One of the best things I discovered in this journey (and am most excited to share!) is the benefits of essential oils. Essential oils have so many applications and can replace more toxic and unnatural substances from our daily lives. I’ll talk about individual oils in later posts, but first I’d like to talk a little bit about essential oils in general. So what are essential oils? Essential oils are derived from plants and carry the fragrance from that plant. There are several different processes used to get the oil from the plant, but basically the plant is reduced to an oil which carries with it the fragrance and health benefits.
While it may seem like essential oils are some new trend being passed around, essential oils have actually been in use for thousands of years. Ancient healers used oils for everything from headaches to the plague. Today, essential oils can be used on their own or in conjunction with modern medicine to treat a host of medical issues. Got a toothache? Clove oil can help with that. Have horrible cramps when that monthly visitor comes along? Clary sage works quickly to calm those muscles.
Essential oils can be used in a variety other functions, as well. Several different oils have antibacterial properties and work great for cleaning and disinfection. Some oils even work great for pest control. Since the oils carry a pretty strong fragrance, the aromatherapy applications are endless.
There are many different essential oil companies on the internet and in stores. Each one will say they are the best or the most pure. I honestly don’t use one set company. I like that with Young Living, you can see exactly where the plants for each oil were grown. DoTerra offers some great pre-mixed oil combinations. Also, I really like the prices of NOW essential oils. You may also run into arguments from both sides about organic oils vs non-organic. It really comes down to personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. Just like with organic produce, you will have to pay more to get organic oils. Some oils can be pretty pricey, but considering the great benefits to health, they are worth it.
I recommend reading and doing research before using essential oils. There are some oils which can be dangerous if taken internally, others must be diluted before use. And as with anything else, use a little to start to test for allergic reactions. Natural ingredients can cause allergic reactions just like anything else.
In coming posts, I’ll be discussing individual oils, their uses and how to use them. I’ll also be uploading some links for several helpful books and websites on this topic. I’ll go ahead and list one book that I love. It’s called Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley. It is a great resource for the different uses of essential oils. If you have any questions or would like recommendations, please feel free to contact me on the contact page. I’d love to talk with you!