Essential Oils seem to be all the rage. But, are people inadvertently hurting themselves by buying or misusing the wrong oils? There is a lot of misinformation in the marketplace. I do not sell Essential Oils; and I am not asking you to buy specific products. I wrote The Healing Art of Essential Oils to keep people safe while encouraging them to explore nature’s abundant pharmacy; one that is green, sustainable and readily available to all of us.
1. Essential Oils have properties and benefits that can help you live better and healthier lives. They can help clear up infections, coughs, colds, muscle aches, pains, and conditions like asthma, acne, burns and bruises. What is really wonderful about Essential Oils is that they do not remain in the body after they have done their jobs. They exit and are excreted by the liver and kidneys unlike pharmaceuticals which can hang around in your system for decades.
2. Essential Oils must always be diluted in a Carrier Oil. Never use them neat or undiluted. Select the appropriate Carrier Oil for the intended purpose. The face benefits from apricot seed, macadamia, hazelnut and avocado oil; the skin from jojoba, avocado and sweet almond; and calendula, jojoba, kukui nut oils are great for scars.
3. Essential Oils act as insect repellants, household cleaners, illness preventatives and skin, hair and beauty enhancers and are available in many scents and choices.
4. There are safety precautions that must be followed if you are to use Essential Oils safely. The resources page on my website lists them for you: http://healingartofessentialoils.com/ . Be sure to use the correct dilution for children and older people as their needs and tolerances differ from adults ages 18-50.
5. Always buy organic or certified organic. Essential Oils are powerful plant compounds and essences and are reduced down to a potent strength. Don’t inhale or put anything on your body that may have contaminants such as pesticides or toxins. Don’t be fooled by marketing phrases like “pure,” “therapeutic,” or “Natural.” These are advertising ploys and the only word you want to see is “organic.”
6. Essential Oils can be inhaled, diffused, used in warm packs, as compresses, as massage oils, in baths (diluted and dispersed) and applied to skin (diluted).
7. It’s a great idea to start with a basic complement of Essential Oils that you can use as a beginner’s set. I recommend: Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Rosemary, Bergamot, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Thyme and Ylang-Ylang as a starting kit of 12. Use these Essential Oils like an artist would to paint a masterpiece. Combine and dilute them in a Carrier Oil to make them even more comprehensive and effective.
8. Never ingest Essential Oils unless you are under the guidance of a trained Aromatherapist.
9. Essential Oils are not just for massage and aromatherapy. They have qualities and benefits that can assist us with complex health issues and be used as alternatives to drugs in some cases. We can use them in concert with traditional medicine to help us manage chronic conditions and pain. Seek Holistic Advice along with your medical doctor for best results.
10. Using Essential Oils for your health and wellbeing is a pleasant and rewarding experience. The senses respond to the fragrant odors of the Essential Oils and actually alter the chemistry in the brain at the Limbic Center to achieve results.
As more and more research is being done internationally Essential Oils are soon to be established as effective tools for living a whole, complete and better life. The Healing Art of Essential Oils is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and Llewellyn Worldwide.
Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH trained in natural healing as a health coach and wellness advisor.
Websites: www.kacyoung.com; and http://healingartofessentialoils.com