OILS are a big thing today. There are many companies making and selling oils, natural or otherwise. The thing to watch out for are companies that diffuse the oils with oils of no value. If you are using oils or making your own combinations be sure you use pure, natural, unadulterated oils. This blog will be the first of others to introduce you to oils and the use of oils – oils that can be used topically, internally, and aromatically.
With so many oils on the market, it is hard to know which ones are good for you and which are not. A company I have found to be legitimate and trustworthy is ‘doTerra.‘ Their products are mostly sold through multi-level marketing, but their products are pure. Another company I have confidence in is ‘NOW‘ essential oils. Their products can be purchased mostly in Health Food Stores and sometimes in Super Markets. I have not seen them in Super Markets in my area. I purchase the ‘Now’ oils at the Health Food Store.
There are lots of books and a lot of information on the internet about oils. It can be mind boggling. There are so many oils that can do basically the same things if absorbed into the skin and body or taken internally that it is hard to remember which is which. So, with my OIL BLOGS, I will be featuring one specific oil at a time to help educate you on what it is.
Questions you might ask are: What does Essential Oils mean? Are they safe? Are they effective? Essential Oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants. Pure grade essential oils are distilled from the plants. Essential oils have been used throughout history in a variety of wellness applications to include medical, beauty treatment, food preparation, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, promote health and personal hygiene. Essential oils in our day were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who accidentally healed a badly burned hand with Lavender oil. Since then a lot of scientific research has been done on essential oils to validate the numerous health benefits of pure and natural essential oil. Are they SAFE? Essential oils that are natural and therapeutic grade are safe. Always look for this type of oil. They provide all the health benefits, but without side-effects or addictions associate with many prescription medications. Are they EFFECTIVE? Yes, they are effective because essential oils are able to get inside an infected cell, are effective against threats found on the inside of cells and the outside of cells.
There are 3 ways to use essential oils, Aromatically – using a diffuser, topically – a few drops of the oil applied directly on the skin and rubbed in, and internally – 1 to 2 drops placed under the tongue, mixed in a glass of water, or taken in capsule form.
I am starting the list with an oil many of you have heard about, already use, or are familiar with – LAVENDER. In the description of the oil, there will be information on the use of the oil, how often to use, and how to use, etc.
LAVENDER OIL: Lavandula angustifolia – native to the mediterranean, is now found around the world. Lavender is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing and is safe for all skin types. It is a shrub with purple flowers. Extraction method steam distillation.
- Apply to the bottom of the feet or on a pillow before sleeping – calms, relaxes, relieves stress.
- calms the reaction to a bee sting or bug bite, relieves itching.
- A few drops used in the bathwater along with the bath salts creates a relaxing spa bathing experience. Calms emotional anxiety.
- Applied on the inside of the wrist or inhaled eases motion sickness when traveling.
- Soothes sunburned or scalded skin
- Apply to back, hands, or feet of a restless or agitated child to calm them down.
- A few drops soothes diaper rash, or other rashes.
- Can be applied to dry lips before using a lip balm.
- Use with peppermint for a healthy scalp massage.
- Add to lotion for a stress relieving hand, leg or foot massage.
- Relieves muscular aches and pain, backache, swelling from sprains. You can make your own special blend for these issues using lavender added with other oils and blended into a carrier oil.
This list is minimal. There are other uses. These are basic. Lavender is known, basically, for it calming and soothing effects.
LAVENDER IS FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY!
Note: Keep out of the reach of children. If you have an adverse reaction to this or any oil, discontinue its use and consult a physician. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get it in the eyes rinse the eyes well with clean water. Use all oils with caution. For more information DO YOUR RESEARCH!
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