Essential oils are the liquids that are distilled from plant leaves, seeds, bark, roots, flowers, or fruit. When the oils are very pure, they represent the most potent type of plant medicine. It is said that one drop of peppermint oil is as strong as 200 cups of peppermint tea. Plants contain incredible oxygenating and immune-strengthening benefits, especially when you use the distilled oil as opposed to the dried herb. They are very small in molecular size so they can quickly penetrate the skin and cell walls.
Almost all essential oils are antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, and antiviral. More than that, several oils (like frankincense) are able to pass the blood-brain barrier. This makes them useful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. When you smell essential oils, they have an immediate effect on the brain, most notably in the limbic system were emotion and memory are managed. Some of the most powerful effects of essential oils are related to their effect on mood and depression.
Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine, and have been used for thousands of years. There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible, and Egyptian temples were dedicated to the production and blending of the oils. They are incredibly effective, but gentle enough to use on kids. I like a lot of different oils, but the two I use the most are two blended oils by Doterra. The first is “Breathe”, a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus, laurel, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara. If you really want to experience the power of essential oils, rub a few drops of this oil on your hands and inhale deeply. Even severely congested sinuses will clear in a few seconds. This has been invaluable for my children. I used to dread the nights they were suffering from colds because I knew their sleep would be restless due to trouble breathing. Now, if they are stuffy, I have them smell the Breathe oil and they are breathing much better in no time. The other oil I use constantly is Doterra’s “On Guard” or a blend from Young Living called “Thieves”. Both of these are designed to boost the immune system and kill harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses. They contain a combination of citrus, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This oil blend can be slightly irritating to the skin, so when I use it on my kids I rub it on the bottoms of their feet or I diffuse it in the air. For myself, I’ll put a drop in a cup of warm coconut milk for a germ-destroying vegan eggnog.
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If you really want an amazing gift in a little package, a present of an essential oil would be a fantastic thing to find in your stocking this year!