For many years, doctors in France have used the aromatagram to identify the essential oils that work best against each patient’s particular infection. The doctor uses petri dishes to try various oils on a patient’s primary infection. Those that work best in vitro (infection control in the laboratory incubator) are then used in vivo (in therapy with the patient).

However, in America, most essential oil users simply take a reference book which gives a long list of conditions for which each oil is said to be good. Essential oil therapy for each disease on the list appears to be as effective as all the others. But this is not the case. Then when we try them, we wonder why a particular oil is not working for us and we lose confidence in these incredible aromatic gifts from nature. This relaxed approach to medical aromatherapy gives our entire industry a black eye.

A simple solution is to go back to French medical reference books and use some of their research to classify oils by effectiveness. For example, in some French texts, you will find a series of plus signs indicating the effectiveness of a particular oil or mixture of oils. Four or five plus signs (++++) indicate an exceptionally effective oil for a particular use. Three crosses is an excellent oil, but two or less crosses indicate only good to modest value. You will also find these signs indicating the effectiveness of a particular essential oil treatment for various conditions and various methods of use.

Here is my suggestion for those looking for real value from your essential oils, and I promise you that you will really find remarkable therapeutic value. Look at the dozen best-selling oils. Learn everything you can about them. Order them and use them to see how effective they are in your life. Because of your particular set of health conditions, you may not need oils for joint pain, but you may need more oils for infections. You may find them more effective in reducing stress or calming stomach discomfort.

Study the success stories showing the most popular uses of the oils. If you see a lot of stories about headaches but few stories about diabetes and cancer, you can guess which uses are the most reliable.

Here are a dozen of the most affordable simple oils, those with many positive signs in French medical literature: 1. tea tree, 2. lavender, 3. peppermint, 4. spearmint, 5. geranium, 6. basil , 7. oregano, 8. thyme, 9. lemon, 10. eucalyptus radiata, 11 frankincense and 12. fir. I also have my favorite blends for the following uses: 1. respiratory, 2. calming and relaxing, 3. infection, 4. digestion, 5. pain, 6. foot massage and 7. exercise recovery and 8. general massage.

There are many more oils that will become your favorites when you try them, but first take the essential oils and learn how to use them.

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