Essential Oils As Medicine: Essential Oils Guide

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Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy.

For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

In this video, Jordan Rubin and I discuss several different essential oils — including frankincense, turmeric, lavender, oregano, clove, tea tree, ylang ylang and so many more — and how to use each one to help combat common illnesses. Watch to learn the power of essential oils as medicine.

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  1. Linda Cisneros on April 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I used frankincense for dyshidrotic exzema blisters on my toes,it works! What a relief.

  2. Florida A Holbert on April 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Lavender is my favorite color and oil!

  3. Happy Michie Worriah on April 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Is therr cinnamon oil wow

  4. Olga Munz on April 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    After listening to you, how many people poisoned themselves by taking it internally as your friend advised to add it to their coffee? You should clearly accentuate how to use it !!!!! 
    I know a person who have been confused by your a very not professional speech, and took grapefruit and cinnamon oils internally in too big a dosage.
    "Cinnamon essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer. Cinnamon essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional."

  5. Carli wells on April 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Holy Basil tea is phenomenal at lowering blood pressure. I drink it as an iced tea with honey.

  6. Hooping Rabbit on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I’m very new to essential oils my mother in law gave me a diffuser set but I’m so into natural medicine. But any ways thank you for this video I’m trying to learn about them and this is helpful

  7. Marilyn Hart on April 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Where can we purchase your book?

  8. Bree View Playlists on April 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I read rosemary wasn’t good for high blood pressure.

  9. norweavernh on April 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    For diabetes, are we talking cinnamon leaf or.bark?

  10. Dana Smith on April 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I’m new at these oils how do I know I can take these oils internally?

  11. Bruce Cook on April 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    i have to tell you that lavender helps with my hyperness and agitation as i have adhd. its calming effects knocked out my hyper feeling when diffusing this oil. i am brand new using oils and was very skeptical when going into this and i am not a skeptic at all now.

    funny, it was another youtuber who tried brainwashing us followers of his channel to stay away from oils that always says "stay skeptical" at the ends of his videos who inadvertanly peaked my interest in trying them, and my skepticism of his obcession against oils allowed me to discover them.

  12. Ivanez Beer on April 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm


  13. Kim Wright on April 19, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    How do I heal chronic pain during menstruation

  14. Shawn Clarkson on April 19, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Dont worry about consulting with your Dr. They dont have your best interest at hand.

  15. dev bachu on April 19, 2019 at 6:13 pm


  16. ES on April 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Lavender in low dose is a relaxant but in higher dose can be a stimulant

  17. ES on April 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Also bergamot is the traditional for depression

  18. Pauline Mcleggan on April 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    The BMJ (British Medical Council) have done research into essential oils and have concluded that there is no benefit for using them. This is all sales pitch.

  19. Karen Ross on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the essential oil information. I think I have Hoshimotos but the clinic in my area that treats it wants $6500.00 to treat me. Being a single woman on a budget well you know… Is there anything a regular dr can test for it?

  20. CaveWang on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Noooooo this channel can’t actually be real. The ignorance in the information age really disturbs me

  21. Lina Dougherty on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Can you suggest a essential oil for soriasis,? Thank you.

  22. klb911 on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    What essential oils will not effect hormone levels.

  23. iloredana on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for your presentation. Very well done. I have used the essential oils with great results and I am always looking to learn more about this wonderful nature miracle.

  24. Kadamawi Moffett on April 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you so much this is very informative

  25. Sienna on April 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I like these videos, but Dr. Axe is just taking the information that’s out there from the WWW and transforming them to his channel. It’s not like he has invented this stuff.

  26. usaisbeastly on April 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Hey assholes! im wearing blue.

  27. MeekchildofYah on April 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Bless are those who bless you..baruk you guys. Yahuah baruk

  28. Happy Michie Worriah on April 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Great info c0ncised!!

  29. Nan Dep on April 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Their video has SOME useful information. However, it lacks the detailed warnings for the use of each of these essential oils, also, how to use these properly. Do your own thorough research! Take care.

  30. Magnolia Hampton on April 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Hello Dr Axe I a old lady diagnosed with h pylori. Can you recommend a oil for me and how many times to take.

  31. E J on April 19, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I use essential oils and they are safe and no side effects. Thank you doctors for all your information and i am borrowing your books from our Library

  32. Rebecca Lagundino on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Dr. Axe please tell us how to use each EO according to the corresponding medical issues ; ingesting, how many drops directly or diluted, massaged on what part of the body, or etc. I’m very interested in using EO but not familiar how to use. Have few of them but Not used. My husband has prostate cancer and would like to use the Frankincense oil on him. Bought these several EO from you few years back. Have also, lavender, eucalyptus. Thanks

  33. Shawn Clarkson on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Finally some truth!!!

  34. Michelle Raquet on April 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I think it is important to stress that some people may have allergies to some of these & that they should check first before using. Example, people with bad ragweed allergies should not use chamomile.
    Also I want to know if it us safe to diffuse essential oils around pets? Does anyone know?

  35. Presila Subra on April 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank u for sharing the video. I hve a question for u. Can frankincense oil be used for psoriasis. I would appreciate if u would let me know. I hve a friend’s daughter a teenager who is suffering from her childhood days. At least we can help her. Thks.

  36. Heike Becker on April 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Can you please post recipes for these.

  37. kassie smith on April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Yes I am wearing purple too. Love the lavender.

  38. denise riggleman on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

  39. Immanuel Yosef on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    which cedarwood for add/hd and how to ingest when 1 kind i think is dangerous

  40. Carol Cheung on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Will eat the real food have the same effect?

  41. usaisbeastly on April 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    motha fuckin josh axe and his home boy. fuh evah.

  42. Heather Caden on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    My mom had genetically high cholesterol, she eats very healthy and because of genetics her cholesterol was still very high. She started taking Oregano Oil once a week internally and had her cholesterol checked again after 3 months and found the oregano oil dropped her levels from 198 to 135!

  43. lasonya williams on April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Going to wear purple

  44. BigMan Ollie on April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    It’s the 21st century and people still believe in this nonsense, imagine how advance how civilisations could be if people pursued actual science rather than voodoo equivalents.

  45. Demandeur De Santé on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm


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