Chances are that as you've grown in your own Real Food and natural health journey, there are things that you used to think sounded a least a little hokey, that you are either warming up to now, or you've all out flip-flopped on the issue. That has certainly been true for myself. (And then there are other things that still seem hokey, and probably always will!)
When I first heard about essential oils, it seemed that those who love them thought they could cure everything, kind of like how I tend to be about food I guess. I suppose it just depends on what you're into the most. But as time has gone on, and I've heard more amazing stories about essential oils from all of you, and then experienced some pretty cool stuff with them myself, I'm just now starting to “get it”. (I'd love to hear your stories in the comments!)
Here are my first (limited) experiences with essential oils:
- A little tea tree oil with some melted coconut oil is powerful against fungal infections (read about that lovely time when I had ringworm, ack!) and lice — yep, our daughter had it and we survived!
- A couple drops of peppermint oil massaged into your temples or the back of your neck really works to relieve a headache.
- Eucalyptus is good for chest congestion and for disinfecting the air.
- Many people claim oregano oil is an absolute must have because it is so useful for so many things. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-mictobial and an antiseptic. Supposedly it is very good for knocking out colds/flu.
- Clove oil is good for toothaches.
- I've heard clary sage is good for balancing hormones and easing menstrual cramps.
- I know someone has told me great things about Thieves essential oil (which Plant Therapy calls Germ Fighter), but heck if I remember what it was. Hopefully one of you know about this one?
- My good friend is convinced that she falls asleep easiest when she has a little lavender on her pillow to help her relax. It's also supposed to be soothing to itchy skin and bug bites.
- Lemon oil is great to keep on hand to make your own all-purpose cleaning products, or sprinkle on your kitchen sponge to keep it smelling fresh, or to simply breathe in for a quick pick-me-up.
- The other day I ran into a friend and immediately said, “What do I smell?!” It reminded me of when I've gotten a massage in the past. I felt this odd, wonderful feeling of calm inside. (There's one of those phrases that I would've thought were hokey not long ago, until I experienced it!) When she said what it was I was floored: “Let It Go blend“, she had just massaged a drop into her hands. So I couldn't wait for mine to come and I've been doing the same every day with just a teeny drop, I love it. It really delivers a sense pf peace and calm.
- I read an interview somewhere with the president of one of the big MLM essential oil companies. He was asked if he only had access to one oil, which one would it be, and he answered, “Frankincense, because it is good for so many things”.
- Some of them (I don't know which ones though) can even be used in food.
Since essential oils are made from plants, and plants are all we used to have for medicine, it makes sense that they would be effective for a variety of different issues, but what I listed above is it. That's all I'm aware of, and it isn't much. I've got a lot to learn. But I do know that many essential oils are too strong to apply directly to skin and should be mixed with a favorite carrier oil of your choosing (coconut oil, almond oil, or avocado oil are all good choices).
If you're new to all this like I am, and you are not quite sure which oil to buy or where to begin, this kit from Plant Therapy is a great way to start. It not only has some good basic oils that are recommended for every household, but it has some great synergystic blends, as well. It's an excellent value. (Also, for some great tips be sure and catch the comments below from my knowledgeable readers. Lots of great advice and info!)
So I need you to teach me what you know, how do you use your essential oils?