Healing with Nature: Essential Oils and Your Health
Essential oils have become somewhat mainstream in the past few years, some people love them, some hate them, and most have no clue what to do with them. If you’re the latter, no worries; we’re here to help you explore essentials oils and to show you how they can benefit your health. Check out our tips for buying and preparing essential oils, as well as our favorite, must-have oils to have on hand at all times.
Tips for Buying and Preparing Essential Oils
First, let’s start with the basics: buying essential oils. As essential oils rise in popularity, they’ve become easily accessible in major chain stores, grocery stores and online just about anywhere. This is great, but you’ll always want to do your research and ensure that they’re 100% pure and therapeutic grade; this is important because just like your food, the plants that derive such oils could be subject to irresponsible harvesting practices such as mass harvesting and the application of pesticides.To find top quality oils, we suggest working with an aromatherapist as they are well informed about how to use oils properly and will know of reputable sources for purchasing oil.
Next, after you’ve found the oil you need it is important to research how to use it. Oils can be applied to the skin directly, but more often than not, you should dilute oils with a safe carrier such as coconut oil. These powerful healing blends can be used in a glass roller or made into an easy to apply salve. You can also place oils in a diffuser to give your home or office a pleasant smell with added health benefits (think: oils for energy, allergy relief, stress reducer and more). So, what oils should you always have on hand? Here are a few of our must-have essential oils:
Peppermint oil is a natural painkiller: when it is applied topically, it can help relieve sore muscles, tension headaches and it can even provide relief to your teething baby. This versatile oil can also be used for several digestive issues. For example, if taken internally by capsule, peppermint oil can be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. It also helps reduce bloating and inflammation within the digestive system. The following is a great blend to treat pain: 3 drops peppermint, 3 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops ginger.
Some would argue that lavender is one of the most versatile of oils. Lavender is excellent as a calming solution. Put 2-3 drops in your hands and then rub on your temples, feet, or wrists and voila! You’ll be breathing in the scent of fresh lavender for hours. Because it’s so great for calming, lavender essential oils can also be used a sleep aid. Lavender salves may also be used to treat cuts, eczema, dermatitis, bee stings, bug bites and minor burns. Here is a great diffuser blend using lavender as a sleep aid: 4 drops lavender, 2 drops cedarwood, 2 drops wild orange and 1 drop ylang-ylang oil.
Lemon oil is most commonly found in household products, thanks to its zestful aroma and ability to remove tough grease. It’s also revered for it’s antibiotic and antiseptic qualities, which is excellent for everyone. Not only is lemon oil outstanding for the home, but it also works wonders for your skin. Lemon oil offers a high concentration of D-limonene, which assists to diminish wrinkles! The following is an excellent recipe for allergies: 15 drops lemon, 15 drops lavender and 15 drops peppermint. You can blend it and use as a topical or diffuse around your home. Please note, you can use as many or little drops of oil as you please, depending on the size of the roller or diffuser you use.
Now that you know a little more about the health benefits that essentials can offer you can get started. Which oils will you buy first? How will you use them? Comment below, we’d love to hear more about your favorite oil blends and the health benefits you’ve experienced!