Monday, May 4, 2009

Essential Oils~ More than Aromatherapy

Often when people hear that I work with essential oils they think of something that just smells nice. True essential oils are a lot more than a pretty smell. If you use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that were grown, harvested, and distilled in the optimum conditions, you benefit from the plant’s medicinal properties. Because essential oils are the lifeblood of a plant, they carry a healing frequency that benefits mind, body, and spirit.

Peppermint, in my opinion, is an all purpose oil that you should have whether you are at home, in your car, traveling across country, or at the spa. Peppermint can be used in your everyday life in so many ways.
1. Put a few drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle with a few ounces of water. Spray it into the air to kill airborne bacteria or just to refresh the air. Use this same bottle to spray your houseplants to deter bugs.
2. Take a drop internally to provide relief from congestion and enhance your digestion. Peppermint is well known for aiding in the relief of heartburn, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, stomach cramps, nausea, hiccups, and generalized indigestion. *Note: Peppermint is safe to take internally with the brand I use, Young LivingTM Essential Oils. Some brands are not.
3. Peppermint is an excellent oil to use when you need pain relief. It aids your body in decreasing inflammation and soothing sore, tired, or stiff muscles and joints.
4. Rub a drop on your abdomen if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Use a hot water bottle or warm compress to enhance the effects of peppermint.
5. Regain your energy and enhance mental clarity by breathing deeply from the bottle or rub a drop in between your hands and place your hands in front of your nose while you breathe in.
6. Stir a drop into chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Better yet, make a green smoothie and blend in a drop of peppermint. Add a drop to your water for an afternoon pick-me-up!

A few words of caution: If you are pregnant, please consult your doctor. While 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils are extremely safe and will not interact with medications in a negative way as some herbs can, they are highly powerful. If this is your first experience with the oils, please start out slowly. Essential oils oxygenate your cells and cause your body to release toxic material. It is rare, but people that are full of toxins sometimes experience symptoms of detoxification such as vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and/or feeling like they have a cold or flu. If you are obese, a heavy drinker of alcohol, taking a lot of medication, or eating a lot of processed sugar and refined foods, essential oils can be a powerful tool in your healing process. However, you may be more susceptible to experiencing a sudden cleanse when you first begin to use the oils.

*This information is not meant to substitute for medical advice. It is meant for educational purposes only. Please use at your own discretion.

©2009 Susie Beiler, CHHC, AADP, OTR/L
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