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What Are Essential Oils?
Plants contain complex and powerful substances known as essential oils. These are aromatic liquids derived from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. These distinctive components defend plants from insects, harsh environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Referred to as the essence of the plant, pure essential oils not only protect the plant, but also determine its aroma.
Essential oils have been used throughout time, dating back to 4500 BC. From perfumes and aromatherapy to cooking and medicinal purposes, essential oils have been used in everyday life for centuries. In modern days, research shows that pure essential oils can provide similar benefits to humans and animals that they give to plants.
Why Quality is SO Important
Many oils, touted as essential oils, are derived with harsh chemicals, diluted, or copied and produced in a lab. Cheap copies bring cheap results and have the potential to be toxic. With that said, it is imperative to take great care in choosing high-quality essential oils.
Note: We, the MAM team, have done extensive research into how essential oils are grown, produced, and tested in order to ensure purity and safety. Quality *is* very important. Towards the end of this month, you”ll see the results of that research. There is quite a controversy over essential oil selection and which company or companies are the “best.” To help you make your decision, we”ll break down all the confusing information for you. Look for that in a few weeks!
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How Are Essential Oils Used?
There are three basic ways to use essential oils: inhalation, topical application, and internal consumption.
OTCs vs. Essential Oils
For me, one of the most appealing aspects of using EO’s is the fact that I know exactly what I am putting on and/or in my body. I don’t need to worry about side effects, warning labels, overdosing or recalls. Pick up any OTC med you have and online casino read the ingredients list. One, I bet you can’t pronounce half (if any) of the ingredients listed. Secondly, if it’s something that’s colored and flavored it most likely contains high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring, which we all know should be avoided whenever possible.
Another thing to keep in mind about OTCs, aside from their dangerous side effects, is that they’re only meant to mask your symptoms – not get rid of them. For example, if you have cough and you take a cough suppressant, you’re doing exactly that….suppressing it. It’s not healing you; it’s merely giving you the ability to keep functioning long enough to make it through the day. With essential oils, not only do you get relief from your symptoms, but you also heal your body at the same time!
So what’s a person to do? Luckily there are hundreds of essential oils & essential oil blends out there that can easily be used in place of most any OTC on the market. Below are some of my favorite essential oils along with the OTC medications they can replace.
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Clove can be used to address oral pain, and is helpful for tooth aches as well as teething babies.
Can Replace: Pain relief drugs and gels.
Lavender is known for its calming properties. It may also help to reduce fevers, relieve burns, and aid sleep.
Can Replace: Sleep medications, anti-pyretics (fever reducers), burn ointment, general pain relievers.
Wintergreen is known to help reduce muscle pain as well as relieve headaches. Note: pregnant and nursing women should not use this. Use with caution as it is potent.
Can Replace: Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-headache medicines, migraine medicines.
Rosemary (pictured above) is excellent for colds and breathing. It can help those with colds to breathe better and may be beneficial for some asthma sufferers. It is also an excellent addition to a no “poo blend to clarify hair and increase shine.
Can Replace: Shampoo, vapor-rub products, cold medicines.
Lemon taken internally is a good source of d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant, and is believed to boost the body’s natural defenses. I personally love putting this oil in my water!
Can Replace: Pain relief medications, upset stomach medications, diarrhea medications, nausea medications.
What OTCs would you most like to replace? Are you currently using essential oils, and if so, how?