I have talked a little in the past about using essential oils, but it has occurred to me that many people may not be familiar with them or why I would trust them. I am certainly no expert, but I am learning and finding that each new oil or recipe I try is working. With every story shared and every success I experience, I am becoming more and more a believer in these oils.
And why shouldn’t I believe in their usefulness? Essential oils have been used throughout history for healing, beauty, cooking, and religious ceremony. Remember in the Bible when Jesus was born and the wise men brought him gold, frankincense, and myrrh? Two of the three gifts given to the King of Kings were plant derivatives that were prized in that time (and even today) for their healing properties and religious significance. People all over the world still use frankincense and myrrh today to treat ailments and worship God. Frankincense and myrrh weren’t the only essential oils to be used in history, though. In fact there is evidence of Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Europeans, and Persians using various oils for their healing properties long before the advent of modern Western medicine. If there is such widespread use throughout history, there must be something to these oils, right?
Let’s look a little closer at how essential oils are made and why they work: Essential oils are extracted from their parent plant via steam distillation or cold pressing and marketed as concentrated oils by companies like doTERRA and Young Living. The essential oils that we use to heal our bodies are present in plants to do that exact same thing for the plant! Peppermint oil protests and heals the peppermint plant, see? Not all plants have these properties, but the ones who do usually translate well for human use.
But how do essential oils really measure up against modern medicine? I am certainly not going to suggest that oils can or should replace medicine or surgeries for people who are needing those things, but essential oils may play a role in healing significant illness or injury – that decision is between you and your doctor! For less serious things – a minor burn or stomach ache, for instance – essential oils can be administered instead of or alongside other, more typical Western medicines. When using essential oils for healing, you can place the oil on your skin, breathe it in, or ingest it (depending on the type of oil). The oils will be absorbed through whatever human tissue they come into contact with and enter the blood stream. The oils will enter cells, including bacteria and viruses, and share their properties to support health and kill toxins. Most man-made medicines are not as effective in crossing the cell membrane, so often times, the essential oil actually works faster and better! Additionally, the oils are gentler on your system than medicines are, so if your stomach is easily upset by aspirin, you might want to try some peppermint oil instead to ease your headache.
If you aren’t so sure about using essential oils in place of some medicines, consider using them for cleaning , beauty, and aroma! Remember how plants that produce essential oils use those oils to protect themselves? Well, this means that a lot of essential oils have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and protective properties. This means that you can safely use many oils to clean your counters, laundry, and other spaces. You can also create bath-bombs, body butter, lip-gloss, and other body care products. There are tons of recipes out there and you can bet I’ll be posting more in the future here too! And sometimes, you just want your home to smell nice without the fake smell many candles leave. Using an oil with uplifting properties will not only make your home smell clean and fresh, but it can help elevate your mood and actually make you feel better too!
If you are interested in learning more or using essential oils in your daily life, I want to point you to my friend, Joanna’s, youtube channel. She goes into more detail about these topics and can probably answer any questions you have! She also has some nummy recipes! Check it out, do your own research, and ask lots of questions!