I’m a big fan of using essential oils for LOTS of things. In fact, anyone can benefit from using essential oils in their home. I use tea tree oil (melaleuca) whenever I have a breakout, sweet orange and lavender for room sprays, lemon to clean, peppermint when I have a stomachache or I need help focusing, lime to uplift, and eucalyptus to reduce congestion (it smells just like Vick’s VapoRub, but you don’t have the gooey petroleum part of it.) And that’s just the beginning.
I love using essential oils in my yoga classes, too, either by diffusing or having students apply an oil topically. Oils are always optional and it’s important as a teacher to know if any students have a sensitivity to smells before diffusing and using the oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant, eliciting profound emotional responses. Used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as natural alternatives in holistic self-care practices. Their unique chemistry allows them to be used aromatically and applied topically to the skin, while other essential oils can be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.
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Resources I find useful:
- From Fields to Fevers: Are Farms Breeding Deadly MRSA Infections?– Scientific American, August 2013
- Antibiotic Resistance is Rife Across the Globe – Scientific American, April 2014
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Worwood
- Essential Oil Safety, by Robert Tisserand
- Dr. Robert Pappas, (PhD physical chemistry) – http://essentialoils.org/
- Reputable Facebook Forums
- Pinterest for general household/cosmetic ideas
* Please note that any information on this website should not be construed as professional medical advice but rather as information. Consult your medical professional for specific medical questions. Essential oils should always be used appropriately and in tiny doses.