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Essential Oils

Updated: Feb 5


I love essential oils! I was introduced to them by a Nurse when my kids were young. I inquired about essential oils out of frustration with the constant snotty noses and colds running through my family. My Nurse friend told me she rubbed essential oils on her kids feet at night and diffused the oils in the air daily. I decided to give it a try and have never looked back. It is an expensive habit….BUT the oils last a long time and have proved to be beneficial for my family. My kids are bigger now with stinky feet so….the habit of rubbing oils on their feet gets forgotten. We now use oils more for acne and wrinkles -- HA! The science behind the benefits of oils is very fascinating to me, I provided more information below! I would be happy to discuss how I use oils to make lotions and my favorite blends with you. Just reach out! Here are just a few I love listed below.

My favorite Essential Oil Blends

  • R.C.-- A blend of eucalyptus, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender, Cypress, Spruce and Peppermint. I diffuse this when my kids have colds or sore throats. I also mix with coconut oil and rub behind ears.

  • Purification-- A blend of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea-tree, lavender, Myrtle. This purifying blend cleanses and disinfects the air and neutralizes mildew, smoke, and disagreeable odors. It disinfects and cleans scrapes and bites from bees and spiders. I love the smell and if you have ever been to my yoga retreats this is the scent in the air -- I generally diffuse it. I mix this with water and spray in my kids soccer bags and stinky shoes. I use on mosquito bites in the summer-- mix with coconut oil and apply to the bite.

  • Thieves--The most amazing blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious essential oils. Ingredients: Clove, lemon, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. I use this all the time and this is what I dilute with coconut oil and rub on feet. I believe this helps build the immune system and can help prevent colds. I also clean with the Thieves cleaning products. It is multipurpose and natural so I can have my kids clean the toilets without worrying about bleach and chemicals getting in their skin.

  • Sacred Mountain-- A blend of Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Balsam Fir. I love the scent! It instills a sense of grounding, protection and strength.


  • Single Oils I love: prevention of lice (tea tree) wrinkles (frankincense and lavender), Citrus fresh (scent and in my water), Peppermint (muscles and awakening effects)


Resourced from: Wellgrounded Institute

Here are four key ways essentials oils impact our body:

#1 — Emotions, Stress, Hormone Balancing

Aromatic structures in nature have a strong aroma or scent. Because essential oils are small molecules, they rapidly vaporize and become air borne and so can be inhaled through the nose into the olfactory nerve. This nerve is hard wired into our inner brain, which is the limbic system (the emotional control center). The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. The four other senses (hearing, tasting, touching and seeing) all stimulate the outer areas of the brain, which is our thinking brain– only smell directly stimulates the inner parts of our brain and works on an emotional and subconscious level so powerfully.

#2 — Cellular Nourishment and Protection

Because of their molecular structure, essential oils can rapidly penetrate cell membranes. When you rub an essential oil on your skin, it goes through your skin tissue, into your blood stream and through the membranes of your cells. They can reach the inner places of a cell and deliver nutrients and oxygen to the cell, remove toxins and protect and repair a cell’s DNA.

#3 — Immunity

Essential oils are the immune system of plants, and as such are highly antimicrobial– they protect plants from bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi that could harm or kill the plant. Likewise, in our bodies, we find essential oils provide us with an extremely high protection against harmful bacteria, viruses, mold and fungus.

#4 — Longevity

Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that can cause inflammation in the body. In our blood stream, essential oils are powerful antioxidants that clear out free radicals which cause damage and death to our cells and DNA. We can do our best to avoid free radicals by staying away from smoke, fumes, sunlight, air and water pollution, preservatives in food and stress (even vigorous exercise, while giving many benefits to the body, increases free radicals), but the reality is we will encounter a significant amount of free-radical producing things every day. Essential oils have such high antioxidant power they are a powerful way to manage the free radical build up in our blood.

Safety

Many oils that are touted as essential oils are actually derived with harsh chemicals, diluted, or copied and produced in a lab. Cheap copies bring cheap results and have the potential to be toxic. Therefore, it is imperative to take great care in choosing high-quality essential oils. When choosing a company to purchase essential oils from it is helpful to ask questions about how the plants are grown (organically? wild-harvested?), and are they tested for purity and by what standards? The FDA does not require essential oils to be tested for purity and pesticide residue, so the companies must hold their oils to these standards, themselves.

Natural Medicine Cabinet:

Bumps, cuts, bruises: Arnica cream, Aloe Vera gel, lavender essential oil

Tummy Aches, Nausea: Peppermint essential oil, ginger, ginger-lemon-honey tea

Everyday-- whole-food supplement (multi-vitamin) Omega-3 fish oil

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