As a natural health practitioner, I have a wide variety of modalities to choose from when making recommendations for my clients, my family, and my animals. Sometimes I select an herb or two. Other times I may use a homeopathic remedy. But what I turn to more than anything are therapeutic-grade essential oils. I call them “Turbo Herbal Medicine”.
Essential Oils are the “life blood” of the plant; the plant’s immune system per se. Just like different herbs have different medicinal properties, so do essential oils – but they are much more powerful! It has been said that a single drop of peppermint oil has the therapeutic benefits of 26 cups of peppermint tea! Let me stress at this point that I only use and recommend therapeutic-grade essential oils because of their level of purity, safety, and effectiveness.
There are three common methods of using essential oils (also called aromatherapy): inhalation, topical application, or ingestion. Inhalation is tremendously beneficial for emotional issues because the sense of smell by-passes the blood-brain barrier and the oil makes a direct connection with the limbic (emotional) center of the brain. This technique is great for preventing or reducing stress, anxiety, resentment, or other low-frequency emotions in both humans and animals. I know vets who diffuse “Peace & Calming” essential oil blend in their offices and kennels, and equestrians who sprinkle a few drops in their horse trailer before they load the horses. The effects are seen in just a few minutes.
Topically, essential oils have been used for centuries for everything from burns [Lavender is awesome], to arthritis [Wintergreen and Copaiba], to indigestion (including colic) [Di-Gize and Peppermint]. Pure essential oils are absorbed through the skin within about 2-20 minutes. Many have powerful antioxidant properties that combat inflammation and other health challenges while they do their work. I always tell people that if they don’t know where to put an essential oil, put it on the bottoms of your feet. The oils are not only well-absorbed there, they will hit the Reflexology (like acupressure) points for the entire body.
Only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils should be ingested. Even oils marked “organic” could have impurities or worse – toxic properties. I have two favorite oils for ingestion; peppermint and grapefruit. Peppermint essential oil puts antacids to shame! Within a few minutes of drinking a glass of water with one or two drops of peppermint oil, stomachaches, gas, and heartburn can be stopped in their tracks. If I have a horse with gas colic, you know that I am putting about 20 drops of peppermint oil in their mouth and rubbing some more on their belly! Grapefruit essential oil not only tastes great in a glass of water, it also has ant-cancer properties and helps your cells to burn fat! No wonder it is so popular!
From bee stings to colitis, when choosing my remedy, my first choice is almost always an essential oil. When a typical dose is 1-3 drops, a “treatment” often costs just a few pennies for this turbo-herbal medicine!
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