I want to shout a big thinks to East Coast Gal for her contribution to the readers. She is our former Democrat, now Patriot, guest writer with her second contribution to the Patriot readers. Thanks for your time and contribution ECG. We appreciate it much.
Essential Oils and How I Use Them,
Essential oils have been around forever. Remember the gifts the wise men gave to baby Jesus? Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh - a precious metal and essential oils. If they were good enough for Jesus, they are good enough for me. I very much like the idea of using natural products. In the book Hope for Survival, you can read about numerous essential oils and how they are used. I definitely agree with the author when he states that you need to do your own research about any essential oil you use. Personally, I purchase mine from a reputable company and would never consider getting them anywhere else. The oils I use are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade - the plants are harvested in their natural environment, they are 3rd party tested and are free of fillers, pesticides and contaminants. That is my preference, you have to go with what feels right for your circumstances.
I had no experience with essential oils until I developed a fungus on a fingernail. The urgent care doctor sent me to my local Wal-Mart with a prescription for an antibiotic and in search of Tea Tree oil. I read the information on the oil bottle and was a little concerned about using it. The label made it very clear not to it get on my skin, only the nail. I decided to give it a try and, along with the antibiotic, the fungus cleared up. End of story, end of use of essential oils....well, not really. Side note: the Tea Tree oil I use now is not only safe on skin but it is also safe for ingestion.
My former job was quite stressful. I noticed that stress at certain times of the day and it seemed to be increasing. A coworker convinced me to try peppermint oil. I was skeptical and reluctant because I detest peppermint! She persisted and I gave in. I put a few drops in the palm of my hand, rubbed my palms together, cupped my hands and deeply inhaled. I then rubbed my hands over the back of my neck and on my shoulders. Much to my surprise, I almost instantly felt calmer and was able to make it through that normally stressful part of my day. I was hooked!
I went to classes, talked with the person who first introduced me to oils and did some reading on the subject. I learned that essential oils work on a cellular level by working with the body, unlike prescription and over-the-counter medications that often just mask the problem. Also, you are unlikely to develop a resistance to essential oils. This really appealed to me.
I have seasonal allergies that really give me fits in the spring and fall. Well, I should say I did have this problem but not so much anymore. I began by combining lemon, lavender and peppermint oils in a shot glass of water. I drank this morning and night. I no longer needed my prescription allergy medications! After doing this for about a year, the company I use came out with a soft gel pill for allergies - much easier and more convenient. Because it is a natural substance, you don't have to wait any certain amount of time before taking more if you need it. Am I still occasionally bothered by seasonal allergies, yes, but they are so much easier to manage now that I use essential oils.
I'm the kind of person that tends to get nervous/anxious is various situations. I have found that inhaling lavender and putting it on the back of my neck and my temples before going into a stressful situation is very calming. I always use it before doctor and dentist visits! That 'white coat' syndrome is no longer a problem. No more spikes in my blood pressure at the doctor's office.
I use essential oils and other natural products on a daily basis. I no longer purchase over-the-counter medications for myself or toxic cleaning products for my home. Essential oils have become an essential part of my life!
I could go on all day about all the ways I have incorporated essential oils into my life. What I've written is just a tiny glimpse of how I use them. I encourage you to read and research essential oils to see how you can benefit. I would also recommend learning about reflexology as it goes hand in hand with essential oils.
East Coast Gal
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