Allow me to preface the following information presented in this blog post with this: I am NOT a doctor. My personal experiences with therapeutic essential oils are presented for informational purposes. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.
It has been said that essential oils were mankind’s first medicine. They were used in variety of applications including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. So It is no surprise that modern day holistic spas and health centers incorporate the use of therapeutic and aromatic oils to treat mind, body and spirit.
I was recently introduced to therapeutic grade essential oils earlier this year by my friend, Linda, who is a dōTERRA representative. Prior to my exposure to dōTERRA products, I had very little knowledge on essential oils. Let’s just say that I could distinguish different scents, but I couldn’t to tell you what each oil is used for, or the varying methods of treatment.
After our initial meeting, I received a few sample vials and a book entitled Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils by Aroma Tools. I spent the next two weeks reading through the book from cover-to-cover and marveled at the extensive research and findings on the amazing benefits pure, therapeutic grade essential oils have to offer. Soon after, I ordered my first Family Physician Kit which included:
- Frankincense: treats arthritis, inflammation, respiratory issues, skin and warts
- Lavender: treats allergies, boils, burns, itching, aids with sleep and is calming
- Lemon: treats anxiety, depression, stress, heartburn and is a disinfectant
- Melaleuca: treats acne, boils, cold sores, sore throat, wounds, an antifungal and disinfectant
- Oregano: treats candida, muscle aches, parasites, warts and an antifungal
- Peppermint: treats allergies, headache, indigestion, nausea, sinusitis and promotes alertness
- Breathe (oil blend): treats asthma, congestion, cough, influenza, pneumonia, sinusitis and antiviral
- DigestZen (oil blend): treats bloating, cramps, heartburn, nausea, parasites, gastritis and cramps
- On Guard (oil blend): guards against air pollution, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, cleansing and disinfecting
- Deep Blue (oil blend): treats arthritis, back pain, inflammation, joint pain, muscle aches and tension
It is important to note that while pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are generally safe and gentle to apply on the skin, you should follow the recommended dosage and be aware that a few oils, such as cinnamon (Cassia), are very concentrated and may cause discomfort when too much is applied or placed in sensitive areas such as the eyes. I learned this lesson the hard way when I rubbed a small dab of pure peppermint oil on my nose –it wasn’t pleasant. Now, I use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil when applying topically.
Vog, also known as volcanic smog , is unavoidable on the Big Island of Hawaii, and it wreaks havoc on my upper respiratory system and sinuses. I rely on Breathe and Peppermint oils (usually administered aromatically or topically on my temples and feet) to help treat the headaches, lethargy and flu-like symptoms associated with vog.
When bouts of insomnia hit I apply a single drop of Lavender oil neat (by itself, no carrier oil) on the reflex points in my hands and feet, gently massaging and working the oil into the skin. And if that doesn’t do the job, I recreate a Spa-like environment by running my Greenair SpaVapor Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser with a drop of Lavendar, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. The aroma purifies the air in the entire house and never fails to put everyone (including my dog) into a Zen state of mind.
Recently my husband and I baked delicious homemade kale chips using 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, 1 drop of Cilantro essential oil, 1 drop of Lemon essential oil, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and a pinch of black pepper. Simply combine the ingredients in a large blow, toss in bite sized pieces of kale, allow to sit for 10-20 minutes for flavors to set. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. When ready, spread kale on baking sheet and allow to bake for 45-50 minutes (or until they are nice and crispy). This recipe is easy, inexpensive and SUPER healthy!
Mold and mildew are pretty common in the tropics. My bathroom and kitchen are the two humid-prone areas in my home where mold and mildew thrive. Instead of reaching for the bleach, I’ve opted to use essential oils as a non-toxic alternative to most common household cleaners. For mildew, I mix 5 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of White Fir with 2 oz. water in a spray bottle. And for mold, I mix 5-6 drops of On Guard with 1 oz. water in a spray bottle. Both work marvelously for cleaning and disinfecting.
Should you decide to give essential oils a try, please keep in mind that NOT ALL essential oils are created equal. It is important to read the labels! Although most essential oils available at health food stores are labeled 100% pure, it would be wise to do your research.
If it comes from a plant source that is edible, the essential oil should essentially be edible as well. However, if the label reads “not for internal and/or topical use,” be cautious. It is more than likely that the oil is not 100% pure. The FDA only requires 5% of the essential oil to be of a “pure” substance in order to label it as 100% pure. Pretty scary! The remaining 95% can be perfume grade essential oil (which is different from therapeutic-grade, it is for fragrance only), and also synthetic (created in a laboratory).
What should you look for when shopping for therapeutic-grade essential oils?
- Clear instructions: high grade essential oils are concentrated and therefore potent. Proper labels should state clear and specific methods for administering the essential oil (topically, aromatically or internally).
- Supplemental facts: the label should provide you with information on Daily Value (DV), serving size, serving per container and how many milligrams per serving.
Remember, essential oil purity and quality is paramount when seeking therapeutic results.
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