As Henry was doing his morning yoga routine this morning out on the Asylum grounds, and the monarch butterflies were enchanted with the oregano in the garden that Henry hasn’t managed to mangle, I started to think about essential oils. Why? Who knows. Possibly a Jedi mind trick employed by Henry. He enjoys distracting me, or more probably wanted me to disperse the Monarch butterflies so he could chase them. Not to worry – he never catches them.
Most folks are probably unaware of the amazing benefits of essential oils. And it may be safe to say that most people are probably unaware that essential oils even exist. Lack of education would be one reason. Are we really taught in schools anything that is good for us – especially if it comes from nature? Chances are slim.
Of course, we’re all busy. Probably to be expected because we have texts to read, football players to listen to, political jackals to hopefully dismiss, jobs to struggle through for food and shelter, families to attend to, and media and entertainment offerings to keep our attention affixed to all which isn’t really very important. But I digress…
So, just what are essential oils?
From a nifty and very informative website – essentialoilhaven.com
Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.
Getting essential oils from plants is done with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark.
After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.
And now on to some of the most common and uncommon uses of this wonderful gift from nature.
From the common uses, such as lemon essential oil being used for about any type of refresher in the kitchen, bathroom, garage – any of those places where one’s nostrils might be slightly tiffed from the smells that living can produce – it’s rejuvenating.
A drop to two (doesn’t take much more) of lemon essential oil and you can get gum out of your hair or the carpet, moisturize your fine leather goods, and even naturally highlight your hair.
Peppermint essential oils can do wonders to sanitize and eliminate odors. A drop or two on air filters will kill microbes in your duct work. Another couple of drops on a cotton ball and placed in a pair of stinky shoes and whala! No more passing out from the “scent” you never dreamed your loved ones, family members or roommates could produce! 10 to 15 drops of peppermint essential oil added to a small spray bottle and spritzed between walls cracks and floor openings where spiders and rodents can enter your sanctuary will have them thinking twice before entering.
Birch, Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils can be used as a local anesthetic.
Frankincense oil in a diffuser can enhance your brain power. Anti-inflammatory oils such as Chamomile, lavender and frankincense can aid in relieving neck and back pain with natural warmth.
Grapefruit essential oil can relieve menstrual cramps, treat acne, reduce cellulite and disinfect a room.
Cedarwood essential oil can decongest the lymph system and improve poor circulation.
8 drops of essential oil of orange and 2 drops of ylang ylang might help ward off those “winter blues” that are fast approaching.
A few drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser will melt troubles away, or at least postpone worrying about them until tomorrow and aid in a restful sleep.
Obviously, I could go on and on with the benefits of essential oils. I’ll stop now so as not to become more annoying than usual. If interested in pursuing the benefits of essential oils and how and where to apply them, there is a terrific site that will assist…www.helloglow.co.
Typically, it’s a good rule of thumb to use a “carrier” oil, such as jojoba or almond oil to dilute the essential oil you’re going to use.
If you don’t have a apothecary shop or natural grocer in your area, you can shop online for essential oils. We like mountainroseherbs.com here at the Asylum
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of the advice of a healthcare professional. Always consult a doctor or your trusted health guru if you have health concerns.
And so…while Americans continue to get steamed to the point where one eye is spinning clockwise, with the other spinning counter-clockwise over silliness, why not listen to a few selections from the 40’s and 50’s, sung beautifully by Ms. Linda Ronstadt, along with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra and three lovely harmonic voices to stave off the current insanity while you’re enjoying the calming effects of a few drops of lavender oil in the diffuser!
Linda Ronstadt & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra
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