Essential Oils – The Natural Way Forward with Helena Mappourides Georgiou

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

‘ONE OF THE MANY GIFTS FROM MOTHER NATURE’

Essential Oils – the natural way forward.

Cultivating plants for their oils and using them for medicinal purposes is nothing new. Many believe that the use of essential oils to promote natural health, originated in China or in India during the implementation of the Ayurvedic medical system, but in actual fact, Ancient Egypt was the true birthplace of essential oils. Distillation pots were found dating back to 3,500 BC and it is also believed that oils were produced using a solvent extraction method known as ‘enfleurage’ – an ancient technique of extracting aromatic oils from flowers using animal fat to dissolve the oils and thereby absorb their aromas.

We spoke to Helena Georgiou of ‘Natural Health & Healing’ to find out more about Aromatherapy and how it can impact the way we live. Helena is originally from Durban in South Africa but has lived in Paphos for over 17 years. She is a qualified holistic therapist and holds qualifications in Usui Reiki Healing, Indian Head Massage and Metatronic Sacred Geometry Healing. Helena also specialises in Aromatherapy and deals in DoTerra Essential Oils. In November’s edition of Cyprus in Style Magazine, we discussed 6 common health issues and how to treat each one using the right essential oils.


  • Why do our doctors prescribe chemical medications before advising us to try ‘natural healing’ methods?
  • Why is ‘natural healing’ not a subject taught in our school curricula?

HEADACHES & MIGRAINES

Recommended Oils: Lavender and Roman Chamomile

Lavender oil is well known for having a calming effect on the nervous system and reducing stress. It has been used throughout history to aid restless sleep patterns and helps our body to maintain healthy tissues. Roman Chamomile reduces anxiety and tension. Used together, these oils are a great aid for instantly relaxing tight muscles and therefore releasing the tension which results in a headache or a migraine.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Combine the oils with a carrier oil (sweet almond or organic coconut oil) and place a drop or two in each palm.
  • Rub each temple gently, as well as the back of the neck, especially where it meets the head.
  • It can also be applied under the feet or under the nose for immediate relaxation

REDUCE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Recommended Oils: Helichrysum, YlangYlang, Frankincense, Cassia & Marjoram

These oils are used for reducing hypertension by helping to ease a rapid heartbeat and any tension in the arteries. YlangYlang oil balances the heart rate and reduces high blood pressure, while Marjoram is used to support the heart muscle. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties which work well with the anti-coagulant properties of Helichrysum oil, and Cassia is used as a cardiotonic and detoxifier.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Combine the oils in a 10ml roller bottle and add organic coconut oil.
  • Apply the blend to the bottom of your feet, wrists and along the breastbone.
  • Massage the blend over the heart and the back of the neck as needed, at least twice a day.

REGULATE SLEEP PATTERNS

Recommended Oils: Lavender, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Marjoram and Geranium

This combination of sweet oils produces a relaxing, warm and calming effect on the mind and body. When used together on a daily basis, the blend creates a tranquil feeling, which allows you to relax and thus improves your sleep pattern. Geranium oil is also known for aiding Insomnia.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Combine 1 drop of each with 50 ml of a carrier oil – sweet almond or organic coconut oil
  • Apply under the feet, under the nose, or on your pillowcase so you breathe in the aromas while sleeping.


BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM

Recommended Oils: Oregano, Frankincense, Lemon, Rosemary & Cinnamon

This healthy blend acts as an alternative antibiotic treatment and assists in supporting a healthy immune system. Used internally, these oils protect against seasonal threats by increasing the body’s natural antioxidant defenses and help to deter any associated germs and allergies. Cinnamon is a fantastic booster for a healthier immune system.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Blend a few drops of each oil in a pan of steaming water.
  • Inhale the steam, while placing a towel over your head for a greater potency.
  • For ongoing immune support, rub Frankincense on your neck daily.

INCREASE ENERGY LEVELS

Recommended Oils: Wild Orange, Basil, Lime, Lemon & Peppermint

Wild Orange and Basil are both known for their regenerative qualities, while Lime positively affects your mood with its stimulating and invigorating properties. This combination of oils is known to improve circulation, blood flow and increase oxygen levels in the body. They encourage productivity and creativity by diminishing frustration and doubts that can interfere with your personal progress.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Blend 2 drops of each oil together and rub directly under the nose, on the chest, on the forehead, back or neck.
  • Inhaling the aromas through cupped hands, helps to create an instant effect.
  • The blend can also be consumed internally in water or any other liquid for an instant effect.

AID DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Recommended Oils: Ginger, Fennel, Peppermint & Anise

Combine these oils and improve your digestive system by creating a balanced gut and simultaneously increasing your immune system. The supportive, soothing and settling properties of this blend, when applied to the stomach, aids discomfort. Fennel aids and calms the digestive system.

How to use the oils for best results:

  • Apply 2 drops topically to the abdomen or dilute with organic coconut oil and massage onto the stomach daily.
  • Great benefits are experienced when rubbed on the stomach after a heavy meal.


“Essential oils, are to me, another one of the many amazing gifts from Mother Nature. All we need is found in Nature.” Helena said.

She also warned about the possible side effects of applying essential oils incorrectly and stressed the importance of receiving expert guidance according to your specific needs. If you are experiencing any of the above health issues, please seek medical guidance to ensure you are at no immediate risk of something more serious.


Article by Cyprus in Style Magazine.