I just wanted to give a big welcome to Julie, from My Life’s Essentials. I am really excited for all of us to learn a little bit about essential oils and why we should be incorporating them into our health, healing, and wellness lifestyles. She did an awesome job writing this piece and is offering a FREE webinar for us all to learn more on implementing them in the home. Be sure to check out Julie’s Bio at the end of the post and sign up for the free webinar to learn more!
The use of essential oils are becoming more and more popular as people start to look into alternative ways to optimize their health in all natural ways. According to the CDC, the United States is in the grip of an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. It is up to us as consumers to look into alternatives to make sure we are promoting optimal health. And essential oils are a piece to the wellness puzzle.
If you are new to using essential oils or have always been curious on how they work and how to use them, make sure you bookmark these 10 essential oil uses to refer back to.
10 Facts about Essential Oils
1. Never dilute an essential oil with water
Do oil and water mix? I hope you said NO! They repel each other. Skin sensitivity is the primary concern when using essential oil. So imagine if you used water to try and dilute an oil that has made your skin sensitive. Instead of diluting the oil it will drive it in even deeper. Make sure to have on hand a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil if that is all you have to put over the top of an oil on your skin if it begins to burn and is sensitive. This will help dilute any skin sensitivity that may happen.
2. Essential oils aren’t really oils
Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue
3. Essential oils WON’T heal you
Your body heals you. Your body is amazing and when we give it what it needs, it can heal itself whether eating whole foods, getting enough sleep or using essential oils. Your body will take what it needs to promote optimal health. Sometimes it just needs a little help along the way and essential oils are here to help with that.
4. All oils aren’t created equal
Because essential oils don’t have any monitoring body regulating the purity of an oil, not all oils are created equal. A bottle of lavender can say 100% pure lavender even though only a portion of the bottle contains actual lavender because the small amount that was used was pure.
Do your research before ordering an essential oil. Make sure it is from a company you trust and feel confident in. Buying a synthetic essential oil may do more harm than good and leave you with a bad taste for natural healthcare. I don’t use anything other than pure therapeutic grade essential oils so I can feel confident on using it on any member of my family. (You can visit Julie’s website www.MyLifesEssentials.com for products she personally has checked out and feels confident in using.)
5. Just because essential oils are natural, doesn’t mean you can use them anywhere
Essential oils should never be used in eyes, inside ear canals or in open wounds. Using around the outsides of your ears and wounds is the best way to use essential oils in these areas. And ALWAYS avoid contact on or around eyes.
6. Essential oils can be used 3 ways:
First, an essential oils can be use is topically on the skin. Because of their molecular make up, they can easily be absorbed into the bloodstream within 30 seconds. Second, an essential oil can be used is aromatically with a diffuser or even just inhaled Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory, or sense of smell, stimuli.
The third way an essential oil can be used is internally. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label. Also note that using essential oils internally is the cause of much debate and can be controversial. Be sure to do your own research to ensure this is something you feel confident in doing.
7. Essential oils can terminate viruses inside a cell where antibiotics cannot
Have you ever had the flu and were told to just get plenty of rest and water because nothing could be done? That is because the flu virus is on the inside of a cell where a traditional antibiotic cannot get. Many essential oils are antibacterial and antiviral. This means that not only can they help eliminate bacteria on the outside of a cell; they can penetrate the cell wall and halt the replication of a virus inside a cell also.
A study was published by PubMed in November 2010, talked about the effectiveness of an essential oil blend called “OnGuard” against the flu virus, particularly swine flu. The study found that not only did it kill the virus inside the cell (which drugs and antibiotics cannot penetrate the cell membrane like oils can), but OnGuard reduced viral replication by up to 90%. Amazing!
8. One kind of essential oil can be used for multiple purposes.
Essential oils have hundreds of compounds in each drop instead of just one isolated compound like we find in many medications. Because of this, one kind of essential oil can be used to promote optimal health in a number of different things for your body. Because of the many compounds in each oil, an oil that works great for me, may not be the best fit for you. All bodies react differently to each oil. Don’t be afraid to try multiple oils until you find what works best for you. One will often work better for your body.
9. Using essential oils are safe, cheap and effective
Because essential oils are natural plants, they can easily be used and metabolized by our bodies. Our bodies distribute what it needs and discards the rest without adverse side effects. Essential oils also only take a few drops to be effective. Less oil, more often is best. This makes them only pennies per use.
10. Egyptians were some of the first people to use essential oils medicinally
Egyptians use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony. Frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold.
Want to learn more about essential oils?
Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience and I want to help you discover natural health in the comfort of your own home.
Make sure to join us for a FREE webinar for more in-depth information and more specific uses for 10 of the most popular essential oils.
Thursday, April 17
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A Mom’s Guide to Using 10 Natural Remedies Right at Home
This is a great way to learn more about specific oils and what they are used for. You can even watch it in your pajamas! I promise I won’t tell! A great perk of learning from home.
Even better, we will be giving away a FREE 15ML Lavender essential oil to one lucky winner at the end of the webinar.
You can check out a few Lavender uses here. (http://everythingessential.me/Oils/Lavender.html)
Julie runs the blog and business My Life’s Essentials. When she was first introduced to essential oils she felt intimidated and uncomfortable with something she wasn’t sure how to use. It wasn’t until she needed them to help her son in the middle of the night she realized they aren’t as intimidating as they seemed. In fact, they were empowering to have natural wellness right at home! After that experience she started a blog dedicated to natural health education by using and educating on her experience with essential oils so everyday users can also feel empowered and educated on using essential oils at home.
Keep it clean, keep it natural! From my Natural Health Blog to you!