Terpene Remedies & Boosts
Remedies for Common Ailments
Terpenes and essential oils have been used for centuries by countless ancient civilizations. Generations of experimenting, testing, refining, and learning have led us to where we are today in our knowledge of terpenes and essential oils, but we still have much to learn. The list of presumed benefits these oils can provide is exceptionally extensive yet not comprehensive nor complete.
For many of these ailments, the terpenes and essential oils are merely addressing the symptoms caused by the ailment, not the actual issue. A lifestyle change may be due if your symptoms continue and progress in severity.
Here is a list of the following ailments which terpenes can aid in remedying:
- Acid Reflux
- ADD & ADHD
- Addiction & Withdrawal Symptoms
- Athlete's Foot
- Back Pain
- Bad Breath
- Broken Capillaries
- Canker Sore
- Common Cold
- Erectile Dysfunction
Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, becomes more common and frequent as you age. The uncomfortable sensation occurs when acidic stomach contents move into the esophagus, creating a burning sensation in the lower chest, often after eating.
The American College of Gastroenterology says that over 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month, and at least 15 million as often as daily.1 If acid reflux occurs more than three times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which case you should consult with a healthcare physician, as severe symptoms could indicate other issues like a hernia.
Luckily, this mix of essential oils are known to ease the symptoms of acid reflux by relaxing the muscles and alleviating discomfort.
- 2 teaspoons carrier oil
- 4 drops eucalyptus oil
- 4 drops peppermint oil
- 4 drops fennel oil
Mix these oils well and rub onto the upper abdomen using a towel. Repeat as often as needed and keep the mixture in a cool, unlit area between uses.
Acne can be the root of a lot of insecurities and is most common in teenagers and young adults, often the most insecure age group. It is often caused by a sensitivity to androgenic hormones which are produced primarily during the teenage and early adulthood years of life. Acne is defined as a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders
There are hundreds of different over-the-counter creams, cleansers, treatments, and antibiotics, but if none of those seem to be working, give the following essential oil formula a shot:
- 4 tablespoons carrier oil (jojoba oil is a great carrier oil for this recipe)
- 10 drops frankincense oil
- 5 drops vitamin e oil
- 5 drops lavender
- 5 drops tea tree oil
Mix the ingredients into a small, preferably dark bottle (to avoid oxidation). Tea tree lavender, clary sage, juniper, rosemary, frankincense, and geranium are all commonly used for the skin healing and rejuvenating properties. Some of these oils have been found to even encourage new cell production.2
Acne is often a symptom of stress. Alongside, using these oils, take a moment to reflect on your daily habits and how you may be able to cut unnecessary stress from your life. Plan at least one hour a week to take to yourself and do whatever relaxes your mind and body. Frankincense oil is an astringent due to its terpene profile consisting of terpenes like camphene and pinene.
ADD & ADHD
ADD and ADHD stand for attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These are both common conditions in children and can contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at work or school.
Lavender, vetiver, and roman chamomile oils are excellent in remedying the symptoms of both these ailments as it reduces anxiety, improves focus, and prevents meltdowns. Oils can be taken in through aromatherapy or through topical application. Filling a diffuser with the following recipe is great for when anyone with or without ADD or ADHD needs to focus and get work done.
- 2 drops carrier oil
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops Roman chamomile oil
Currently, not enough research has been done to fully understand how these oils aids ADD/ADHD symptoms, but one study has shown that the aroma of some oils affects our behavior by traveling through mucous lining of the nose into the bloodstream to the endocrine and central nervous systems.3 Any variation of the aforementioned oils will more than likely aid your focus and improve oxygenation to the brain.
Interestingly, some controversy has revolved around ADHD, as Dr. Leon Eisenberg, the ‘father’ of ADHD, asserted on his death bed that “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”3 The prominent figure in child psychiatry left a considerable, but confusing legacy in the field of psychology.
Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms
America is amidst an opioid crisis, and medical marijuana and terpene isolates may be a remedy. In 2016, there were 64,000 opioid overdose deaths and in 2017 there were 72,000. 80% of users start with the misuse of opioid prescription. According to a NIDA-funded study, from 1999 to 2010, states with medical cannabis laws experienced slower rates of increase in opioid analgesic overdose death rates compared to states without such laws.4 According to Dr. Russo, we “must ensure that opioid prescribing is limited in dose and duration for acute problems such as injury or surgery. Beyond that, better access to properly constituted cannabis-based medicines will surely help.” Medical cannabis alongside increased knowledge of terpenes and how they function may save hundreds, if not, thousands of lives.
Addiction has very serious effects on the brain. Some drugs, like nicotine, disrupt brain communication by attaching to neurons, which tricks the brain into thinking they are neurotransmitters which stimulates dopamine-releasing neurons. This provides acute feelings of pleasure which wear off in minutes, urging the smoker to take another puff to maintain the pleasurable effects of the drug and avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal can bring about an array of symptoms. Anger, irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, obsessive thoughts. These withdrawal symptoms can occur from quitting any drug, activity, or impulse which creates an imbalance in dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and other endorphins. Withdrawal symptoms can occur after the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and nearly all other drugs, but also impulses like gambling, kleptomania (impulsive stealing), pornography, video games, pyromania (compulsive setting of fires), excessive use of computers and the internet, among countless other behavioral addictions.
Certain oils are known to reduce cravings, ease physical ailments, regulate emotions, and provide mental clarity. Peppermint oil aids in the elimination of cravings which can lead to a relapse. Also, grapefruit oil and cilantro oil have been known to curb the urges to use again. Sandalwood Oil has a calming effect which eases the transition from addiction to sobriety by relaxing the mind and body of discomforts and anxieties. Most oils with high beta-caryophyllene content will serve as an aid in withdrawal symptoms.
Arthritis is a blanket term for inflammation in one or more joints and causes stiffness, joint pain, and decreased range of motion. There are multiple types of arthritis; degenerative, rheumatoid, metabolic, inflammatory, among over a hundred others, and essential oils can ease the symptoms of each variation. Over 52 million American adults are afflicted by the swelling, discomfort, and pain which arthritis inflicts.5
Ginger, turmeric, frankincense, orange, and myrrh oil all possess anti-inflammatory properties which can be highly effective in suppressing inflammation and soothing pain. Other oils including peppermint, eucalyptus, cayenne pepper, and rosemary may also provide surprising benefits when topically applied to the area of pain, stiffness, and discomfort.
10 drops of two oils each onto a warm or cold compress with a massage of the afflicted area may help open and unlock the joint, remove inflammation, and soothe pain.
The oils could also be mixed into an ointment or cream and used daily for added benefit.
- 15-30 drops frankincense oil
- 15-30 drops ginger oil
- 15-30 drops myrrh oil
- 4 ounces coconut oil
Mix into a jar and use daily, or however often needed. Replace the oils with the oils of your choosing. Experiment and find what works for you. An arthritis bath may be the most soothing of options, however. Run a warm bath and add in 10-30 of any above-mentioned oils for a stress-relieving, joint-loosening, tension-soothing soak.
Asthma is another widespread ailment which essential oils may provide relief. Asthma can be a minor inconvenience or can greatly interfere with daily activities and in some cases lead to a life-threatening attack. Asthma causes difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and/or wheezing.
Asthma can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms (albuterol) and controller inhalers that prevent symptoms (steroids). Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open (formoterol, salmeterol, tiotropium), as well as oral steroids. These oils should be perceived as an alternative medicine and preventative measure rather than a solution in a time of crisis.
Peppermint, lavender, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils help reduce asthma in interesting ways. Rosemary is known to soothe trachea muscles, making it easier to breathe, according to a University of Tripoli study.6 Another 2018 study showed rosemary was able to help reduce asthma symptoms in people who did not see improvement from other treatments. Participants experienced a decrease in symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and phlegm production.7
A few drops of these oils into a humidifier or oil diffuser and the physiological benefits may take up to 10 minutes. These oils can assist those without asthma but other difficulties breathing due to illness or sickness as well.
Athlete’s foot, otherwise known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection, usually between the toes and the symptoms include a scaly rash, itching, stinging, and burning. Some of the most effective oils for athlete’s foot are lemon, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils. These oils should be mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil and rub thoroughly into the skin.
The oils may take about a week to take effect and about two weeks to remove the fungus completely. Results may vary.
On an unrelated note, some people claim dog slobber is a genuinely effective way to rid troublesome athlete’s foot. According to a Seattle Times article on athlete’s foot, a longtime reader wrote to the newspaper stating: “When my uncle came home in the evenings, he would remove his shoes and socks, and put his feet on a hassock while reading the paper. The dog always went to him immediately and licked his feet all over, especially between the toes. After about three months, he noticed that the athlete’s foot which had plagued him for most of his adult life had gone away!”8
However, this cheap, homemade, and what some may call relaxing treatment can be harmful to both you and your pooch. Dogs carry bacteria in their mouths that could cause infection in open wounds and licking fungus-riddled feet could make your dog sick. While this may be an all-natural remedy, maybe ditch the dog slobber and stick to terpenes.
“There’s nothing like a little
physical pain to keep your mind
off your emotional problems.”
Back pain is debilitating. Injuries on the back are some of hardest and longest to heal as it is the intersection between your body’s top and bottom half. The muscles in the back are engaged in almost every and any movement you make, leaving you incapacitated. About 80% of adults experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their life, so the following recipe will be useful to nearly everyone, at some point.
Obviously, these oils are not addressing root issues, but relieving the symptoms. Dribble 10-30 droplets into a warm bath or 10-20 drops onto a cold or warm compress and massage the troubled areas. Mix some together to combine and promote their healing properties.
- Marjoram Oil- natural pain reliver and reducer, works especially well with overextended muscles.
- Sweet Ginger Oil – has a warming quality which soothes sore and achy lower back muscles.
- Frankincense Oil – eases tension and promotes pain relief.
- Lavender Oil – is alongside coconut oil, in that can solve just about any issue or ailment. Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties and can calm nerves.
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Peppermint Oil
Back pain can be caused by a plethora of different things, poor posture, strains, disc degeneration, even stress and emotional trauma. Psychology has become increasingly interested and intertwined with back pain and general pain over the past couple of decades. Dr. John E. Sarno, in his groundbreaking and controversial 1991 book entitled Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, writes about a condition he coined called Tension Myositis Syndrome.9 Essentially, Sarno states that many people’s back pain is a symptom caused by reactions in the body to stress and negative emotion. TMS is a psychosomatic (caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress) illness causing chronic back, neck, and limb pain which is not relieved by standard medical treatments.
While Tension Myositis Syndrome diagnoses and treatment protocols are not accepted by the mainstream medical community, Sarno believed that naming such illness or concept is the first step in addressing and alleviating the ailment. It really does not matter much what some people call it, just that they understand the idea of it. Stress has very real effects on your body.
The condition is characterized by psychogenic musculoskeletal and nerve symptoms, most notably back pain. The treatment protocol for TMS includes education, writing about emotional issues, resumption of a normal lifestyle and, for some patients, support meetings and/or psychotherapy. In his book, Sarno details exactly what one should do when they begin to focus and fixate on pain:
“What one must then do is develop the habit of “thinking psychological” instead of physical. In other words, I suggest to patients that when they find themselves being aware of the pain, they must consciously and forcefully shift their attention to something psychological, like something they are worried about, a chronic family or financial problem, a recurrent source of irritation, anything in the psychological realm, for that sends a message to the brain that they’re no longer deceived by the pain. When that message reaches the depths of the mind, the subconscious, the pain ceases.”10
I think Sarno’s works have some validity, but also believe back pain falls somewhere in the middle, rooted in and caused by both physical degeneration and skeletal issues and emphasized and accentuated by stress and negative emotion.
Offensive breath can leave a bad impression, be the root of insecurity and anxiety, and prevent some from kissing or getting intimate. Bad breath, also called halitosis, has a number of causes ranging from poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, use of tobacco products, to simply eating way too much garlic and onions. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily prevent the build-up of bacteria, but natural remedies can aid in eliminating all bacteria in the mouth.
Make sure to also stay hydrated since saliva naturally cleanses and refreshes the mouth and prevents halitosis. Halitosis is caused by a dry mouth and lack of saliva, so if you’d like to rid yourself of stinky breath, train yourself to breathe through your nose. Morning breath arises because saliva flow stops during the night, allowing bacteria that produce odorous gases to grow to higher levels.
- 2 teaspoons vodka
- 8-20 drops preferred essential oil
This homemade mouthwash is cheap and simple to make. Thyme, lemon, peppermint, clove, and wintergreen oils work best to their crisp scents and their antimicrobial terpenes.
A blister is a small pocket of body fluid (lymph, serum, blood, or pus) within the upper layers of the skin, typically caused by forceful rubbing, friction, burning, freezing, chemical exposure or infection. Most blisters are filled with a clear fluid, either serum or plasma. They can be disproportionately painful and very irritating, like a papercut.
Tea tree, lavender, and peppermint oils are effective in healing blister and preventing infections. These oils are antimicrobial and antibacterial, but also cool the skin, soothe irritation, and promote healing.
Mix 6-10 drops into a pint of cold water, along with 2 drops of carrier oil, and soak the blister. Make sure to wash the blister with water afterward and apply a bandage.
We’ve all overeaten or have had one too many beers at one point in life. Abdominal bloating can be very uncomfortable as the gut is expanded and filled with food, liquid, or gas. Lemon oil is a fast-acting diuretic and peppermint and rosemary oils soothe the discomforts which accompany bloating.
- 6 drops carrier oil
- 3 drops lemon oil
- 3 drops peppermint oil
- 3 drops rosemary oil
Gently massaging this formula (or a variation of this formula) on the abdomen and other bloated areas will cease that gross bloated feeling. These oils relax the stomach muscles, reduce inflammation, and calm the stomach. Cutting back in the high-fiber gas-inducing foods like beans, lentils, broccoli, and dairy may also reduce the frequency and severity of bloating. Rosemary oil is particularly beneficial for its grand terpene profile consisting of eucalyptol, linalool, pinene, among other comforting plant compounds.
Broken capillaries are blood vessels which have burst just under the skin leaving an unsightly, red, web-shaped mark. They are caused usually by trauma to the skin, often from trying to pop a pimple or excavate a blackhead but can also come from sun overexposure, changes in weather or pressure, and other irritants to the skin. Retinoid creams can be found in most pharmacies and a doctor may recommend it for those with these marks, but for many, they do not do much.
When treating broken capillaries, especially on the face, it is important to avoid hot water and unnecessary chemicals or irritants. Six oils which may aid in the healing and removal of unwanted capillary scars are:
- Cypress oil
- Parsley seed oil
- Lemon oil
- Chamomile oil
- Rose oil
- Geranium Oil
Mix any or all of these oils with ¼ to ½ cup of unrefined coconut oil and drip the amalgamation onto the scarlet colored flesh and leave the oil on overnight, to sink into your skin cells overnight. Placing these oils on a cold compress may also reduce the appearance of the burst blood vessels. Apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, vitamin C, and herbs like sage, calendula, and oat are also natural products which can treat skin redness.
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry which to your lungs. Symptoms of bronchitis include a persistent cough, overproduction of mucus, chest discomfort, and fatigue. Although a single episode of bronchitis usually isn't cause for concern, it can lead to pneumonia in some cases.
Essential oils, alongside bed rest, hydration, humidity, and vitamin C, can treat bronchitis and speed its recovery. Diffusing oils can combat infection with their antibacterial and immune stimulating properties, soothe bronchi and reduce inflammation, and provide expectorant and antispasmodic qualities to reduce bronchial spasms.
The best oils to diffuse when afflicted with bronchitis are:
- Eucalyptus oil
- Cedarwood oil
- Lavender oil
- Pine oil
- Cypress oil
- Frankincense oil
- Thyme oil
Adding these oils to a diffuser or humidifier will provide considerable benefit. 2 tablespoons of carrier oil with a 3%-5% dilution can provide ease and relief.
Everyone gets a bruise from time to time. Bruises appear when an injury makes small blood vessels under your skin bleed, but your skin hasn’t broken. Since there is nowhere for the blood to go, it pools, clots, and changes the color of the skin above the injury. If you do not take particular pride in your bruise, contusion, or “shiner,” then healing it as quickly as possible would be convenient and ideal.
Like burst capillaries, essential oils treat the discoloration and pain associated to bruises. The best oils for treating and healing a bruise are:
- Frankincense oil – reduces bruise appearance and size. A 2013 study found frankincense oil as effective as over-the-counter sprays for bruise healing.11
- Arnica oil – the arnica flower is among the most popular herbal remedies for bruising and skin discoloration. The oil speeds healing, reduces bruise size, and restores normal skin tone. A 2016 trial found arnica healed bruises faster than a placebo when topically applied.12
- St. John’s Wort
- Rosemary oil
- Lavender oil
Dilute one or a mixture of these oils on a cold compress and apply to bruised area. To heal faster, elevate the afflicted area and rest up. Easy bruising may be a sign of vitamin C deficiency, so eat an orange or two.
Essential oils can provide relief in first-degree and other minor, relatively insignificant burns. These burns include pain, stinging, and redness at the site of the burn. More serious burns like second and third degrees burns should be assessed by a doctor. Unfortunately, oils may not help when you’ve been dissed, roasted, or burned.
Chamomile oil has been traditionally used to treat burn wounds and damaged skin which is why it is a popular additive to lotions and other skin care products.
Eucalyptus oil is another oil that can aid burns. When applied topically, eucalyptus can provide astringent, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, easing inflammation and preventing infection.
Juniper oil has been used for decades for healing wounds due to its remedying capabilities, particularly on the skin. A study from 2012 found that juniper contains the terpene pinene which heals wounds and potentially minimizes scars caused by burns.13
Make sure to never apply undiluted apply oils directly to burn wounds. This can exacerbate burns and be extremely painful. Essential oils can provide great relief when used properly, and one proper and simple method is a cold compress. Drip 5 droplets into cold or warm water, soak a towel or compress in the water and apply to the wound.
Another method is to craft a lotion, balm, or ointment to moisturize the wound and attain the healing benefits of the oils. Lotions and other skin care products should be applied as a wound is healing and not fresh and open, as a lotion could exacerbate the pain and inflammation.
- 2 oz carrier oil (coconut or jojoba oil are two good options)
- 10 drops essential oil
Some other essential oils known for the wound healing benefits are tea tree, thyme, sage, pine, peppermint, and oregano. Helichrysum oil is another helpful oil as it can promote healing and speed tissue regeneration.
Also called aphthous ulcers, canker sores are small, shallow lesions on the inside of the mouth or at the base of the gums. Canker sores can be maddening. Poorly located sores can make talking and eating, two much needed functions, very difficult. When they’re bad, it is like being struck by lightning in the mouth every time you speak.
Canker sores can be caused by stress, vitamin b12 and iron deficiencies, poor diet, and too much sugar. Acidic foods can make your body more susceptible to canker sores and other ailments, so foods to stay away from are soft drinks, dairy products, meat, coffee, and most junk food. Food which will get your body in a more alkaline state are grapes, watermelon, lemons, vegetable juice, nuts and seeds.
Essential oils can numb the exasperating pain as well as clear the site of bacteria and prevent infections. Wild oregano, clove, and tea tree provide a numbing agent which soothes the sore.
Other oils which healing benefits are:
- Melissa oil
- Thieves oil
- Helichrysum oil
- Lavender oil
- Peppermint oil
To treat the canker sore, you can make a simple spray with:
- 10 drops of preferred essential oils (or 20 of one)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (or grapeseed oil)
- Spraying bottle
Mix the two (or three) oils into the bottle thoroughly and spray whenever immediate pain relief is needed. Keep the bottle in a cool, dark place to ensure longevity and shake before each use.
The common cold is typically a viral infection which affects the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, congestion, among several others. Natural remedies for the common cold and flu are always a popular topic, with some new trendy cure floating around the zeitgeist every few years. Like humans, viruses have DNA and RNA which evolves and adapts to their environment, making a cure for these ailments generally impossible.
However, using essential oils can treat the symptoms of the cold and some oils have been shown to limit the proliferations of certain viruses. Eucalyptus oil may as well be renamed ‘Nature’s antibiotic’ for its plethora of healing capabilities. It has a menthol aroma which can clear sinuses and relieve congestion as well as antiviral properties that can be effective against viruses like the cold. According to a 2004 study in the journal Fitoterapia, Blue yarrow oil has been shown to inhibit respiratory disease-causing microbes like pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae, a virus that can cause bronchitis.14 The oil’s herbaceous scent also calms the mind and creates a soothing and peaceful environment.
Camphor oil is a good choice to diffuse as its strong penetrating aroma eases coughing, clears the lungs, and promotes relaxation. Simply get the following and diffuse a smaller room where you spend most of your time:
- 3 cups hot water
- 5 drops camphor oil
Other oils which may be useful to diffuse, rub onto the chest, or bathe in include:
- Lavender oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Kumquat oil
- Rosemary oil
Fill the tub with warm water and 10-20 drops of any combination of the above-named oils to experience their healing effects.
Constipation is generally described as having three or fewer bowel movements a week. While occasional constipation is common, some experience chronic constipation that can interfere with their ability to go about their daily tasks. Chronic constipation may also cause excessive straining to have a bowel movement and other signs and symptoms. It can be extremely uncomfortable, embarrassing, and in some cases, debilitating. The first step in alleviating constipation should be increased fiber and water intake. Natural oils like rosemary, ginger, peppermint, fennel, chamomile, black pepper, sweet basil, lemon, and marjoram oil can help deliver the goods. However, they must be used in specific ways to ensure the efficacy.
Compress: oils like ginger, peppermint, fennel, chamomile should be compressed or massaged into the skin. These oils have digestive health benefits when rubbed directly onto the abdomen. They can also relieve bloating and stimulate digestion.
Ingested: Some oils work best at helping the digestive tract when they’re, well, in the digestive tract. Black pepper oil be used in small amounts (1-2 drops) in lieu of black pepper in some dishes. The oil contains caryophyllene, a terpene which has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes healthy digestive functions while preventing the buildup of waste in the digestive tract. However, it may just be easier to simply eat ground black pepper. Sweet basil oil can also be used in lieu of basil. This oil relieves pent-up gas in the stomach and stimulates bowel movements among other digestive functions. Rosemary oil works wonders when added into tea. 2-5 drops into an herbal tea can encourage peristaltic motion through the abdomen, digestive tract, and stomach. Orange oil or grated orange zest can be added to a dish to boost the flavor and promote a healthy digestive tract as it is a natural diuretic.
Bathed in: Both fennel and sweet basil oil can be bathed in to absorb their soothing and reliving benefits. Each oil provides anti-inflammatory components which can serve great benefit to someone who is locked and loaded but can’t fire.
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the most common sex problem that men report to their doctor. Some causes include poor circulation, high cholesterol, sleep disorders, and an abundance of others. ED can cause stress, insecurities, affect self-confidence and create relationship issues. Hundreds of homemade remedies for ED have been sought, experimented with, and discovered, and herbal drugs have been used as aphrodisiacs for centuries.
One important figure in the history of ED is Regnier de Graaf, who, in 1668 discovered that the injection of saline into the penile blood vessels of cadavers could induce an erection, despite the fact that they were deceased.15 Another important figure is In 1863, a scientist by the name of Eckhard published the first studies of an electrically induced penile erection.16 Luckily, we’ve learned from these two and there are many other methods of treatment today.
Ylang-ylang oil is used commonly in the bedroom for its euphoric properties. Ylang-ylang has within it, one of the most common and potentially most useful terpenes, β-caryophyllene. According to a 2018 study, “the common food additive and CB2 agonist β-caryophyllene has the potential to attenuate dopaminergic firing, quenching the reward and thus motivation associated with romantic love.”17 The dopaminergic receptors playing the major role in the control of male sexual behavior and belong to the D2 receptor subtype. Research is limited, but β-caryophyllene can be a vital element in supporting a faciliatory role of dopamine in male sexual behavior.
Ginger oil is used widely in alternative medicine for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and complete terpene profile. Ginger extracts have been found to have a potent androgenic activity in male rats. A 2014 study found daily ginger extract supplementation in mice stimulated the production of sperm after 22 days compared to a control group.18 Another study found that the use of ginger oil reduced male infertility in rats. Administration of 50 mg/kg or 100 mg/kg/rat ginger for 20 days significantly increased sperm functions (sperm count, motility, viability) and concentrations in the rats.18
Other terpenes which may serve as a boost in the bedroom are limonene and linalool, which can be found in cinnamon, watermelon seed, clove, and nutmeg oils. Whether you do or do not need a boost in the bedroom, try diffusing 10 drops of any previously mentioned oils and see if the aroma has an impact.
Currently, there are no conclusive studies to demonstrate that essential oils can effectively treat erectile dysfunction in human males as much of the empirical research has been conducted in rodents rather than humans.
There are many options in the marketplace, but with oils, you are assured that the active ingredients are safe to use, are all natural, and do not require an uncomfortable conversation with a doctor or pharmacist.
Some days, for whatever reason, the energy to do anything just isn’t there. Lethargy is a symptom that causes you to feel sleepy or fatigued and sluggish. This sluggishness may be physical, mental, or both. It could be attributed to diet, stress, depression, being overworked, or an underlying condition. If lethargy is persistent, you should contact your physician, however the occasional bit of sluggishness is normal, and the following formulas can help with enervation and apathy.
Bergamot oil is commonly turned to by people suffering from fatigue and exhaustion, as well as anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. It can re-balance your Circadian rhythms, boost your energy, and also uplift your mood and stimulate the production of key neurotransmitters. According to a 2007 study done on rats, the “intraperitoneal administration (inserted through the peritoneum) of bergamot essential oil (100microl/kg) significantly elevated the extracellular concentration of aspartate, glycine and taurine in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner.”19 These three amino acids are commonly found in sugar-riddled energy drinks. Rather than supplementing a potentially harmful amount of amino acids like creatine, taurine, choline, and others, these oils have the potential to allow your body to naturally produce energizing amino acids.
Eucalyptus oil is another terpene filled formula to overcome fatigue and increase vitality. Eucalyptus promotes a healthy body through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which improve blood flow and provides more energy to the muscles and organs. Eucalyptus and lemon oils both contain considerable amounts of limonene which has been shown to stimulate the body and increase energy and cognitive function. Other helpful oils include basil, peppermint, rosemary, and orange oils.
Maintaining a sleep pattern is integral in maintaining energy and expelling lethargy. Hitting the snooze button is one of the worst ways to start your day. When your alarm goes off in the morning, you’re usually nearing the end of your last REM cycle. If you wake up and get yourself out of bed, the REM cycle ends. If you hit the snooze button and go back to sleep, though, you go right back into the REM cycle. But when your alarm clock goes off a second, third, or fourth time it wakes you up in the middle of REM instead of at the end of REM. As a result, you end up feeling foggy, groggy, and disoriented. Not the best way to start your day.
For those who struggle to get out of bed, there are alarm clock diffusers which you can purchase and program to vaporize terpenes a few minutes before waking you to provide a morning boost of energy. These oils can provide an additional energy enhancement but should not be relied upon. Besides for the oils, a healthy diet, restful, habitual sleep, and maintaining an active lifestyle are other natural ways to obtain natural energy.
Nausea is a non-specific symptom which means it can have any number of possible causes. The unpleasant feeling of queasiness can be debilitating when prolonged, placing discomfort on abdomen, chest, and back of throat. If over-the-counter medicines are not working, fennel oil may provide fast relief, especially when compressed.
- 1 tablespoon of carrier oil
- 5 drops fennel oil
- 1 pint of hot water
Blend the mixture in a bowl and with a compress or towel and gently massage the abdomen or afflicted area. It is believed that the phytoestrogens (naturally occurring plant compounds) along with pinene and sabinene terpenes in the oil contains act as a digestive aid. It is possible that fennel seed oil could relieve nausea symptoms by easing digestion and settling the stomach. Ginger oil has been linked to nausea relief. A 2017 study demonstrated ginger oil to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting following abdominal surgery.24 Other terpene-packed stomach-soothing oils are peppermint, lavender, and lemon oils.