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!
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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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