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Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for centuries in various cultures around the world for their amazing ability to operate on a cellular, physical, emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic areas of our lives.They are liquid extracts from certain species of:

  • flowers
  • grasses
  • fruits
  • leaves
  • roots
  • trees 

There are hundreds of essential oils used by professional practitioners and individuals for very diverse purposes. One of the reasons why essential oils are so loved by many is for the versatility. For example, with a few drops of pure lavender oil can have a powerful effect on a burn, used to soothe a tension headache, or used as a natural deterrent for insets like mosquitoes. Another versatile oil is lemon. Lemon essential oil has been found to influence the autonomic nervous system and has the ability to act as a sedative when needed or as a tonic. Peppermint is another oil that has this adaptogenic effect. Essential oils also have the ability to enter and pass out the body very efficiently without leaving any toxins behind. 

Essential oils can be used for may things in our personal environment including cleaning and cooking but may also be prescribed to use more directly on the body by three main methods:

  • aromatically
  • topically
  • internally/orally 

It is extremely important to understand the source and manufacturing of the essential oils that you use for therapeutic purposes. The same species of plan grown in different countries and under different soil or altitude conditions will produce oils that differ in their chemical makeup and therefore their therapeutic properties. You may choose to blend various essential oils or to use a base oil which is can add to the therapeutic effect or to dilute the concentration of oil. A "base" or carrier oil is vegetable or seed oil such as: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, etc.

The some of the most common and versatile essential oils for home include:

  • lavender
  • lemon
  • peppermint
  • chamomile
  • eucalyptus
  • geranium
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • clove 

We are ready to help you incorporate essentials oils into your life! For more information about upcoming classes or for a personal plan on using essential oils as a complementary approach to your health care, please call to schedule a consultation with the doctor (314) 833-4600.

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