Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for centuries in many different cultures.  They have amazing healing benefits in a very concentrated form.  Essential oils can come from flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel depending on the plant.

Because essential oils are so highly concentrated, it is important to take care when using them.  One drop goes a long way.  Some oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil before putting directly on the skin due to their skin irritating qualities.

It is especially important to be careful using essential oils with children and pets.  Children are extra sensitive and even milder oils need to be diluted when applying them.  Pets, especially cats, can have adverse reactions to some essential oils.

4 Popular Essential Oils

Lavender

Most everyone has experienced the relaxing effects of lavender.  Many cleaning agents such as laundry detergent, shampoo, hand soap, and epsom salt mixes for the bath have lavender, or the scent of lavender mixed in.

Lavender essential oil is one of the most utilitarian oils there is.  Lavender is beneficial to use on burns and wounds, for relaxation and stress reduction, improved sleep, skin complexion and acne reduction, slowing signs of aging with its powerful antioxidants, improving psoriasis and eczema, and alleviating headaches.

With all these benefits, who wouldn’t want a bottle of high quality lavender oil in their home?

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is another popular oil.  Many people use peppermint oil as a natural pick-me-up as it has such a fresh, uplifting scent.  It is also used for headache relief by rubbing some on the temples and breathing deeply.

Care must be used with peppermint essential oil.  It is a very strong oil and must be kept away from the eyes as it will make them burn and tear.  A small area of skin should be tested for sensitivity before using topically (always have olive oil or some other sort of carrier oil available to wash an essential oil off with; never water).

Peppermint essential oil is great for adding to water.  It provides a refreshing flavor and helps support digestive function and reduces nausea.

Frankincense

Bowl of Frankincense resin

Bowl of Frankincense resin

Many people will recognize Frankincense oil from the Biblical stories of when the 3 Wise Men presented baby Jesus with Frankincense and Myrrh.  This was truly a gift fit for a king.

Frankincense helps to boost the immune system and prevent illness; it may help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects; it can also be used as a household cleaning agent as a disinfectant.

Frankincense is oftentimes used in spiritual endeavors .  Meditators frequently use frankincense essential oil to assist them with their meditations.  Many place a drop of Frankincense on the top of their head (crown chakra) to help activate spiritual awareness.

Thieves®

Thieves® essential oil has an interesting history.  Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. It was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying during a terrible outbreak of the bubonic plague.  They rubbed the formula all over their bodies, thereby protecting themselves from the deadly outbreak.  The rest is history.

Today, Thieves® is mainly used as a household disinfectant.  It can be used in the wash to disinfect clothing, in hand soap and in general cleaning solutions for countertops and other places germs and bacteria lie.

Thieves® can also be put into a capsule and taken orally to improve immune function and protect against colds and flu.

 

How Are Essential Oils Used?

Essential oils are used in 4 basic ways.

  • Diffused – used as aromatherapy.  Diffusers can be used to distribute the aroma from the oil into the air.
  • Inhaled directly – essential oils can be put in the palm of your hand or on a cotton ball and inhaled providing a powerful healing to your body.  You can even inhale the aroma directly from the bottle.
  • Topically – many essential oils can be put directly on the skin.  It is best to do a sensitivity test when first using oils to determine skin sensitivity.  Some essential oils need to be diluted with olive oil or Young Livings V-6 oil.  Some oils, especially citrus oils can cause sun sensitivity.
  • Dietary – recipes can be spiced up and made healthier by adding a drop of essential oils to your favorite dishes.

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