By Nicolette Gardiner Bosman

Lavender, peppermint, white angelica, valor, cypress, citrus, ylang ylang, rose, patchouli … these evoke the image of a fragrant summer garden or a spa, don’t they? As they well may as these aromas can be found in both places. These are also, however, types of pure essential oils, captured in small bottles for a variety of uses.

My daughter discovered these a while ago and has been using the oils to improve and enhance the wellbeing of her home and family, as well as sharing the benefits and uses with a wide platform of users. When I heard the variety of purposes she is using them for in her home, I could not but be interested and am now trying some for myself. I have been pleasantly surprised by the results.

Essential oils champion nature’s living energy by fostering natural healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to personal wellness.

Because the oils are so pure, one uses only a tiny amount for efficacy.
They are often dispensed into roller bottles, in which a few drops of oil for a specific purpose will be mixed with a carrier oil. Carrier oils can be purchased from stores such as Clicks and Dischem (their brand is Soil).

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted from botanicals (plants, trees, and herbs – wild and farm-grown) through a steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping process that ensures the extracted oils are even purer than the plants they are extracted from.

Why Use Essential Oils?

Herbs and plants have been shown to have healing properties through the ages. Essential oils represent an extension of this knowledge and have been proved to have benefits for most aspects of life – physical, emotional, spiritual, and general wellness. If one considers how being in nature brings on a sense of wellbeing, this makes perfect sense. As it is generally not possible to bring a garden of assorted fragrances into your home, it makes sense to do this by using essential oils. And the huge variety available can be used for as wide a variety of purposes.

How to Use Essential Oils

They can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • Topically most of the oils can be applied directly to the skin or diluted in a carrier oil or cream and researching the properties of the various oils will equip you to select appropriate oils for specific purposes – e.g. for skin conditions such as eczema or for sinus. They can be used as part of a beauty routine, applied to the soles of the feet, and also along the full length of the spine.
  • In diffusers – in this way the oils are dispersed in the air to create a pleasant environment. When my granddaughters are stressed or restless, my daughter diffuses a mixture of cedarwood, lavender, Valor, YL Haven it Vetiver, and orange oils in their room at night to enhance calmness and sleep. The oils can pass through the blood-brain barrier, thus supporting emotional wellness.

What Can Essential Oils Be Used For?

The oils have a variety of uses:

  • Purifying your home – there are natural oils that can replace some of the toxic products we use to keep our homes clean.
  • Improving your emotional state – immersing yourself in natural fragrances enhances a positive attitude and mood.
  • Refining your beauty routine – by adding natural oils to your beauty regimen. Put a few drops in your bath for a sensual soak.
  • Enhancing spiritual awareness – when you are praying or meditating, what better way to focus and be mindful than by creating a suitable atmosphere?

My daughter’s oils of preference are those from the Young Living range and they produce a great variety. She is delving more deeply into their uses and properties and if you would like to find out more about the practicalities of how she is doing this, follow her on Facebook or Instagram. These posts include some useful and tips and videos on how to practically use and apply essential oils in different ways.

Some Essential Oils Benefits

If this has whetted your appetite, why not find out more about how essential oils can enhance your family’s lives?

As a further inspiration, here are some of the benefits of a few of the oils:

  • Lavender – relaxing and calming, it is great for sleep support for both adults and children. A good addition to a first aid kit as it promotes healing of cuts and scrapes and soothes burns.
  • Valor – known as ‘courage in a bottle’. It is a great mood balancer and encourages feelings of confidence. It can also be used for sleep support.
  • Thieves – a potent immune support/booster. It aids in fighting colds and flu, helps ease sore throats and a drop can be added to your favourite warm beverage.
  • Frankincense – known as ‘the King’ of oils and can be used when exercising/meditating to enhance relaxation and calmness. It also promotes healthy-looking skin and is ideal for stretch marks and scars.
  • Purification – the name says it all and it’s a great addition to your DIY cleaning tools as it eliminates kitchen and bathroom odours. In addition, this oil can be used to treat pimples and earaches so is quite versatile.

My Effective Pain Roller:I am using an essential oils pain roller and finding it to be very effective.

The recipe:

Ten drops each of

–         Peppermint

–         Copaiba

–         Lavender

–         Panaway

Fill the roller bottle with carrier oil.

I use it for headaches (roll it over the area of the pain, at the top of your spine) and backache (roll it over the painful area).

Go for it – why not begin your own oily journey? It certainly will be a pleasantly aromatic one!

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