Essential Oils Are Therapeutic
Throughout history, essential oils were used much the same way as they are today: For their medicinal benefits, in beauty care, cleaning and for their spiritual enhancement. The oils themselves may have changed, and indeed the process of extraction and harvesting of the raw materials has changed but science is catching up, and studies are beginning to support their use as an alternative treatment
with therapeutic properties. Essential oils are a highly concentrated form of plants, herbs, flowers, etc., that have undergone a distilling process to remove the highly concentrated oil. Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. They can provide relief from depression and anxiety and nervousness. They can support sleep and calm or relax your body, soothe sore muscles, and alleviate pain and inflammation. Looking beyond their medicinal benefits, they can be used to clean your home and added to personal care products to provide relief from skin conditions. They are used “aromatically,” inhaled through the nasal passages through the bottle or diffusers. Internally, swallowed (only certain types) and topically, applied directly to the skin usually with a carrier oil (almond oil, jojoba etc.) You can make essential oils part of your wellness plan by using them around the house (household cleaners, smelly shoes and sports gear, cleaning and deodorizing washing machines, freshening up a trash can, adding them to a vacuum cleaner, or using them as a bathroom freshener and more). Add wellness to your daily routine (add to your bathwater, sprinkle on the pillow, or add a few drops in the shower.) Topical Uses Galore (use as perfume, use for acne, add to your toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and body lotion). Create Your Wellness Medicine Cabinet- (use for headaches, sinus congestion and colds, burns, bug bites). Make them part of your Natural Health Regime (digestion, inflammation, pain, stress, sleep, anxiety, concentration, PMS, Menopause, circulation, energy and more.
Use Essential Oils Responsibly
Using essential oils comes with responsibility and takes some research. It takes large amounts of the raw materials and a painstaking extraction process to obtain an ounce of the essential oil, which is reflected in the price. Avoid synthetic fragrance oils. Their chemical composition could be near identical to the natural components of essential oils, and some may even smell the same. However, they may not have the same therapeutic properties. Essential oils are highly personalized, and a scent might work quite differently for each person. If you are prone to acidity, anger, ulcers, fever, etc., you may benefit from cooling
and calming oils such as gardenia, jasmine, rose and sandalwood. If you are prone to headaches, nervous anxiety, insomnia, etc. you may benefit from warm, energizing oils such as camphor. And the ‘more is better’ theory does not apply to essential oils. Using a lot of oil doesn’t increase the benefit of the oils, and the overpowering aroma can unsettle you and others living with you. Prolonged inhalation of concentrated essential oils can cause headaches, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and lethargy. Research and ask questions to determine which oils are right for you.
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