What exactly are essential oils? The oils that have been extracted from aromatic plants.
Essential oils have a powerful and spiritual connection when used. Perhaps this is the reason why they have had a significant role in our history. Oils have been used and still today in medicine and religion. The oils penetrate deep into our system-the healing begins at a cellular level. Extracting the oil through steam distillation is the process used. Use Extreme caution when purchasing your oils because not all oils are created equal. Make sure the botanical name is listed on the label to ensure that you are purchasing a pure oil. The label should also list their source and the plant parts used. The Lavender Spike that I use comes from Spain and the plant parts used are leaves, stems and the flowers. Essential oils should be pure and like everything used in moderation.
Please consult your medical practitioner or Physician before implementing or changing your current health regiment. Never stop any medications without consulting your Medical Doctor.
Let’s review a few of the most popular essential oils:
Lavender: A great aid for some for those suffering from insomnia. This is a natural calming oil so it’s great to help you sleep. Place one-two drops on a cotton cloth and place it in the corner of your bedroom. Always test a product for allergy sensitivity. Remember these oils are quite aromatic so less is more. If you have respiratory problems check with your physician prior to using the oils. Lavender is also used as an estrogen promoting oil. This oil has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. This is a very relaxing oil and I always have it in my home. I also include it in my first aid kit which I carry with me in my bag. I use it in my homemade Hand Sanitizer and it not only disinfects but smells heavenly! Remember a little goes a long way when using essential oils. You can apply lavender on your feet without any skin irritation. True Lavender, Spike lavender and Lavandin are the ones most commonly used.
Rose– Extremely high in antibacterial properties. Dull skin is brought to life and makes this an excellent addition to mature skin care. The flower petals are used and has a moderate level of aroma. One of my favorite for skin care and gentle scent. This oil is VERY expensive BUT well worth every penny.
Peppermint: Oil derived from the leaves. Helps you to focus. Helps in bringing clarity to mind. Great for easing symptoms of sinus condition. Can help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Increases the oxygen in our blood level by merely inhaling one drop of peppermint.
Tea Tree Oil: A topical antiseptic and anti fungal. Can cause allergic reaction. Tea Tree oil kills bed bugs instantly! Plant leaves and branches used. Strong Scent!
ORAC value? What does that mean? It measures the total antioxidant activity in foods instead of the vitamins contained within an item. What?! Okay, first of all ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and this is a lab test. It tests the food by placing it in a test tube along with properties that can oxidize the food. So the less free radical damage by the protection of the antioxidants in the food the better for us! The higher the antioxidant capacity the less the free radicals. Remember free radicals equals damaged cells. Cigarette smoke is a free radical producer and we know that is bad for our body.
Where can you fine these ORAC values? http://www.oracvalues.com
The information provided on this blog/podcast is for personal information and interest. It is absolutely not intended to offer a medicinal treatment for ANY condition. Please consult your medical professional or physician regarding any health concerns or questions.
During my visits to whole foods I became interested in pure oils. In fact, it was at whole foods that I learned about lavender spike. Visit your local whole foods or vitamin store for your essential oils.
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