the form of anointing oil, the use of which dates back to biblical times. In the book of Exodus, Moses received instructions for an oil consisting of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, and olive oil. Oils such as this were used for anointing and for healing the sick. The use of healing oil is less common in modern religion than in biblical times, but it is still used.
It is best to seek medical advice before using healing oil, especially when pregnant or when other health problems, such as high blood pressure are present. Aromatherapy oils may interact with certain prescription medications and are not recommended for use during the first three months of pregnancy. When in doubt, it is always best to consult a medical professional or trained aromatherapist.