Essential Oils ...two words that I'm sure you've heard many times and never really understood their magnitude with respect to natural living. In simple terms, essential oils are one form of nature's medicine. They are aromatic, volatile liquids that are distilled from plants. Not every oil is derived from the same part of the plant and not every oil from that plant is used in the same way.
There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils but the most popular way is by diffusing them into the air. The inhalation of the oils allow your body to receive them in an easy, long-term and very effective way. Many choose to use a diffuser but this isn't the only way to reap the benefits of nature's liquid medicine. By adding a few drops of EO (essential oil) into a carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil (a favorite) or Jojoba Oil, you can embrace another way of enjoying the benefits of nature. These oils can not only cleanse the body but it can also rejuvenate and elevate the mind.
When using essential oils there is one thing to know...always choose 100% pure and authentic.
Your body will thank you!!!
Essential oils have a multitude of uses. From helping to unwind from a long day of work to deodorizing your carpet to helping relieve chest congestion, the ways of using it goes on and on. Each oil has its own unique aroma yet alot of their uses are similar. You may uncover they have anti-bacterial properties that work great for a home-made hand sanitizer (Rosemary). Feeling a little headache coming-Peppermint. Looking for an anti-fugal oil for ringworm...Tea Tree. Interested in an all-natural, smell good, carpet deodorizer with anti-septic properties then Cinammon might be the one for you. No stress zone with Lavender. Like I mentioned earlier, the list goes on and on but the common denominator is a quality essential oil.
With the popularity of oils increasing, it's imperative that you are aware of what you are allowing into your life. Sure you can buy a bottle of Lavender at your local drug store but caution should be a priority. When using oils either for inhalation via diffusing or topically, the last thing you want to allow into your body are synthetic chemicals. We are already innodated with toxins from the environment, food, water and daily skin care. With your skin being the largest organ on your body and the primary line of defense against germs and bacteria, what you intentionally rub on it should be authentic and free of toxic chemicals.
Many people ask can essential oils be taken internally. This is a great question. Many companies in the marketplace label their essential oils for internal use. This leads to many people who are not properly educated on the use of essential oils using them internally without any knowledge of how, when, how much or what kind of essential oil to use or for what purpose. The safety guidelines set forth by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) emphasis on internal use only under the supervision of an aromatherapist with advanced training.
It sounds like essential oils are a must have in your life but there are precautions that you must take when using them. Those little drops are potent and not everyone can use them all of the time. If you are pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider. Some oils could pose a risk to the pregnancy. If you are taking prescription medications, talk to your healthcare provider for possible contraindications.
Avoid sunlight when using citrus oils because of phototoxicity.
In a nutshell, essential oils are amazing.
They help promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
Not sure where to begin your essential oil journey?