Essential Oils: Another Gift from Nature

Last night, lavender came to the rescue once again.  Well, technically it was lavender, patchouli, and chamomile.  And some citrus, I think.  Either way, I was just happy for a good night’s sleep.

Aromatherapy is probably as old as noses and plants.  According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) website (www.naha.org), there are mentions of humans using essential oils and aromatic plants for therapeutic purposes in the Old Testament and in written records from ancient China, Rome, and Egypt.  A natural and non-invasive way to promote healing and balance, aromatherapy uses essential oils, which are concentrated hydrophobic liquids that have been extracted from plants.

Many people know about some common essential oils like lavender and peppermint–lavender for chillin’ and peppermint for energizing.  And many know that essential oils can be used topically too (think of a peppermint foot cream or a tea tree antiseptic ointment).  A whole world of gentle, natural remedies are out there!

Here are a few other essential oils that have been used to support or treat what ails us:

CINNAMON is comforting and warming to the skin.

FRANKINCENSE is calming and aids in visualizing and meditating.

THYME is cleansing, antiseptic, and energizing.

YLANG YLANG is sensual and euphoric.

As with any remedy, exercise care and consult a practitioner if you are unsure or if you have serious medical concerns.  While these remedies have a long history, some of them are not acceptable to the scientific community and some of them may not be right for you.  For more information, check the NAHA website.  I also like www.auracacia.com and www.mountainroseherbs.com.

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