Essential Oils

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I have been re-introduced to Essential Oils.  I say "re-introduced" as they were part of my life growing up.  I still remember my Aunt using tea-tree oil when we were kids and the smell of this alone takes me back to a time and place of holidaying in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand with my family.

So when I was invited to attend a workshop to learn more about essential oils, I did not hesitate.

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential oils are pure extracts taken from plants and are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs.  They are nature's defence mechanism for plants and cells and have been used anciently and throughout history for health benefits.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, for example 1 drop of peppermint oil equates to 28 cups of peppermint tea.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical needs. They can be used as single oil or in blend depending on how long a person has been using oils or the desired benefit. They are safe, effective and an affordable alternative to synthetic remedies.

The oils I have been using are from doTERRA.  I only use doTERRA as they are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been harvested by experienced growers from around the world.  Each oil is carefully and thoroughly tested resulting in a high quality oil that is safe and graded as therapeutic.

Essential oils can be used in the following ways:

AROMATIC - Certain oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing.  Diffusing essential oils can cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odours and germs.

TOPICAL - Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically.

INTERNAL - Certain essential oils have a culinary history and can been used as dietary supplements for targeted health and wellness.

I first started with the Essential Collection Kit. Some of the ways I experimented using the oils in the beginning were as follows:

LEMON

I diffused this oil to cleanse and purify the air.  I also added 1-2 drops to my bottled water as one of the benefits of this oil is to naturally cleanse the body and aid digestion. 

LAVENDER

I diffused this oil and found it to be very calming and relaxing.

TEA-TREE

Renowned for its cleansing effect on the skin, I applied this topically to my husband’s arm when he grazed it at work.  (He’s a tradie so this happens quite often!)

PEPPERMINT

I added a few drops of this oil to my chocolate bliss balls and it made them taste even better! (Peppermint is good for any digestive issues). 

When looking for oils, keep in mind that not all oils are created equal.  As there are no industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms used such as "natural" or "pure", a lot of oils on the market are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may not be real quality. A lot of work goes into creating a high quality essential oil.  A good, trusted brand should follow some guidelines such as proper plant varieties grown without chemicals, pesticides and herbicides; extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve the oil molecules and can stand behind the internal use of their oils.

If you would like to find out more about essential oils or attend a workshop, please email yogakynd@gmail.com