Essential Oils and the Brainwashed Blogger!

I know what you’re thinking… yet another boring blog by a brainwashed blogger who drank the Kool-Aid about Essential Oils. But wait! Give just 5 minutes of your time and an open mind, and I will convince you that essential oils are essential for your mental and emotional wellbeing, and not just the next big fad.

Essential oils have been around for centuries and have been referenced by both Jewish and Christian faiths. They were primarily used for their healing properties. Monks used oils known for their antibacterial properties during the dark ages to aid in the healing process. Physicians used them prior to the idea of traditional medicine as we know it. So, we now know that oils are not a new idea… but which oils are good for healing? How do we use them? I’m glad you asked! Keep reading for a short introduction on the healing power of oils. I am not listing any oils here that I have not personally tried and found to be true.

• Peppermint

This oil can be used to help with constipation, nausea, and it relieves gas. It also has a cooling effect, so it can effectively reduce fevers. One of the most common ways I use peppermint oil is for headaches.

• Lavender

I absolutely LOVE lavender oil. Most people know if this oil and its ability to help calm and soothe. Lavender oil helps you to relax enough to fall to sleep naturally. It also helps with burns and other skin irritations. Lavender also helps to reduce stress and anxiety because it is so calming and soothing.

• Lemon

This is known as a happy oil. It helps elevate your mood and fight mental fatigue. It is also said that lemon oil can help with sleep. Lemon oil also helps with stomach issues such as an upset stomach or cramps.

*** peppermint, lavender, and lemon oils can be combined and rubbed on your sinus cavities for relief of a sinus headache. This is probably the most common way I use these oils***

• Helichrysum

This oil is known for being antifungal, antimicrobial, and a natural antibiotic. It is said to help with allergies, acnes, wounds, infections, inflammation of the muscles and joints… and the list goes on. This oil is a little costlier than the others, but it is definitely worth the price! I have used this mainly for skin issues. I burned myself pretty badly taking something out of the oven once, and I immediately put helichrysum oil on the burn and it stopped hurting immediately. I never scared from that burn either. I have also used this oil in my skin care to help fight acne and wrinkles… I can’t say enough good things about this particular oil, trust me when I say it is worth every penny!

• Frankincense

Most people will recognize this oil from the Bible. This is another oil that helps promote skin healing, so it can be used on any scars that you may have or with any skin imperfections. Whenever I get a blemish of any kind I start putting frankincense oil on it. I have found that the blemishes heal quicker and do not leave scars behind. Frankincense has also been found to reduce anger anxiety and stress.

• Vetiver

This is a tree sap, so it is thick and smells ‘woodsy’. One of the main ways I use vetiver oil is for sleep. You rube a little vetiver oil and lavender oil on the bottoms of your feet; the lavender helps you relax and fall asleep and the vetiver helps you to stay asleep. Vetiver is also another oil that helps with scaring. Vetiver also helps with arthritis, gout, and muscular pains; although I have not personally used it for anything outside of aiding in sleep and scar reduction.

This is just a brief introduction to some common oils that I use and feel that I cannot live without. The benefits and uses here only scratch the surface of each oil’s potential. Hopefully I have been able to provide you with some evidence that oils are not just the newest fad but have been around and withstood the test of time. If you have been on the fence I encourage you to at least give them a try. I always recommend people start out with Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint because those three oils alone are so versatile.

Below you will find a link for some good quality, but yet cheap oils that I use everyday. Sometimes price isn’t everything!

If you want to know more about the healing power of essential oils I recommend to you this national best-selling book. The Healing Power of Essential Oils” is an awesome, well-written book on essential oils. It contains plenty of useful information on everything, from knowing how to purchase the right products, to what plant parts produce essential oils Dr. Z is a very passionate and effective teacher. The book includes recipes and formulations to treat from anxiety and depression to hormonal imbalance, digestive distress, sleep disorders, and even autoimmune diseases.

You could also get this e-book called “Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals” in which the author details 400 essential oil profiles, including 4000 references, benefits, risks, and doses. There are chapters on the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system, the digestive system, and the nervous system. For each essential oil, there is a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations.

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