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What On Earth Are Essential Oils?

 

essential oils in a boxFirst off, I feel compelled to start this discussion by saying that I am loving the fact that essential oils have come into my life. They are just a perfect fit for where my head is at regarding my own health and well-being.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I was not always a “health nut.” But now that I have learned that I can live a life filled with energy – and absent of pain – all through some nourishing, natural self-care, there is no going back.

Essential oils are the “essence,” if you will, of “nourishing, natural self-care.” They are, at it’s simplest, liquids distilled from plants. They are considered to therefore contain all of the protective, health-enhancing qualities of plants, in concentrated, potent amounts.  When we use essential oils, we are theoretically benefiting from these protective plant compounds.

How to Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be used:

  • Through topical application (e.g. applied to the skin).
  • Taken internally (typically in capsule form).
  • Diffused through the air.
  • Added to cleaning products.

Most of the time for topical or internal use, essential oils should be diluted through the use of something called a “carrier oil”, such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, to minimize the chance of an adverse reaction.

What I Love Them For:

Essential Oils as Gifts

As a health coach, what to bring as a hostess gift became quite a challenge. I could no longer feel good about bringing a dessert, or my classic “pastries for tomorrow’s breakfast.”  Luckily, essential oils have come into my life! What party host doesn’t like receiving:

  • Body scrub, made with brown sugar and aromatic oils.
  • Bath salts, made with Epsom salts and aromatic oils.
  • Roller ball made with an oil chosen with love and an awareness of the special needs of the host or hostess.

Essential Oils as Remedies

Essential oilers have a saying, “There’s an oil for that!” Essential oils offer you a “feel good about” alternative to manufactured over-the-counter products. I personally love the notion that using an essential oil means that I am giving my body plant-based ingredients – something that my body understands!

I am not yet at the point where I will say that essential oils can replace all medications, (see, “What Role Does Medication Play in Holistic Health?”), but for minor maladies, it is lovely to reach for an oil rather than hop in the car and head to the drugstore.

I am still playing around with the oils, but so far my favorite uses has been:

  • Lavender in an Epsom salt bath for sore muscles.
  • Peppermint in a roller ball for minor tension headaches.
  • Peppermint, lemon and lavender in a roller ball for those September allergies.
  • Grounding blend has been amazing in decreasing my passenger anxiety.
  • Soothing blend for symptoms of restless leg syndrome.
  • Protective blend to head off head colds.
  • Repellent blend to protect myself and my dog from ticks when walking in the woods.

Essential Oils Just for Me!

You may have noticed that I am a busy bee. I tend to multiple work obligations and have “sandwich generation” responsibilities. Essential oils are a way to get me to take moments in my busy day to “tune in” to just what my body needs. Starting each day by setting up my diffuser begs me to consider the question, “What do I need today? Do I need soothing, energizing or immune system support?” After a good workout, essential oils remind me how good it feels to soak in a hot bath. On the rare occasions that I am unable to sleep, I now have the option to reach for an oil, rather than just toss and turn.

Sounds good, right?

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You can shop directly, or find information about becoming a Wellness Advocate, which is a way to save money even if you have no interest in selling any products. Do not be put off by the prices – because you only use a few drops at a time, each bottle lasts a LONG time!  A good way to start is with an introductory kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. Any questions, let me know!