THE HERBAL HOMESTEAD
LEARN HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN ONE EASY LESSON
Melissa Jones, Herbalist
When entering the world of essential oils you quickly find out that there is a learning curve. Whether you were introduced to the therapeutic benefits of essentials oils from a blog or a friend – you are about to learn how to use them. I use them every day and soon you will too!
Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. If you have ever walked by a field of lavender, or smelled fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils are the extracted oils of plants and are part of an herbal healing tradition which goes back thousands of years.
They are called “essential” because they present a strong scent of the original plant, the “essence.”
The oils are used in much the same way their herbal counterparts are, but because of the processes used to produce them, they are often concentrated, which means they pack a lot more bang for their size.
In addition to aromatic qualities, essential oils have many natural properties that can benefit the body in many different ways. Essential oils are non water based phytochemicals made up of aromatic compounds. They are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin.
They are 50-70 times more powerful than the herbs themselves. Each essential oil is made up of a wide variety of functional chemical constituents that give each oil its unique aroma and therapeutic properties.
Different ways you can use Essential Oils
You can use essential oils in three different ways: aromatically, topically and internally.
Using essential oils aromatically, is a great way to break up the molecules rapidly, and disperse them in the air.
I diffuse essential oils aromatically to clean and purify the air. Sometimes it’s just a stinky smell, or sometimes it’s just stale in your home and you need to freshen it up without candles.
Another amazing thing you can do aromatically is affect the mood of the people in your home. The amygdala, located in the brain, is wired to your sense of smell. To have a fast and immediate impact on your emotions, you can diffuse a few drops in a diffuser and experience a dramatic difference.
I also diffuse essential oils to open airways. Whether you are snoring or coughing or having trouble breathing during allergy season, diffusing essential oils aromatically can really help open the airways.
Using essential oils topically is super easy. Just apply the oils anywhere on the skin where you are having symptoms.
So, if you have a bruise, cut, sprain, ache or pain, just simply apply it where you’re having problems.
Another great place to apply topically is the bottom of the feet. The bottom of the feet have large pores and it acts almost like a vacuum and just sucks the oils up. Think of it like an IV. It will enter the bloodstream within 30 seconds! You can also use a reflexology chart as a reference guide.
Another great place to apply the oils topically is the spine. The spine has a lot of receptors and pathways to deliver the therapeutic benefits of the oils throughout the body.
The last application method is to take the oils internally. You can actually take certified therapeutic grade oils internally.
Now, most oils CANNOT be taken this way. They just aren’t pure enough and safe enough. If the oil is safe to take internally, there will be a supplemental nutritional facts label, meaning it is approved to ingest internally.
I would never ingest any other essential oils other than Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. You can put the oils in your food while cooking, under your tongue, in a gel capsule, or in water.
“I love essential oils because they work. They do what they are supposed to do without harmful side effects.”
Some Uses for Essential Oils
• FIRST AID
• DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS – tummy troubles are no longer treated with a pink liquid but instead with natural alternatives.
• CALMING COUGHS
• SKIN CONDITIONS/ECZEMA
• AROMATHERAPY – no more candles – we now diffuse oils that not only make our home smell amazing, but also uplift spirits and moods.
• HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE
• TOOTH PAIN
• CHRONIC ILLNESSES
• HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
• HOMEMADE GIFTS
• WOUND TREATMENT FOR OUR FAMILY AND OUR ANIMALS
• RESPIRATORY/ASTHMA RELIEF
• STRESS RELIEVER/MOOD UPLIFTER
• SLEEP AID
• MUSCLE ACHES/PAINS
• AIR FRESHENER
For the most part, essential oils are safe. However, I encourage you to do your own research and keep the following guidelines in mind:
• Never place essential oils in your eyes, nose, or inner ear.
• Never ingest oils unless they are labeled as appropriate for internal use.
• Become familiar with what oils should never be ingested, regardless of the company that manufactures them (such as wintergreen).
• Exercise caution when applying the oils to infants or children and dilute when necessary.
• Remember that these oils are very potent and less is often more.
• If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil – such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil – to the affected area.
Some quick and easy ways to use essential oils
• For digestive support/relief: Use peppermint or a digestive blend. Place several drops of the oil in an empty gel capsule, or several ounces of liquid. You can also rub these oils on your chest or stomach for relief. This is a favorite remedy at our house!
• For seasonal support during pollen season: Use lemon, lavender, and peppermint combined. Rub them on your feet or the back of your neck, or take them in a capsule.
• For clear nasal passages: Use lemon—I often rub a drop on the sides of my nose.
• For clear, fungus-free skin, use melaleuca.
• To soothe over-heated skin: Use diluted lavender and/or peppermint.
• For respiratory support: Rub peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, or a respiratory blend on your feet/chest, or diffuse it
to clear the lungs and nasal passages.
• To quell a woozy stomach: Try ginger, peppermint or a digestive blend.
• To boost immune systems: Use a protective blend. Take several drops of a protective blend in a capsule every 3-4 hours. You can also diffuse it in the air. You can also use combinations of thyme, lemon, orange, frankincense, or cinnamon.
• To aid sore joints and muscles: Rub diluted wintergreen, marjoram, or a soothing blend on the area as needed.
• Add your favorite oils to homemade lip balms, lotions, soap, scrubs, conditioners, toothpaste, and more. Homemade skin care items also make wonderful gifts.
• To calm nerves, diffuse lavender, patchouli, vetiver, a calming blend or a grounding blend. Try rubbing these oils on the bottoms of your feet.
• For tension: Rub peppermint and lavender or a tension blend on the back of your neck.
• Add several drops of lavender or melaleuca to homemade diaper cream recipes.
• Use myrrh to soothe cracked skin
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