Do essential oils really work? Whenever we’re thinking about putting something on or in our bodies, it’s good to be skeptical and check out all the ingredients and available facts.
Before we had giant pharmaceutical companies producing all kinds of medicines (and the Food and Drug Administration regulating them), people used solutions directly extracted from plants and other natural resources to promote better health. Unfortunately, some people also grossly oversold “miracle cures” or peddled products with blatantly misleading or incorrect labels – hence the clichéd “Snake Oil Salesman”.
As with all the things I put on my skin or in my body, I did my homework and consulted with wise people I trust to ensure I get the high-quality products I pay for. I’ve done some research to make sure I’m confident in the quality of essential the oils I use.
As for the effectiveness of the oils, I personally don’t think essential oils should ever take the place of a nutrient dense diet, but I think well-made oils from a reputable source can help aid the body in recovery and promote better health. I’ve learned ways they can be used in combination with the right diet to help support the body.
It’s been a priority of mine to create my own all-natural first aid kit for the family and I’ve found that essential oils can be a wonderful addition. If you’d like to find out which brand of therapeutic grade oils I trust for my family, click here.
I encourage you to do your own homework. There are tens of thousands of research articles explaining the benefits of pure essential oils.
To help further your research, I recommend a few resources that help me understand how to use the oils.
The book, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart is a fabulous resource. This book helped me understand the chemical properties of essential oils and how they work in the body. I’ve also found the site NAHA very helpful.
After much research, I started using oils several months ago. My friend Season Johnson taught me how to properly use them. I admire Season – she’s a trained Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and has done a ton of research when it comes to finding the purest detox therapies and essential oils to help her son with healthy cell support. Click here to learn about the brand of essential oils we trust (I’ll also send you my “50 Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils Cheat Sheet”!
Here are some of my favorite combinations and uses for essential oils:
For head tension – I apply Frankincense, Basil and Soothing Blend to the back of my neck and temples.
To support the immune system – I rub a few drops of Melaleuca, Lemon and Frankincense on my feet.
For the occasional upset stomach – I rub a few drops of Digestive Blend on my stomach.
When I need to be focused – I diffuse Citrus Bliss or Wild Orange in a diffuser (I keep one at my desk and love it!)
For a peaceful night’s sleep – I rub a few drops of Calming blend and Lavender on my feet before going to bed.
For first aid – I use a drop of Clove and Lavender and rub it directly onto the occasional cut or scrape.
I also teach a class alongside Season Johnson NTP, about essential oils and how they can support your overall health. Click on the picture below to read more about the class being offered and to register.
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