So, do essential oils really work? If you do a quick online search, you'll find stories of people using essential oils to treat just about everything under the sun. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because you can find pretty much anything online if you look hard enough. This doesn't mean that essential oils don't work, though. It just means that you need to do your research, keep an open mind, choose quality oils and learn how to use the oils safely and effectively.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. Before we had modern medicine, we had plant therapy. People have been using herbs and aromatic plans for therapeutic benefits since the beginning of human civilization! In fact, most modern medicines are derived from plants. Drug companies actually try to replicate the properties in plants that are beneficial to the body and use them to create synthetic drugs. The problem is that, unlike essential oils, these synthetic compounds are not in their natural, whole form.
Essential oils, however, work with the body on a cellular level to address issues and root causes...not just treat symptoms. Because essential oils have been used for so long, there have been tons of research studies done to prove their safety and effectiveness when used correctly. The best resource to learn more about these tried and true methods is the Modern Essentials Book. This book reviews the science and application of essential oils, a personal usage guide that lists which oils to use for specific health concerns and a detailed overview of each oil. Whenever I want to find out if there is a way to naturally support my health using essential oils, I just turn to my book and look it up! You can also visit Aromatic Science for the latest research, education and resources on essential oils.
Essential oils are not meant to replace a nutrient dense diet, physical activity, rest and an overall healthy lifestyle. They are meant to compliment these pillars of health to promote optimal health and wellness. Just like you can't take a pill to undo years worth of bad eating habits, you can't use an oil to undo unhealthy choices. Because they are natural compounds, essential oils work with your body to help it run in tip top shape when used in combination with healthy lifestyle choices.
The quality of essential oils you choose is also important. Many essential oils may have synthetic ingredients or fillers that degrade the quality of the oil. I choose doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for my family because they are sustainably grown and harvested where they grow indigenously, carefully and naturally steam distilled to extract the oils without degrading them, tested for purity and therapeutic grade quality and made without fillers, synthetic oils, contaminants or toxins.
If after reading this you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can provide natural solutions for your family, I invite you to join me next week on June 30th at 8:00pm EST for an hour long webinar where we will dive even deeper into the world of essential oils and all of their beneficial uses! I'll be hosting this live event so you can see me, but I can't see you so feel free to wear your PJ's. :) Plus, everyone who RSVP's for the event will be in a drawing to receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Wild Orange essential oil! Woo hoo!
If you can't make it, I'll be posting the link to the webinar after the event, so be sure to check back here or on the Facebook event page to catch up afterward.
You can also sign up for my essential oil newsletter. Once or twice a month I'll be sending out special deals, useful tips and even some fun food, beauty and cleaning recipes you can make using essential oils!
As always, if you have any questions please contact me at any time. I am here to help! You can also check out my essential oils page to learn more about how it all works and how to get started!