“Essential oils may be a part of humanity’s past, but they’re also a part of humanity’s future. They are an eternal gift from nature, an on-going adventure of marvels, a friend, a support, and one of the most valuable gifts nature has given to us to enjoy.” - Valerie Worwood
Unfortunately, essential oils are the most undervalued therapeutic tools in the natural medicine cabinet. Many people know about echinacea to keep the immune system strong or the value of vitamin C and zinc to ward off a cold, but how many know about clove oil’s extremely potent antiviral and antibacterial properties? Or about oregano oil’s anti-parasitic qualities?
And even if people have heard about essential oils, they are usually only considered for their ability to make a nice smell in your house.
Essential Oils for Healthcare
Essential oils are so much more than a nice smell. They are the perfect gateway to holistic healthcare because they are simple to use, very effective, and rarely harmful. They capture all that the plant kingdom has to offer us for healing our bodies, minds, and spirits, in a beautifully complex and concentrated form.
For a young mother who is keen to find ways to care for her child without using the toxic offerings of the pharmaceutical industry, essential oils are the answer to a prayer. Very quickly she will learn how to use them safely because, quite simply, it is very difficult to get it wrong.
And as her skill grows and as she sees results, so her confidence will grow too, and before long she will become the person whom everyone in her social circle comes to for help. And so, women can step into the centuries-old legacy as the healers of their community.
Not just for Mums
But it is not only mothers looking for a safer alternative for their children who will benefit from essential oils. In my family, everyone uses essential oils, none more so than my 21 year old son, who teaches himself with the help of his smartphone, how to make a tea to ease his digestive symptoms, how to fill an empty capsule with essential oils for his immune system, which oils to diffuse to sleep deeply.
My husband knows exactly which oils to apply to his lower back to soothe his back pain, and which oils to use under his tongue to dampen inflammation. My daughter knows which oils to use in a spray bottle to keep her hair strong, thick, and shiny.
My other daughter knows which oils to apply on her horses when they cut themselves to clean the wound and speed up healing. And I use essential oils to make my face creams and body butters and my skin has never felt so smooth and hydrated.
We have no pharmaceutical medicine in our house because it is simply no longer necessary. We ran out of ibuprofen and paracetamol a while ago and have not got round to replacing them.
What does Science say?
Essential oils are incredibly versatile. For example, take a single oil, lavender. A few drops of lavender oil on a burn will effect the most remarkable cure, returning the skin to normal within days, when without it, the skin would have blistered and scarred. The same bottle of lavender can be used to rub on your temples and on the back of your neck when you have a headache. And the same lavender can again be used to help you achieve a deep restorative sleep or calm your racing heart when anxiety ambushes you.
This is what Nobel prize winner, neuro-scientist and pharmacologist Candace Pert has to say about essential oils:
“Essential oils pass easily through the skin and travel efficiently through the body in a similar fashion to hormones and neuropeptides. The oils find receptor sites on cells to act as catalysts for change within the cell metabolism.”
In other words, essential oils transmit messages to our cells telling them to either do something or to stop doing something. While there are thousands of peer reviewed published studies on essential oils, scientists are only now discovering the actual biochemical pathways through which essential oils exert their power.
Know the Purity
The only downside of essential oils is the general lack of purity in the industry. The Aromatic Plant Research Council, an independent lab which analyses and studies essential oils, estimates that 80% of oils are adulterated. And because there is no regulation of the industry, manufacturers can put what they want on the bottle.
This means that anyone buying that bottle of lavender, hoping to treat a burn or a headache, will be at best disappointed that it had no effect, and at worst left with a skin irritation. For this reason, you need to know where to buy your oils from. Just because they are sold in a health food store does not mean they are pure.
Article by Yasmina Old, The Essential Oil Community
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