Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, is considered to be an ancient tradition, and even has 400 mentions in scripture. Each essential oil has its own unique, uplifting properties. When roots, leaves, bark, and flowers are combined together they produce a greater synergistic result. Nowadays, there are more people suffering from allergies, food sensitivities, skin conditions, and medical conditions when compared to decades ago. Some people believe that this occurrence is stemming from the overuse of antibiotics, prescriptions, chemicals, artificial ingredients added to processed foods, consumption of GMO foods, and hormones used in animals. Thus, many people are going back to basics by eating organic non-GMO foods and using essential oils regularly for therapeutic healing and wellness. Essential oils help provide a restorative balance between biological, physiological, and spiritual aspects of human life.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are are extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing. It’s very important to purchase higher quality brands to assure purity. As of now, there are no set standards for essential oils. The “pure” essential oils have no added byproducts and are free from contamination. Synthetic additives can reduce the effectiveness of the essential oils. Locating where and what the oil was made with can be helpful in choosing a “good” essential oil. For example, choosing essential oils made from plants from high quality farmland could contain better quality plant compounds. The key is to find a good brand that works for you and stick with it. One thing that is for certain is that essential oils are so potent, one drop can contain up to 500 components! Wow!
3 Common Ways to Use Essential Oils
Eating a diet rich in plant based foods combined with essential oils provide a wonderful foundation for wellness. In general, there are three basic ways to use essential oils:
- Topically—essential oils can be used in a diluted form as facial cream, lotions, massage oil, and in baths. Rubbing essential oils on the bottoms of your feet, wrists, neck, or temples are common places to apply essential oils. Using a few drops works or you can find for essential oil “roll-ons” to easily roll-on application to your skin.
- Inhalation—The most common way is to inhale essential oils is by using a diffuser. Diffusers are nice because they are easy to use anywhere in the home or at the office. Inhaling essential oils activates the limbic system of your brain as well, which controls basic moods and emotions.
- Ingesting—use with caution! Essential oils are so powerful, they can cause more harm than good when used internally, especially in pregnant women, children, and infants.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy suggests aromatherapy oil based blends are useful for:
- chronic or acute pain relief
- arthritis & rheumatism
- chronic muscular/joint aches and pain
- pregnancy and childbirth massage
- reducing inflammation
- enhancing immunity
- relieving muscle spasms
- relax and soothe the nervous system
- aid in the treatment of sprains, strains, and repetitive movement injuries
Essential Oil Blends for Common Health Conditions and Symptoms:
Wintergreen/Peppermint—>To support joint/cartilage function and alleviate minor aches
Peppermint/Dill/Ginger/Fennel—> Helps alleviate nausea and occasional gas
Peppermint/Lavender—> around temples or around entire hairline for headaches
Peppermint —> helps with hot flashes and motion sickness
Roman chamomile/Lavender/Vetiver/Cedarwood—> childhood tantrums, anger, and oversensitivity in children
Lavender/Lemon/Peppermint—> seasonal allergy support
Cinnamon, Rosemary, Clove, Lemon, Basil—> Immune support
Frankincense—> healthy breast support
Grapefruit—> helps with weight loss
Essential Oil Blends for Mind/Spiritual Use (i.e. yoga, reading):
Frankincense/Lemon; Ravinsara; Cedarwood—>Spiritual being
If you don’t have a diffuser, you can boil water then add placing 3-7 drops into boiling water while covering your head with a towel and breathe through the nose while closing your eyes. You could also use essential oils as an aromatic spritzer as a natural air freshener.
I personally like to use USDA certified organic essential oils only because I trust the oil is more pure and free from degradation. When I feel overwhelmed or stressed out I place 1-2 drops of organic lavender essential oil topically on my wrists and take a few whiffs. I instantly calm down and feel more focused. If you don’t have lavender essential oil on hand, eucalyptus essential oil works just as well. Using lavender oil also helps me get into the mindset of sleep. I place a few drops on my pillow to relax; it works every time to rest and repair. If I need an extra boost to getting my day started, I use my oil diffuser and place a few drops of a citrus blend essential oil in my diffuser…This helps house chores go by quick!
The bottom line is…
Use what works for you in the moment!
Check out our Natural Subsistence Essential Oil Pinterest Board for our favorite essential oil recipes.