When I start seeing a certain thing talked about everyday I scoff at it’s popularity, call it a trend, and decide to stay as far away from it as I can until the hype calms down. As of lately I’ve noticed a rise in discussion about essential oils and almost wrote them off, but then I decided to do a little research of my own.
Any product that involves multi level marketing is something I steer clear of. Of course people are pushing this product and speaking of all it’s miracles … they want to make money! Once I started to get down to the root of essential oils though, I was interested to learn how people have been using these oils for thousands of years. Essential oils are the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known to man. They have been used for healing, therapy, and religious rituals all over the world.
So what are essential oils? Essential oils are a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, and other elements of a plant. These are the same oils that plants use to defend themselves from natural harm, they are the true essence of the plant they are derived from.
How do you use essential oils? You can apply directly to your skin, diffuse in your home, ingest [please always research first and only ingest therapeutic grade oils], and you can make your own natural home products.
Here’s a few I love:
Lavender: Helps to calm and relax, also to promote sleep. Lavender is a great oil to use on children’s minor cuts and scratches since it is an antibacterial.
Thieves: A mixture of four oils [clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, and eucalyptus] that kill bacteria and harmful germs. Place on the bottom of your children’s feet before sending them to school to ward off sickness this year. Diffuse in your home to fill your air with bacteria fighting oil. Also a fantastic oil to add to any of your homemade cleaners or bath products.
Lemon: Energizing and uplifting. A natural way to rid a room of pet or cigarette smoke smell. Lemon is a purifier which is also great used in homemade products.
Clary Sage: A natural mood balancer that promotes joy and combats anxiety. Can be used to treat cramps and headaches. Clary Sage is wonderful to have on hand for menstrual times, labor, and menopausal issues.
Peppermint: Commonly used for digestive health. It has both warming and cooling properties, making it useful for muscle pain and soreness.
Even though I was hesitant at first by the claims people were making about essential oils, I am so happy that I decided to look deeper into these products and began using them in my home. As with anything it is always best to research before using but I hope that I have given you a little bit of information to help you get started and able to use less chemicals in your home.