What are essential oils and how do they work?
Nature has provided us with plants to be used as food and medicine and all around the world humans have been using them as so. Essential oils are the blood of plants. They are what makes plants grow and grow back again. Ever noticed how some plants and weeds are close to impossible to kill and how about desert plants that will "come back to life" after waiting for months for it to rain. One rain and the plants come into full bloom. Essential oils helps plants to heal.
The precious lifeblood of these plants can do the same for you. Many germs, bacteria and viruses can't outdo these essential oils because they are made of so many good things (phytochemicals, antioxidants, etc.) and they vary every time. The soil they grow in, the climate, weather, location and many other factors insure that these natural wonders cannot be duplicated and defeated by germs. Therefore, unlike hand sanitizers, prescription and over-the-counter medicines and chemical laden bleach and disinfectants, viruses can't become super viruses and duplicate the healing properties of these oils. God and nature has made a way for plants to win over the battle of diseases.
How do essential oils work? Essential oils don't have to be processed in order to begin their healthful work immediately. They can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and be delivered to all systems of the body. This is similar to juicing raw foods but in a much, much more powerful and effective way.
Can you ingest (eat or drink) essential oils?
Lots of essential oils are safe to ingest BUT THEY MUST BE THERAPEUTIC GRADE, not the grade typically know as aromatherapy. They should be ingested in small drops in another liquid, in a carrier oil (such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil) and/or in foods/recipes. A little goes a long ways with essential oils. When adding to water, beverages (such as teas) and recipes, use a toothpick and dip it into the oil then swirl the toothpick into your food or bevarage. Taste and adjust to your liking. Start with a very little amount and work your way up. You can also get the benefits by directly applying on the skin, inhaling, diffusing and steaming. Also our already diluted essential oils (diluted with an omega fat – good fat – oil can be added to distilled water to make a spray that you can spray on your tongue, mouth and throat. The healthy oils that we use to dilute our essential oils include almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil deliver health and antiaging benefits as well.
Ingesting essential oils in large amounts may be dangerous, just as with most anything. Never ingest neat (undiluted) essential oils just as you should never apply undiluted oils to your skin. (Ours are already diluted.)
Seek your professional health care provider's advice, particulary one who is knowledgeable about 100% natural therapeutic essential oils. The general rule is to take one day off of essential oils (whether you're adding them to your foods and beverages, applying directly to the skin and body, inhaling, diffusing or steaming). As with anything, your organs have to process everything that goes in and on you so give at least a one day break. Have a professional herbalist or aromatherapist guide you along the way with all your essential oils use. They deliver amazing benefits just ask questions and get answers from the right professional.
Essential Oils Safety
Never use undiluted essential oils on skin, open wounds, in mouth especially with mouth sores.
Always read labels warnings and cautions and work with a professional who will guide you.
Test a small amont of oil on skin. Apply to the skin of inner arm. Don't use if redness or irritation occurs.
Keep oils away from mucous membranes (unless instructed specifically by a professional) and eyes.
Avoid having any citrus oils on your skin when going into direct sunlight. They make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. There are benefits and cautions with each essential oil. Seek the guidance and advice of your professional aromatherapist and healthcare provider.
Just a few of the many, many uses of therapeutic grade essential oils
Essential Oil Uses for Cleaning and Home
In addition to adding excellent flavor and unlimited health benefits to your food, drink and cooking here are some of the best ways to use essential oils around your home:
All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.
Natural mosquito repellent: Combine one drop each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make natural bug spray and rub on exposed skin. Reapply as needed.
Sports gear: If your kids play sports, add two drops each of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil to one quart of warm water; next add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Use to clean ripe jerseys, cleats and sports gear.
Clean air: Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
Homemade peppermint patties: Use peppermint oil, coconut oil, dark chocolate and raw honey to make real peppermint treats.
Washing machine: Add 10-20 drops of your favorite scent per load.
Vacuum cleaner: Add 5-10 drops of your favorite oil in your vacuum bag or dust container.
Homemade sunscreen: Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil, then store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade toxic-free sunscreen.
Eliminate shower curtain scum: Using a 16-ounce spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil (melaleuca) with warm water; spray onto your shower for natural mold killing action.
Clean burnt pans: Use a few drops of lemon oil and some boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
Wonderful smelling home: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil and clove oil to kill pests on contact.
Lavender cake: Mix coconut flour, raw honey, organic eggs and lavender essential oil and bake at 350 degrees.
Eliminate mold: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.
Christmas scent: Add a drop of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on a fire log about 30 minutes before burning.
Reduce anxiety: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.
Spiritual enlightenment: Diffuse frankincense essential oil while praying, meditating or reading to increase spiritual awareness.
Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
Freshen trash can: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify.
Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water then wash and remove harmful chemical insecticides.
Clean kitchen smell: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.
Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.
Clean fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit or bergamot oil to the rinsing water.
Mint tea: Use 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil in your favorite tea for a hint of mint.
Eliminate smoke: To remove cigarette smoke, put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and spray around the house.
Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to dispel fumes.
Get rid of shoe smell: To remove the smell from shoes, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to freshen them up.
Bridal shower gift: For a cute bridal shower gift, create a “love potion” with essential oils. Use 20 drops of sandalwood, and four drops of cocoa, vanilla and rose oil to unscented lotion.
Baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with a lavender scent to calm the mom and baby.
Flavored lemon water: Use 2-3 drops of lemon oil in water for a delicious citrus flavor.
Cleaner dishes: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.
First-Aid kit: Makeover your medicine cabinet and create a family physician kit with essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano and frankincense.
Essential Oil Uses For Spa and Relaxation
Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.
Body butter lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Massage therapy: Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
Immediate relaxation: Apply 2-4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
Calm upset child: Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
Yoga and Pilates: To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
Mint chocolate cocoa: Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to hot cocoa for instant minty chocolate!
Essential Oil Uses for Skin and Beauty
Reduce cellulite: Mix five drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.
Natural perfume: Use 1-2 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist as a fresh natural fragrance. Lavender and vanilla also agree with most women, while cypress and clove work well for men’s cologne.
Acne face wash: To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.
Freshen breath: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way to freshen breath.
Deodorant: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
Sugar scrub: Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
Itchy scalp: Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.
Thicken hair: Add rosemary to shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
Strengthen nails: Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.
Reduce wrinkles: Mix 3-5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes.
Teeth whitener: Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil and fresh strawberries, then rub on your teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
Cure dandruff: Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils with three tablespoons of unscented oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.
Reduce stretch marks: Mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh and grapefruit essential oils with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.