Essential Oils

Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can be a wonderful addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle. I use oils at home all the time. I love their versatility and the fact that if you know how to use them correctly (proper dilution and safety) then they can be enjoyed by all the family.

I use my oils for flavouring food and drinks, cleaning the house (I have replaced most other cleaning products in my home with Lemon oil alone!), diffusing in a room to boost mood and freshen the air, and of course essential oils have a multitude of specific health benefits. I use many on an ongoing basis to support optimal health, and many are on standby in case we have an acute issue to deal with – i.e. allergy symptoms, indigestion or a viral infection.

Having a few carefully chosen Essential Oils at home is a like having your very own natural medicine cabinet. I have found Essential Oils to surpass the efficacy of over the counter medicines with none of the negative side effects, and they are now the first products I reach for when we have a health issue at home.

What is an Essential Oil?

Essential Oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in plants. They can be found in the leaves, flowers, rind, stem or bark of a plant. They have antiseptic properties, they can lessen pain, enhance mood and memory, decrease inflammation, support immune health, and many more amazing benefits.

Aromatic plants have been an important part of human civilisation for centuries. Early evidence for the use of essential oils dates back to 4000BC. Numerous references to essential oils appear throughout the Bible and they have long been used in religious ceremonies.This is not a new fad health craze!

How to Use Essential Oils

Aromatically

I think most people are familiar with this method of enjoying an essential oil. Either put a few drops of oil in a diffuser, or inhale from the bottle or apply to hands and cup over nose and inhale.

Aromatherapy is the best way to use oils to change mood and emotions, as our sense of smell is closely tied to the area of the brain which controls emotions and long term memory.​

Inhaling an essential oil can also powerfully affect the respiratory system. It is great for opening the airways and addressing symptoms of allergies.

Topically

The great benefit of topical application is that therapeutic effects can occur both at the site of application and throughout  the body. When an essential oil is applied to the skin it will be in the bloodstream within minutes. Molecules of that oil can then be found in every cell in the body within 20 minutes, so the benefits of topical application of any oil are widespread. ​

Topical application of an oil can be hugely helpful for skin conditions and muscular and joint pain.

Internally

Internal application of oils refers to consuming them. I think this is the application that most people are unaware of.

Only the purest of oils should be taken internally. There should be very clear directions from the producer of the oil about whether it may be used in this way. Some of the digestion supporting oils have a wonderfully therapeutic effect when taken internally. ​

Oils can be taken sublingually, or in water, or used in cooking or taken as supplements by making up your own vegetable capsule diluted with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.