15 Essential Oils That Can Help You Heal Post Surgery

Below you'll find a list of common essential oils that can be used post surgery and the affect each oil has on the mind and body. Typically, essentials oils have both a physical as well as mental applications. Along with the list of their names is an explanation of how each oil is used for both physical and mental ailments.

Your doctor may prescribe a medication, post surgery that could negatively interact with herbal remedies. Therefore, it is extremely important to consult with your doctor before incorporating herbal remedies into your healing routine.

1. Bay
Physical Effects: Settles digestive system and eases general aches and pains.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Triggers inspiration.

2. Chamomile
Physical Effects: Relieves migraines and headaches, insomnia, and bowel disorders.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Relaxes the mind.

3. Eucalyptus
Physical Effects: Eases respiratory problems and arthritis and injuries fatigue.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Encourage mental concentration and focus.

4. Fennell
Physical Effects: Stimulates appetite and trees bloated stomach, constipation, and other digestive problems.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Boasts courage.

5. Ginger
Physical Effects: Relieves nausea, indigestion, morning sickness and improvements poor circulation.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Alleviates feelings of loneliness and low libido.

6. Jasmine
Physical Effects: Heals dry skin, stretch marks, and scars.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Eases nervousness and tension.

7. Juniper
Physical Effects: Heals swollen joints and muscle fatigue.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Alleviates tension and stimulates the nervous system.

8. Lavender
Physical Effects: Treats insomnia and acts as an antiseptic.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Soothes irritability, depression, and stress.

9. Lemongrass
Physical Effects: Treats pain associated with nerve conditions and rheumatism.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Increases energy.

10. Patchouli
Effects on the Body: Prevents fluid retention and speeds healthy skin cell regeneration.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Fights anxiety and depression.

11. Peppermint
Effects on the Body: Reduces skin redness and itchiness and prevents flatulence.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Stimulates creativity.

12. Rose
Effects on the Body: Repairs broken capillaries and stimulates the liver and gall bladder.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Helps with grief and anger.

13. Sandalwood
Effects on the Body: Clears asthma, cough, bronchitis, and other chest infections.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Relaxes nervous tension and stress, and it's an aphrodisiac.

14. Tea Tree
Effects on the Body: Treats gum infections and mouth ulcers, skin and scalp irritations.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Restores balance and clarity.

15. Ylang-ylang
Effects on the Body: Balances overly-dry and / or overly-oily skin.
Mental / Emotional Effects: Relieves fear, panic, shock and the associated rapid heartbeat and breathing.

Because of their concentrated nature, essential oils generally should not be directly applied to the skin in their undiluted form. Some oils can cause severe irritation and even provoke an allergic reaction. To prevent this, always blend essential oils with vegetable-based "carrier" oil before applying to your skin. Some common carrier or base oils include olive, almond, hazelnut and grapeseed.

The above list of essential oils and their uses is certainly not exhaustive and the ones mentioned here have healing properties not listed. Also, there are many, many more essential oils available that aid in healing. This is a basic list commonly used and easily found at many local health stores.

While essential oils can be a beneficial aid in post surgery healing ~ as mentioned in the beginning of this article, always speak with your doctor before adding any type of herbal remedies to your healing regimen.