“Plants love us. They help us reclaim our health and our whole selves. Plants are healers.” — Robin Rose Bennett
Plants have been used for centuries to promote health and healing. Ancient writings tell of scented spices, barks, and resins used in embalming and medicine. Ancient Egyptians used oils, herbs, and aromatic plants for medicinal purposes. Oils were also used by the Greeks and Romans.
In the Middle East frankincense has been used for thousands of years in religious ceremonies. Clove has been used since ancient times by healers in China and India as part of their treatments. Aborigines in Australia used eucalyptus leaves for centuries to cover wounds.
Even today plants can be an integral part of a natural health and wellness regimen. One way to get their benefits is in the form of an essential oil. Essential oils are made from fruit, leaves, flowers, roots, resin, bark and other parts of plants.
Some examples: Lavender is calming and relaxing. It can also be used for a variety of skin conditions. Wintergreen may soothe sore muscles and ease bone and join discomfort. Ginger can be used for an upset stomach and to alleviate motion sickness.
There are hundreds of essential oils that can be used to support your physical and emotional health. Many have the same properties so if you try one oil and see little effect you can try a different one. Our bodies are so unique what works for one person may not work for another.
Essential oils can be used three ways:
I’ll describe each method in detail in the next blog.
NOTE Many essential oils on the market are not pure and have been adulterated in some way. Many companies cut corners for the sake of profit, often at the cost of your well-being. The essential oils industry is not well regulated so when you see terms like therapeutic, pure, and certified organic on the label it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a high quality oil.
It’s important to use essential oils that are ethically and sustainably sourced, GMO free, distilled in stainless steel using a slow steam process, and tested multiply times in company and third party labs.
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Note: There may be affiliate links in this post. • I am not a doctor. All information is for educational use only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.