A Beautiful Morning and EOs!!
Recently I had the opportunity to spend the morning with my local Moms in Motion group. Moms in Motion, a national group dedicated to fitness and friendship for women, has local chapters that encourage moms to spend some time taking care of themselves!
We had a wonderful hour together – laughing, learning and asking questions.
Here is Part 1 of what we covered!
Essential Oil Boot Camp – My Four Top Essential Oils
Latin: Lavandula angustifolia
Steam distilled from the flowering tops.
This is the most popular and versatile essential oil, and the “mother” of all oils! Like moms, lavender handles many physical and psychological jobs.
Latin: Melaleuca alternifolia
Steam distilled from leaves
Tea tree is well known for its broad spectrum properties against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
- Athlete’s foot
- Blisters (yes, really!)
Latin: Mentha x piperita
Steam distilled from leaves
Lots of Indications!
- Digestion – take as peppermint tea, or dilute in a carrier oil and apply to tummy
- Sinus congestions
- Tired feet – analgesic effects
- Itchy skin – dilute, dilute, dilute! Use only two drops of peppermint oil per ounce of carrier oil
- Refreshing to lymphatic system
Latin: Citrus limon
Cold expressed from the peel
Excellent all around oil with lots of indications!
- Uplifting! Aids in decision-making, also calming for those who are on-edge.
- Mild detox for the lymphatic system – express juice and add to water, or add the essential oil to an unscented lotion or cream.
How to safely use essential oils
Always use essential oils in a carrier – i.e. lotion, cream, vegetable oil.
1% dilution – appropriate for infants and the elderly, chronically ill – 5 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
2% dilution – appropriate for adult daily use and long terms use – 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
3% dilution – appropriate for acute injury or a specific illness – 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
Please, please, please do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils have a large array of chemical constituents that can have contraindications and serious side effects.
Despite what several companies tell you, essential oils are not approved by the FDA. The FDA does not certify any essential oils to be therapeutic, medicinal, pure grade or authentic. Those terms are company specific. You do not have to buy a membership to use quality essential oils.
As a certified aromatherapist, I have over 400 hours of essential oil education, a solid understanding of botany, chemistry and how essential oils affect biological systems. Most important, I understand the practical and safe use of essential oils. I have been trained to work with all populations.
A person who sells essential oils has no formal education in essential oils, does not understand essential oil chemistry or safety, does not understand contraindications, and can make claims that contraindications do not exist with natural products.
Essential Oil Resources
Aromatics International – aromaticsinternational.com
Stillpoint Aromatics – stillpointaromatics.com
Marharishi Ayerveda – www.mapi.com – $29.95
Sweet and Woodsy Aromatherpy -www.sweetandwoodsy.com – $30.00
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia
Aromatherapy by Kathi Keville
Aromahead Institute – aromahead.com
Aromaweb – aromaweb.com