To follow the previous article on herbs, we will be discussing essential oils today. Essential oils are made from herbs, sometimes tree bark, flower petals, and the like. It is the essence of nature captured in a bottle. Many companies make essential oil.
Making essential oil isn’t as easy as one would think, there is a science involved to make pure oil. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil is seen as CPTG on the label of only oils that meet a this high standard. One such company is doTerra.
Essential oils are used in different ways to achieve the best results. For example a person can use them either Topically, Aromatically, or Internally. Oils taken internally are known as GRAS or generally recognized as safe.
Oils used topically sometimes should be blended into a carrier oil first because they are very potent and should be diluted first so as not to cause a reaction to the skin or make the person sensitive to the oil. That is not the case will all oils. When an oil does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil, it is referred to as neat, and may be applied directly on the skin.
Topical works extremely well in cases of congestion to help a person breath and to help break up the congestion. It can also be applied to the feet and used with foot reflexology or put on the feet of small children and babies so as not to get near the eyes.
Not all oils can be used, however, for babies and children. Care must be used when using essential oils on small children.
Some oils taken internally are recommended to be put into small gel caps first because of their hot flavor. Others can be put into a glass of water or rice milk and can be taken that way.
Aromatic oils are wonderful for cases of sinus infection. They can be put into hot steamy water and inhaled to clear the sinus passage or put into a diffuser. The medicinal properties of the oils can help the body to get rid of infection.
Essential oils can be used for many ailments and can be used with great results for those seeking relief in natural ways.
Disclaimer: Any suggestions made on this page are suggestions only and the use of them are your own responsibility.
For simple burns:10 drops of tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca oil) and 10 drops of lavender in an 8 oz.misting spray bottle filled with distilled water. Spray on burn as often as needed, do not wrap burn.
Foot fungus: Melaleuca oil or Tea Tree oil as it is also called is great for foot fungus.
Congestion: Topically, apply 1-2 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil mixed into 1 Tblsp. of fractionated coconut oil and rub on the chest, neck, back and feet. Aromatic, diffuse into the air or put into hot steamy water and inhale. Extreme care should be used so as not to get burned from the water.
Menstrual cramps: Geranium clary sage, lavender, cypress or peppermint oil can be rubbed on the abdomen to relieve cramping. Peppermint should be diluted 1 or 2 drops in 1 Tblsp. coconut oil.
Essential oils are great for housecleaning as well. Lavender oil and lemon oil are great to use with hot water to clean the house. A blend called On Guard from doTerra is a great oil to keep on hand during flu season and is great to kill germs on surfaces. A handwash is available as well.
Essential oils can be used in cooking also. I use lemon oil in my crepes, and basil oil in my spaghetti sauce, peppermint can be used in hot cocoa. You can experiment and remember that start with less, maybe one drop at a time, when cooking with essential oils.
Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree oils are good to begin with if you are new at essential oils.
Some oils are very expensive. The reason is that it takes so many flower petals to make just one ounce of say, Rose oil. Keep that in mind when buying essential oils and use them sparingly.
A good book is essential so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
DoTerra oils can be purchased online.
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