We have so many incredible products available to us these days for healing after surgery and I believe that anything we do to create more calm and peace will create greater long term healing benefits. All too often we overlook the simplest things such as our sense of smell or the healing power of touch. Each play important roles in the process of complete healing ~ both physically and mentally.

Essential oils have long been used in healing and in creating a sense of well being. You may find that incorporating a few of these oils into your healing regimen after surgery will greatly enhance your overall sense of well being, perhaps even speeding up your recovery.

Below are Q & A’s that answer some of the most basic questions about Essential Oils.

Please note: Essential oils may interact with some medications that your doctor prescribes, so I highly recommend that you check with your doctor before incorporating any new types or forms of alternative treatments.

What exactly is an essential oil?

These oils are concentrated liquids that contain aromatic compounds. They are extracted from various parts of plants including berries, leaves, and flowers. One characteristic property of these Geranium Oil is their fragrance.

Can these oils aid in physical healing?

Yes. Essential oils can aid in physical healing. Applied topically, some oils offer antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, or other benefits.

Essential oils can also be utilized through aromatherapy for mental and emotional healing?

Yes. They can be used through aromatherapy to beneficially affect one’s brain. Certain oils stimulate the emotional centers of the brain.

How do I use essential oils?

There are several methods for using these oils. Which method you use depends on the kind of oil you are using and what benefits you desire. First, essential oils can be burned as incense or heated over a burner to garner aromatic benefits. For example, eucalyptus oil can be heated over a burner and inhaled to ease respiratory complications.

Second, oils can be diluted with another oil or lotion and applied directly to one’s skin. For example, tea tree oil can be applied to the skin as a mild antiseptic. Third, they can be added to bath water. For example, lavender oil can be added to bath water and used to both relax muscles and calm anxiety.

Which essential oils do I use?

There are many different kinds available and some share similar healing properties while others have unique healing properties. Consult someone knowledgeable about essential oils and their uses to decide which ones to purchase and how to use them. Or you can research their uses on your own and try some out until you decide which ones work best for you.

Are there any risks associated with essential oils use?

Yes, there are risks but they are all avoidable if you know what you are working with. Some oils are toxic if ingested. Some oils are photo sensitizers or can cause skin irritation, especially in their undiluted form. Some oils can cause airway spasms in people with lung conditions. Pregnant women and children under the age of five should never. The bottom line is that you should pay attention to all warnings that come with each specific oil.

Where do I purchase these oils?

High quality oils are widely available and affordable. However, since there is no standard in place to ensure product quality, it is a good idea to check out each merchant’s claims on the quality of their products before making a purchase.

Using quality oils can help create a sense of well being after surgery and having a sense of well being is key to a successful recovery and healing.