Friday, September 6, 2013

My journey into the world of essential oils.

Up until earlier this year I thought essential oils were just to make things smell “pretty”. I knew that melaleuca (tea tree) oil had some therapeutic properties but that was about the extent of my medicinal knowledge. After both Kim and I had to deal with some health issues last year, I decided to do some studying on natural ways of healing and stumbled into aromatherapy. As I learned more about using essential oils, or EO's, I was amazed at the healing properties they have…..either from inhaling, ingesting, or topical applications. The first oil I purchased was lavender, mainly because I am in love with the scent. Most people know that lavender has calming properties, but did you also know it is a great antiseptic? Lavender also helps with pain relief, skin disorders, respiratory, digestive, and circulatory issues, and even as a bug repellent. Phew!! All that with one simple oil! Now multiply those benefits a hundred fold by combining different EO’s. That is a lot of healing power!!!

The first thing I ever made specifically for a therapeutic purpose was this awesome salve I found over at Camp Wander. One of the great things is that you can take the basic salve formula and blend in any EO you want. Just this afternoon I made a batch of regular antiseptic salve and another with a blend of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint which is phenomenal for allergies!! Hop on over to her page for this recipe and many more, and while you there I recommend subscribing to her page. Rebecca is a kick in the pants and just chock full of great information!!

Another great source for EO information and ‘recipes’ is Lea over at A Drop of This. Of course she offers up a lot more than just that, AND she is a sweetie pie!!
I’m loving everything I am learning so much I am thinking of taking courses in Natural Medicine. One of my favorite quotes definitely applies to my life….

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” Helen Keller

**update** Just as I was preparing to post, I got the great information that I have been approved as a Spark Naturals affiliate*!!  Spark Naturals is a wonderful source of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils and now if you use the coupon code bdoodle you can receive 10% off your purchase!  

*In the interest of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link.  In addition to you getting 10% off your purchase, I receive a little something too