Essential oils are powerful tools that have been used for centuries to treat and manage everyday health ailments from chronic stress, anxiety, and sleep problems, to digestive problems, ear infections, mood disorders, pain relief, respiratory disorders, allergies, and so on.
As a chiropractor and health coach, I am a strong advocate of taking a holistic approach to our health. While we absolutely need medicine during crisis matters, our healthcare system today is a sick care model focused on prescribing drugs to cover up symptoms, rather than a true health care model focused on prevention and staying healthy.
What is scary is that prescription drug abuse is the largest drug problem in America. What is even scarier is that children ages 5-6 are currently the fastest growing age group being prescribed medications… anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, and ADD/ADHD pills just to name a few, many of which are highly addictive. Also to maintain effectiveness, higher doses of these medications are needed as time goes on. By the time a child is 15-16, they are already addicted to prescription meds.
If we can take a different approach and look beyond symptoms, instead discovering the underlying cause of our health struggles, true healing can occur. Finding natural solutions that help support and build up our body’s own natural ability to heal itself is the key to long lasting health and well-being. My passion is to empower others down this path and help them to live a healthier lifestyle, naturally. As we start to become more educated, we can all start to become our own health advocate, and begin to see that there are far more alternatives than prescription medications.
Typically, I turn to nutrition and use a whole food base diet as the foundation for my health and wellness needs. Additionally, I have been able to discover and incorporate another natural solution for myself, my family, and my patients that promotes optimal wellness by supporting our body’s inborn healing ability – certified, pure, essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Let’s first talk about what essential oils are. Essential oils are oils derived from the stems, roots, seeds, and bark of plants. They are 100% natural, safe for all age groups, less expensive than drugs, and are medicinal in nature.
There are three primary ways to use them:
This is the most popular use. Our sense of smell influences many physiological responses in our body. Some oils produce a stimulating, energizing effect, while others have a calming, soothing effect. In addition to emotional benefits, diffusing the oils in your home can be used to aid against seasonal threats as well as purify the air.
Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. The use of essential oils directly on the skin can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. They can have calming, anti-inflammatory properties, as well as be used as a natural disinfectant to the skin. By using them on the skin, they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, additionally providing internal benefit.
If the essential oils are certified, pure, therapeutic grade, they are safe to use internally for a wide variety of health benefits. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support a healthy anti-inflammatory response in our body. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.
Top 5 essential oils to have in your medicine cabinet:
Lavender – Calming and soothing in nature – used for skin irritations, rashes, acne, minor burns. It also helps with stress and anxiety and helps promote a restful sleep. It is effective used topically, aromatically, and internally.
Peppermint – Helps with nausea as well as an upset stomach. It additionally can help with respiratory issues and can help open up your airways by rubbing 1-2 drops on your chest.
Lemon – Used as a disinfectant. One of the best oils to have at home as a natural sanitizer. You can add it to dish soap, detergent, and spray cleaners. It also is highly effective to be used internally, dropping 1-2 drops in a cup of water for an energy boost, as well as helping with bad breath, and boosting the metabolism.
Melaleuca (Tea tree oil) – This one is not to be taken internally but used to treat several common ailments, such as: acne, insect bites, eczema, athlete’s foot, cold sores, warts, etc. It can also be added to shampoo to help with dandruff.
Eucalyptus – Most effective used topically for respiratory conditions. Used for congestion, asthma, allergies, scratchy throat, and cough/cold by rubbing a few drops on the throat and chest. In addition, it is also frequently used in a diffuser in your home for respiratory issues.
I’d love to support you in taking a holistic approach to your health and wellness! Please contact me HERE so I can personally provide you and your family with the support and resources you need to take charge of your health with natural solutions that are highly effective and time proven.