Welcome to the world of essential oils! I wrote this brief intro because I refer to essential oils A LOT in my wellness coaching as well as in my blog posts.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are one of the most precious, yet untapped resources of the world. The natural aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants have been used since the days of ancient Egypt due to their health-promoting properties. Essential oils can lift your mood, calm your senses, and enhance your vitality and overall well-being. They have recently became very popular due to their natural health benefits.
As we have discussed in one of the previous emails, today there is a pill for everything. As a matter of fact, statistics show that American people use 75% of world’s medication, yet they only make up about 5% of the world’s population! Have you ever watched a commercial for a specific medication and heard a long list of “potential” negative side effects, such as nausea, heart failure, or even death? Many times a medical doctor needs to prescribe other medication to ease or prevent the negative side effects of these drugs.
On the other hand, modern scientific research shows that essential oils are very potent, with remarkable medicinal properties. Unlike prescription medication, essential oils support all of the body systems from the root and ultimately enable the body to heal on its own. In addition, essential oils do not remain in the body and do not leave any toxins behind.
Essential oils may not be for everyone; however, I have experienced and witnessed essential oils significantly empowering individuals to maintain their health and the health of their families. Of course, essential oils will have the most beneficial impact if they are align with your other wellness goals, such as clean diet, proper rest, stress reduction, and exercise.
Note of disclaimer: Essential Oils are not registered as drugs and thus, they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
A word on quality:
It is crucial that you choose only pure therapeutic grade oils that are carefully extracted from plants. Unfortunately, there are oils on the market containing pesticides, fillers and/or artificial ingredients that dilute their active ingredients and act as hormone disrupters in our bodies. Thus, essential oils can become extremely dangerous if you use synthetic, chemical, cheap brands. The higher price of high quality essential oils reflects the labor that goes into making pure oils. And trust me, it is well worth to invest into quality when it comes to your health.If you are curious about the specific brand that I use and highly recommend, please send me an email.
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. You can add them to a warm bath allowing yourself to inhale the vaporized fumes of the oil. My favorite way is to diffuse the oils in the room using a diffuser or apply them directly to my body by rubbing them on the soles of my feet, the back of the neck, the shoulders, or the forehead. It’s important to dilute essential oils before you use them because a concentrated essential oil could potentially irritate the skin. A 2 percent dilution is standard for adults, and it should be reduced to 1 percent for children. if you need further help with this, send me an email.
Word of Caution:
I love using essential oil with my kids. However, young children are more sensitive to essential oils than adults, and the oils should be used for therapeutic purposes only under the supervision of an educated adult. Only few essential oils should be taken by mouth, as some of them are toxic if swallowed. They should also never be used in the eyes or inside the ear canal. However, essential oils have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed. You can use each oil individually or in many powerful combination.
Lavender – exceptionally soothing and relaxing oil you can diffuse at night, put in a warm bath, or apply topically on soles of your feet, back of your neck, forehead, or wrists. Also, great for bug bites, burns, and sunburns.
Frankincense – powerful immunity-boosting anti-oxidant, great for acne, skin issues, and inflammation. You can apply it directly on skin on the back of your neck or with your thumb on a roof of your mouth,
Lemon – very uplifting for your overall mood, also excellent for cleaning and cooking.
Your challenge this week:
Purchase a high quality lavender oil and add it to a warm bath along with some Epsom Salt for an amazing relaxing treat. For extra points, let me know how that felt.
If you need help selecting or finding a high quality essential oils or if you are curious about the specific brand that I use for me and my family, please send me an email.