For me, essential oils are really essential. I especially love lavender, but here is a lot of information about a variety of essential oils and their purposes.
Because I was going through some major health issues and because I love to learn, I sat in on a mold summit webinar with a lot of acclaimed doctors and other professionals. A lot of the speakers made an impression on me and all had something of value to offer.
One person on the webinar is named Jen Broyles; she is a board certified health and nutrition coach. I have always known that essential oils can be used to fight disease and ease pain along with affecting moods. I use Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree Oil) oil as a hand sanitizer, on acne, to aid in wound healing and more. However, I never thought of using the anti-fungal essential oils to combat mold. The top 5 oils to combat mold, according to Jen Broyles are Melaleuca, Oregano, Cinammon, Thyme and Clove. She stresses the importance of a good quality oil in addition to the fact that a little bit of oil goes a long way. Many people use too much essential oil and make their product stronger than necessary.
I “make” my own lotions; my favorite oils to include are peppermint, lemon, orange or lavender. I use a very simple, natural, unscented lotion base. Then, I add a quality carrier oil. You might be wondering what a carrier oil is and why it is used. Essential oils should not be used on the skin without a carrier because they may be too strong and can cause skin irritation. You don’t have to use the oil; you can use the unscented lotion as a carrier, but I like both! It is very dry where I live and the oil I mentioned previously is not greasy at all.
Lately, my favorite carrier oil is called Invivo Essential Fractionated Coconut Oil. I originally bought this product on Amazon for oil pulling (for my teeth). When received, I was concerned about the warning label stating that it was for external use only. The seller, who advertised this for oil pulling in addition to other purposes refused to respond, so I wrote to the manufacturer. Because Invivo did the right thing and responded, even refunded my money, I decided to see what other applications this product could offer. Now, I love using it with essential oils and will buy it for that purpose, but maybe from a different seller. By the way, I can also use the oil on my hair with some light essential oils; my hair is very dry.
Essential oils can improve my mood, help with headaches, etc. I also drink a lot of tea; peppermint tea with lemon is my “go to” for digestive issues. Before I began meditating, I occasionally had minor issues with anxiety. I used a product called “ Lemon Balm Blend” by Herb Pharm that did an amazing job in calming my nerves. Sometimes I still add a few drops to my water because I love the aroma and flavor; I add natural lemon or lime.
According to Healthline.com , here are some of the more common healing properties for which essential oils are used:
- Peppermint: Used to boost energy and help with digestion.
- Lavender: Used for stress relief.
- Sandalwood: Used to calm nerves and help with focus.
- Bergamot: Used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema.
- Rose: Used to improve mood and reduce anxiety.
- Chamomile: Used for improving mood and relaxation.
- Ylang-Ylang: Used to treat headaches, nausea and skin conditions.
- Tea Tree: Used to fight infections and boost immunity.
- Jasmine: Used to help with depression, childbirth and libido.
- Lemon: Used to aid digestion, mood, headaches and more.
Do you use essential oils? If you do, what has helped you? If not, do you think you will try some?
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