Essential Oils –
♥ Have you heard about essential oils? You’ve probably noticed social media posts about them. You might have even seen some of the cute little bottles on sale at a natural food store or craft show. If you give me 10 minutes, I’ll do my best to explain what essential oils can do for you.
♥ Essential oils are very concentrated liquids that are extracted from plants, trees, flowers, and other natural sources. Lesson number one: they are not new! Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and older civilizations from the Orient and Muslim worlds have all used the nature around them to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Even today, there are millions of people using essential oils to treat a wide variety of health conditions.
♥ WHY? You can walk into any drug store and buy medications to help your needs. Why use essential oils? I don’t know about you, but I’ve never opened a bottle of Tylenol – and felt instantly relieved by the pure scent of….? What does Tylenol even smell like? Lesson number two: Did you know that your sense of smell is probably your strongest sense?
♥ “Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other of our senses and recognition of smell is immediate. Other senses like touch and taste must travel through the body via neurons and the spinal cord before reaching the brain whereas the olfactory response is immediate, extending directly to the brain. This is the only place where our central nervous system is directly exposed to the environment.” (von Have, Serene Aromatherapy) http://www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/summer05/smell.htm
♥ Sure, smelling lovely things can make us smile, for a moment… but scents fade and our conditions remain. Lesson number three: Your sense of smell has direct access to your brain!
♥ “Our sense of smell affects the limbic system of our brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. Our amygdala gland in the brain is where trauma and negative emotions are stored. The only thing that affects this gland to release the trauma and stored negative emotions is our sense of smell. That is why essential oils are the best way to release these.” http://simplyhealthy.homestead.com/
♥ Essential oils can be purchased as “singles” meaning they contain one simple ingredient, let’s say Lemon. Or you could buy “blends” which contain a mixture of several essential oils in one bottle. Citrus Fresh contains Lemon, Tangerine, Bergamot, etc. Each single or blend of essential oils has their own unique benefit or use. It takes time to learn about each oil, but research is fun – especially when it helps you feel better! Essential oils can be applied topically (usually diluted,) taken orally (with appropriate research and knowledge) or simply inhaled! The easiest method is actually also the most direct. Just open up that bottle and take a big deep breath, or 3! While a diffuser in your home is a fantastic investment, a single drop of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball will also do the trick!
♥ I began using essential oils about 4 years ago, when my missionary friend from Uganda suggested them. At first, I’ll admit I had a hard time believing their abilities, but time and time again, I have been impressed with their potential. Do I think essential oils can cure everything? No… and if my 5 year old falls out of a tree with a broken arm, we’re still going to get in the car and drive to the ER. I’m not going to try using an essential oil! J But on the flip side of that – we always try essential oils first, for every day ailments and emotional needs!
♥ My advice to anyone trying essential oils – is to begin with the basics. If you’ve never opened a bottle of essential oils, don’t try to cure cancer with the first drop! Rather, let’s start with selecting an essential oil that can help you sleep better! … or give you an energy boost late afternoon. Let’s begin with an essential oil that can boost your immune system or help lighten your mood on a trying day. Once you’re rested and feeling a bit better – you can dive into more research and work on the next symptom most important to you.
♥ If you’d like additional information about essential oils, and how you can learn more or get started, please email me and/or join my Facebook group: Essential Oils Can Do That?!
Thank you so much, Amber for everything! ♥
♥ Stay Beautiful!