Health Care and Essential Oils

Complementary
alternative medicine has been offered by health care providers and holistic
practitioners as an answer to help resolve certain maladies that people want as
options to be treated versus traditional medicine. One of those methodologies
is the use of essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of
years for their health, cosmetic, and emotionally uplifting properties.
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation,
but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful
and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results.

According
to www.YoungLiving.com, while some essential oils may uplift the spirits, others
may empower you to release negative thoughts and habits. Essential oils can be
your key to a more fulfilling and balanced emotional life.
Modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions
for physical wellness. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of
environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels.
From cleansing and weight management to supporting every system of the body,
essential oils and essential oil-infused supplements can provide the targeted
solutions you need to restore balance and feel your best.

Incense
and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in
religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants to transcend the
trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. Research shows that
the pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate
regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state
of mind. For more detailed information on essential oils, visit this website: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/guide/about
.

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, according to this website: http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialDefinition.php
.

In
addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant
to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures
for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and
trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and
new discovery of essential oil health applications.

According
to www.DoTerra.com, topical application of essential oils can have immediate,
localized benefit to the target area. They have restorative and calming
properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. They
are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils also
allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal
benefit throughout the body.

Essential
oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy
conditions. 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.

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. A large
amount of information is readily available for those desiring to increase their
knowledge of essential oil applications.

(Be sure
to use only 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all
label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes,
inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. If redness or irritation occurs when
using essential oils topically, apply any vegetable oil, such as fractionated
coconut oil or olive oil, to the affected area. Consult your physician before
using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care.)

According
to www.CrunchyBetty.com, here are the top 7 essential oils to consider when you
want to start using them in your personal care products or homemade cleaning
supplies:

·        
Peppermint
(good for lip balms, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)

·        
Rosemary
(good for hair preparations, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)

·        
Sweet
orange (good for all skin types and very soothing in room sprays for children)

·        
Rose
geranium (good for all skin types, creating perfumes, and for use in homemade
moisturizers)

·        
Tea
tree (great for healing, getting rid of dandruff, oily/acneic skin, and
cleaning products)

·        
Lavender
(great for all skin types, for relaxation, hair preparations, and cleaning
products)

·        
Lemon
(great for lifting moods, cleaning preparations, and sparingly in toners and
products for oily skin)

All of
these essential oils also happen to be some of the least expensive and easiest
to find. Here are some references for learning more about how to safely and
effectively use essential oils in skincare, aromatherapy, and cleaning
products:

 

·        
Aromaweb.com is the best source for all things
aromatherapy on the internet

·        
Wavelengths Natural Health has an abundance of information on
essential oil profiles and aromatherapy

·        
All
of the essential oil profiles on Mountain
Rose Herbs.com
contain descriptions, usage, and precautions

·        
The
book Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to
Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal
contains an incredible amount of level-headed
knowledge and recipes using essential oils

·        
The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt is small, but
chock full of great info

·        
And
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and
Aromatherapy
is one last book to look for when learning more (and for more
great recipes)

Essential
oils have many affects on the human body, most of which are very therapeutic
when used in correct application. It also makes sense to talk with your family
physician about the use of essential oils, especially if you have certain
health or medical conditions that may be affected by their use. Most
individuals are not adversely affected, but it always makes sense to research
what is best for you.