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Stop and Smell the Roses
If you have ever smelled the sweet scent of a rose or longed for the smell of pine trees during the holidays, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
Essential oils are made from compounds that hide within the roots, flowers, seeds, bark, or other areas of plants. These highly concentrated and extremely potent volatile aromatic compounds are used for things like aromatherapy, personal care, health care practices, religious ceremonies, beauty treatments, and food preparation.
While essential oils and plant extracts have been used for centuries, these tiny compounds still have a multitude of relevant applications today. With advancing technology, improved quality, potency, and safety, essential oils are now more accessible and easy to use as a part of your everyday health routine.
Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
Essential oils offer a variety of physical health benefits to the user. The diversity of essential oils makes them a popular way to maintain health, even for those who have specific health concerns, seek diverse health benefits, or experience a variety of sensitivities.
Many people have found essential oils to be effective in soothing skin irritations, promoting healthy digestion, supporting good oral health, clearing airways, and more.
Essential Oils for Mental and Emotional Health
Everyday we’re learning more and more about how our mental health and emotional state is connected to our physical body and overall wellbeing. Many essential oils hold soothing, toning, and grounding properties, while others are known as energizing, uplifting, warming, or renewing.
Since our sense of smell can produce powerful, mental, physiologic, and emotional responses, many find essential oils an important part of holistic health.
OKAY, BUT HOW DO I ACTUALLY USE ESSENTIAL OIILS?
Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.
You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include:
- Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
- Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
- Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
- Use in household surface cleaners
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
- Forehead and temples
- Chest and abdomen
- Arms, legs, bottom of feet
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.
Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.
Effective Methods of Internal Application
- Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
- Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
- Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of applesauce or yogurt