Tagetes Essential Oil

 

Tagetes minuta is how the botanical world calls Marigold, also known as Mexican marigold, African marigold, Khaki Bush and Tagetette. It is another popular member of the Compositae plant family along with Sunflower and other daisies. With its strong, sweet, wild, fruity and slight citrus-like aroma, the essential oil of Tagetes is used worldwide for its effectiveness in treating infections and foot problems.

Ayurveda calls Tagetes as Sthulapushpa and the flowers of this plant were offered to God as a strong sign of surrender. Symbolizing auspiciousness, the bright orange or saffron color flowers of tagetes plant instills divine trust and its striking aroma is said to grant the willpower to surmount impediments.

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Historical importance of Tagetes and its essential oil:

‘Tagetes’ is named after the Etruscan God ‘Tages’, the eminent God of wisdom. The familiar name ‘Marigold’ gets its name after Mother Mary and was initially called as ‘Mary’s Gold’.

The most popular historical use of Tagetes was its use as a promising insect repellant and this was the major reason for using these flowers as decorative hangings in the entrance of the homes. Infectious insects such as mosquitoes, flies and few other pests are kept at bay with the use of these flowers in the Indian sub-tropical regions.

Marigold is offered to Mother Mary on 25th March every year. This day is considered as the sacred day when the Angel Gabriel informed Mother Mary about the arrival of Jesus Christ. Certain traditions sow the seeds of this plant in pots, especially as a representation of blessedness and endurance to invite the heavenly power.

Australian troops brought Tagetes plants to their native from South Africa after the Boer War and used it as an important ingredient in numerous foot medications. It is also said that Marigolds were traditionally used for creating psychic awareness and is known to augment mental alertness.

The essential oil of Tagetes is also used in many perfumes and was also used as diluted oil for killing young insects in open wounds.

The traditional Chinese medicine used the flowers of Tagetes minuta in the treatment of cold, whooping cough, sore eyes, colic and mumps. The famous perfume substance ‘Attar Genda’ in India is prepared with the flowering tops of this plant.

The dried herb is used as a famous condiment for flavoring stews and rice in Argentina and Chile. Known as Sadbarga in Pakistan, the paste of the fresh leaves of Tagetes is applied on wounds to kill germs.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Tagetes essential oil:

Ayurveda is a spiritual science that considers human body as a temple where the real spirit dwells in. It aims in granting a balanced living with the wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Being the mother of all healing sciences on earth like Traditional European Medicine, Unani, Traditional Chinese Medicine and much more, Ayurveda appreciates individual differences and considers every individual as a unique part of nature with a unique combination of doshas or vital energies (vata, pitta and kapha).

With this belief, Ayurvedic treatments suggest the use of natural remedies like herbs, essential oils extracted from parts of plants, practicing simple physical exercises, yoga, meditation and following a simple Ayurvedic routine to lead a serene life on par with nature.

Ayurvedic texts state that the moisturizing and gentle heating energies of Tagetes essential oil have antispasmodic, vulnerating, hypotensive, tranquilizing, anti-inflammatory, alterative and antiseptic properties. This oil is highly beneficial for individuals with pitta predominance.

Let’s take a look at the natural healing benefits of Tagetes essential oil according to the methods of usage.

1. Ayurvedic massage therapy:

Massaging is the best way of using essential oils as the therapeutic properties of these oils heal the system by easily penetrating through the skin cells when massaged in an authentic manner. Massaging your body or the affected areas with few drops of Tagetes oil blended with carrier oils like coconut oil, sesame oil or jojoba oil is proven to treat many health conditions.

Respiratory infections:

Tagetes essential oil has been an age old remedy in treating infections and other problems of the respiratory system. The antispasmodic and calming properties of this oil are highly beneficial in dealing with all kinds of spasms in the body. It provides great relief from convulsions, diarrhea, cramps and spasmodic coughs.

A warm massage aids in eliminating congestion, expanding the bronchial channel, enabling the flow of mucus and soothe certain other types of chest infections.

The study on ‘Herbal Remedies for Asthma: An Overview’ published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research states that the presence of the active chemical components like α-Terthienyl, Quercetagetrin and Patuletrin in Tagetes minuta essential oil showed ‘bronchodilatory, spasmolytic, tranquillizing, hypotensive and anti-inflammatory activities’, thus proving it effective against respiratory disorders including asthma.

Pain and inflammation:

The essential oil of Tagetes has tranquilizing and sedative properties that sedates pain, irritation and inflammation in the nervous system, digestive system and respiratory system.

It calms the body, soothes the mind and helps alleviate stress, anxiety, anger, depression and other negative feelings. The most reliable book ‘Ayurveda and Aromatherapy’ by Light Miller and Bryan Miller states that Tagetes oil is very effective in ‘softening any hardened tissue such as scars, calluses, rough skin etc’.

2. Bath oil:

Adding few drops of Tagetes oil to your warm bathing water can be of great assistance in treating coughs, wounds, cold, chest infections, flu and infestations of micro-organisms.  A hot foot bath with 2 to 3 drops of Tagetes oil is recommended to soften corns and calluses and heal bunions.

3. Creams and skin care lotions:

When added to your favorite creams and lotions, tagetes oil works wonders on your skin. The antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-biotic and antimicrobial properties of this oil helps in dealing with infections caused due to microbes like bacteria, virus and fungi. The most common health conditions due to the effect of microbes are dermatitis, septic, athlete’s foot, malaria, tetanus and typhus.

Open wounds, cuts, scratches, sores and skin ulcers get affected and worsen with the invasion of biotic growth of bacteria, protozoa and certain other parasites. Tagetes oil restrains the biotic growth of similar organisms and helps in healing such skin conditions. A 2004 study on ‘Antibacterial activity of Tagetes minuta essential oil with different chemical composition’ proved that Tagetes oil has antimicrobial properties and is effective against Gram-positive bacteria.

4. Vapor therapy:

Using few drops of Tagetes essential oil in vapor therapy supports in treating bronchitis, coughs and other chest infections. Inhaling the steam with the medicinal properties of this oil aids in loosening the mucus formation and opens up the blocked bronchial and nasal passages.

5. Insecticides and pesticides:

Tagetes essential oil is a powerful pesticide and insecticide that helps in getting rid of harmful insects and parasites like fleas, bed-bugs, mosquitoes, lice and few others. Applying the diluted Tagetes oil on the affected area will also normalize the pain and allergies caused due to stings and bites of such insects.

You can add few drops to your room spray or add it to your burners or diffusers to keep away from pests and insects. A 2010 Pakistani research validates the traditional use of Tagetes minuta as insecticide and proved that Tagetes contains ‘economically important compounds effective against human disease and seed pests’.

Disclaimer:

Tagetes essential oil is powerful and should be used only after diluting in mild carrier oils. Avoid using this oil on children and on pregnant women. This oil is also said to have phototoxic effects that may cause skin irritation if exposed to sun within 12 hours of application. Do not take this oil internally as it is recommended only for topical application and consult your Ayurvedic Practitioner before using it.

Tagetes Essential Oil – Possible Skin Issues:

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Tagetes oil is said to cause phototoxic effects mainly due to the presence of limonene, just like the citrus oils. It expresses skin sensitization if the oil is oxidized and it is safe to avoid oxidized and old oils. Essential oils that are phototoxic in nature can cause skin sensitization, irritation of the skin, contact dermatitis, hyperpigmentation and certain other allergic reactions.

This is the result of photosensitivity stimulating effect, when the skin is in contact with visible sunlight for up to 12 hours of use of this oil for cosmetic purposes. Tagetes oil has photoactive chemical components that observe the ultra-violet light radiation and accounts to toxic effects by way of molecular changes in the skin surface.

The maximum level for dermal use is 0.01% according to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), on the parts of the skin that are exposed to sunlight and is not applicable for rinse-off products. IFRA recommends this safety level based on the unpublished study of RIFM (The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials).

SCCP (The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products) suggests that, since “no safe limit of use in cosmetic products has been demonstrated”, Tagetes oil and its absolutes should be avoided for use in the manufacturing of Cosmetic products.

Tagetes oil is said to cause allergic reactions like skin rashes for people who are generally allergic to daisy flowers and any other flowers from the plant family, Asteraceae, including Chrysanthemum, Marigold and Ragweed.

Never use essential oils internally and for topical application, ensure that you blend Tagetes oil with gentle carrier oils, as essential oils are highly concentrated substances and may harm the skin, when used directly.

Though Tagetes oil has been claimed as an oil with the lowest toxicity, studies have proved the mild irritating effects of Tagetes oil on rabbits, its allergic contact dermatitis, primary eye irritation and acute inhalation toxicity.

Sufficient information is not available on the safety of Tagetes oil and higher concentration might be tough to resist. So it is safe to avoid Tagetes oil on children, pregnant women and nursing moms.

Reference Links Substantiating the Possible Skin Issues of Tagetes Oil:

  1. Tagetes oil by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division
  2. Tagetes by Leung’s Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients, used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics by Ikhlas A. Khan and Ehab A. Abourashed.
  3. Tagetes – Side Effects by WebMD
  4. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals By Robert Tisserand, Rodney Young
  5. A brief study on Marigold (Tagetes Species): A Review by Dixit Priyanka, Tripathi Shalini, Verma Kumar Navneet, Department of Pharmacy, RITM, India and published in the International Research Journal of Pharmacy

Thought for the day:

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.   –Luther Burbank

Suggested reading:

  1. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing by Dr. Light Miller, Dr. Bryan Miller
  2. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
  3. Ayurvedic Remedies for the Whole Family by Dr. Light Miller
  4. Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies from CRC Press

Reference Links:

  1. Evaluating biological activities of the seed extracts from Tagetes minuta found in Northern Pakistan published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research
  2. Ann Arbor Summer – More on Marigolds
  3. Herbal Remedies for Asthma: An Overview published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research
  4. Antibacterial activity of Tagetes minuta essential oil with different chemical composition published in Flavour and Fragrance Journal

Avocado Oil

 

Avocado-bannerHappiness is a fresh, seasonal Avocado’, is the most stirring quote that made me rapt in the recent times. What is all in an Avocado that brings so much joy to humanity?

Avocado is nature’s souvenir that has been trusted and taken for treating cardiovascular problems, psoriasis, periodontal conditions, obesity, diabetes, wrinkles, halitosis, hair loss and numerous other medical conditions.

“Avocado is sweet and warm, excellent for the liver, high in vitamin E, is a skin moisturizer, and is good for weak tissues”, quotes Light Miller and Bryan Miller in their book ‘Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.

Called as Neerabijh (Sanskrit) or Makhanphal (Hindi) in Ayurveda, Avocado is employed in Ayurvedic healing as a skin tonic and for reducing bad cholesterol and chronic constipation; boosting libido, regulating insulin secretion, fighting against free radicals, enhancing ojas (strength, endurance and brilliance); and for treating alopecia, insomnia and joint pain.

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Remedial properties and chemical constituents of Avocado oil:

Avocado is nature’s source of power with vitamins, including vitamin A, C, E, B-6 and K1 along with riboflavin, folate, niacin, choline, dietary fiber, proteins, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, zeaxanthin/lutein,  PFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid), (fatty acids namely Linoleic, Palmitoleic, Palmitic, Oleic, Stearic acid) MUFA(Monounsaturated fatty acid) and SFA (Saturated fatty acid).

Avocado oil contains remedial phytosterols like campesterol, beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol and bio-active phytochemicals including terpenoids, glutathione, carotenoids, phenols, tannins, lecithin, sterolin, D-mannoheptulose and persenone A and B.

Botanically called as Persea Americana, Avocado oil has anti-carcinogenic, demulcent, laxative, emollient, antiparasitic, carminative, astringent, regenerative, diuretic, cardiovascular, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-aging and anti-arthritic properties.

Historical uses and significance of Avocado oil:

Avocado is said to have been born in Mexico in the state of Puebla, though various substantiations from fossil testing states that it might have originated in California. It is recorded as one of the most primitive fruits consumed by the Mesoamerican populace, including the Maya, Olmec and the Mokaya of the Soconusco.

The ancient proof of Avocado’s presence in Mexico dates back to 10,000 BC. The leading producers of Avocado are Mexico with 500,000 tons per year, followed by California with 200,000 tons and Florida with 35,000 tons.

Avocados have been used by the Maya populace of Guatemala for diagnosing diarrhea, warding off intestinal worms and parasites and for enhancing the growth of healthy hair.

The Mexican iconography portrays Avocado and the Nahuatl term for avocado is ahuacatl, which means testicle in English. In accordance to the Mexican mythology, the fruit of avocado grants enormous energy.

Gutierrez and Villanueva, the popular Chroniclers of Spain denote Avocado as, “a fruit’s form contributes to its properties: the outer form is a result of inner forces. The avocado is shaped like a testicle, and it can therefore transfer that strength to whoever eats it.” Sounds great! Isn’t it???

It’s time to relate the effectiveness of Avocado as an immune stimulant and a sexual booster and one among the best natural alternative for delaying the aging process.

From the prehistoric times till today, Avocado and its cold-pressed magnificent oil is used in the manufacturing of soaps, shampoos, conditioners, serums, moisturizing creams, lotions, massage blends and an extensive array of cosmetic products.

Avocado is a familiar cooking oil with manifold benefits in it. It is a vital part of the popular Mexican dip, Guacamole and in corn tortillas. Salads, soups, desserts, savory dishes, snacks, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and a long-drawn-out list has Avocado as a main ingredient for its creamy taste and bulky benefits.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Avocado oil:

Avocado is an excellent remedial bliss in disguise, just like a Jackfruit that is rough on the outside and extremely sweet and smooth in the inside.

Ayurveda states that the fruit of Avocado and the oil extracted from its pulp is extremely beneficial in the treatment of vata dosha vitiations like scaly skin, psoriasis, constipation, rough and aged-skin, muscular stiffness, dry hair, joint pain, insomnia, improper blood circulation and wrinkles.

Avocado is also a promising remedy in the treatment of Pitta imbalances like poor metabolism, ulcer, tension, heartburn and inflammatory conditions.

Avocado is used in massage since the traditional times, especially for its enormous benefits to the skin.

Ayurveda denotes that all things in this universe is made up of five vital elements namely fire, earth, water, air and space and these are together known as Panchamahabhutas or the building blocks of life.

 “Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind and intellect and also ego-sense; these are the eight-fold division of my nature. This is inferior. Know my mother nature, the higher, Oh Mighty-Armed, the life-element by which the universe is upheld”. (7:4-5)  – Bhagavad Gita

Earth consists of all the natural nutrients like vitamins, minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium) and phytochemicals within it. Every single plant that grows on earth observes these natural nutrients based upon its temperament and the environment in which it grows.

Since human body is also a combination of these 5 vital elements and it also contains such vital nutrients and these are responsible for the well-being of various parts of the body. Deficiency or excess of any of these natural nutrients leads to illness.

Thus treating such insufficiency with natural alternatives aids in diagnosing the illness initially and thus prevent it in the future as well.

For example, deficiency of vitamin A might end up in night blindness and other ocular effects, dry and scaly skin, respiratory infections, follicular thickening of the skin surface, low immunity and growth retardation problems in children.

Intake of natural foods that are rich in Vitamin A like carrots, sweet potato, lettuce, melon, tropical fruits and other green leafy vegetables can assist in treating the symptoms and diagnosing Vitamin A deficiency disorders.

Bright colored vegetables and fruits acquire vitamins from the earth and thus vitamin deficiencies are treated naturally by ingesting such food varieties.

In a much similar way, Avocado is rich in Vitamins C, E, B and K, potassium and monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. Eating fresh Avocados and using Avocado oil for dermal use might assist in balancing such deficiencies in the system.

The most momentous Ayurvedic benefits of Avocado and its nourishing oil are as follows:

avocado-broucher1. Assists in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism:

The presence of phytochemicals in Avocado is a healthy reason for its effectiveness in the treatment of osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It is for this reason, Avocado along with the blend of Soybean oil is recommended by Denmark as a food supplement for treating inflammation and influencing the repair and growth of cartilage.

France has determined this duo oil as prescription medicine. This is further substantiated by various research analyses published in the journal ‘Ugeschrift for laeger’ that have proved the usefulness of this blend in the healing of osteoarthritis in the knee and hip area.

Avocado oil inhibited a pro-inflammatory cytokine molecule” states the research report published in the 2006 Journal Periodontal Disease issue, where human bone cells and periodontal ligaments were studied, thus demonstrating that Avocado oil with its anti-inflammatory values aids in reducing inflammation and preventing certain other symptoms of periodontal disease like erosion of bone.

The anti-inflammatory attribute of Avocado oil is endorsed to its rich presence of phytonutrients like polyphenols and flavonoids.

A 2007 study ‘Metabolic Effects of Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables on Articular Chondrocytes’ published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and PubMed concludes “there is substantial evidence that ASU (Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables) containing sterols are anti-inflammatory and provide protection against cartilage degeneration.”

It further adds “The major components of ASU by weight are the phytosterols beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. Phytosterols in general, and beta-sitosterol in particular, are now considered potent anti-inflammatory agents with antioxidant and analgesic activity.”

Massaging the painful parts with 2 ounce of Avocado oil blended with 1 ounce of Soybean oil can be of immense help in fighting against free radicals, reducing pain, inflammation, muscular stiffness and cartilage damages and in enhancing blood circulation in the affected area.

Pranayama or conscious breathing assists in the treatment of rheumatism, atherosclerosis, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions that mainly occur due to the stagnation of toxic remains in the system, where ama or toxic substances in the body are flushed out through slow and steady exhalation.

2. Supports healthy heart functions by condensing cholesterol levels:

The presence of beta-sitosterol makes Avocado and its oil as the friendliest oil for supporting the healthy functions of your heart. This is a type of phytosterol, which is structurally alike to body’s cholesterol.

They are often termed as ‘heart healthy nutrients’ because of their efficacy in converting low healthy fats into substances that will be comparatively less detrimental to the cells and are more exploitable.

Avocado with its phytosterol components does enormous goodness to the system as its anti-inflammatory properties due to phytosterol compounds help in reducing the risk of heart diseases mainly due to deposits of plaque or other mass substances.

Avocado and its oil help in trimming down excess inflammation and clog in the arteries and thwart the arterial walls from all kinds of damages and aid in maintaining normal levels of blood pressure.

Research study on the effects of increased ingestion of Avocado has witnessed considerable decrease of cholesterol levels in blood. This analysis sustained for about 7 days with diet rich in Avocados, where patients with slight hypercholesterolemia evidenced a 17 percent drop off in the levels of total serum cholesterols.

It also evidenced about 11 percent increase in HDL (good cholesterol) and 22 percent decrease in the levels of triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol), thus Avocados have also been proven to support healthier lipid profiles.

Eating Avocados in salad or as whole is a great way to relay its immense benefits to your system but Avocado oil is of great significance as it exists in a more concentrated form.

Blend 4 ounce of Avocado oil with 5 drops of Ginger oil and 5 drops of Spearmint oil and rejuvenate your system with a warm massage on your weekends. Indeed it is one among the comfy way to get rid of excess cholesterol and toxic remains in your system.

3. ‘Pick-me-up’ oil for most of your skin problems:

Pick up the most capacious oil of Avocado with your eyes closed just for the treatment of most of your skin conditions.

Avocado and its nourishing pulpy oil is known for repairing the damaged skin cells, supporting the growth of new cells, moisturizing the skin, augmenting the production of collagen and for treating wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s foot and certain other symptoms of aging.

The significant factors behind the skin nourishing attribute of Avocado oil is the presence of enormous nutrients including potassium, vitamins A, D and E (act as antioxidants), sterolin, lecithin, proteins and high presence of unsaturated fatty acids including omega-3 fatty acids.

Blend 2 ounce of Avocado oil with 10 drops of Evening Primrose oil and 10 drops of Jojoba oil. Relish your skin and your senses with this rich massage blend for about twice in a week. Leave it to rest for about half an hour. Follow this massage with a cool bath and feel the difference of your skin in less than 2 months.

The presence of sterolin, unsaturated fatty acids, proteins and antioxidant vitamins in Avocado oil assists deeper penetration into the skin surface and the bloodstream.

This in turn softens, moisturizes, repairs, rejuvenates and backs up healthy skin from within. Aging spots, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, mature skin conditions and sun damage can be treated effectively with this wholesome oil.

A 12 week study listed in the Journal of Dermatology on the effectiveness of Avocado oil and Vitamin B12 on Psoriasis evidenced regular progress in the participants suffering from psoriasis.

4. Enhances digestive power and aids in weight management:

Avocado and its oil are known to increase the efficacy and the normal functioning of the digestive tract.

The oil of Avocado has soothing effects on the intestine, stomach and the digestive system as a whole. Being a mild and gentle oil, Avocado can assist in the treatment of ulcer, heartburn, improper metabolic functions and inflammation in the stomach and intestines.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 fatty acid support in improving your metabolism and boost your appetite, thus granting you a feeling of fullness with its enormous nutrient content.

A balanced and healthy diet with regular exercise, healthy lifestyle practices, proper utilization of your physical and emotional energies, meditation and supporting techniques including massage with Ayurvedic oils like Avocado and detoxification for eliminating the toxic remains in your system, is more than enough to shed your extra pounds and live fit forever.

Massaging your abdomen with 10 drops of Avocado oil mixed with 1 drop of Lemon oil and 1 drop of Peppermint oil, especially before your meals is an excellent way to nurture your appetite and soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines.

A 2014 study on the ‘Effect of Dietary Intake of Avocado Oil and Olive Oil on Biochemical Markers of Liver Function in Sucrose-Fed Rats’ published in the BioMed Research International states that the intake of sucrose affects the total levels of bilirubin and proteins, which affects the function of liver and other metabolic mayhems.

Avocado oil administration revealed the beginning of a regeneration of liver function and Avocado oil exhibits effects similar to those of olive oil,” concludes this study.

5. Fights against cancerous attacks:

Avocado oil is powered with enormous antioxidants including carotenoids, polyphenols, tocopherols and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants help in fighting against the free radicals responsible for cellular degeneration and the development of tumors in cancerous attacks.

The anti-cancer or anti-carcinogenic properties of Avocado is attributed to the presence of bioactive chemical components like terpenoids, carotenoids, D-mannoheptulose, phenols, persenone A and B, and glutathione, where glutathione is a tripeptide that consists of three amino acids namely glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine.

The National Cancer Institute found that Avocado’s glutathione levels of 8.4 mg per 30 g or 19 mg per one-half fruit is several fold higher than that of other fruits,” quotes the study Dietary glutathione intake and the risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer by the Emory University School of Public Health, GA.

A 2013 study on ‘Dietary avocado oil supplementation attenuates the alterations induced by type I diabetes and oxidative stress in electron transfer at the complex II-complex III segment of the electron transport chain in rat kidney mitochondria’ published in PubMed states “a protective effect of avocado oil against lipid peroxidation was observed consistently only in control mitochondria.”

This study concludes that the defensive outcome of Avocado oil is attributed to the antioxidant effects of carotenoids and glutathione that penetrates through the blood stream and reaches mitochondria (vital part of the cellular structure), where energy production and respiration happens.

Other benefits:

The other popular health benefits of Avocado oil are its effectiveness in the treatment of cracked heels, sunburn, insect stings, dandruff, wounds, loss of libido, blisters, bad breath, rashes, insomnia, periodontal diseases and more.

Disclaimer:

This piece of information is only for educational purposes and is not in any way meant to be used for diagnosis or as a substitute for any prescribed medications or the professional advice of your Doctor. We, at Essential Depot are not healthcare experts and this article is written only with the intention of sharing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.

Essential oils are meant for topical use only and not for ingestion, as pure and organic essential oils are the life force of plants and are highly concentrated substances. Seek the advice of your Ayurvedic expert or healthcare professional before choosing the appropriate essential oils for your state of health and unique individual constitution.

Thought for the day:

The Avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.

– David Fairchild

Suggested Reading:

  1. The Avocado: Botany, Production and Uses from Brand: CABI
  2. AVOCADO & HONEY FACIAL MASK – FOR NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL & HEALTHY SKIN (Essential Oil Spa) by KG Stiles
  3. Avocado Oil: The miracle health benefits, fat loss facts & kitchen tips (Avocado recipes, Avocado Oil for weight loss) by Margaret Horton
  4. Avocado 55 Success Secrets – 55 Most Asked Questions On Avocado – What You Need To Know by Teresa Kramer
  5. Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin

Reference Links:

  1. Avocado by Wikipedia
  2. Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects by Mark L. Dreher and Adrienne J. Davenport, published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition and PubMed
  3. Domestication and Significance of Persea Americana, the Avocado, in Mesoamerica by Amanda J. Landon published in Digital Commons, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  4. Metabolic Effects of Avocado/Soy Unsaponifiables on Articular Chondrocytes by Louis Lippiello, Joseph V. Nardo, Robert Harlan, and Tiffany Chiou, published in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  5. Effect of Dietary Intake of Avocado Oil and Olive Oil on Biochemical Markers of Liver Function in Sucrose-Fed Rats’ published in the BioMed Research International

Tangerine Essential Oil

 

tangerine-bannerWho will hate the citrus, tangy, warm, refreshing and uplifting aroma of tangerine essential oil? Not many of us knew that this invigorating oil has a natural tonic effect on our digestive system and checks tension and stress. Indigenous to China, tangerine and the essential oil extracted from the peels of the tangerine fruit by cold press method has been a vital part of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).

Ayurveda, the science or knowledge of life calls tangerine as Santra Sal and this fruit is highly regarded as a natural detoxifying agent, helping to eliminate the toxins known as ama from the human body. Elimination of toxins according to Ayurveda is the initial step for purifying the tissues, getting rid of toxic substances left by poor nutrition and disease, strengthening the immune system, augmenting mental clarity and nurturing the overall health condition of an individual.

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Historical uses of Tangerine essential oil:

Tangerine has its birth recorded more than 3000 years ago and this is the predominant cause behind its popular use in the world of integrative medicine. More than the fruit, the external rind or the peel from which the essential oil of Tangerine is extracted is said to have enormous medicinal benefits.

The ancient Chinese philosophers used Chen Pi or tangerine peel to treat digestive disorders like vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea and stomach upset. It was trusted to increase the flow of liquids throughout the body. Chinese medicine call life force as Qi and tangerine peel is believed to control, reconcile and stabilize the flow of Qi.

The decoction extracted from tangerine peel was used in various medications for treating morning sickness in pregnant women, gout and sexual problems in men like premature ejaculation and impotence. Tangerine peel was an important ingredient in Chinese Dr. Huang’s internal injury poultice for treating inflammation, sports injuries, sprain and muscular problems. French and other European medical practitioners used tangerine essential oil for dealing with digestive problems in children and the elderly people.

Ayurvedic texts denote tangerine oil as one of the mildest essential oils that can be used by pregnant women also. It is used to detoxify the body, purify the soul and for tranquilizing the entire system. This was also mentioned in the book ‘Ayurveda and Aromatherapy’ where Bryan Miller and Light Miller said that Tangerine oil is one of the favorite oil of pregnant women and children because of its uplifting and soothing qualities.

Chemical constituents or Gas Chromatography Report (GC) of Tangerine oil:

According to the Gas chromatography report, Tangerine oil constitutes of 9 chemical components that contribute to its fragrance, therapeutic attributes, consistency and quality of this oil. Of which, Limonene contributes to the highest proportion of Tangerine oil with about 95.8% of its total composition.

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I trust that this must certainly help you in getting to know the exclusive information about the prime chemical constituents of Tangerine oil.

The table crafted below clearly depicts the unique nature and contributions of these bio-chemical constituents to the healing magnificence of Tangerine essential oil.

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Ayurvedic health benefits of Tangerine essential oil:

Ayurveda trusts in healing humanity through the use of five senses therapy namely the sense of smell, sight, touch, sound and taste. Besides treating illnesses, Ayurvedic methodology focuses on a disciplined lifestyle that would help in preventing illnesses.

Prana is the essence or life force of any living being on earth. The Vedic texts denote that essential oils were used as a part of Ayurvedic treatments trusting that essential oils, the vital life force or prana of plants will certainly aid in enriching the prana of human beings.

Among the three dynamic forces of nature or doshas namely vata, pitta and kapha that form the constitution of an individual, tangerine oil is said to benefit the vata and pitta doshas with its drying and cooling energies.

Let’s have a look at the Ayurvedic health benefits of Tangerine essential oil based on their usage.tangerinebroucher1. Abhyanga or the Ayurvedic massage therapy:

This treatment method falls under the sense of touch where the tissues of the body are maneuvered gently and firmly by hands, forearms, elbows, feet and few other effective massaging equipments. Ayurveda suggests the use of essential oils and certain other herbal oils, without which an Ayurvedic massage cannot be fulfilled.

The simple concept behind this healing methodology is that the therapeutic values of the essential oils used for massaging enter your body through the pores of your skin and deeply penetrates into your bloodstream. This way, a systematic massage with healing essential oils can have a positive effect on your mind, body and spirit.

Massaging with few drops of Tangerine essential oil blended with carrier oils like jojoba oil, almond oil or coconut oil can assist in healing numerous health conditions.

Calms your system:

Tangerine essential oil is a calming agent that is proven effective in relaxing your body absolutely. It treats mood fluctuations, assists nervous afflictions and completely pampers the troubled nervous system. Anxiety, stress, depression, pain, impulsive responses and emotional imbalances are controlled with its soothing and uplifting properties.

Boosts metabolism:

The stomachic and tonic properties of Tangerine oil supports in boosting the process of metabolism. It stimulates the proper flow of digestive juices ensuring appropriate secretion of bile and other digestive acids, aids in absorbing the essential nutrients from the food, heals irritation in the stomach lining and intestines and supports the entire process of digestion. For all these reasons the essential oil of Tangerine is used in relieving pain, treating ulcers, inflammation and wounds in the stomach.

Detoxifying agent:

Tangerine essential oil is an excellent detoxifier that facilitates in removing the toxic substances and other impurities in the body. The depurative property of this oil purifies the blood. It excretes the toxins and other harmful substances like pollutants, excess salt, uric acid and excess water in the body through urine, excreta and sweat.

Any human body free from toxic substances is the base for absolute health and grants complete newness to the aura. Tangerine essential oil is also efficacious in treating severe coughs, asthma, spasmodic cholera, convulsions, muscular cramps, spasms, severe pain and other breathing problems.

Repairs and replenishes the skin cells:

The active components and cytophylactic properties of Tangerine oil, makes it valuable in treating damaged tissues in the body. It promotes cell division and creation of new skin cells. This oil also aids in rejuvenating the existing cells and cure all kind of damages in the cellular system. This is why Tangerine essential oil is known as woman-friendly oil for treating stretch marks in pregnant women and other marks or scars due to accidents, obesity, acne etc.

2. A natural antiseptic:

Tangerine is one such mild essential oil that can be directly applied on cuts, wounds, sores and burns. The natural antiseptic values of this oil helps fight against the most harmful Staphylococcus Aureus bacterium, which is said to be responsible for wounds and infections to turn septic and contagious.  Applying tangerine oil directly on the affected areas or a mix of few drops of this oil to your skin care lotions or cream is known to thwart the growth of bacteria, check swelling and redness of the skin and speed up the process of recovery.

3. In vaporizers and burners:

Tangerine essential oil can be used in aroma lamps, vaporizers, burners and diffusers to lessen stress, grant relaxation, alleviate depression, pacify the nervous system, induce peaceful sleep, appease the respiratory system and boost the digestive mechanism. The aromatic compounds of this oil enter the body through the nasal passages and reach the limbic system of the brain, which is said to control the functions of the body and influence your feelings, desires, emotions, creativity and other vital actions.

4. In bath tub:

Add 2 to 3 drops of Tangerine essential oil to your bath tub especially in the morning. This is because the revitalizing and encouraging aroma of this oil fosters your energy level, increases blood circulation, treats digestive problems, supports the functions of the nervous system and can give a great start to your day.

5. As a captivating perfume oil:

The fresh and energizing citrus aroma of Tangerine oil will be cheering and comforting to your mind and senses. You can add few drops of tangerine oil to your perfume, detergent or fabric conditioner, handkerchief, pillows etc to embrace your mind, body and spirit flawlessly. Inhaling the aroma of Tangerine essential oil augments your body’s potential to retain oxygen and stay fresh and keyed up all throughout the day.

Tangerine essential oil is also a natural tonic with antioxidant properties and can boost the immune power, making your body resistant against infections and illnesses.

Disclaimer:

Tangerine essential oil is safe on skin and is also recommended for children and pregnant women but is said to show photo toxicity effect in certain skin types. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids so consult your Ayurvedic practitioner before taking them internally or applying them directly on your skin.

The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) of Tangerine oil is readily available for your enhanced safety and better usage.

Gas Chromatography Report (GC analysis) of Tangerine oil.

Thought for the day:

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.   -Albert Einstein

Suggested Reading:

  1. Tangerine peel: An entry from Thomson Gale’s Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine by Peter Gregutt
  2. An Aromatic Life: Natural Lifestyles using Essential Oils by Jen Gallagher
  3. Treatment Alternatives For Children by Dr. Lawrence Rosen, Jeff Cohen
  4. Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine by Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korngold

Reference Links:

  1. Tangerine Peel by AltMD Smart Alternatives
  2. Tangerine Oil by Yoga Wiz.com
  3. Health Benefits of Tangerine Essential Oil by Organic Facts

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Cocoa Butter

 

Cocobutter-bannerBeyond being the base for tempting chocolate varieties across the world, Cocoa is the source of rich and nutrient vegetable fat known as Cocoa butter.

Cocoa and its resultant chocolates are known for enhancing the positive neurotransmitters in the brain and can make one happy and ecstatic at any given moment. The presence of chemical constituents like Tyramine and Anandamide are responsible for its euphoric benefits, where the word ‘Anandamide’ is extracted from the Sanskrit word ‘Ananda’, meaning bliss.

Frequently blended with Jojoba oil, Cocoa butter is used in Ayurvedic remedies for treating stretch marks, scars, sunburn, mature and dry skin conditions, and for discarding dead skin cells.

Standing tall as one among the key agricultural export commodities on the earth, Cocoa is the moral fiber for many countries in Africa, including Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

Joshua Needleman of Chocolate Springs Café rightly says, “Cocoa beans and their creation into chocolate have been prized for their health and wellness benefits for hundreds of years. There’s magic in this precious food: Chocolate is inspiration for the soul.”

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Historical uses and importance of Cocoa butter:

With its direct meaning as ‘Food of the Gods, the seeds from the Theobroma cacao L. tree of the Sterculiaceae plant family are called Cocoa beans. Tagged as the ‘Golden Pod’ for its elemental part in the economy of the Nation, Cocoa is the pampered child of the province of Ghana.

It has been a prized luxury that dates back 3000 years ago and were very common in the Aztec and the Mayan civilizations. They were and are famous for the very well known food produced in the food industry called ‘chocolate.’

The Mesoamerica and Caribbean have been the prominent sources of Cocoa beans for centuries and are claimed to be indigenous to South and Central America. They have been harvested and put to use extremely for its moisturizing effect on the skin, accounted to its emollient properties, with a smooth texture and mild fragrance.

Besides being used as food and medicine, the most interesting historical information about Cocoa beans is that it has been used as a form of currency since the primordial times. Even today, these brilliant cocoa beans are used as a currency type in certain parts of South America.

Cocoa also has extremely high hydrating properties, making it a major constituent in bath and body-care products, soaps and beauty brands. Cocoa butter is often found as a chunk or bar just as chocolate which is extracted from the cocoa bean. The raw or organic form of cocoa butter is extracted from pure cacao oil, and its color varies from cream to pale white when it’s a chunk.

Just as coconut oil, Cocoa butter is mostly a saturated fat. The concentration is seen in a quantity of 57% saturated to 64% unsaturated fat. This however may differ based on the kind of butter. There are different forms of cocoa butter, of which the raw or the unrefined Cocoa butter finds its place in the spot light. What makes it important?

During the process of manufacturing, the raw form of Cocoa butter isn’t heated to high temperatures making it the purest form of Cocoa butter available. For this reason during sale, this form of butter is labeled as ‘pure cocoa butter’ or ‘Raw Cocoa Butter’ which retain the compounds that are found in the Cocoa beans.

Manufacturing Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa butter is made by roasting fermented cocoa beans. Unlike other butters, cocoa butter is not separated from milk. After the butter is separated, the left over solids are used to make cocoa powder.

The butter is then further squeezed to release ‘chocolate liquor’; it is from this that the well known chocolate taste and smell is given out. To remove the fragrance of chocolate from the cocoa butter, industries deodorize the butter to create a yellow-beige colored butter that smells natural.

The cocoa butter produced is either consumed by the cosmetic industry, or the chocolate industry to make white and dark chocolates; the chocolate industry consumes the most cocoa butter in the world. The butter is known for being solid at room temperatures and melting at slightly higher temperatures (93–101 degrees F).

For this reason, cocoa butter is put to use in pharmaceuticals as it becomes liquid when ingested or rubbed against the skin as a lotion.

Chemical constituents of Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa contains theobromine, caffeine, anandamide, flavonoids, sulfur, proteins, magnesium, tryptophan and polyphenols including epicatechol. It also consists of numerous fatty acids like palmitic acid, myristic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid, arachidic acid, lauric acid, linoleic acid, glycerides and stigmasterol.

Therapeutic attributes of Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa contains high levels of anti-oxidants, as they contain polyphenol and flavonoids. Cocoa beans are said to contain polyphenols. The butter extracted from these beans retains a limited amount of polyphenols which help lower inflammation, improve immunity, and perk up heart health.

Cocoa butter exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, cytotoxic, nutritive, antiseptic, bactericidal, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, diuretic, nervine, aphrodisiac, stimulant, nervine and anti-oxidant properties.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Cocoa butter:

Cocoa butter is often said to pacify the kapha energy and aggravate pitta and vata doshas. Being an excellent relaxing agent for the muscles, Cocoa is a promising gift of nature for enhancing the natural energy quotient of the system.

David Wolfe and Shazzie quotes, “The pharmacological effects of Anandamide indicate that it may play an important part in the regulation of mood, memory, appetite, and pain perception. It may act as the chief component in the control of cognition and emotion. Psychological experiments demonstrate that Anandamide may be as important as the more well-known neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.”

This is quoted in the book ‘The Everything Guide to Ayurveda: Improve Your Health, Develop Your Inner Energy, and Find Balance in Your Life.’

There are potent scientific proofs associated with the positive effects of Cocoa butter in treating mood fluctuations, regulating one’s appetite and in granting the ultimate elevated feeling of the mind and spirit.

Ayurvedic texts state that the famous Asthma drug, Deriphyllin contains theophyline, which is an effective bronchodilator and is extracted from Theobroma cacao.

Let’s unveil the Ayurvedic health benefits of Cocoa butter:

Cocobutte-broucherNon-toxic, edible cocoa butter is said to have several uses to it. It finds most of its applications in terms of beauty and is constantly put to use for hair and skin. Regular use of cocoa butter on the skin can make it a lot softer and smoother. It can help reduce effects caused by eczema and dermatitis, treat chaffed lips, dry skin, and dry brittle hair, reduce stretch marks, and get rid of scars as well.

1. Supports in treating aging skin problems:

The major cause for the early signs of aging is the infestation of harmful free radicals that curb the growth of healthy cellular structure. It might cause wrinkles, dark patches, crow’s foot, dull, dehydrated and mature skin conditions

Polyphenols seen in cocoa butter have been witnessed by proven studies in relation to anti-aging reaction. They also help treat dermatitis, and serve as anti-oxidants and an excellent natural topical cream.

They have extremely beneficial effects on the skin and improve skin health by increasing collagen retention and production, improve skin tone, skin elasticity and hydration. Cocoa butter has the tendency to penetrate epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and the dermis (inner layer of the skin) and starts restoring the repaired skin cells.

The polyphenols are also said to resist cell mutation, skin sensitivities, and degeneration of skin and even prevent cancer. When compared with beauty products available in the industry, both showed positive results, but cocoa was able to achieve the same quality without the irritant chemical effects caused by other artificial products.

A 2014 study was conducted on ‘Cocoa Bio-active Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health published in Nutrients and PubMed’ to understand the effect of polyphenol in cocoa butter in relation to the aging process.

Signs of skin aging though related to internal biological causes, some are related to external effects, such as pollution and UV rays.

During the process, the anti-photo carcinogenic effects of the polyphenols present in the plant were tested. The results suggested that polyphenols exhibited antioxidant properties, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and DNA repair properties.

This study further adds that cocoa, which is rich in flavanol enhances the dermal blood flow, augments photo-protection and support healthy skin.

The effects were positive and promising, suggesting that regular usage of naturally occurring polyphenols, can serve as protection towards the skin in relation to UV rays and photo aging.

2. Fights against skin infections:

Cocoa butter can be used to treat eczema, dermatitis, rashes and even on burnt skin. Rubbing a small portion of the butter on the burnt area can minimize the burnt effect on the skin, but caution should be taken to check the purity of the butter making sure it doesn’t contain alcohol, or perfumes or any other additives that might worsen the existing skin condition. The butter can also be mixed with 2 Tea tree oil or Lavender oil can help in promoting the soothing effecting on burnt and sensitive skin.

3. Acts as a natural protecting agent for skin and lips:

Cocoa butter has been commonly used on the lips as lip balms. It is mixed with orange, vanilla, grapefruit, and peppermint oil to make favored balms for lips and to treat delicate skin. It is a natural emollient and can be used as an extra layer to avoid sun damage, frost bite and even fight against indoor heat.

Cocoa butter can also be applied to mouth ulcers and sores on the lip to sooth them. It is also used as a shaving cream and as a relaxing after-shave cream. It can be applied to help prevent nicks while shaving and to moisturize the skin after. Applying a portion of cocoa butter after a warm shower can help in maintaining healthy skin. Since the hot water opens up the pores and make it easier to absorb the butter.

4. Shores up the functions of a healthy heart:

Saturated fat once considered as the devil in disguise for heart related issues has now been considered with a smile when extracted from plants. Scientists have actually taken a detour on that theory, as it has been related to reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues.

The polyphenolic components in the butter favor the reduction of inflammatory markers that lead to hardening of the arteries otherwise called as atherosclerosis; thereby attributing the butter as an anti-inflammatory agent.

It is also associated with increased lipid metabolism, reducing the occurrences of heart attacks. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in November 2009, cocoa given to 47 patients with the risk of heart disease showed remarkable cardiovascular benefits.

It evidenced improved signs such as reduction in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, improved blood clotting, insulin sensitivity, coronary artery function, and increased HDL cholesterol levels.

Jillian Sarno Teta, a physician specialized in Neuro Cranial Restructuring along with Keoni Teta, a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist talks about the work of Norman K. Hollenberg and his colleagues of Harvard Medical School on the Kuna tribe of San Blas, off the coast of Panama.

They quote, “It has been found that the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke – four of the most common killers today, are almost nonexistent in these people. As part of living by their traditional ways, they drink an average of 5 cups of cacao per day, making them the world-record holders of a flavonoid rich diet.”

5. Enhances the natural immunity of the system:

Cocoa butter when replaced with vegetable oils help boost the system through their antioxidant properties. They help boost the immune system by eliminating DNA damage, inflammation, reduce risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, fatigue and cellular mutations.

Cocoa butter also helps boost the body and brain by creating a hormonal balance, thereby acting as a total immune system booster. These effects on the body help relieve stress as well.

Greet and treat your body with the luxurious Cocoa butter retreat in the weekend, for enjoying the never before freshness, suppleness and enhanced wellness in the week ahead.

Blend 5 drops of Geranium oil with 5 drops of Ylang Ylang oil, 5 drops of Lemon oil and 5 drops of Jojoba oil with 2 ounce of Cocoa butter and gently massage your system and leave it aside for an hour.

The rejuvenating, revivifying, detoxifying, moisturizing, nourishing, uplifting and skin and hair-friendly properties of this blend is just more than enough for elevating and recharging your beauty, sensual and emotional quotient every week on and again.

You are what you eat is a popular adage. Always ensure that you take up a healthy and nutritious diet with fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, pulses and grains along with sufficient water for staying hydrated always.

Soaps, lotions and other skin care products with natural ingredients like Cocoa butter and organic essential oils penetrate through the skin and back up your health and beauty regimen!!!!

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Storage of Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa butter has the capability of remaining solid even at room temperatures. It also doesn’t get rancid as it contains anti-oxidants and hence can be stored for a period of 2-5 years.

How to Use Cocoa Butter:

It is very simple and a lot similar to using other butters. Jut shave or cut a piece of butter from the cube, and gently massage it into the skin. The temperature from the body and the friction would melt the butter naturally.

Another way to do it would be taking in the desired amount of butter and melting it in a hot tub of water and apply as you bathe. Some have faced issues related to melting the butter, and have found melting the same in a bowl dipped in hot water easier. Unlike other butters, cocoa butter is easily absorbed by the skin leaving the skin hydrated and less oily.

Disclaimer:

This information is meant only for educational purposes. Please do not use it as a means for diagnosing or preventing any health condition. Never use it as a substitute for professional medical advice or prescription drugs. We are not healthcare practitioners and this information is shared only with the notion of bringing Ayurvedic healing wisdom under limelight.

Organic butters and essential oils are meant only for topical application and not for ingestion. Consult your Ayurvedic professional/ healthcare expert ahead of picking the perfect essential oils or organic butters for your prakriti or unique individual constitution along with your state of health.

Thought for the day:

Seeds and nuts are indispensable for cardiovascular health. The protective properties of nuts against coronary heart disease were first recognized in the early 1990s, and a strong body of literature has followed, confirming these original findings.

-Joel Fuhrman.

Suggested Reading:

  1. The Miracle of Nuts, Seeds and Grains: The Scientific Facts about Nutritional Properties and Medicinal Values of Nuts, Seeds and Grains by Dr. Bahram Tadayyon
  2. Theobroma Cacao, Or Cocoa: Its Botany, Cultivation, Chemistry And Diseases by Herbert Wright
  3. Superfoods for Life, Cacao: – Improve Heart Health – Boost Your Brain Power – Decrease Stress Hormones and Chronic Fatigue – 75 Delicious Recipes – by Matthew Ruscigno
  4. The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World by W. E. B Du Bois
  5. The Chocolate-Plant (Theobroma Cacao) and Its Products by Walter Baker and Company

Reference Links:

  1. Cocoa butter by Wikipedia
  2. Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health published in Nutrients and PubMed
  3. Theobroma Cacao: A Taste of the Fountain of Youth by Keoni Teta and Jillian Sarno Teta published in the online community of All Things Healing
  4. Physical and Chemical information on Cocoa beans, butter, mass and powder by the International Cocoa Organization
  5. Cocoa and chocolate flavonoids: implications for cardiovascular health by Steinberg FM, Bearden MM, Keen CL, Department of Nutrition, University of California, published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association

Evening Primrose Oil

 

Evening-primrose-banenrEvening primrose is known to the world as an imperial medication for the Kings and Queens and for which it was called as ‘King’s Cure All’. The fresh flowers, seeds, leaves, roots and its essential oil were used in the treatment of impotence, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatism, diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and menopausal problems.

Called in Ayurveda as Medhya – tonic for the brain, Hrdaya – heart tonic, Artavashamana – regularizes menstruation; Evening primrose and its essential oil have been used for its effectiveness in treating artava or the female reproductive tissues, rakta or the blood channels, prana or the respiratory passages and majja or the nervous system.

This noble medication is prescribed in the treatment of PMS, menopausal problems, acne, poor memory, PCOS, loss of libido, asthma, atopic eczema and diabetes.

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Historical uses and importance of Evening Primrose Oil:

Botanically called as Oenothera biennis, Evening primrose is indigenous to America and is a part of the Onagraceae plant family. This plant sings its glory of owning the large cup shaped, bright yellow flowers for which it is called as Sundrop.

Evening primrose is called as night candle or nachtkerz in Germany. These aromatic flowers bloom generally during the dusk or during cloudy days to invite insects for pollination. It is also called as Night willow herb, Fever plant, German rampion and large rampion.

The Native American populace used poultices made with the leaves, roots and seeds of this plant for treating sore throats, wounds, hemorrhoids, bruises and gastrointestinal problems.

The Cherokees treated obesity with leaves infusion and the Ojibura ethnic group treated cuts and bruises by applying the plant paste externally. Certain other American tribes also ate the boiled roots of this plant as their staple food.

Pliny the Elder, Roman Natural Philosopher quotes Evening Primrose as “it is an herbe good as wine to make the heart merrie. It groweth with leaves resembling those of the almond tree and beareth flowers like unto roses, of such virtue is this herbe that if it be given to drink to the wildest beast that is, it will take the same and make it gentle”.

Evening Primrose plant plays a prominent role in the Greek mythology, where Theophrastus, the Greek philosopher named this plant as Oenothera, where ‘oinos’ means wine and ‘thera’ means hunt. The meaning of its name indicates its use potent to influence wine craving and to chase away the effects of overindulgence.

Since the early 1930s, Evening primrose and the essential oil extracted from the seeds of this plant were used for numerous medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, eczema, hair loss and osteoporosis.

Chemical constituents and remedial properties of Evening Primrose oil:

The major therapeutic properties of Evening primrose oil are expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antihistamine, anticoagulant, immune-stimulant, bronchodilator, astringent, vulnerary, antispasmodic, vasodilator, sedative, demulcent, hormone regulator and analgesic.

The chemical components contributing to its therapeutic properties are essential fatty acids including omega 6 fatty acids like linoleic acid, gamma-linoleic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and pain-relieving components like phenylalanine.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Evening Primrose oil:

Evening primrose oil has refreshing and wholesome benefits to the system and has positive effects on the plasma, nervous, blood and female reproductive tissues. Ayurveda beckons Evening primrose oil as a Rasayana, means rejuvenative oil that augments immune power and ojas or the life essence.

Have you ever watched what had happened when you say that you are taking an Ayurvedic treatment? If your answer is no, then watch your friends or peer’s reaction the next time you utter this statement. They would certainly be in awe! And would definitely think that you are closer to Nature and its ability to heal you securely. That is the magic of Ayurveda and its holistic healing techniques.

Ayurveda might look as a complex terminology but understanding its healing essence is as easy as falling off a log. The word ‘Ayurveda – Ayur (Life) + Veda (Knowledge)’ simply means ‘knowledge of life’.

Knowing how to lead a simple and disciplined living with nutritious diet, easy physical exercises, meditation, fulfilling your duties to your family and to the society, prayers along with a feeling of absolute gratification is all about Ayurveda.

Ayurveda treats the individual and not his or her disease. The nobleness of this ancient remedy is that it attempts to identify and treat the root cause of an illness instead of the symptoms alone.

Diagnosing the root cause of an individual’s illness based on his/ her unique individual constitution or biological forces known as doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), helps Ayurvedic philosophy in treating and preventing a disease and moving progressively towards healthy aging and longevity.

Ayurvedic medications like herbs, essential oils, yoga, meditation, Pranayama (balanced breathing), Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detox techniques), Abhyanga or Ayurvedic massaging, Dinacharya or Ayurvedic routine are prescribed to treat the doshic imbalances, which are often the reason behind any health condition.

Evening primrose oil treats health disorders associated with vata and pitta vitiations with its power to pacify excess of vata and pitta energies. This attribute make this oil effective in treating inflammatory skin conditions, hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause, improper blood circulation, autoimmune disorders, irregular menstruation, nervous disorders, acne, rheumatic problems, asthma, chronic fatigue, dermatitis, Alzheimer’s disease and many other problems.

The major Ayurvedic health benefits of Evening primrose oil are:

Evening primrose broucher1. Boon for women in treating PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, menopause and menstrual mayhems:

Menstruation is indeed a blessing in disguise, as all the best things in the world happen only after pain. Wondering on what am I blabbering? There is no foolishness in my statement. Regular menses is often a symbol of perfect health and absolute hormonal balances in a female.

Menstruation is ‘Mother Nature’s Natural Cleansing Gift’ showered on women. This is because your periods aids in releasing the excess iron content that might otherwise feed the free radicals that contribute to cardiovascular diseases, strokes and cancerous growths. It also discards microbes in the reproductive system.

Women age more slowly than men because menstruation causes iron loss. Iron feeds free radicals, which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. Losing iron via blood can lengthen lifespan – which may be one of the reasons women live longer than men”, says Dr. Thomas Perls, Chief longevity expert in U.S.

Hey!!! This topic is about the effectiveness of Evening Primrose oil on menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). And I’m talking about the healthy benefits of menstruation?????

Please wait before you take any calls on my mental wellness. I’m absolutely alright. The trust that ‘a pain or a difficulty is just mending our mayhems’ would contribute significantly in secreting the positive hormones in your system and that is the secret behind the success of the ‘Law of acceptance’, instead of the hazardous negativity arising due to the cursing of a particular condition.

Experts state that PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, dysmennorhea, amenorrhea, menopausal symptoms and other problems associated with the female reproductive system are often due to the hormonal imbalances.

Dr. Booth says, “While most women associate premenstrual syndrome or PMS with their hormones, it’s actually the absence of hormones during this period (a few days before menstruation) that leaves them feeling less than ideal.”

Women around the world take Evening Primrose Oil to naturally treat PMS symptoms and PCOS because of its rich essential fatty acid content. Getting enough Omega-6 fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and gamma linoleic acid, is shown to support overall hormonal function within the body”, says Dr. Axe

He also adds, “Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may be one of the most complex and common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. PCOS impacts fertility and has serious health implications as well, especially when left untreated. Some symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycle, absent period, obesity, acne, balding, excessive menstrual bleeding and ovary cysts.”

Essential fatty acids generate a healthy setting for natural conception, especially in case of PCOS that obstructs conception process. Evening primrose oil aids in augmenting cervical mucus (little or no cervical fluid makes it difficult for the sperm to swim through the cervix for fusing with the egg) and metabolic functions, paving way to successful reproduction rate.

Evening Primrose oil is effective in beating the negative effects of PCOS and supports fertility by facilitating the production and synthesis of prostaglandins, which aids in controlling the functions of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and direct proper cellular growth.

Massaging your lower abdomen, thighs and lower back with 2 ounce of Evening Primrose oil and 5 drops of Thyme oil can help in balancing the secretion of hormones responsible for pain, fatigue, irregular or blocked menstruation. It can also help in treating mood fluctuations, hot flushes, headache, irritability and other menopausal symptoms.

Research studies also state that Evening Primrose oil has positive effects in dealing with depression, swelling, bloating, pain, irritation and anxiety associated with PMS.

Practicing Pranayama or balanced breathing technique with 5 drops of Evening primrose oil added to vaporizer can help in eliminating toxic remains and negative emotions through exhalation.

Meditation or prayer along with the inhalation of 5 drops of Evening primrose oil in burner or diffuser can help in enhancing cortisol levels secreted by your adrenal glands. This hormone is responsible for the fight-or-flight response in case of stress, depression or threats related to menopause, PCOS and painful menstruation.

Evening primrose oil is also used for inducing labor pain and for supporting in childbirth naturally by augmenting the cervix mucus or cervix fluids.

2. Natural remedy for various skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis:

Acne is a burning problem, especially for all those beauty conscious younger populace out there. Pimples, blackheads and other skin conditions associated with acne are again due to hormonal fluctuations and due to the buildup of toxic remains in the system.

The presence of Omega-6 fatty acids in Evening primrose oil can assist you in controlling the level of hormones responsible for acne and other skin conditions. Dabbing your skin with 5 drops of Evening primrose oil and 5 drops of Jojoba oil can help in enhancing the cellular structure, functions of the sebaceous glands, elasticity of your skin and its potent to repair scars by tissue regeneration.

Psoriasis occurs mainly when the cells reproduce rapidly. This often results in generation of inflamed skin patches inside and pale white scales outside. Psoriasis is again a hormonal problem assisted with following an unhealthy diet and complexities in digesting proteins. The essential fatty acid content in Evening primrose oil enhances metabolic functions and supports balance of hormone levels.

Many studies confirm that Evening primrose oil is effective in treating redness, itching, edema, inflammation and other symptoms of eczema with the presence of GLA or gamma-linoleic acid. You can add 5 drops of Evening primrose oil in steam inhalation, salves, face wash or bathing water to help in the treatment of such skin conditions.

3. Relieves rheumatism, arthritis and osteoporosis:

Rheumatic problems, arthritis and osteoporosis are often linked to the amassing of toxic substances like uric acid, salts, fat deposits in the system; leading to inflammation of joints, soreness, redness, itching, irritation and pain in the hands and legs.

Ayurvedic philosophy states that about 70 percent of toxins are expelled only through slow and steady exhalation. Here comes the significance of practicing Pranayama along with the inhalation of the therapeutic aroma of Evening primrose oil.

While inhaling during Pranayama, the remedial aromatic molecules pass through the nasal passage and reach the limbic system, which is the brain’s control center. It passes appropriate commands to all parts of the body and aids in discarding toxic substances through slow and conscious exhalation.

You can also massage the affected parts with 2 ounce of Evening primrose oil and 5 drops of Wintergreen essential oil for eliminating impediments in the blood, enhancing blood circulation and alleviating pain, morning stiffness and irritation by penetrating into the skin surface deeply.

Certain studies state that Evening primrose oil along with fish oil used by older people has shown significant improvement in bone density and decrease in bone loss.

4. Controls hair loss:

Hair fall or excess loss of hair may end up in balding. It is again a result of poor diet, exposure to excessive pollution, heat and hormonal problems, of course.

Massaging your scalp and hair with 5 ounce of Evening primrose oil along with 5 drops of Rosemary oil and 5 drops of Lemongrass oil can help in strengthening the hair follicles, moisturizing the scalp and reducing itching and scaly flakes on the scalp with the presence of omega-6 fatty acids.

5. Helps quit alcohol addiction:

Gamma-linoleic acid aids in stimulating the brain to secrete prostaglandin E, which can help in bringing more self-control and self-confidence to support withdrawal challenges.

Evening primrose oil has been recommended by Traditional and Alternative medicine practitioners for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, alcoholism, emotional repression, feelings of rejection, negative emotions, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and certain other psychological problems.

Meditating and practicing Pranayama in the early hours of the day, especially during 4 am to 6 am in the morning along with inhaling the energizing aroma of 5 drops of Evening primrose oil and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang oil can support in instilling self-confidence, self-esteem, self-love and self-control that might help you greatly in quitting alcohol, smoking or other bad habits that might otherwise deteriorate your health or your dreams.

Other health benefits:

Evening primrose oil is also used in the traditional treatment of multiple sclerosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Sjogren’s syndrome, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis and certain other health conditions.

No matter whether you are the President or a peasant, let’s be grateful for all the health that we are being blessed with today rather than crying over the spilt milk tomorrow.

Disclaimer:

This post is meant only for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose or substitute professional medical advice or prescription medicines. We at Essential Depot are not healthcare professionals and this information is brought to your attention to bring the greatness of Ayurveda, the Mother of all healing sciences under limelight.

Please do not take essential oils internally and it is always recommended only for topical uses. This is mainly due to the fact that 100 percent pure and organic essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and may cause allergic reactions, if swallowed or used on the skin directly without dilution.

Always speak with your Ayurvedic expert or healthcare practitioner before choosing the precise essential oils for your unique individual constitution and state of health. Please consult your doctor before using Evening Primrose oil on children, nursing or pregnant women.

Thought for the day:

“Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint, / And sweet thyme true, / Primrose, first born child of Ver, / Merry Spring-time’s harbinger.

-Francis Beaumont

Suggested Reading:

  1. Evening Primrose Oil: Discover the Healing Properties of This Natural Oil
    by KATHRYN MARSDEN
  2. Evening Primrose Oil by Judy Graham
  3. Natural Mothering: A Guide to Holistic Therapies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood by Nicky Wesson
  4. Evening Primrose Oil (Natural Health Guide) (Alive Natural Health Guides)
    by Nancy L. Morse
  5. Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness by Tori Hudson

Reference Links:

  1. Oenothera by Wikipedia
  2. Evening Primrose Oil Reduces PMS Pain & Increases Fertility by Dr. Josh Axe, Food Is Medicine
  3. Evening Primrose Oil: Uses, Benefits and Side Effects by Medical News Today
  4. Evening Primrose Oil Benefits Fertility and Treats Heart Disease and Arthritis by Dr. Melanie Grimes For Natural News.com

Tarragon Essential Oil

 

Tarragon-bannerTarragon, indeed the ‘Little Dragon’, acts powerfully against a range of illnesses and this may be the reason behind this plant being called as the ‘King of herbs’ in France. It is botanically known as Artemisia dracunculus, where the Latin word Dracunculus means ‘Little Dragon’.

Ayurveda, the historic science of holistic healing is trusted to be in practice for more than 5000 years and is rightly called as the ‘Mother of all healing sciences’ for its astounding remedial practices.

The ultimate beauty of Ayurvedic treatment lies in the use of natural remedies like herbs and the essential oils extracted from those herbs. Tarragon essential oil has been used in Ayurvedic healing methodology for empowering the mind and strengthening the nervous system.

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Historical uses of tarragon:

Tarragon and the essential oil extracted from its leaves have a long history and has its name etched in the medieval scripts as a potential therapeutic means. The ancient Greeks used this herb to get instant relief from toothache.

Traditional Chinese medicine used Tarragon for its antispasmodic, antiviral and antibacterial properties, believed to treat epilepsy, parasitic infections, arthritis, anorexia, sciatica, urinary infections and gastrointestinal problems. This herb was also used as an appetite stimulant and as an anticonvulsant by the prehistoric Iranian medical practitioners.

Ayurvedic texts talk about the use of Tarragon oil for treating insomnia, digestive disorders, hyperactivity and problems of the immune system. The Western herbal world suggests that Tarragon is effective in handling menopausal hot flashes and glucose levels in blood.

Primeval Asians used this herb as a potential natural remedy for treating dyspepsia in infants. The conventional French community trusted Tarragon tea to alleviate learning disorders and sleeping problems. It was also used as an antidote for treating venomous bites.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Tarragon essential oil:

With its spicy, sweet-anisic, herby and somewhat celery-like aroma, tarragon essential oil becomes vital in the Ayurvedic healing system that uses aromatics to cure the human mind and body. Ayurveda has classified human body based on three doshas or individual body types, namely vata, pitta and kapha.

Based upon this principle, every person is made up of a combination of these three doshas where one dosha stays predominant. This predominant body type determines an individual’s character, personality, likes and dislikes and physical characteristics. Ayurveda says that a person is said to be healthy when there is a balance between these three doshas and imbalance of which causes illnesses.

According to this principle, the heating and drying energies of Tarragon essential oil are considered as one of the magnificent oils for supporting vata conditions like constipation, bloating, irregular menstruation and improper blood circulation.

The sweet fragrance and the harmonizing effect of this oil make it a suitable application for all the three doshas. In Ayurvedic energetics, tarragon oil is regarded as a neutral oil which is neither wet nor dry.

Let’s have a look at the prominent health benefits of Tarragon essential oil.

Tarragon-broucher1. Backs arthritis and rheumatic disorders:

Vata is a major energy element among the three dosha types and it represents air. It regulates metabolism, circulation, functions of the nervous system, respiration, excretion and functioning of the human brain. Improper blood circulation and toxic accumulation in the body are the two major reasons behind arthritis and rheumatism.

Gently massaging your body with 3 to 4 drops of tarragon essential oil blended with mild carrier oils like coconut oil gives warmth to your body and aids in controlling vata imbalances like poor blood circulation, while promoting the discharge of toxic accumulations through urine with its diuretic properties.

You can also use Tarragon essential oil as a warm compress or add few drops to your bath tub for treating pain and inflammation associated with rheumatism.

2. Supports the digestive system:

Tarragon essential oil has been used by various primordial groups as an effective digestive aid mainly because of its vermifuge, carminative, stomachic, stimulant, digestive and aperitif properties. Major digestive problems like constipation, gout, flatulence, sluggish digestion, intestinal gas and few more occur mostly due to excess or insufficient vata in the body.

As tarragon essential oil has been proven effective in regulating vata imbalances, it is a perfect remedy for soothing the digestive system and increasing the appetite by promoting the secretion of digestive juices like bile and other digestive acids.

This aids in speeding up the process of digestion and treats constipation, sluggishness and formation of intestinal gas. Using tarragon oil as a massage oil (as a tummy rub) or in a hot compress or diluting few drops of this oil in your bathing water is said to support your digestive system and kill intestinal worms like hook worms and round worms.

3. Natural antibiotic:

Fresh leaves of Tarragon herb and the essential oil extracted from those leaves are said to contain eugenol compound. This compound is responsible for the antibacterial properties and is popularly known as an anesthetic with pain suppressing qualities.

It is the presence of the same eugenol compound that makes clove oil as a trusted remedy for toothache. The Wright State University website says that the eugenol compound inhibits the sensory receptors that are responsible for causing pain. Add 1 or 2 drops of tarragon oil to a cup of warm water and use it as a gargle for alleviating your toothache.

A research published in the Iranian Journal of Microbiology on the anti-bacterial activity of Tarragon essential oil proved that “Tarragon essential oil has an antibacterial effect on two important pathogen bacteria (S. aureus and E. coli) and can be applied as a natural preservative in food such as cheese”.

4. Proven antioxidant:

Dr. Jean Valnet talks about the effectiveness of using Tarragon essential oil for treating malignant problems like cancers and tumors. This is attributed to the anti-oxidant properties of Tarragon.

A study on the ‘Antioxidant activity of the essential oil of Artemisia drancunculus’ published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proved that Tarragon essential oil have antioxidant properties that aids in fighting against the free radicals that are often responsible for cataract and certain types of cancer. It is also said that Tarragon herb can assist in slowing down or preventing process of oxidation, which causes cataracts.

Apart from these health benefits, tarragon essential oil is also used as an effective emmenagogue in regulating blocked menstruation, treating abdominal pains, strengthening the immune system, inhibiting microbes causing body odor and for stimulating the entire system with the presence of vitamins and certain other phytonutrients. It is also used as a flavoring ingredient in many food varieties and as a fragrance component in perfumes, soaps and certain cosmetics.

Disclaimer:

This is only for your information and not for any medical administration. Do not take essential oils internally as it may cause serious illnesses. Always remember to use essential oils topically after diluting it in appropriate carrier oils. Avoid using Tarragon essential oil for children below 2 years and for pregnant women.

Thought for the day:

There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.Calvin Coolidge

Suggested Reading:

  1. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing by Dr. Light Miller, Dr. Bryan Miller
  2. Artemisia (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles) by Colin W. Wright
  3. The New Healing Herbs: The Essential Guide to More Than 125 of Nature’s Most Potent Herbal Remedies by Michael Castleman

Reference Links:

  1. Historical Uses of Tarragon by Natural Standard, the authority on Integrative medicine
  2. Essential oil of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) antibacterial activity on Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli in culture media and Iranian white cheese by Iranian Journal of Microbiology
  3. Health Benefits Of Tarragon Essential Oil by Organic Facts

Thyme Essential Oil

 

Fall in love with Thyme essential oil if you love Mother Nature and trust its innate wisdom of healing. Thyme is such a galvanizing herb and has its use etched in the history of various parts of the universe. When I started with this post, I was just hit with an important term that Thyme is often referred to and that is ‘Mother of Thyme’.Thyme-oil-bannerThis phrase brings out the significance of Thyme in both the conventional and contemporary medicinal practices, chiefly for addressing gynecological problems. Greeks named this plant as thyme meaning ‘to fumigate’, mainly because of its invigorating aroma and it is also said that this name is extracted from the Greek word ‘thumus’ denoting courage.

Apart from its use as a culinary herb, thyme and its essential oil has been in use for more than thousands of years, where the ancient Ayurvedic philosophers explored every essence of this powerful herb in treating an extensive range of illnesses naturally.

Saints, warriors and scholars of the prehistoric period valued Thyme for its power to grant physical endurance and valor along with emotional and spiritual insight to pursue their life’s vision perfectly.

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Historical Uses of Thyme and its essential oil:

History has a cluster of pages talking about the curative powers of Thyme. Almost all the continents of this world from Antarctica to Australia have used thyme for its impressive medicinal values.

Ayurveda, the science of life suggested the use of thyme for its expectorant, astringent, anti-microbial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. The ancient texts of Ayurveda suggests thyme for treating respiratory problems, headaches, halitosis, spasms, colic, dental disorders, gastrointestinal problems and few others.

Ebers Papyrus, the oldest Egyptian medical text which dates back to 1550 BC has recorded the healing values of thyme. The ancient Greeks offered thyme as a sacred herb to Adephaghia, the Greek Goddess of food and good eating.

Thyme was also burnt in Greek temples for sanctifying and purifying the environment. According to Greeks, thyme signified ‘graceful elegance’ and represented bravery, heroism and energy.

Bible honors thyme as the lining for the manger, which was the bed of Jesus Christ at the time of birth. European Pharmacopeia recommends the use of this herb for healing upper respiratory congestion and coughs.

Africans use thyme for its tranquilizing properties. It was in use in traditional Jamaican medicinal system to induce labor and support child birth, attributed to the emmenagogue properties of thyme. In southern France, thyme was honored as a sign of extreme Republicanism.

Nicholas Culpeper, the renowned English Botanist recommended thyme for treating musculoskeletal problems, warts, ophthalmic problems and certain other illnesses. He said Thyme isa noble strengthener of the lungs, as notable a one as grows, nor is there a better remedy growing for whooping cough.

It purges the body of phlegm and is an excellent remedy for shortness of breath. It is so harmless you need not fear the use of it. An ointment made of it takes away hot swellings and warts, helps the sciatica and dullness of sight and takes away any pains and hardness of the spleen: it is excellent for those that are troubled with the gout and the herb taken anyway inwardly is of great comfort to the stomach.”

The primeval Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians have used thyme before 5,000 years and the traditional food known as Zaatar in the Middle East countries contains thyme and is popular for its curative values.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Thyme essential oil:

Ayurveda, the oldest of all healing sciences on earth trusts on natural herbs including aromatic plants for healing human health conditions. It is known for its use of aromatics in treating numerous illnesses ranging from insomnia to bipolar disorders.

This healing power by using aroma is connected to the limbic system, which is known as the ‘center of control’ of the human brain. Another celebrated Ayurvedic therapy of healing is Abhyanga, the art of Ayurvedic massaging.

Ayurvedic texts strongly recommend massaging with therapeutic essential oils for relaxing the mind, strengthening the immune system and helping the system to strike perfect balance with nature.

Essential oils are extracted from plants. They are pure, free of chemicals, highly concentrated and contain the real essence of the plants from which they are extracted. Thyme essential oil is extracted from thyme herb, botanically known as Thymus vulgaris. The most significant constituent of thyme essential oil contributing to its healing properties is thymol.

The major Ayurvedic health benefits of thyme essential oil are:

Thyme-oil-broucher1. Time-honored emmenagogue:

The oil of thyme is regarded as a natural remedy for handling womanly problems in a gentle manner. Historical references report the use of thyme for inducing labor, encouraging easy child birth, irregular periods, obstructed menstruation, treating pains, depression, fatigue and nausea associated with menstruation. This is mainly because thyme oil stimulates the production of estrogen hormones in women, which is responsible for reproductive health.

Massaging a blend of 3 drops of thyme oil with 2 teaspoons of sesame oil gently on the abdominal area can grant relief from severe pain and foster blocked menstruation. 2 drops of Thyme oil can also be added to your bathing water for giving a refreshing start to the day and for alleviating fatigue. It can also be used in your diffuser for soothing your senses especially during the night time for a peaceful and relaxed sleep.

2. Overcomes oral problems:

Ayurvedic Vaidyas strongly recommended thyme oil for treating oral problems like bad breath or halitosis, gingivitis, plaque and tooth decay. Thyme essential oil is known as a powerful germ-killer with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This is the main reason for the use of thyme oil in many popular mouthwashes like Listerine and certain other oral cleansers.

Thymol, the active constituent in thyme oil along with chlorhexidine is used as a dental varnish for treating and preventing tooth decay. Thyme oil is an important ingredient in popular toothpaste and liniment brands in the market for these special reasons. Adding 1 drop of thyme oil to a cup of warm water can serve as an effective mouth gargle in the morning for treating oral problems.

3. Absolutely skin-friendly:

The presence of caryophyllene and camphene components in Thyme essential oil contributes to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It helps in protecting the skin from harmful bacterial and fungal infections while effectively aiding in healing burns, wounds, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes, cuts and sores. Thyme essential oil helps in keeping the skin free from marks, wrinkles and certain other symptoms of aging.

Scars and marks after surgeries, accidents, acne, chicken pox, measles and even stretch marks fade on eventual cosmetic application of thyme oil on the affected areas after blending it with mild carrier oils like almond oil. You can add few drops of thyme oil to your regular face wash for better results as thyme oil has excellent skin-cleansing properties.

4. Guards the respiratory system:

Thyme essential oil protects the respiratory system from various infections and is a trusted Ayurvedic remedy for treating prolonged coughs and cold. The essential oil of thyme acts as a powerful cough suppressant by checking the coughing spasms.

The presence of thymol strengthens the immune system and makes the body defensive against respiratory infections. The warming nature of this oil helps in clearing congestion and breaking up mucous and phlegm. 2 drops of thyme oil added to hot water for steam inhalation can open blocked nasal passages and soothe the respiratory system.

5. Natural stimulant:

It stimulates the functions of the liver and digestive system. Thyme essential oil acts as a tonic for the liver, nervous system, circulatory system and muscular system. This oil assists in treating dyspepsia, gastric formation, heartburn, stomach upset, cramps, nausea, headache and lack of sleep associated with digestive disorders. Intestinal worms like tapeworms, hook worms and round worms can also be discarded with the vermifuge properties of thyme oil.

6. Alleviates pain and inflammation:

Just like Eucalyptus oil, thyme oil is also an effective pain relieving oil by suppressing the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. A 2012 study on ‘Effects of Thymol and Carvacrol, Constituents of Thymus vulgaris L. Essential Oil, on the Inflammatory Response’ proved that the anti-inflammatory property of thyme oil is attributed to the rich presence of monoterpene phenols like thymol and carvacrol constituents present in this oil. This makes thyme as an effective pain relieving massage oil in alleviating rheumatic pains, muscular aches, bruises, nerve stimulation, migraine headaches and skin inflammation.

7. Supports the entire system:

Thyme essential oil supports the entire body from head to toe and it is proven effective in treating hair loss, head lice, swelling, throat pain, sciatica, low blood pressure, convulsions, colic, bed-wetting, gout, diarrhea, athlete’s foot etc. This oil is also said to have antioxidant and antiviral properties.

It acts as an effective diuretic and helps in alleviating the toxins from the body through urine. Thyme essential oil is extremely beneficial for the heart as it fortifies the cardiac muscles and enhances blood circulation. Inhaling the aroma of thyme essential oil stimulates the mind, improves concentration and uplifts the spirit.

And now, you would have realized why I wanted you to fall in love with Thyme essential oil. Let me start. Thyme…. I love you.

Disclaimer: Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children below 2 years should not use this oil. Do not ingest essential oils as they are highly concentrated and do not apply them directly to your skin unless it is recommended by your Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Thought for the day:

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Suggested Reading:

  1. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt
  2. Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing by Dr. Light Miller, Dr. Bryan Miller
  3. The Practice of Aromatherapy by Dr. Jean Valnet

Reference Links:

  1. Thyme in Medicine by Natural Standard the Authority on Integrative Medicine
  2. Effects of Thymol and Carvacrol, Constituents of Thymus vulgaris L. Essential Oil, on the Inflammatory Response by PubMed
  3. Thyme, Garden by Botanical.Com

Tomar Seed Oil

 

With the botanical name Zanthoxylum armatum, the Winged Prickly Ash tree is a member of the Citrus family Rutaceae. Tomar tree is indigenous to Eastern Asia to China along the Himalayas and few other parts of India. The essential oil is extracted from the seeds of this tree through steam distillation method. The naturally spicy, warm, woody, peppery, rich and floral aroma has made its use remarkable since the pre-historic period.

Ayurvedic system of natural healing has used Tomar seeds for treating numerous health conditions including oral problems and this is the main reason why this tree has been named as Toothache tree. This is a proven fact and is in practice even in today’s contemporary living. Popular Indian Ayurvedic toothpaste like Dabur Red toothpaste has Tomar seeds for its antiseptic and odor fighting potential along with other powerful herbs like pippali, kashni, lavanga, sunthi, pudina, maricha, karpoora, and hareetaki.

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Tomar tree is also known with other popular names like Toothache tree, prickly ash, suterberry, yellow wood, tumbru, darmar, tumru, timroo, tejphal and mukthrubi. The most common synonym for Zanthoxylum armatum is Zanthoxylum alatum. Tomar seed oil is pale yellow in color with an energizing aroma for which it has been mainly used in the making of apothecary perfumes, incenses, colognes, forest notes and certain other high class floral compositions.

Traditional uses: The time-honored use of Tomar tree includes its use by various communities across the globe. The social and ethnic groups in the Uttaranchal Himalaya use Zanthoxylum armatum for medicine, food and barter.  This tree is regarded to have religious importance and magical powers. Every part of the tree including the fruits, bark, stem and fresh leaves are used for various purposes. The decoction extracted from the bark or fruits or seeds of this tree were used as a sweet-smelling tonic for treating cholera, dyspepsia and fever.

Timur fruits are used as spices, condiments, medicine and as flavoring agents for soups and many other conventional dishes. It is used as a trusted remedy for treating cough, stomach problems, common cold, toothache and fever. It is also said that the Sino-Annamites used the fruits and leaves of this tree as emmenagogue, astringent and carminative. The branches of this tree are used as a natural toothbrush. A fresh or dried Tomar fruit is kept on the affected tooth for curing toothache instantly.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Tomar Seed Oil: Ayurveda strongly believes that human beings are a part of nature and the remedy for their illness should also be from nature. Ayurvedic principles state that the universe is made up of five elements like fire, water, earth, air and ether. Human body also has these five fundamental elements as a combination of doshas or the individual body types namely vata, pitta and kapha. A healthy lifestyle and harmony with nature’s law of living aids an individual to live a long, healthy and harmonious life according to Ayurveda.

This spiritual science also states that health is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual well-being and any disease is an indication that the body is in disharmony with nature. The most stunning fact about Ayurveda is that it treats the individual as a whole instead of the disease alone. It supports this common sense science to identify the root cause of an illness and treat it naturally and prevent it in the future also.

Ayurveda states that the tree of Tomar known as Tumburu or Gandhalu in the Ayurvedic world is yet another significant gift of nature to mankind. The essential oil extracted from the seeds of this tree are said to have healing properties like antiseptic, hepatoprotective, stomachic, disinfectant, deodorant, anthelmintic and carminative.

Effectiveness in treating hepatic diseases: Human liver is the major organ for governing the process of metabolism, excretion and certain other physiologic activities of the body. The most common disorder that affects the liver is hepatic diseases. Such hepatic damages are mainly due to toxins in the food, pharmaceuticals like CNS active agents and antibiotics, peroxides in edible oils, hepatotoxic chemicals like alcohol and certain other environmental pollutants. Ayurvedic medication has explored numerous natural remedies for treating liver diseases, which are still in use in many parts of India since centuries. When compared to modern medications like immunosuppressive agents and corticosteroids, these natural Ayurvedic remedies are claimed to grant better relief in a longer run.

Tomar seed oil is said to possess antioxidant properties and it also contains phenolic compounds. It is a proven fact that plants that contain antioxidant property is also said to exhibit hepatoprotective action. A renowned study on ‘Hepatoprotective Effect of Zanthoxylum armatum DC’ proved that the presence of ethanolic extracts in Zanthoxylum armatum showed hepatoprotective effect against liver damage by regularizing the increased levels of the hepatic enzymes and showed shielding effect on the plasma membrane of hepatocytes. This proved the effectiveness of using this herb in Ayurvedic treatment for liver disorders.

Natural insecticide: The essential oil of Tomar seeds yielded nearly 28 compounds and the major ones being monoterpenes and oxygenated monoterpenes. This oil also showed antifungal properties against 24 different fungi. It also exhibited repellent and larvicidal activity against three mosquito vectors, proving it as an effective natural alternative to chemical larvicides.

Other health benefits: This oil was trusted to give warmness to the body and was recommended for treating ailments like rheumatism, bronchitis, indigestion, asthma, varicose veins, toothaches and cholera. It was also proved that Zanthoxylum armatum showed spasmolytic effects that make it a natural remedy for treating cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. Another research published in PubMed evidenced the antioxidant, antifungal, antiaflatoxin activity of this essential oil. Tomar seed oil has also been used as a gentle massage oil blended with carrier oils like coconut oil to treat fibrositis, rheumatism, leg cramps, varicose veins and certain other skin problems. It is also said to stimulate the mucous membranes, lymphatic system and promote blood circulation.

Disclaimer: All essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and applying them directly on your skin or taking it internally is not advisable unless and otherwise recommended by your Ayurvedic practitioner as per your health conditions.

Thought for the day:

Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order. – Goethe

Suggested Reading:

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood
  3. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls

Reference Links:

  1. Traditional Uses and Conservation of Timur (Zanthoxylum armatum DC.) through Social Institutions in Uttaranchal Himalaya, India by Conservation & Society Journal
  2. Hepatoprotective Effect of Zanthoxylum armatum DC by the Institute of Pharmacy and Emerging Science
  3. Safety assessment of Zanthoxylum alatum Roxb. essential oil, its antifungal, antiaflatoxin, antioxidant activity and efficacy as antimicrobial in preservation of Piper nigrum L. fruits by PubMed
  4. Chemical composition and larvicidal activities of the essential oil of Zanthoxylum armatum DC (Rutaceae) against three mosquito vectors by National Institute of Malaria Research

Tuberose Absolute Oil

 

Tube-rose-bannerWhat more is needed to prove the mesmerizing aroma of Tuberose oil when it has the word ‘rose’ as a part of its name? Yes! Tuberose absolute oil is one such mythological oil known for its magnificence, floral and sensual aroma. Popularly known with various names like ‘The Mistress of the Night’, ‘Night Queen’ and ‘Raat Ki Raani’ in Hindi, this flower is said to rule the silence of the twilight with its irresistible fragrance.

Ayurveda, the ancient system of healing humanity employs natural remedies to empower the five senses such as smell, touch, taste, sound and colors for harmonious living. With smell being the primary one this ‘Mother of all healing sciences’ use aromatics to heal and prevent illnesses.

This is the major reason for using incense, flowers, attars, fragrance oils and aromatic essential oils during prayers, spiritual gatherings and meditation. Tuberose oil has been used in making attars that are apprehended in high regard in Ayurvedic medication for their ability to strengthen the mind and enhance the emotional stability.

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Historical uses of Tuberose Absolute Oil:

Botanically known as Polianthes tuberosa, this plant is a member of the Amaryllis family and is indigenous to Central America. The early Aztec healers called Tuberose absolute as omixochitl, meaning bone flower mainly because of its radiant white and waxy flowers that stood stiff and strong just like bones.

It is also known as the favorite flower of the Mexicans and it was added to chocolate drinks. In certain cultures unmarried girls are advised not to smell the fragrance of Tuberose absolute flowers after sunset, due to its strong aphrodisiac properties.

Tuberose flowers are a vital part of the traditional Hawaiian weddings where these flowers are intermingled with Plumeria flowers for an elegant, rich, exquisite and an aromatic wedding garland.

The brides of Hawaii wear Haku meaning a wreath around their crown, which is made up of Tuberose flowers and pikaki. This is mainly to bring joy, harmony and intimacy as well as to give a great start to the newly married couple. The ancient Victorians attributed the fragrance of Tuberose flowers to sensual and voluptuous qualities and on the other hand certain Victorians also called Tuberose as funeral flower.

Ayurvedic benefits of Tuberose Absolute Oil:

Tuberose absolute is called as Rajnigandha in Ayurveda meaning ‘night fragrance’. The flowers of this plant bloom during the night time and release their scent for attracting the attention of nocturnal moths for pollination. Just like Jasmine, tuberose also has a strong floral scent that is effective even hours after plucking it.

Essential oils have been used for their aroma and therapeutic values by priests, devotees and worshipers to draw the attention of Gods, Goddesses and Spirits, to ward off evil powers and to sanctify the places of worships. In this way, the aroma of Tuberose absolute oil with Venus as the guiding planet is said to be the blessed oil to Maya who is respected as the origin of Gods.

This oil was also used in the primordial times for opening the heart chakra, capturing compassion, vision, love, psychic sensitivity, creativity and trance work.

Ayurveda’s use of aromatics as an aphrodisiac, stimulant, sedative, calmative and as a natural remedy for various psycho-spiritual conditions is well-known. According to Ayurveda, the aroma of Tuberose absolute oil is said to open the crown chakra, which is responsible for augmenting creative powers, peacefulness of the mind, intensify the emotional powers and strengthen the psychic potential.

The predominant Ayurvedic benefits of Tuberose absolute oil are:Tube-rose-broucher1. Naturally defensive:

The sweet-smelling oil of Tuberose flowers is proven to possess anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it as one among the perfect medicated oil for use. A prominent study on ‘Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose’ proved that Tuberose absolute oil was effective in treating gram positive and gram negative bacteria.

Another study on ‘Anti-fungal activity of tuberose absolute and some of its constituents’ proved that the three constituents present in Tuberose absolute namely indole, geraniol and methyl anthranilate revealed effectiveness against the mycelia growth of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on potato-dextrose-agar medium.

2. Accepted Aphrodisiac:

Tuberose absolute oil is a time-honored aphrodisiac with narcotic properties. This is proven with its romantic name ‘Fragrance of the night’, ‘Night Queen’ and certain others. Inhaling the aroma of this mind-blowing oil or taking a fragrant warm bath before bed with 2 or 3 drops of Tuberose absolute oil added to your bathing water can do the magic for you.

This is done by the function of the aromatic compounds that reaches the limbic system of your brain through your nasal passages. This part of the brain is responsible for controlling emotions, sexual feelings and stimulating your system.

The warm, floral, deep, honey-like aroma encircles your room and your mind, leaving behind a perfect ambiance for love. The therapeutic properties of this oil enhances blood circulation of the body and assists in treating lack of libido, erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual interest. It grants you complete repose and is also said to treat frigidity and impotence due to lack to sexual health and drive.

3. Reviving Relaxant:

The pleasing and satisfying aroma of this oil aids in relieving tension, stress and anxiety. Experiencing the tranquilizing fragrance of this oil relaxes the nerves and muscles, soothes the senses and appeases the brain. This assists in alleviating anger and other negative feelings by intensifying your emotions and granting peace of mind.

4. Delighting Deodorant:

The long-lasting fragrance of Tuberose absolute oil makes it a perfect pick for dealing with problems like body odor due to the presence of bacteria in the sweat especially in tropical countries. It is for this unique reason, tuberose absolute oil has been in use in the perfume industry for ages together.

The most celebrated perfumes with the notes of Tuberose absolute oil are Fracas de Robert Piguet, April Aromatics from Natural Perfumer Tanja Bochnig, Nasomatto Narcotic Venus, Forbidden with tuberose and wormwood, Tallulah, Christian Dior Poison, Creed Tubereuse Indiana, Chanel Gardénia, Les Parfums de Rosine Mea Culpa and much more.

5. Wonderful Oil of Warmth:

The warming quality of this oil stimulates blood circulation and helps you in keeping your body warm by granting sufficient heat to your body. This gives you a feeling of security as it is trusted to embrace the person who wears it. Using this oil in your massage blend aids you in managing cold during winters, treats cracks on dried skin, protects the respiratory system and prevents the formation catarrh and phlegm.

Tuberose absolute oil also has sedative, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that aids in treating muscular pains, spasms, skin infections, nausea and certain other health conditions. You can also use it as a soothing massage oil by adding 3 to 4 drops of Tuberose oil to your favorite carrier oil like jojoba oil and enliven your senses with a warm massage.

For your information: It approximately requires 3500 pounds of handpicked Tuberose flowers to extract 1 pound of Tuberose absolute oil and this noteworthy reason makes it the most expensive oil on this universe. Unlike other essential oils, tuberose oil is not extracted through steam distillation process as it cannot withstand high temperatures and it is extracted by enfleurage, which is a gentle but labor intensive process.

Disclaimer: This information is only for educational purposes and is not deliberated to diagnose any health condition. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids and never take them internally without the guidance of your Ayurvedic Practitioner. Blend essential oils with appropriate carrier oils before using them topically and keep away from children.

Thought for the day:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  –William Shakespeare

Suggested Reading:

  1. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
  2. Creating Fairy Garden Fragrances: The Spirit of Aromatherapy by Linda Gannon
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless

Reference Links:

  1. Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose by PubMed
  2. Tuberose A Treasure by Jeanne Rose
  3. Tuberose: Perfume Ingredients and Notes by Bois de Jasmin

Balsam Tolu Oil

 

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From being a promising remedy for skin ailments for the American and Mexican tribal population to a vital element in popular skin care liniments and cough formulas, Balsam Tolu extracts and its essential oil have traveled a long way in the history of natural medicine. With a unique and fresh vanilla-like aroma, Balsam Tolu is used as a natural fragrance in perfumes, creams, soaps, shampoos, hair tonics and diaper rashes creams.

History is always fascinating and Ayurvedic use of Balsam Tolu indeed owns an interesting history behind its scene. It was the Native Indians who identified the medicinal values of Balsam Tolu during their reign of Peru while they were residing in the South and Central American provinces, where Peru was recognized as the birthplace of the Balsam trees in the ancient period.

Being the traditional Indian medicine, Ayurvedic remedies prescribe Balsam Tolu and its essential oil for asthma, migraine, tuberculosis, abscesses, bronchitis, cough, ringworm, wounds, bed sores, scabies, sprains and certain venereal diseases.

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Historical uses and significance of Balsam Tolu essential oil and its other extracts: Botanically known as Balsamum tolutanum, Balsam Tolu is the resin extracted from the Myroxylon tree. It is grown primarily in South America and Central America. This tree has a natural resin producing ability and this resinous Balsam is called by other alternate names including Balsam Peru, Peruvian Balsam, Toluifera pereirae, Myroxylon Balsamum, Indian Balsam, Quina and China oil.

The gummy resin tapped from this tall tree is then made into Balsam and the major exporters of Balsam of Tolu are Columbia, El Salvador and Venezuela. The tribal people from Central America and Mexico used the leaves and bark of the Balsam Tolu tree as a folklore remedy for arthritis, wounds, cold, flu and asthma. The name ‘Tolu’ denotes the tribal race ‘Tolues’ from Columbia and it is said that they used this tree as an ancient remedy for various conditions.

The tribal populace who were aboriginal to the rainforest area used various parts of this tree in the treatment of tuberculosis, wounds, headache, rheumatism, asthma, venereal diseases, abscesses, sprains, catarrh, sores and bronchitis.

Balsam Tolu was first documented in the German Pharmacopeia in the 17th century. The book on “The Essence of Herbs” by Chrissy Brownlyn says “some native Indians used the bark in a powdered form as an underarm deodorant while others found it best for lung and cold ailments”.

It further denotes that the credit of using this plant in pharmaceutical industry goes to the Europeans, especially the Germans who used Balsam of Tolu in treating skin problems like ringworm, scabies, diaper rashes, bedsores, wounds, head lice, dandruff and certain minor ulcerations, after identifying its anti-parasitic, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

The mild and gentle vanilla and cinnamon like aroma of Balsam Tolu oil had supported its use as a flavoring agent in confectionaries, cough syrups, throat lozenges, chewing gums and soft drinks. The mesmerizing floral fragrance of this oil has been prescribed for use in relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga for soothing the mind and calming the senses.

Balsam Peru oil and Balsam tolu oil are extracted from the same tree but by different extraction methods. Even today, Tolu Balsam is used in anti-dandruff shampoos, conditioners, soaps, female hygiene sprays, perfumes, hair tonics, detergents, skin care creams, perfumes, topical salves, ointments, deodorants, surgical dressings, suntan lotions, cosmetics, colognes and certain other medical aids and equipments.

Chemical constituents and remedial properties of Balsam Tolu essential oil:

Among the 25 different chemical components, the major elements contributing to the therapeutic values of Balsam Tolu oil are cinnamic acid, cinnamein, benzyl benzoate, vanillin, nerolidol, cinnamyl cinnamate, benzoic acid, farnesol and other aldehydes. The most important therapeutic attributes of Balsam Tolu oil are antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-dandruff, anti-stress, analgesic and anti-parasitic.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Balsam Tolu essential oil:

From men in the Stone Age to this Digital Era, celebrate Ayurveda as a boon to mankind for its holistic and regimented approach towards health and harmony.

Ayurveda was gifted to humanity by Acharya Dhanvantari, the ancient God of medicine and is said to have its origin in India, the land of herbs and cultural heritage. This traditional remedy also holds the pride of being a part of Atharvaveda, one among the 4 sacred books of the Indian mythology.

When compared to the modern medicine, where personal care and attention to individuals becomes a question mark, Ayurveda is a divine science that regards and respects human body as a temple where the soul lives in. With this thought of nobility, Ayurveda recommends mankind to keep their mind, body and soul clean, happy and content.

The principles of Ayurveda rely on nature for everything as it strongly trusts that everything on earth is a vital part of nature. The visible proof behind this theory is that all things in nature are made up of five basic elements of nature, namely fire, water, earth, space and air.

Human body is also made up of these five elements, where earth is present in the form of bones and muscles; water represents blood and fluids in the system; air is vital for breathing; space is the soul that dwells in and fire is the essential energy for body temperature, metabolic functions and certain other vital activities of the system.

Ayurveda never goes by the fact that ‘one size fits all’, as it trusts that every human being is a distinctive part of nature composed with a unique individual constitution known as prakriti. It is a combination of three biological energies called as doshas. They are vata, pitta and kapha. Every individual has a predominance of any one of these doshas that acts as a deciding factor in determining the character, personality, attributes and behavioral patterns.

Absolute balance between these doshas as per the law of nature indicates health and doshic imbalances due to climatic conditions, lifestyle changes, irregular food habits and moral vitiations leads to illness.

Ayurvedic healing aims at treating the root cause of an illness instead of its symptoms alone. This aids in curing the disease initially and preventing it in the future as well. Ayurveda prescribes natural remedies that go well with the individual constitution of a person, even if a group of people are affected by the same medical condition.

The prime Ayurvedic remedies are plant essential oils, simple physical exercises, herbs, yoga, prayers, Pranayama (Ayurvedic breathing exercises), meditation, Abhyanga or Ayurvedic massaging, Panchakarma or Ayurvedic detoxification techniques and Ayurvedic routine.

Balsam Tolu essential oil is said to pacify kapha and vata doshas and increase pitta energy. It’s time to look into the Ayurvedic health benefits of Balsam Tolu essential oil. Ayurveda generally prescribes the use of essential oils in the following ways:

Balsam-Tolu-broucher1. As an invigorating massage oil:

Abhyanga or the art of massaging with Ayurvedic oils is an important Ayurvedic technique prescribed for healing numerous illnesses since the traditional times. Abhyanga is the traditional method through which the soft tissues of one’s body is maneuvered with the help of fingers, elbows, feet, forearms and other ancient massaging equipments.

Ayurvedic massaging has the potent to pass innumerable benefits to the human body and the key benefits among them are:

  • Relieving muscular tension.
  • Normalizing the breathing pattern.
  • Relaxing the nervous system.
  • Revitalizing the mind.
  • Alleviating pain and inflammation.
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Augmenting the natural glow and suppleness of skin.

Ayurvedic physicians generally prescribe the appropriate essential oil based on the prakriti and medical condition of a person. Balsam tolu oil is good to treat vata and kapha vitiations and pitta deficit.

Massaging your system or affected parts with 5 drops of Balsam tolu oil, 2 drops of Patchouli oil, 2 drops of Frankincense oil, 2 drops of Lavender oil, 2 drops of Cardamom oil, 2 drops of Petitgrain oil along with 50 ml of Coconut oil can assist in relieving pain, soreness and inflammation associated with rheumatism, alleviating muscular tension, relaxing the nerves, enhancing the skin texture, improving slow digestion, treating constipation, supporting urination through which the toxic remains in the body are eliminated and promoting peaceful sleep and positive feelings.

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and is the quickest transmitter of remedial properties to the bloodstream. Using Balsam Tolu oil in Ayurvedic massaging aids in passing away its healing values like antioxidant (helps in checking aging symptoms and discard the growth of free radicals in the body), antiseptic, cicatrisant and stimulating properties (supports in enhancing the skin health), diuretic, anti-rheumatic, analgesic values (aids in alleviating pain, eliminating toxic remains by promoting frequent urination, reducing inflammation, redness and stiff muscles) and anti-stress properties that help in relaxing the nerves, mind and induce good sleep.

2. In compress or bathing:

Balsam Tolu oil owns an exotic floral fragrance that makes it an excellent bathing oil that can help in leaving you fresh and energized all through the day.

Using 2 drops of Balsam oil along with 1 drop of Cinnamon oil and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang oil in your bathing water or in warm or cold compress is a great way to recharge your nerves, enchant your muscles, lessen muscular tension, alleviate tension headache, back pain and calm your senses and instill a complete feeling of newness.

A warm bath with this blend especially before going to bed is a great way to promote good sleep without any nightmares.

3. Topical application as creams or salves:

Balsam Tolu has been used as a promising remedy for myriad skin problems since the times of the tribal populace. 2 to 3 drops of Balsam Tolu oil along with 1 drop of Turmeric oil mixed with your mild skin care cream or with 2 ml of Jojoba oil can be applied on wounds, eczema, minor skin ulcerations, acne, scabies, rashes, ringworm, bedsores, diaper rashes and skin infections caused due to fungi and parasites.

The herbal blend of 2 drops of Balsam Tolu oil with 2 drops of Rosemary oil, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang oil and 2 drops of Basil oil along with 10 ml of sweet almond oil, applied on the scalp and hair, followed by a thorough rinse with your mild shampoo can assist in keeping away from dandruff, combat head lice, enrich the scalp and promote the growth of healthy hair naturally.

4. In burner, diffuser or vaporizer:

Ayurvedic texts recommend the use of aromatics or aromatherapy as a major means of natural healing and prevention of illnesses. Smell or aroma has an important effect in balancing and stimulating various functions of the body. This action is performed by the odor-bearing molecules that influence the receptors in the nose while breathing. They reach the olfactory bulb of the limbic system in the form of nerve impulses.

The aromatic molecules of Balsam tolu essential oil has expectorant, antifungal, anti-dandruff, antiseptic, anti-stress, anti-parasitic, analgesic, anti-rheumatic and stimulating properties. When inhaled by adding 2 drops of Balsam tolu oil in vaporizer, burner or diffuser, these molecules containing the therapeutic properties of this oil reach the limbic system.

Following this, the hypothalamus and other vital parts of the limbic system convey the corresponding commands to different parts of the body as per the remedial values. Inhaling the soothing aroma of Balsam tolu oil can assist in relaxing the system, lessening pain, reducing fatigue, treating insomnia, and alleviating stress and depression.

Ayurveda states that using Balsam tolu oil in diffuser or vaporizer specifically during meditation, yoga and Pranayama instills a sacred feeling as the mind is said to reach the most subtle and tranquil α (alpha) state during meditation.

5. In vaporizing ointments or steam inhalation:

Inhaling the medicated steam is a proven natural remedy for alleviating cold, cough, sore throat, headache, sinusitis, blocked nose, watery eyes and migraine pain. Steam inhalation works effectively as the steam aids in bringing out the toxic remains in the body through sweat and one can feel the relief instantly after a medicated steam inhalation.

Adding 2 drops of Balsam Tolu oil along with 1 drop of Peppermint oil and 1 drop of Eucalyptus oil in steam inhalation can aid in relieving headache, opening blocked sinus and nasal passages, soothing sore throat, discarding phlegm and mucus deposits and eliminating the microbes present in the system through sweat.

When added to your vaporizing ointment, this blend can also be helpful in treating bronchitis, tuberculosis, chest congestion, nasal congestion, whooping cough and certain other respiratory infections.

Certain test tube studies have revealed that Myroxylon plant has been effective in inhibiting H.pylori, the general ulcer-causing bacteria and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is responsible for lung diseases.

Disclaimer:

This article is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition or substitute any professional medical advice. It is only for educational purposes and we are not medical practitioners. This heath related information is shared only with the view of spreading the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, the oldest holistic healing system on earth.

Never use essential oils for internal purposes. Always remember to dilute essential oils before using it for topical uses, as organic and 100 percent pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances and may lead to allergies, if used without diluting them. Discuss with your healthcare expert/Ayurvedic physician before taking the right call on the most suitable essential oils for your health condition and unique individual constitution. Keep away from Balsam Tolu oil, if you are a nursing or pregnant mother, as it is regarded as a sensitizing oil and may have chances of causing allergic reactions.

Thought for the day:

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. -Alice Walker

Suggested Reading:

  1. Prescription for Herbal Healing, 2nd Edition: An Easy-to-Use A-to-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies by Phyllis A. Balch CNC, Stacey Bell
  2. 10 Ways to Use Balsam Of Peru (Recipe Book) by Sam Enrico
  3. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being by Julia Lawless
  4. Scabies Natural Home Treatment Solution by Alyson Rodgers
  5. Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffmann

Reference Links:

  1. Balsam of Peru by Wikipedia
  2. Balsam of Tolu from The Essence of Herbs by Chrissy Brownlyn
  3. Balsam of Tolu by Infostir.com
  4. Peruvian Balsam (Myroxylon pereirae syn. M. Balsamum) by Herbs2000.com