In our office we love to utilize essential oils to assist in our Chiropractic experience. Not only are we highly intentional with our adjustments to aid in your body’s natural function, we utilize essential oils to facilitate this process. Essential oils can support every system in your body, providing immune, digestive, respiratory, and hormonal support, as well as mood, emotions, oxygen levels, and more!
- We diffuse essential oils aromatically so that you feel a sense of peace and relaxation right when you walk into our office! Not to mention, it is a much better alternative to toxic exposure from synthetic fragrances.
- We also use essential oils topically throughout our adjustments and massage therapy. Topically applying essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the body quickly and work synergistically to support our bodies’ natural abilities. We have a variety of oils and blends in our office so that we can utilize their different healing properties effectively for each patient’s specific and unique health needs.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are essences that are extracted from herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and seeds that have healing properties.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled through various methods. Essential oils can be inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin. They may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed. Essential oils don’t just mask symptoms. They bring therapeutic change to the body at a cellular level, dealing with the root issue and supporting the bodily system as a whole.
When to use an essential oil?
Choose your essential oil with purpose. Their antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties offer an abundant number of benefits to your well-being. Some are stimulating, others are calming, and many are healing. You can also mix essential oils together to develop a blend that best suits your particular needs. If you are looking to enhance mood, inhaling the essential oil is the most popular method. For wound care, a topical application is preferred.
Although there are many benefits and uses for oils, here are our top picks to help get you started.
Do you need pain relief? Your first inclination may be to reach for the medication bottle. You may even start seriously thinking about surgery. There are holistic paths to wellness that can work just as well, if not even better, than some surgical procedures, by combining essential oils with chiropractic care, your pain levels may drop considerably.
Peppermint: relieves headaches and muscle pain; improves circulation
Wintergreen:is favored for those with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to ease pain
Spruce: eases rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, improves circulation and treats muscular pain
Rosemary: de-stress aching muscles
Chamomile: soothes pain, headaches, and cramps
Lemongrass: soothes headaches and aching muscles
Lavender: relieves muscle aches, rheumatism.
Are you stressed or anxious? This is one of the most beneficial reasons people turn to oils, to help ease stress and anxiety. Essential oils help restore a feeling of peace, balance, and happiness, and they promote the stability of hormones.
Bergamot: relieves anxiety and calms nervous tension
Cedarwood: soothes nervous tension and anxiety
Chamomile: improves mood, aids in relaxation
Frankincense: calms and relaxes; helpful for meditation and sleep
Lavender: calms nerves and headaches; promotes a restful sleep
Lemon: awakens and enhances mood
Sage: relieves stress, tension, and nervousness; promotes a restful sleep
Vetiver: calms nervousness and stress
Ylang-Ylang: eases fear and anxiety
Want a good house cleaning agent free of harsh chemicals? Essential oils can cleanse the home through both physical and airborne applications by combatting harmful bacteria when used in cleaning products including sprays, scented candles, or potpourri.
Thieves cleaner: is used to clean the entire house. Countertops, bathroom, and shower and it works amazing.
Tea tree oil: Apply to a diffuser to help kill mold in the air or apply on mold directly with baking soda and scrub away.
Lemon oil: to help clean burnt pans: Mix a few drops of lemon oil to boiling water and allow to sit for a few mins before scrubbing off.
Need a fresh Laundry Scent?: Mix a few drops of your favorite oils directly to your laundry to help get rid of funky smells or active clothing. I’ll also add a few drops of oils to wool dryer balls for a more natural fabric softener scent. Recommended Oils: grapefruit, orange, peppermint, and lemon.
Want a good night of sleep? Essential oils can help ease the suffering of those with an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep by promoting a mental and physical sense of calm and relaxation that leads to drowsiness.
Frankincense: helpful for meditation and sleep
Lavender: promotes a restful sleep
Sage: promotes a restful sleep
Ylang-Ylang: soothing properties
Need help with your skincare? Essential oils are used in a lot in skincare. In fact, there are major non-toxic name brand products that use essential oils. They have so many healing benefits to the skin if you’re not super sensitive.
Tea Tree Oil-Acne-Prone Skin
Frankincense: Age spots
Lavender: Apply coconut oil mixed with lavender on the bug bite.
Bergamot: helps treat wounds, herpes, acne and oily skin conditions
Cedarwood: helps treat oily skin and scalp (dandruff)
Grapefruit: helps acne, congested, and oily skin; reduces cellulite
Jasmine: helps treat dry skin, dermatitis, and eczema
Lemon: breaks down cellulite and helps varicose veins
Want an immune booster? Essential oils have been used traditionally to fight cold and flu symptoms by inhibiting the growth and spread of bacteria and thereby boosting immunity. Oils help to destroy several fungal, viral, and bacterial pathogens.
Thieves: specifically formulated for immune support. It may help promote respiratory health and fight off germs
Oregano: for protection against common colds, flus and other respiratory illnesses
Rosemary: can stimulate the immune system and can be great for de-congesting a stuffy nose.
Eucalyptus: opening up stuffed nasal passages and getting rid of headaches.
Tea Tree: it’s an antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory oil, making it one of the best for boosting immunity.
Need an energy boost? Many essential oils offer energy-enhancing benefits, and some even help improve focus and motivation. The following are some of the best oils to increase energy and relieve fatigue.
Grapefruit: increases physical strength and energy
Lemon: awakens and enhances mood and uplift spirits, and has been shown to reduce stress levels as well.
Peppermint: can uplift the spirits, improve focus, and eliminate brain fog that can occur after working for several hours.
Lavendar: works to improve motivation by positively affecting mood, reducing stress and anxiety. Lavender essential oil improves cognitive function to increase memory recall and focus.
Do have a lot of trouble focusing? Essential oils can be really effective in help with focus and concentration too.
Bergamot: up lifting and invigorating oil that improves mental clarity and alertness
Grapefruit: sharpens the senses and awareness
Lemon: helps improve concentration
Lemongrass: stimulates the mind and clears the head in order to be motivated
Peppermint: increases mental clarity and refreshes spirits by clearing the mind
Rosemary: great for mental focus by helping to clear the head and aids memory; good for mental strain.
Cedarwood: provides soothing and calming properties.
Peace and Calming: is an oil blend (Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Blue Tansy) helps uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace
Sage: calms a racing mind
Are you feeling blue? Essential oils can calm, soothe and lift a person’s spirits. They can help to motivate and encourage, uplift and empower and instill a sense of positivity and optimism. Essential oils can ease tiredness, irritability, anxiety, and mental fatigue.
Bergamot: Uplifting bergamot oil eases anxiety by warming the heart and by promoting feelings of confidence and optimism.
Ginger: uplifts mood and provides stimulation to the entire body
Grapefruit: Uplifting and empowering, grapefruit instills us with positive energy, courage, confidence and joy
Jasmine: relieves nervousness, enhances mood, boosts libido
Lemongrass: lifts the spirits and stimulates appetite
Patchouli: promotes euphoria, boosts libido, and curbs appetite
Peppermint: relieves anger, hysteria, nervousness, and trembling
Do you have an Insect Problem and afraid of using DEET? most of us resort to coating ourselves in chemical-laden bug sprays to get rid of them. But this summer, get protection naturally—with bug repelling essential oils.
Cedarwood: deters moths and other insects (in drawers and closets)
Citronella: mosquito and insect repellant. It works by masking other scents that are attractive to bugs, making it difficult for them to locate their targets.
Lavender: repels insects, can be used in drawers to repel moths or sprayed from a diffuser or left in a saucer to help keep away ants and insects.
Lemongrass: repels insects and in a study it was comparable to that of a commercial mosquito repellent
Peppermint oil: with its strong scent and tingly sensation, is great for repelling lots of different types of bugs.
Patchouli: repels insects
Regardless of the ways in which they are used, essential oils are a beneficial addition to the preventative health care that we provide in our office, not to mention they help to facilitate connection between body, mind, and spirit! We are happy to provide you with the opportunity to utilize them on your wellness journey, whether you are very knowledgeable or have never had a chance to try them out.