Are you as curious as I was to see what the buuuzzzzzzzzz is all about with essential oils!?
You are in the right place!!. To be honest I was quite skeptical about this whole EO mumbo jumbo!
I guess that’s the blessing of having a mother who’s an RN! (I know some of you hear me!!)
When I started out using some oils to help bring my body back into alignment after a loooooooong year of health concerns, I was shocked at how EASY they were to use, how FAST they balanced out my body and how WONDERFUL they smelled when applying. I quickly became a believer and love sharing my passion with others! I mean, let’s be real… Natural Solutions have been used for THOUSANDS of years! I think our ancestors knew a thing or two about this plant thing, huh?
But let me fill you in on some of the basics and you can come to learn yourself why so many people LOVE EO’s!
First, let’s lay out some basics.
I like to think of it as the WHAT, HOW, WHY progression.
What are they? How do they work? Why should I use them?
Make sense? GOOD! Here we go!
WHAT: Essential Oils are the aromatic compounds that are found in plants. Sounds simple enough, right? Basically they are the compounds that are found in the bark of a tree, the rind of an orange or the petals of a flower; essentially, the lifeblood of that specific plant.
The reason this is so important is because we are encountering these aromatic compounds ALL the time! Think about the last time you walked into a forest and you felt C A L M. (Or when you put up your Christmas tree!) The reason you feel happy, relaxed and if you’re like me, a bit giddy, is because you are encountering the aromatic compounds coming from those trees! Pretty cool huh!?
In nature, essential oils help to protect these various plants against the environmental threats that might come against them. They are like the support system and ninja warrior of the plant!
Back off environmental threat! We got this one covered!
Ok ok ok, I jest, but really!
Essential Oils are HIGHLY concentrated and are primarily distilled for their efficiency in use, ease, simplicity, purity and their WHAM BAM potency! I love that 1 drop of pure peppermint oil has the same potency as 28 cups of peppermint tea. WOAH! Did you catch that? Are you still with me!!? THAT’S AMAZING! That one little drop is jam-packed with a knock out punch if you ask me! (And let’s be real…Ain’t nobody got time for that much tea… and I really loooooove tea!!) OK, moving on…
HOW: There are 3 basic ways to use essential oils: Aromatically, Topically and Internally.
AROMATIC: This is one of my favorite ways to use essential oils! When you use a diffuser or inhale an EO you can experience some wonderfully soothing, calming and even invigorating responses in your body. The reason behind this is that when we breathe in the molecules of the oils, it actually affects the limbic system of our brain which in turn controls our mood and emotions. Did I just hear all my mama’s out there sigh yeeeessssssssss!? PLUS, diffusing essential oils can help to purify the air and maintain healthy breathing. The cleansing effect these oils have are so amazing!
TOPICAL: This one is a piece of cake. If it hurts, irritates you, causes you discomfort or pain, apply the oil DIRECTLY to that spot. Sounds simple, huh? IT IS! The chemical structures of essential oils help them to pass through the layers of the skin and give a near immediate response. Achy joints? Grumbly tummy? Tension in the head and neck? Just apply the EO for needed therapy and say ahhhhhhhhhhh.
INTERNAL: Wait… Did she say internal!? I thought that was a big NO NO!
Yes I did but we need to have a little talk OK. PLEASE READ! I like you and want you to be safe, ok?
I like to think of it this way. Not all cars are created equal, right? Oh sure, you might have the same components (hood, door, steering wheel) but the engine of Hyundai is quite different from that of a Ferrari. Catch my drift? Just because an essential oil looks good, smells good and might even say “100% pure”, please do your research and know that not all oils are created equal. This is SO important when it comes to the internal consumption of essential oils and is limited to a few, highly pure, certified oil companies. Here’s a GREAT way to know if your oil is safe. Take a look at the side of the bottle and see if there is a supplement label on the side. See one? GREAT! That means that the FDA has given it a GRAS rating (Generally Regarded As Safe) so in moderation (for us, we suggest 1-2 drops at a time) you are good to go!
Now that we have that understood, lets mention the benefits of internal consumption real quick! Many oils are actually derived from plants that we are used to cooking with (cumin, dill, rosemary, thyme etc) and have amazing health benefits to target wellness. Remember though that a little bit goes a looooooong way (remember 1 drop pf peppermint oil=28cups of tea?), so when cooking with EO’s, its good to use a toothpick and swirl it in a little at a time to find your desired amount. Or it becomes HELLOOOOOOOO OREGANO. And trust me, that is INTENSE. You can also use a few drops of citrus oils in your water to gently support your organs as well as boost your immune system. Bad breath got you down? Gargle a few drops of oil in your water and swallow for instant fresh breath! So many amazing ways to use EO’s internally!
*CITRUS OIL REMINDER- You always want to use glass, stainless steal or ceramic with liquids and citrus oils! NEVER use plastic or styrofoam. Why? Citrus oils help to naturally release petrochemicals that are stored in our fat cells and support natural detoxification in the body. Since both plastic and styrofoam ARE petrochemicals, we don’t want your plastic water bottle to gradually break down and all those toxins enter back into your body! Plus, glass is just better for you anyways!
WHY: Feel a little bit more informed? GOOD! That’s my goal; to equip, empower and educate YOU to be informed to make your OWN decision for YOUR family. Essential Oils are like having natures medicine cabinet right at your finger tips, easily and wonderfully accessible. I love that if my family is struggling with a health concern, emotional freak out moment or pain, I have something natural to turn to first. That makes me feel EMPOWERED, in control and secure. Now please hear me! I am also completely in favor of those times we NEED modern medicine (hello, I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 3) But what we have found is that when we give the body what it needs, the body comes back into alignment naturally. This applies to every area of our health. If you give your body good food, you feel good! If you exercise, your organs function properly, you have increased energy and better sleep. The same concept applies to using natural solutions!
The amazing thing with EO’s is that they are safe enough to use consistently. What I mean by this is that when used appropriately, you won’t take too much. You know when you have an over the counter something or another and it strictly says on the label that you should only take it so often etc. Well with essential oils you can reapply them as soon as 15-30min with something that is a fast onset OR set up a daily protocol 3-4x a day for overall health and wellness. I love that your body absorbs what it needs and expels out the rest.
OH NO! 4 drops came out instead of 3! Am I ok!!?
YES! You are just fine! Now let’s be SMART. Don’t go and drink a whole bottle of lemon or drown yourself in peppermint. You will most likely experience a NOT SO PLEASANT effect. But when you use 1-2 drops at a time, more often, you will experience the true form and purpose of the oils. AMAZING!
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Well my friends, if you made it this far, you have the bare basics!! The amazing thing is this JUST barely scratches the surface! More and more research is coming out about the amazing therapeutic benefits that essential oils provide and benefit the body. Its exciting and I’m sure that many of you are curious as to what essential oil company I LOVE and I am oh so happy to share that with you! Fill out the form below and lets chat about the many different ways that you can integrate essential oils into your daily routine! There are SO many exciting things to learn and I can’t wait to share with you my best tips and tricks.
Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to connect with you and GET OILY!
xox, Rachael Dee
*FDA Disclaimer: The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned in this report have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information in this report and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils. User submitted testimonials are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results – what works for one may not work for another.