Discovering Essential Oils

A very common question I get asked is "Do you know much about Essential Oils?" And I politely say, "nope." But to be honest, I've had absolutely no interest in learning about them which is very unusual for me because everything natural health just naturally intrigues me. I just viewed it as another business that people were pushing. That lack of interest came from a complete misunderstanding and just simply a lack of knowledge. Another doctor explained it so simply that I had an "ah-ha!" moment and was immediately researching and learning all about these oils. So if you have been like me and haven't had any interest in them, here's what caught my attention: Essential oils come from the natural oils of plants that protect them and keep them safe from weather, bacteria and even pests. That was all it took! I have no idea what he said after that because my brain immediately began thinking, "if these oils are the plant's natural defense, what can they do for us?" And that's where it all began for me. 

Essential oils are truly fascinating. Once you begin looking at the oils, it can become very overwhelming. Which oil do I use and when? But the thing to remember is that they are all protective and healing by nature, so you really can't go wrong with any of them! One way to decipher them is to look at the plant they come from. For example, lavender is known as a calming plant. So Lavender Essential Oils are great diffused to reduce anxiety and induce sleepiness. But with the calming also comes benefits topically that soothe inflamed skin and burns. Take a look at Frankincense. Frankincense actually comes from Boswellia, which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects on the body. It plays a large role in prevention and the treatment of cancer because it inhibits the incorrect signaling of NF-KappaB, which regulates cell proliferation and survival. So Frankincense is a great essential oil used topically for inflammatory diseases and cancer. Essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin because their molecules are so small. This means they are absorbed through the skin and passed directly into the blood stream. Its a very quick and easy process! 

So, if you're just starting out, here are the Top 5 Essential Oils I recommend having on hand. 

    1    Lavender - I recommend having Lavender on hand because it is all things calming, and I don't know about you but my life can get a bit hectic and stressful at times. Its great to have on hand for those stressful nights, and even for bug bites, stings, cuts and scrapes. 

    2    Frankincense - This is one of THE most expensive oils you can purchase. But its benefits are amazing. If you have any kind of brain fog, its a quick pick-me-up! Its great for youthful looking skin (mix with Myrrh for an amazing combination!) and like I mentioned before, a great addition to cancer treatment.

    3    Melaleuca- This oil is also known as Tea Tree Oil. I have used this oil for my skin for years! Its extremely anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. If you're fighting an illness, its a great one to diffuse and breathe in. Think of this oil as a cleaner. Its great for cleaning wounds, clearing acne, and can even be used as a household cleaner. Can also be diffused to purify the air.

    4    Peppermint - I think of Peppermint as the pain reliever. It can be used for headaches, muscle aches, indigestion and nausea. It also works diffused as an energy booster.

    5    Lemon - This is my detox oil. If your body needs a good detox, this is what you want to have on hand. It detoxifies the liver and gallbladder and even helps with lymphatic drainage. Lemon oil has a ton of uses! 

These oils are very potent! One 15ml bottle requires 150 lbs of flowers! Even though they're extremely important, I don't recommend these be your sole treatment for anything. But I do highly recommend adding them into your daily living! You can find a distributor almost anywhere to purchase oils. You can also buy them from any health food store. When you're buying Essential Oils, you want to look for Therapeutic Grade vs. Food Grade, which is just flavoring. If you're interested in my opinion on brand, please email me here. We'll talk more about Essential Oils later and I'll be doing a class at Williamston Sport and Spine.  So stay tuned.