Essential oils are concentrated oils that naturally occur in plants which are extracted via steam and/or water distillation, expression or cold-pressing, or by maceration distillation. Different methods are used on different plants but the results are the same; aromatic, beneficial oils that can be used in a variety of ways.
There is some controversy about the use and benefits of essential oils but as with anything else, do your own research and make the decision that is best for you and your family. Personally, we love using essential oils. We use them around the house, on our bodies and as a form of dietary supplementation as well.
Lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, bergamot, and frankincense all contain compounds which help with relaxation. That’s why I use a blend of these oils on my pillow and bed sheets. Mr. SBF has seasonal allergy flare-ups so he prefers eucalyptus oil sprinkled onto his pillow. Eucalyptus helps with congestion and inflammation, so a few drops of eucalyptus oil on his pillow help his nasal passages to remain clear while he sleeps.
Sweet orange oil helps to boost the lymphatic and immune systems and helps to calm nerves. One of my favorite uses for this oil is to add it to my diffuser while I yoga. The aroma is simply wonderful. I also like to use a ginger and cinnamon oil combination in my diffuser simply because I love the smell! But ginger oil is wonderful for an upset stomach and cinnamon oil is great for brushing teeth and for cleaning.
Lemon oil is great for cleaning as well and sometimes I will add a drop or two to my lemon scones to give them an extra boost of lemon flavor!
And my “life-saving” favorite is peppermint. Peppermint oil helps to calm nerves, soothes sore muscles, clears the mind and contains antimicrobial properties. But I use it mainly when something I eat doesn’t agree with me. A drop or two of peppermint oil under my tongue does the trick in a matter of minutes. It truly feels like a ‘life-saver” when I’m in pain!
Always exercise caution when using essential oils as they are highly concentrated. When used on the skin, it is recommended that most oils be used in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. And if you are going to ingest an essential oil, do so in moderation and add it to something that it can adhere to, such as something oily or “fatty”. Buy quality, therapeutic grade oils and research them before you use them. But don’t be afraid of them! There are countless things on the market that are labeled as “food” which will harm you far worse than essential oils will.
If you’re skeptical about essential oils, I would encourage you to give one a try. Choose one that has benefits to a mental or health issue you might be having. Begin by simply removing the cap and inhaling the aroma a few times per day. Aromatherapy is a wonderful thing. Once you get comfortable with that, do some research into the other ways you can use that oil for the issue you are experiencing. Implement the uses for that oil for a month and take note of how it is helping. Once you realize the benefits of one oil, you will grow in confidence for using others.
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***Disclaimer: Information shared here is the express opinion and personal experience of the author who is neither a doctor or healthcare professional.