11 Jan Essential uses for Essential Oils
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the smell of a fir tree, or brushed their hand over a bush of lavender has experienced essential oils in nature. Not only do these uniquely individual oils give plants their individual smell, they provide plants protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
Essential oils have been used for ages in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications. Many families and individuals are becoming quite skilled at using them in their homes, often times replacing over the counter medications for equally effective solutions but without the accompanying side effects.
In addition to this it is a wonderful thing to watch a figurative bridge being built between the eastern and western way of doing things. More and more we are seeing health care practitioners educating themselves and their patients on the various ways we can use essential oils to supplement and replace more modern recommendations. Essential Oils are being used effectively to treat a wide range of dis-eases, from Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS,) to Cancer. Excellent clinical research of essential oils in treating serious diseases is available at www.pubmed.gov.
For essential oils to have their maximum health properties it is vital that the oils are pure. The highest grade of essential oils is (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Oils with this on the label have passed strict testing procedures and a myriad of tests that not only look to see that all of the compounds and constituents are there, but that there is nothing else; no fillers, no synthetic additives. doTERRA essential oils offer this promise.
There is much to learn when it comes to using essential oils. They can be used aromatically, topically and internally. The best way to start is by getting a book, or finding someone who is skilled to mentor you. Many people just start by getting a few at a time, others diving in with both feet. There are some basic guidelines for using essential oils but once a few basic things are learned to insure they are incorporated safely, it is a very rewarding journey.
Lavender is a great oil to ease into one’s life. One or two drops on a pillow of either a child or an adult at night give just enough Aromatherapy that the body can relax and sleep. It’s calming and gentle properties don’t take away its powerful antimicrobial attributes but make it the perfect answer dealing with a wound of any kind. It is especially effective on healing burns. This is a perfect oil to have with you in your purse or emergency pack. It is truly the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils.
Peppermint is another great beginner oil. Most everyone loves the cool refreshing smell. CPTG Peppermint is so pure that it can be added to coco, or brownies making it a fun addition in the kitchen. But with just a little swipe of it on the temples and back of the neck, it can also chase a headache away. It’s invigorating and there have been tests that have suggested that children that smelled peppermint before or during an exam actually scored higher on test scores.
Finally Lemon is a oil that is easy to integrate. Lemon is extremely good to clean with as it has a fresh clean scent and is also antimicrobial. Put it in a spray bottle with distilled water, or even vinegar or peroxide and wipe all of your surfaces squeaky clean. Not only is Lemon good for cleaning our outside surroundings, it’s great for cleaning us on the inside. Lemon essential oil is able to collect polyurethanes found in plastics and other toxins that we inadvertently take into our bodies. It is very helpful for those who struggle with reoccurring bladder infections. You can add It on a regular basis to water as a preventative measure.
These are just a tiny list of ways you can incorporate essential oils into your life. Begin today and you won’t be sorry!
To Abundant Heath!