Way before I discovered Coconut Oil, I discovered essential oils, as early as my teens. My dance teacher at the time drank peppermint tea by the pot full and patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense lingered in the room long after the class was finished. My hippie days were numbered but for the time I wore cheesecloth pants and tie-dye singlets, I would always be wearing geranium, rose or sandalwood oils. I now use essential oils in many different ways and know many more smells than rose, geranium or sandalwood. While once upon a time I believed they were simply a beautiful reminder of my dance teacher, now I realise that they have so many other benefits for your health and not just aromatic indulgences.
I have used essential oils as remedies for all sorts of ailments over the years for both myself and my family. Things like:
Cold and Flu
Insect Bites or Stings
While I rave about the benefits of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and a host of other oils, essential oils are up there as well. I use them in my DIY body butter, body scrubs, body wash, toothpaste, and in oil pulling solutions. You may or may not be familiar with essential oils but you are probably more familiar with them then you think. Have you peeled an orange lately, or zested a lemon. Maybe you walked past an amazing lavender plant and smelt its beautiful aroma. What you are smelling and breathing in are the essential oils from the orange, the lemon and the lavender. Essential oils are used in cleaning products, shampoos, toothpaste, skin care products and the list goes on. Pure essential oils are made by harvesting the plant, leaf, root, stem, flower or bark and distilling it into a compound that is beneficial for our health, our home and the environment.
Essential Oils have many benefits
High levels of antioxidants
Pain and Tension Relief
Teeth Whitening and reducing gum disease
My daughter has for many years used peppermint oil as a natural remedy for many ailments. Period cramps, headaches, mild decongestant, insect bites, adding to drinks or into recipes for that lovely minty flavour.
Essential Oils have many uses
Aromatic – in a diffuser or oil burner or by cupping a drop or 2 in your hands
Topical – diluted in a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin or roof of the mouth
Internal – adding to recipes or to water or into a veggie capsule
Essential oils also come as single or blended compounds. Learning how to blend essential oils is as easy as smelling the oils you like and trying a combination of them together. And there are many pre-blended compounds that essential oil companies are selling on the market.
How about you? Are you into essential oils? Click on the buttons below to learn about the oils I prefer to use.