Essential Oils: A Chance Worth Taking
Many people feel that essential oils are a gimmick, something made in a factory that other people are getting wealthy from. They are always running to the doctor to get their medication made from the same factories as these so-called essential oils. But Essential Oils are so much more than that.
Essential oils have been here since the beginning of time. They are made from the oils of roots, leaves, stems, flowers and bark of plants, shrubs and trees. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant that it was taken from.
Pure essential oils are grown organically and harvested at the appropriate time. Then they are distilled on site, free from all synthetic drugs and chemicals. Essential oils should be stored in dark glass bottles. Good, pure, organic essential oil is usually expensive, while fake oils are usually very cheap.
Stress of everyday life and taking care of my terminally ill mother was getting the best of me. I decided to try a sample a friend had given me, of Lavender. I dropped four drops of the oil in bath water and soaked in a wonderful hot bath. The scent of pure lavender was absolutely refreshing, a completely different smell from the essential oils I have smelled in the department store or health food store. This lavender was crystal clear in color, smelled like I was standing in a fully bloomed lavender field, and immediately brought me a peace and calming feeling. I slept better than I had in months and after a few more samples from the same friend, I was hooked!!
My family and I love to diffuse and inhale our essential oils. When inhaling the oils through our nose, we exhale through our mouth. This can be done by putting a drop or two of the essential oil in your hand, rubbing your hands together, then cupping them over your nose while inhaling. The smell of those pure oils go straight in your blood system. In the spring and fall during allergy and sinus season, I can’t breathe enough peppermint or eucalyptus.
When applying essential oils topically, a good rule to always remember is to dilute one drop of essential oil per 5ml of carrier oil, fatty oils such as almond oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil. Less is more; always use sparingly. Avoid any and all citrus essential oils if going to be exposed to sunlight or tanning beds for 24 hours.
Never take essential oils internally unless properly trained. Keep oils away from eyes, ears and children. Consult an Aromatherapist if pregnant, breastfeeding or if you have babies/small children you want to use essential oils on. Not all oils are safe for pregnant women and some oils are too powerful for children.
If you are interested in trying essential oils, find a good, pure oil from a company who harvest organically grown herbs. Two good companies we like are Young Living Essential Oils and Mountain Rose Herbs. Young Living is more expensive but have their own farms all over the world, supplying pure essential oils from their on-site distilleries and have a Seed-to-Seal guarantee. Mountain Rose Herbs is family owned and operates on a lot smaller scale than Young Living, but provide pure, organic essential oil at a fair price.
One rule to always remember, if the price is cheap, so is the oil. Don’t buy cheap essential oil, you get what you pay for. Cheap oils will smell dead compared to pure oils. We are so thankful for these oils and hope you will give them a try too. They have a healing power about them that you can only experience first-hand.
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