These power packed highly concentrated oils are a natural way to keep you and your family healthy.
When we have health issues most of us reach for items purchased over the counter, prescribed to us, as well as vitamins and home remedies, but how many of us think to reach for a plant-based elixir?
What are essential oils? – They are pure liquids derived from plants. They embody the regenerative immune strengthening properties of the plants themselves. As these oils are so small in molecular size, they are very easily absorbable by human skin and can effect ever cell in the body within 20 minutes.
Essential oils can be used to help alleviate nearly every aliment under the sun from acne and alcoholism to weeping wounds and wrinkles! They have been used as far back as 1000 BC in Arabia as well as in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, China and Israel. Yet somehow they have fallen so far away from the norm that most have never heard of this practice.
Essential oils are antibacterial, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti-tumor, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-septic. Few! That was mouth full! In short, these oils have been shown to restore balance to the body while destroying any troublesome invaders.
So, they sound great and they come in cute little bottles, but what do you do with them?
Essential oils can be used in a number of ways:
1. Topical application to the area directly
2. Application to the hands or feet using reflexology points
3. Utilized in massage for overall or directed results
4. Auricular therapy (applying oils to specific points along the ear to stimulate other organs in the body)
5. Oils may also be used and applied via warm or cool compress or in bath water
6. Misted in body sprays and absorbed through the skin
7. Added to the air we breath via a diffuser
8. Added to a humidifier or vaporizer
9. Dabbed on a cotton ball and placed in a fan or vent
10. Worn as perfume or cologne (you would be shocked at the toxic ingredients many commercial perfumes/colognes have… And they are being directly absorbed into your blood stream)
11. Putting a few drops on a cloth or tissue and breathing it in
12. Inhaling – breathing in of the scent itself
13. Oils can also be used for cleaning as they have antimicrobial properties
Some oils are even safe for internal use:
14. Taken sublingually (directly under the tongue – this method is extremely effective)
15. Capsule form (place 1-10 drops in a capsule if the taste is too strong)
16. Taken in a beverage (mixing oils into drinks can be tons of fun, most taste wonderful! Though water or sparkling water is the suggestion of most, you have to admit, a peppermint, lime, wild orange or lavender martini sound interesting don’t they?)
17. Cooking – many can also be used in cooking and add amazing flavor you just cannot get with normal spices.
18. Oils can also be used vaginally and rectally with care.
They do come with a warning though – Essential oils are like potato chips… you can’t have just one! Once you start and experience what they can do its highly likely you will begin your collection and soon replace all of the chemical products in your medicine cabinet with a more natural approach.
Need a couple examples?
Oregano oil – can be used as an anti-fungal or to help clear Candida infections, muscle aches, parasites, MRSA infections and warts.
Cypress Oil – can be used to help with aneurysm, carpel tunnel, concussion, muscle fatigue, pain and even stroke.
Peppermint oil – helps with alertness, allergies, cooling, headache, indigestion, nausea and sinusitis.
There are 37 basic single oils and an endless number of healing blends.
Lavender Blueberry Cheesecake
8 ounces of heavy cream
2 drops pure lavender oil
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
½ tablespoon butter at room temperature
28 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
5 ounces sugar
8 egg whites
Handful of blueberries
Put 8 ounces of heavy cream and 1 drop of lavender oil into a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the cream to a boil then remove from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
Mix ½ cup dry breadcrumbs with 1 drop lavender oil.
Butter the inside of the pan with ½ tablespoon butter. Wrap the outside of the pan with foil. Put the breadcrumb mixture into the pan, coating the sides and the bottom of the pan. Set the pan aside.
In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese and mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until it is smooth, approximately 3 minutes. Add the cream to the cheese and mix 1 minute longer. Mix the eggs and sugar together lightly then add to the cheese and mix 2 minutes longer.
Pour the cheese mixture into the spring form pan. Place into the flat pan and add hot water until it comes halfway up the side of the spring form pan.
Bake at 350 degrees until just done, about 50 minutes. The filling should move in one mass inside the pan when gently shaken. If it moves more in the center than on the sides, continue baking.
Remove foil. Let cheesecake cool inside the pan at least 2 hours before removing. Sprinkle berries on top for decoration.
It’s amazing how easily these essential oils incorporate into your daily life!
Mildew Spray –
Mix 5 drops of lemon oil and 5 drops of white fir with 2 oz. of water in a small spray bottle. Spray on areas with mildew.
Resources: Modern Essentials – A contemporary guide to the therapeutic use of essential oils, fourth edition