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- Whole Body Wellness
Whichever essential oil therapy you choose, my goal is always the same: to help you activate your innate healing response and return your mind and body to its natural state of wholeness.
I believe that emotional and physical wellbeing are inextricably bound, and that the amazing benefits of pure essential oils and human touch can be a powerful means to achieving the lasting, overall wellness you were meant to have.
This holistic approach draws on time-honored wisdom reaching at least as far back as Classical Greece. In the words of renowned philsopher Plato:
“The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole.
For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians separate the soul from the body.”
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The facts, benefits and uses
Essential Oils Are:
Concentrated liquids extracted from aromatic plants such as lemongrass, peppermint and lavender, named for containing the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance. Their origins trace back thousands of years to ritual and medicinal practices involving a wide variety of aromatics such as scented barks, resins, herbs, spices, and vinegars.
Essential Oils in the Bible:
The Bible contains more than 200 references to aromatics, incense and ointments, found in both the Old and New Testaments. From Ayurvedic medicine in India to ancient Egyptian traditions to treatment of battle wounds in World War II, cultures have turned to similar botanical preparations throughout history to promote healing.
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How I found essential oils:
In my quest for alternatives to traditional medicine, which included diet changes, regular exercise and nutritional supplements, I was led to examine a concept that would alter my entire outlook on health and change my life. I came upon the book Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin and was moved to read other publications by the same author. His relatable story and insight gleaned this truth:
The physical body and
spirit are parts of the same whole.
That echoed lessons I had learned from the Bible and inspired me to look closely at the connection between (and indivisibility of) the mind and body. That was the moment at which stress reduction became a key part of my health regimen.
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Essential Oil Benefits:
The oils’ unique properties confer both physical and emotional benefits, such as gentle antimicrobial action and calming effects. We believe, however, that they can support every bodily system and offer holistic wellness. But regardless of your reason for choosing essential oil therapy, you can always expect a refreshing and uplifting experience.
Essential oil aromas can have a profound, stimulating effect on the limbic system (the part of the brain that deals with emotions, memories and arousal), which may be why many people find them helpful in supporting emotional wellbeing.
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Strategic application = relaxation and rejuvenation
Essential oils are primarily used in one of three ways: topical application, diffusion, and inhalation. I use all three methods in my essential oil modalities, with a focus on soothing, strategic application to the body for relaxation and rejuvenation. Some essential oils can also be ingested, but this must be done with caution and within prescribed limits. (Make sure to read the section “A Word About Essential Oil Safety” below).
On the feet
The feet are ideal for essential oil absorption because of their especially large pores. They are also the focus of Reflexology, an ancient Chinese practice based on the theory that strategic manipulation of the feet can help support the various systems of the body. We do this and a similar practice called the
In the bath
Adding essential oils to your bath is a mild and refreshing way to get the benefits of both topical application and inhalation. To get the right mix, combine 5-10 drops of essential oils with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts or bath gel base, then gradually add the bath water. This technique evenly disperses the oil and prevents irritation of sensitive areas.
With a diffuser
Cold-air diffusion, the preferred method, atomizes essential oils into a fine mist that can remain suspended in the air for several hours. Research suggests that cold-air diffusion of certain oils may reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odours, in addition to relaxing the body and relieving tension.
Essential oils can be absorbed amazingly well into the body through simple inhalation. All it requires is rubbing a few drops directly onto the palms and cupping the hands over the nose and mouth. This method stimulates the limbic system, which is one of the best ways of activating emotional response and release.
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A Word About Essential Oil Safety…
Always keep a bottle of a pure vegetable oil, such as Young Living’s V6 Vegetable Oil Complex, olive oil or almond oil, on-hand when using essential oils. It can be used to slow down absorption rates of an oil if it causes any discomfort or irritation.
Use Only High-Quality Essential Oil Products
Thoroughly research and know the quality of your essential oils before using them and especially before ingesting them. Essential oils must be pure, properly extracted and properly packaged to ensure safety.
Taking Essential Oils Orally
If you choose to take an essential oil internally, you must make sure that the particular type you select is safe for ingestion. (Look for essential oils with a “GRAS” rating, meaning GENERALLY REGARDED AS SAFE, which indicates that they have been approved by the FDA). Young Living’s Vitality™ line of essential oils, for example, are FDA-approved for dietary supplementation. These non-toxic essential oils can be safely ingested in very small amounts via the following methods:
- Beneath the Tongue
A single drop can be placed under the tongue for quick absorbtion into the body.
- Via a Capsule
Insert a few drops of essential oil into an empty gelatin capsule, close it up and swallow the capsule whole.
- With Water
Fill a glass (use glass or stainless steel, not plastic) halfway with plain, room temperature drinking water and add a drop of the edible essential oil. Then heat up another half-cup of plain water until it nearly reaches the boiling point (but not quite), and add to the glass to help disperse the oil, making a sort of tea. My favorite flavor is cinnamon bark and orange oil!
- In Recipes
Essential oils can be added to sauces to flavor your favorite dishes. I recommend a little oregano or basil in tomato sauces, rosemary in olive oil for dipping, and lemon oil added to olive oil as a marinade for poultry.
However you choose to enjoy the benefits of essential oils, they are sure to enrich your life and enhance your
overall sense of well-being.
– Debra Jodoin