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Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous
healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called
aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental
and emotional health.

For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils
for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care,
home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

Just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense,
lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet can:

• Fight cold and flu symptoms
• Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
• Heal skin conditions
• Alleviate pain
• Balance hormones
• Improve digestion
• Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
• Clean your home
• Used in homemade personal care products

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of
a plant or tree, and just one drop can have powerful health benefits.

They are typically created through the process of distillation, which separates the
oil- and water-based compounds of a plant by steaming.

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Considered sacred by ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hebrews, rosemary
(Rosmarinus officinalis) is much more than an aromatic herb that tastes good on
potatoes and roasted lamb. It’s also one of the most powerful herbs and essential
oils on the planet.

Rosemary has a woody, evergreen-like scent and is part of the mint family. In
recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the
healing of neurological tissue and brain function.

Native to the Mediterranean, the wooded evergreen has been used in folk
medicine for thousands of years to:

• Improve memory
• Soothe digestive uses
• Relieve muscle aches and pains

More recently, it has become a popular ingredient in many skin and hair care
products due to its antiseptic properties, and researchers are starting to dig
deeper into its medicinal characteristics.

Rosemary Nutrition Profile

Having an antioxidant ORAC value of 3,300, rosemary has the same free radical
fighting power as goji berries! The chemical in rosemary primarily responsible for
this is carnosol, a phenolic diterpene also found in mountain desert sage.

In addition to being a rich antioxidant, carnosol is also known for its anti-cancer
and anti-inflammatory properties, which help explain why rosemary essential oil
is so potent. According to a recent article published in the journal Cancer Letters,

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“Carnosol has been evaluated for anti-cancer
property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia,
and colon cancer with promising results!”

It has also been discovered that carnosol
targets cells to reduce inflammation and
can also:

• Balance androgen and estrogen in the

• Lower DHT (dihyroxytestosterone), thus
improving hair growth and prostate health

• Reduce cancer risk
• Increase nerve growth factor, thus healing nerve tissue

According to researchers, “It has a selective toxicity towards cancer cells versus
non-tumorigenic cells and is well tolerated when administered to animals.” In other
words, carnosol acts like a military sniper who only takes out his enemy target and
doesn’t damage neighboring cells like the chemotherapy nuclear-bomb approach,
which kills everything in its path.

Top 4 Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits

In addition to reversing inflammation and halting the growth of cancer cells,
research has uncovered that rosemary essential oil is also highly effective in
several other areas.

When applied over the scalp, rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth.

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Due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, myrrh can help relieve
inflammation of the mouth and gums caused by diseases such as gingivitis and
mouth ulcers. It can also be used as mouth rinse to prevent gum disease. It can
also freshen your breath and commonly used as an ingredient in mouthwash and

Myrrh is a natural remedy for hypothyroidism, or a low functioning thyroid. Since
it helps reduce stress, it can also help decrease stress on an overtaxed thyroid. Put
2-3 drops directly onto the thyroid area daily to help decrease symptoms.(10)

As discussed above, myrrh is being studied for its potential anti-cancer benefits.
It has been shown to be beneficial for skin cancer. Consider using it in addition to
other traditional treatments, if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer. Apply a
few drops per day directly onto the cancer site, always testing a small area first.(11)

Myrrh can help strengthen the body’s cells by acting as an astringent. It was used
traditionally to help stop bleeding. Due to its astringent effects, it may also help
prevent hair loss by strengthening the roots in the scalp.

Myrrh has the power to increase the function of white blood cells, critical for
wound healing. It was found to decrease the incidence of ulcers and improve their
healing time in one 2010 study published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology.(12)
A primary myrrh oil use is as a fungicide or antiseptic. It can help reduce fungal
infections such as athlete’s foot or ringworm, when applied directly to the affected
area. It can also be used on small scrapes and wounds to prevent infection.

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Myrrh Side E�ects

Myrrh does have some side effects that need to be considered before using it
therapeutically. As always, it is best to speak to your doctor or trusted healthcare
provider first.

Since one of the most common myrrh oil uses is topical, people with sensitive skin
should be cautious. Myrrh has been found to cause dermatitis, or inflammation of
the skin, in some people. Always test it first in a small area before applying it all
over the skin to make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction.(13)
• If taken internally, myrrh may cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Although it is

generally not serious, chronic diarrhea can lead to dehydration, so discontinue
its use if you are experiencing gastrointestinal problems.

• Pregnant women should avoid taking myrrh because it may enhance uterine

• Another potential side effect of myrrh is heart irregularities and lowered blood
pressure, although this is mostly seen at high doses of more than 2-4 grams per
day. Anyone with a medical condition related to the heart should ask a doctor
before using myrrh oil.

• Myrrh may lower blood sugar; therefore, it is not recommended for people with
diabetes or other blood sugar conditions. Since it interacts with blood glucose,
it is also not recommended for people undergoing surgery and it is best to stop
its use at least 2 weeks before surgery.

• Myrrh oil is not recommended for people using anticoagulants as it may have
potential interactions with this medication. It is also not recommended for
people on diabetes medication, as there is a potential for a drug interaction.

With all these myrrh benefits and uses, there is sure to be many ways that myrrh oil
will benefit you!

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