Thursday, February 11, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

Although I'm not a big fad follower, the topic of essential oils perked my interest strictly for the fragrance benefits. I love all thing scented...and highly scented!  Candles, melted wax, plug in wall scents are a staple in my home.  Laundry, soaps, lotions all are chosen based on scent.  

After much research and ready to give essential oils a try, I chose a kit which included a diffuser.  Simply because this would enhance and spread the aroma of the oils.  But since that first kit, through exploring, essential oils do much more than make things smell good!  The improve moods, clean the air and have healing properties.  

Since they are so much a part of my daily life, information about them is going on this blog!!  Here is a short introduction on essential oils and much more will be added on!

How To Use Essential Oils.

If you are trying to improve a mood or calm emotions, aromatic use is your best option. When essential oils are inhaled, the senses are heightened and certain reactions within the body can be triggered. You can inhale the oils directly from the bottle or put a few drops in the palm of your hand to smell them.  Applying calming oils to pillows and bed sheets can make for a relaxing night’s sleep. Sometimes, it may be beneficial to use a diffuser to release the essential oils aromatically into the air. This aromatic use will cleanse the air, and you will still be able to gain the benefits as the oil is assimilated through the air into your body.  The molecules are small and are effective when diffused or breathed in.  Aromatic use is very effective.  (And one of my favorite ways to use!)

Topical. . 

If you are dealing with a wound, wanting to nourish your skin, or treat a fungal infection, then go with topical. This is rubbing oil directly on the skin. Caution....there are a few 'hot' oils that may cause skin irritation if not diluted with a 'carrier oil'.  This is simply adding a few drops of essential oil to a larger amount of a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, or avocado oil. Coconut oil can be used for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can enhance the healing properties of oils you may choose to sooth cuts and scrapes. Coconut oil is also thicker and will last longer than a liquid oil. 

Internal Supplements: 
Some essential oils (only certified food grade) can be taken via mouth in order to gain the benefits that are available. Just 1 or 2 drops are enough to help your body heal, and the oils can be place directly in the mouth or they can be ingested through a small capsule that is swallowed. Very important: ONLY high quality oils can be used internally, because you need to be sure that the oil is free of any chemical or unnatural compounds. Many brands of essential oils specifically state that they should not be used internally, so be sure that you are using a high quality oil. 

How to get started.
Buy a few essential oils to start your collection. Many people like to begin with a starter kit which contains some of the basic oils that are commonly used, or they choose a few essential oils that are specific to health conditions they would like help with. Some of the basic oils are Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.

Start learning more about how to use each essential oil. Start small and read up on only a few at a time.  There are tons of resources out there.  One of mine is Modern Essential Oils which has plenty of information to get you started.  One more that is my go to site for beginning and growing use is Dr. Axe. He offers a free download The Kings Medicine's a must have!!

Much more will be coming about my new passion!! 

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