Wonder what’s all the buzz about essential oils! These healing oils have been around for thousands of years used as aromatherapy and plant based medicine without any of the side effects. Ancient Egyptians soon realized that in addition to the therapeutic properties in essential oils, they were useful for emotional healing as well.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils benefits come from their antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and can help:
- Improve digestion
- De-stress and relax sore muscles and joints
- Fight cancer
- Relief for colds and flu
- Increase hair growth
- Balance hormones
- Soothe tension and anxiety
- Relief for headaches
- Help to induce sleep
- Boost energy
With so many chemicals we encounter daily from food, personal care products and the environment, more people are looking for ways to heal their body naturally and provide a safer way to live.
Essential oils are plant based medicine which is extracted directly from the leaf, seed, root, flower, fruit, or bark of a plant or tree.
Did you know…to get 1 single 15ml bottle of rose essential oils it takes 65 pounds of rose pedals!
“Essential oils are composed of very small molecules that can penetrate cells and some compounds in essential oils can even cross the blood-brain barrier. They differ from fatty oils (like those in vegetables or nuts) that come from large molecules because they cannot penetrate your cells so they are not therapeutic in the same manner.”
Source: Dr. Josh Axe
How Do I Start?
Most essential oils are potent so to avoid irritation or allergic reactions dilute with a carrier oil. A good rule is a solution of 3-5 drops essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
Carrier Oils to Use with Essential Oils
- Almond oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Jojoba oil
Using carrier oils can increase the length of time the essential oils stay on the skin and prolongs the aromatherapy effects.
6 Powerful Healing Essential Oils
Here’s a few of my top healing essential oils:
1. Lavender – calming
Improves mood, use with Epsom salt for detox bath, helps with relaxation and sleep, heals burns and cuts.
2. Peppermint – energy
Improves focus, supports digestion, reduces fever, boosts energy, clears sinuses, muscle pain and headache relief.
3. Tea Tree – healing
Improves dandruff and thinning hair, natural anti-bacterial, reduces bad odors, stimulates the immune system.
4. Frankincense – immunity
Reduces inflammation, fights cancer, builds immune system, reduces scars and age spots, relieves stress and anxiety.
5. Lemon – cleanse
Soothes sore throat, teeth whitener, improves concentration, promotes weight loss, use for DIY cleaning products.
6. Oregano – digestion
Relieves cold symptoms fast, kills fungus, promotes digestion, stimulates immune system, soothes muscle aches, powerful anti-microbial properties.
Buying & Storing Essentials Oils
Quality does matter! For best results, select essential oils that are certified organic pure therapeutic grade in dark glass bottles to protect the quality of the oil.
Aura Cacia is my favorite brand, purchase online or buy locally at Natural Grocers.
Storage: Keep both carrier and essential oil bottles tightly closed and store in cool dark place or refrigerator during summer months.
Safety reminder: Read and follow all label warnings, never keep near source of ignition as they are flammable and keep out of reach of children.
Ways to Use Essential Oils
3 common ways to use essential oils and lead you to a healthier body:
- Diffuser – absorbing essential oils when inhaled through a diffuser circulates the oil in the blood vessels throughout the body.
- Topically – dilute with a carrier oil before applying to skin to reduce sensitivity. Best absorption areas are sole of feet, armpits and palms of the hand.
- Personal Care & Cleaning Products – DIY essential oils homemade products are all over the web these days. Easy way to improve your beauty, home and longevity.
Check out this DIY guide to 101 Essential Oils Uses & Benefits by Dr. Axe.
I hope you find this information about using essential oils helpful. BIG thank you to Dr. Josh Axe and his online webinar about Essential Oil Transformation that I recently attended which inspired me to write this post!
Find out more about essential oils uses from Dr. Axe’s Essential Oils Guide
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