Essential Oils: Part 1: General Health
A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were making some holistic changes to get healthier. I shared last week about our new eating plan, and today I’m excited to share about essential oils – another topic that I’m passionate about. I figured before diving into oils for fertility, I would start with a general overview of oils. I realize there are a lot of people who already know this and use oils, but I know at the same time there are people who are not familiar with them and so today I’m sticking with the basics.
Essential Oils are the volatile liquids that are extracted from flowers, herbs, trees, and other plant materials. Although many people like them for their smell (like lavender), there are many more benefits including for medicinal and healing purposes and include emotional and physical well-being. They are very high in antifungal and antibacterial properties. All oils are very highly concentrated and it usually takes just a drop or two to receive the benefit of the oil.
How long have they been around? There are 188 references in the bible to oils. Oils were used for healing and anointing the sick, so they go all they way back to being used in the Old Testament.
What are the main ways they are used?
- Digested/Internal – Oils can be place in a capsule and taken orally
- Diffused/Aromatic – Oils can be diffused with distilled water
- Topically – Oils can be applied to the skin
So what does all this mean? I love the 2nd picture below. There is no more need for advil, midol, tums, etc – I just use oils now. They really can help with anything from allergies, stretch marks, bug bites, sunburn, cold, fever, headache, aches and pains, emotions, mood, cleaning, germs, skin treatment, air freshener, mouthwash, kill mold, acne, hair loss, massage oil, congestion, insomnia, toothaches, improve memory…. basically you name it and you can use an oil for it!
I’m sharing this in hopes it encourages someone who loves to stay healthy holistically and avoid medicines, pills, and chemicals. I started out with the starter kit and have slowly added more oils including ones for fertility that I will be sharing more about soon. I’m still in the learning stages, but so thankful that the oils were introduced to me and I’m excited to use them with our babies when they are here! I would love to tell you why I chose Young Living or how to purchase them — I get the wholesale price if anyone is interested! Please feel free to comment or email with questions. Happy oiling!
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I am not a medical doctor. The opinions expressed reflect my personal experiences and my personal opinions.