Why essential oils really are ESSENTIAL
Posted On May 20, 2019
Bzzzz…Bzzzzzzz…Bzzzzzzzzzzz… do you hear that? That’s the sound of a hot and steamy summer season. Unfortunately, bugs are just around the corner and I’ve been gearing up, looking for the best bug spray for camping and outdoor activities. I’ve also searched high and low for the best relief options, because despite my efforts, I know I will still get bitten. It’s an unfortunate cycle of events that begins every May and lasts through September which might vary depending on where you live. I’ve always been a big believer in the au natural solution when it comes to taking care of my body. That is what let me to essential oils. Let me tell you, they are known as essential oils for a reason.
Sure enough, a few nights ago I was sitting outside on the back patio and the mosquitos were devouring me like a warm Krispy Kreme doughnut. Well, I found my solution: Lavender. I took a few drops, rubbed it on my bug bites and the itching ceased. Not to mention, the smell is overwhelming in the best possible way. After doing a little more research, I found that lavender can also be used as a bug repellant. Talk about killing two birds (or bugs I guess) with one stone. The smell is so potent that people use it as a bug repellent for mosquitoes and other tiny foes.
What makes it so special? Lavender is known to be one of the most versatile essential oils. Researchers have recently discovered that lavender essential oil helps your body produce three of the most powerful antioxidants: glutathione, catalase, and SOD within 22 hours of using it. Other Romanian scientists found that inhaling the oil vapor for 60 minutes a day protected cells from damage that is linked to cancer. Studies have also shown that it can alleviate anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression. As for side effects, they are few and far between. Lavender can slow down the central nervous system and it should not be used with anesthesia or other surgery medications. On the other hand, the uses are endless.
- Minor Burn- put two to three drops on a minor burn to decrease pain, redness, and swelling
- Eczema/Dermatitis- mix several drops of the lavender oil with vegetable oil and use topically
- Dry or chapped skin- rub lavender oil on dry skin
- Dandruff- rub several drops on the scalp
- Cold sores- put a single drop on the cold sore
What oils should you use? The answer is simple, use Young Living Essential Oils which are different from anything on the market. Young Living set itself apart by developing the Seed to Seal® process, which preserves the integrity and potency of essential oils from the beginning to the end of the production process.
Young Living Lavender Instructions
- Add 8-12 drops to water and spray under beds and in closets for a fresh, pleasing aroma
- Apply 2-4 drops to skin to moisturize and enhance skin radiance
- Diffuse at night for a calming aroma during sleep
This wasn’t my first experience with oils though, I saw their powers at work on my mom’s poison ivy. A few years ago, my mother was weeding her raspberry bushes and got into the nasty poison ivy plant. The oil from the poison ivy mottled her arms and legs with red spots and the itching kept her awake many nights in a row. After a few days, she was fed up and started researching essential oils. Come to find out, peppermint is a common essential oil used to soothe skin and stop the itching. We called her “Peppermint Patty” for a solid week because the smell is intoxicating, but it seemed to do the job.
Young Living Peppermint Vitality Instructions
- Add 1 drop of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to a glass of water and take daily as a refreshing dietary supplement
- Put 1-2 drops in a capsule after mealtime to help support normal digestion
- Add 1 drop to herbal tea to enhance flavor and to help support gastrointestinal system comfort
Other Common ailments you can treat with peppermint oil
- Indigestion/Diarrhea- take four to six drops and rub over your tummy for relief
- Heartburn- add a drop to herbal tea
- Travel Sickness- rub four drops on the chest and stomach (good for flying or long car rides)
- Hiccups- apply one drop to each side of the fifth vertebra
- Fever- rub several drops on the bottom of your feet
Did you know it takes 256 pounds of peppermint leaf to make one pound of peppermint essential oil? The lavender oil I was using requires 150 pounds or more of lavender flowers to make one pound of the essential oil. This is all to say, you can’t be using the oils willy-nilly. The oils are highly concentrated, and only a few of them can be applied directly to the skin. In order for them to be considered safe, you must dilute some of the oils. As you saw from lavender, there are some restrictions on the oils and you need to be aware of them. That’s why I loved Young Living Everyday Essentials because they give specific directions on how to use each oil.
If you’re looking to try out the oils, you can buy the full set here ($183).