That said, if you come across something that doesn't make sense or is different than you were taught somewhere else, please study up on it, use your God given intuition, & make your own informed decision.
For example: "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood - plainly states on her WARNING page that Wintergreen essential oil (in addition to 17 others) should never be used under any circumstances. I'm confused on that, because many EO companies sell Wintergreen, & a whole lot of people use it. Including me! I'm still doing research on this, and I may decide at some point to never use it again. But for now, the limited amount of information I have has caused me to keep using it with caution.
Please note that not all plants are beneficial to health. As she points out in her book, deadly night shade can be poisonous, & stinging nettles sting horribly. Think about poison ivy / oak... Nope! Not good. So we do need to be smart about using plants for health & learn all we can before we go jumping in blindly.
Here is a list of essential oils NOT use under any circumstances, according to the cited book above (one of the largest & most popular essential oil books in existence)
The following site has even more information on what's safe & what's not. The lists are too long to include here, so I'll just send you there: http://eethomp.com/AT/dangerous_oils.html Some of the oils on the list surprised me to be honest, & I'm not quite sure if I agree with everything on there. So again, you can do your own research, & as I come across more information, I'll be sure to update. This is probably a good list to print out & keep handy.
Essential oils should ALWAYS be undiluted & therapeutic grade. Do not purchase pre-diluted oils or plant based 'fragrances'. Let me repeat... Essential oils should ALWAYS be undiluted & therapeutic grade.
Essential oils are extracted from flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots, & trees. They're used medicinally, in foods, and in the cosmetic industry. There are "approximately" 300 essential oils in existence right now. Did you know that essential oils & herbs are often the main constituent in modern pharmaceutical drugs (or are the inspiration for chemical copies)? Why? BECAUSE THEY WORK!
EO's are antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiinflammatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antivenomous, antitoxic, antidepressant, sedative, nervine, analgesic, hypotensol, hypertensol, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation-stimulating, circulatory-stimulated, diuretic, & more.
EO's range greatly in price. If an oil is much more expensive than the one sitting next to it, then it probably took a great deal more work to produce the oil. For example:
ROSE EO: 60,000 blossoms are required to produce 1 oz. of oil
LAVENDER EO: 220 lbs. of lavender plant will provide 7 pounds of oil.
JASMINE EO: Flowers must be hand picked before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open. 8,000,000 hand-picked blossoms will produce only 2.2 lbs. of oil!
SANDALWOOD EO: The tree must be 30 years old & 30 feet high before it's cut down for distillation.
EO's come from all over the world... France, China, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, USA, Thailand, Spain, & others.
On average, EO's contain 100 compounds. Unlike chemical drugs, they do not remain in the body for more than about 14 hours at most, but they are absorbed & start working their miracles in just seconds!
There are three ways for essential oils to enter into the body:
- absorption through the skin
- inhalation through the nose (olfactory system)
- taken internally
In general, EO's should be diluted in a base oil (more commonly known as "carrier" oil). Since essential oils evaporate, the carrier oil helps to keep the EO on the surface & absorbed longer - until it starts to do it's work - AND, a carrier oil allows 1 tiny drop of essential oil to cover a large portion of your body.
With essential oils, in almost all cases... LESS IS MORE. Do not think that 7-8 drops will do a better job than 1-2. This is not true. Always start with less unless directed by your aromatherapist or certified essential oil expert.
Common carrier oils include the list below - as well as several others not listed:
Sweet almond oil
Apricot kernel oil
Evening primrose oil
STAY TUNED FOR "ESSENTIAL OILS - PART 2"
*As stated on my disclaimer page, I am not a medical professional. I take care of my own health & my family's health, but I am in no way suggesting that you should use these things medicinally, stop medications, quit going to your doctor, or heal yourself without being under the supervision of a health professional. PLEASE be responsible by staying in contact with your health care provider & take his/her advice. I am not responsible for what you do. The information provided works for our family & are cited from various resources.