Using Essential Oils to Heal

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What’s all the craze lately about Essential Oils or (E.O.) you might be asking yourself?

Well if you haven’t heard by now, there are literally HUNDREDS of different applications for them. Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. Some people like to call essential oils “nature’s living energy” because they contain unique constituents that provide a host of benefits.

Most essential oils are extracted from plant sources using steam distillation and are highly concentrated, making them far more potent than dried botanicals.  Essential Oils are not perfumes, although they can be used like them to achieve a desired smell or response in the body. Pure E.O.’s contain no artificial, processed or synthetic chemicals. Since everything we put on the skin is absorbed by capillaries that circulate in the body, you want to be sure the E.O. you are using is free of pesticides, synthetic constituents, chemicals and any other unwanted adulterated product. There are some researchers that report essential oils are better absorbed from areas of the body with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head, feet, hands and armpits (Battaglia, 2003). Personally, I like the application to the hands and especially the feet. It is very effective and feels great.

Two great ways to use the oils is to diffuse them into the air or apply them to your body. Diffusing oils work because when you inhale the oils the active ingredients go directly to the limbic system (area of the brain responsible for emotion) which is responsible for memory, hormones, blood pressure, breath rate, and stress levels. This explains why smell triggers physiological and psychological responses in people. Some people like to dilute the oils in a carrier oil because people can have different reaction to the “neat” or undiluted oil itself. While many people are able to use the neat version of the oil, there are still sensitive individuals such as children and animals that you definitely should dilute the oil before application.

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically do not cause any irritation to the skin. Don’t worry, dilution with a carrier oil will not dilute the effect of the EO and it helps prevents any waste due to excessive application. Please do not use vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or any petroleum derivatives (e.g. baby oil or mineral oil)–they should never be used as carrier oils. Some users choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of it has a strong smell. My favorites are coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory effects and jojoba oil for its skin softening properties. Below is a chart for recommendations on how to dilute.

Carrier Oil 1% 2% 5% 10%
1 tsp 1 drop 2 drops 5 drops 10 drops
1 TB 3 drops 6 drops 15 drops 30 drops
1 fl. oz. 6 drops 12 drops 30 drops 60 drops

I generally recommend 2%-5% dilution for most people.

There are so many ways to use essential oils in your daily life and health, below are some fantastic ways to begin replacing toxic chemicals in your home and life with more natural, safe and effective products. For recipes, please click here.

GOOD QUALITY ESSENTIAL OILS

I have seen some very wonderful results using Essential Oils and I know from research and experience that they are not all made alike! Most store bought oils are synthetic or adulterated and not worth your health or money. You certainly need to pick and choose carefully the quality of the oils you use on your skin as well as your loved ones. If you are interested in using Young Living Essential Oils–the brand I use, love, and trust–please email me at drseleme@drseleme.com to order and learn how to buy them.

Sincerely,
Dr. Venus Seleme

VSeleme

 

 

 

 

 

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