Welcome to the second post of Welless Wednesday! Where each week we’ll be looking into ideas on what to add to your health regimen good for your mind, body, and/or spirit.
This week, I want to take a further look into adding essential oils to your routine, I’m a huge advocate of using Aromatherapy in as many areas of my life as possible and have been for the past four years. I’m also working on my Aromatherapy certification to be a certified Aromatherapist so lately have been studying essential oils on a deeper level. Here we’ll do what we did last week with what it is, what are the benefits and of course the cost factor. So let’s get started!
(Author Note: This is not an end all and be all guide, in fact this plus all the Wellness Wednesdays to come will be just a general overview with basic guidelines and suggestions based on personal experience. I encourage everyone to do their own research on what’s best for you and you alone. You know your own body, you know what you can and can’t handle, plus when in doubt talk to a qualified health practitioner.)
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of scents and oils to treat conditions of the mind, emotional issues and physical issues if applied topically. It has been used for thousands of years in one way or another, I personally seen it as an extension of herbalism seeing how the oils is the essence extract of the plants themselves. The difference is the plants are in a much more concentrated so in the terms for aromatherapy, “Less is more”.
What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is another type of wellness with multiple benefits, the majority of oils are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, Sedative, Stimulative, warming, cooling, and the list goes on and on. Aromatherapy is a study of it’s own, but for a good starter kit I would advise these following five oils to get you started;
Lavender: The number one go-to oil used to help with burns, cuts, insomnia,repealing insects and is one of the most abundant oils processed to date.
Lemon: Often pressed from the rind, great for a natural energetic boost, can be combined with white vinegar for cleaning and is said to help with morning sickness in pregnant women (through inhalation)
Peppermint:Another oil good for nausea, headaches, clearing sinuses, calming muscle inflammation and I can attest that it does repel spiders.
Eucalyptus:Good for cold, flu and general immune booster.
Tea Tree: Good for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, repelling lice, also commonly found in most natural hair care products
Beyond that, there are at least 300 different types of essential oils, although only half of those are good for therapeutic use. Oils can be put in a good variety of products such as lotion, massage oil, soap, and used in place of cleaning supplies.
The best thing to remember is to always dilute your oils, they are extremely potent. I would also like to bring up how there are certain companies out there that give the a-ok to consume essential oils, I will be honest about this, I highly advise against it unless you are seeing a qualified doctor, natural path practitioner, aromatherapist, herbalist, or any other qualified health practitioner. I do not care how “pure” certain companies claim their oils to be, they are still potent due to the distillation process of the oil seeing how oils are again the essence of the plants themselves (Not to mention only a small amount of oils are approved for consumption). I also advise against using certain oils if you are allergic to the plant, the oils are still the plant.
Oils can cost as low as $3.99(usd) to as high as a couple hundred, depending on the oil and on the brand. If you are looking for a good starter set you are going to spend at least $30 to $50 (or if you go the Young Living or DoTerra route, as high as $150 for a 10 piece starter kit of 5mls), but I personally see it is well worth it and as stated before, a few drops go a long way with essential oils. I have used several different brands of oils and I would recommend the following;
Mountain Rose Herbs
Now this is my own opinion and based on my own experience, there is are a ton of different brands and brands that even I have yet to order and try. I personally say, “Research, research, research!” Find what you like the most and see how well they work for you.
Enjoy the rest of your, next post is about adding teas to your routine.
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