Recently I noticed a someone at the grocery store who had at least 5-6 harsh household cleansers in her cart. Many people want quick affordable cleansers, but don’t think about the cost on their health. The irony of it all is that household cleansers are supposed to protect and disinfect, but ultimately can be especially hard on people who have compromised immune systems such as asthma. Essential oils are a safe alternative to these harsh chemicals.
Essential oils have been a very intimate part of my life and the lives of countless numbers of people all over the world. These oils are healing to mind, body, and spirit. Certain essences actually cause a release of neurochemicals in the brain, such as serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in both memory and learning, as well as, mood. This physiological response then causes a psychological outcome. You may feel better, gain a positive attitude, and also experience an immune boost as well. One thing that you can do at least once a week is to have an aromatherapy bath. Before you start, however, keep in mind that you only put a small number of drops in the bath water. Too many drops might irritate the skin. Less is more in most cases, when using essential oils, since they are extremely concentrated. Today, these oils are also easily obtained, since many of the local grocery stores and health-food stores carry them. Do not let the cost deter you. For example, it takes approximately four thousand pounds of hand-picked petals to make one pound of Bulgarian Rose Oil. So one can understand why they can be so costly for genuine essential oils. Also keep in mind that genuine vs. synthetic is always more therapeutic for they possess a more vibrant healing energy thats synergistic to our own.
Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate these healing oils into everyday living:
RELAXING WINTER BATH
5 drops of lavender (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, calmative) –soft floral 2 drops of eucalyptus (antibacterial, decongestant, immune tonic)–strong, fresh, slightly sweet scent 2 drops of juniper (decongestant, lymphatic decongestant, reduces swelling)–fresh piney scent 1/2-1 cup of plain Epsom Salts (depends on the size of the bath tub)
After your bath, apply sesame or sweet almond oil all over the body. These oils are especially great for replenishing the moisture lost by skin during the winter months.
QUICK ANXIETY RELIEF (Great for traveling)
3-5 drops of lavender essential oil + 1 drop of lemon essential oil on a tissue to inhale *Both of these oils are calmatives. Be sure you carry the tissue in some type of baggie or cosmetic bag.
3-5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a tissue to inhale *This oil acts as a decongestant. Be sure you carry the tissue in some type of baggie or cosmetic bag.
FRESHEN THE CLOSET
Put 5-7 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil on a tissue, dried herbs, or put some drops on actual cedar, to deter insects such as moths. It also freshens the closet. I like to use a mixture that contains cedarwood because the mixture leaves a nice scent in the closet. You can buy this mixes at your local grocery store. I have one that contains basil, niaouli, eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood.
CLEANING THE SHOWER & BATHROOM
Add 5-6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil To a wet wash cloth. After a warm/hot shower, add the essential oil to your wash cloth then wipe the walls of the shower. It cleans, disinfects, and is safe to breathe. You may use this to wipe down the entire bathroom. Other oils that disinfect are lavender, juniper, mandarin, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
• Always use caution when using essential oils. Never touch your eyes when handling essential oils. Always rinse your finger tips, if you touch them directly. If you do get some in the eye, dip a cotton pad or Q-tip in sweet almond oil, then wipe the eye. Never use essential oils on children, highly allergic individuals, or pregnant women without consulting a doctor.
• Pure essential oils are for external use only.
• Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
Use only the highest quality essential oils on the body.