Essential Oils for Health and Well Being
Okay, everybody, common sense disclaimer: the advice given on this website is not meant to replace that provided by medical professionals. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any ailments. Please do a skin patch test before diffusing and never diffuse an essential oil you know you are allergic to.
Whew, now that we have that out of the way, on to using essential oils in supportive and healthful ways!
Most of our present-day pharmaceuticals are derived from natural plant sources. Our ancestors used herbs to treat a variety of ailments. Scientists eventually took note and used chemistry to increase the purity, potency, and standardize the dosage. Please keep using the medicine that your physician has prescribed for you! But you can use essential oils to support your health and well being, just like complimentary holistic medicine can help support a traditional Western approach to most ailments.
The simplest way to use the herbs our ancestors used safely is with high-grade essential oils. Eden's Garden is my favorite because they are not an MLM and offer free shipping. Young Living has FDA-approved food-grade essential oils, and are the only ones I use for cooking. You can use ground pepper essential oil, rosemary, lemon, or lime in recipes just like dried spices, but with much more flavor!
While you can undoubtedly use essential oils in cooking, the easiest way to use them is in a diffuser. You'll be filling your home with fabulous smells that also happen to support your healthy lifestyle!
Here are some of the ones I have found most helpful with the description from Eden's Garden:
Fighting Five or Thieves: Defend your health with the Fighting Five synergy blend, which contains the most aggressively powerful essential oils of all time. Lemon, Cinnamon Leaf, Moroccan Rosemary, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Radiata effectively work together to boost the immune system while giving the ax to airborne bacteria and germs.
Deep Breath: Applied topically or gently inhaled, Deep Breath will be your new favorite go-to blend. Deep Breath is a minty and refreshing blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon, Ravintsara, and Cardamom essential oils.
Frankincense: Frankincense-Serrata essential oil is often used by yoga instructors, naturopaths, and other healers to inspire mindfulness and balance.
I like to use these three in my diffuser at home to help my family stay healthy and focused. I have a friend who uses this in her classroom to help prevent the usual onslaught of upper respiratory illness that hits middle school teachers. Other favorites are Anxiety Ease during finals week, Lemongrass after cleaning the house to freshen things up, and Bliss to help set a happy and positive mood.
If you would like to learn more about how to use essential oils safely to support your health, The Essential Oil Pocket Reference is a great book to have on hand. It references the Young Living products, but you can find their counterparts at Eden's Garden.