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Mindful Monday: Essential oils you need and why

Most of the "power" of the plant stays in the oil, which we can use to support our bodies. They are highly concentrated aromatic essences and come exclusively from specific parts of plants like the leaves, flower, fruit peel, tree resin.

Essential oils come from the life-blood of plants. When plants are harvested, they are distilled or cold-pressed to extract the essential oil. This leaves the dry herb, which only has 3% of the "nutrition" left in it.

Most of the "power" of the plant stays in the oil, which we can use to support our bodies. They are highly concentrated aromatic essences and come exclusively from specific parts of plants like the leaves, flower, fruit peel, tree resin.

My top 5 oils for new users:

Peppermint - Lavender - Lemon - Frankincense - Melaleuca

Why Do We Use Essential Oils?

  • Boost the immune system
  • Can ease tension and other symptoms
  • Aid in restful sleep
  • Manage inflammation
  • Many are anti-fungal/anti-viral
  • Emotional balance

Peppermint oil

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Warming/Cooling
  • Relieves muscle pain
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulating
  • Used topically to ease muscle and headache tension
  • Used aromatically for focus
  • Used internally for digestive discomfort and breath freshner

Lanvender oil

  • Sedative
  • Astringent
  • Anti-depressant
  • Antihistamine
  • Soothing
  • Antibacterial
  • Sleep or nervousness issues

Lemon

  • Antiseptic
  • Diuretic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Disinfectant
  • Used in cooking, drink, cleaning products, aromatically

Frankincense

  • Immunity booster
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antidepressant
  • Restorative
  • Used for wound healing, depression, back pain, allergies, meditation, aromatically

Melaleuca

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Used commonly on cuts and wounds, acne, sore throat, rashes, aromatically for colds and flu


How to Use Essential Oils

There are several ways to use essential oils safely and effectively. You can inhale their beautiful aroma, take the oils internally, or rub them onto your skin. (Not all oils are recommended for each use, so be sure to read your label to see which of these uses is recommended for the oil you have in mind.)

Breathing In and Diffusing

Ingesting Essential Oils

Applying Essential Oils to the Skin

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