“You can soak and splash in them, feed your skin, sensually smooth them all over, or simply breath in their wonderful aromas. The pleasure and versatility of aromatic oils make them one of nature’s kindest gifts. Essential oils contain the active ingredients of a plant in a highly concentrated and potent form.”
Essential Oils as described in the informative, instructional book on aromatherapy titled Complete Yoga Aromatherapy, Tai Chi and Massage by Carole McGilvery, Jimi Reed, Michele MacDonnell, Paul Tucker, Mark Evans & John Hudson.
Why use Essential Oils?
Our world is a toxic place. With pollution in the air we breathe (inside & out of the home), pesticides, chemicals & hormones filling grocery store shelves (and the soil our food/water comes from), and stress often looming like a dark cloud, the desire to keep myself, and my family, healthy can be overwhelming. By learning new health information & tools for self-care I feel empowered to take a proactive approach to health & wellness.
Seeking optimal health, I use detoxification techniques regularly – including many of these 15 Simple Ways to Reduce Toxins in Your Life. While reading up on detox strategies, I kept coming across DIY recipes & tips. Making beauty, personal hygiene & cleaning products from safe, natural ingredients sounded great in theory – but I didn’t have the skills to do this. However, with encouragement from friends, combined with the desire to reduce chemicals & toxins in my life, I decided to learn more & try out essential oils.
Our bodies are magnificent machines designed to heal themselves with the right care & fuel. In seeking more proactive options I am so thankful to have added essential oils to my wellness tool belt at last!
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils come from plants (extracted from leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, etc). They protect the plants health & can benefit us too. Essential oils are very potent and thus must be used with caution & education. However, this potency is what makes essential oils affordable & worthwhile. Some benefits of essential oils include:
- promotes emotional, physical, & spiritual wellness
- easy to use & quick to enter through the skin
- stimulates immune system
- powerful antioxidants
- detoxifies cells & blood
- removes toxins from the air & increases oxygen
- eliminates odors & smells delicious
How to use Essential Oils?
There are three ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically & internally. These uses are based on the certified therapeutic grade essential oils. Essential oil use (especially topical & internal use) is a hot topic so definitely do your research and decide what is best for you!
Breathe from the bottle, drop on a tissue/cotton ball & attach to a fan or air vent, use a diffuser, drop in hot water & breathe the vapor, use as perfume/cologne, & drop or spray on pillow/sheets.
Dilute as needed with carrier oil & massage body or apply to feet, wrists & behind ears, apply to reflex points, drop in bath water, DIY (face serum, body butter, lip balm, deodorant, etc).
Apply under tongue, swallow in capsules, drink in water/tea, add to recipes in the kitchen (check out this recipes for lemon lavender cupcakes – delicious!)
Where to buy certified therapeutic grade essential oils?
I only use the purest & most potent essential oils that are certified to be therapeutic grade. Do your own research before putting an essential oil on your skin or in your body. Contact me for more information.