As a child, I remember running through my grandma’s house and smelling the calming scent of lavender and peppermint. The aroma had a way of transforming the house into a tranquil, welcoming home that was different than any other. My sister and I would set up our water color set and paint all day long, as my grandma cooked us dinner. It was my second home.
Growing up living so close to my grandma, I have learned from her and mimicked many of her habits. Fortunately, I have imitated her love of friendly smells of natural herbs and plants.
Essential oils are a great way to bring aromatic traits into your home. They have been used for over 5000 years to enhance emotional and physical wellness. Essential oils come from the bark, plants, stems, seeds roots, flowers and other parts of various plants. The fragrances in essential are what give the plant their precise smell and can help pollinate the plant as well. Essential oils change state quickly, from solid to liquid to gas. They are referred to as volatile.
Their healing properties can be used aromatically, orally and topically.
Using essential oils aromatically can be very beneficial to emotional and mental health. Essential oils go directly through the olfactory nerve into the limbic system. The limbic system controls many functions like smells, emotions, behavior, and memory. They can be directly absorbed into the body, benefitting the body quickly.
Essential oils can be added to a diffuser to reduce stress, and cleanse the air. If you do not have a diffuser, you can put a few drops in your palm and cup your nose. Then breathe in deeply.
Using essential oils topical is a fast way to absorb the beneficial properties. They are lipid soluble so they can easily go through the skin and into the blood stream. You can add essential oil to lotions, shampoo, and you can add it to a bath. When you use oil topically alone, you can use carrier oils. Carrier oils can be coconut oil. This helps avoid allergic reactions and using too much. When using a carrier oil use 1 drop essential oil to 3 drops of the carrier oil.
Places to put essential oils:
Arm, legs, feet
Essential oils can be used in medicinal ways and have been used in cooking. This way of use allows the oil to go directly to the blood stream. When using essential oils in cooking, it is important to remember that they are very potent and powerful, so a little bit goes a long way. You add a few drops of water to ensure that it diluted through the dish. You can also take the oil directly with water. You can add them to smoothies, tea, and other drinks.
My favorite essential oils:
Frankincense: relieve stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, and boost immunity. I always use it when I have terrible allergies. The peppermint smell helps clear my nose.
Lavender: helps with relaxation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
Lemon: antibacterial and antifungal. It helps brighten and liven up your home when it is muggy or damp out.
Vanilla: antidepressant, relaxation, and antioxidant. I love the smell of vanilla so it is my absolute favorite.