Posted on August 1, 2016
Essential Oils – Learning More
One of my health goals for this year was to learn more about essential oils. As I said in my update in April, being pregnant has somewhat changed my health goals, however I have been feeling well enough the past few months to think about them a little bit again!
I read the ebook The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils, by Christine J. Dalziel of Joybilee Farm, which I found to be a very helpful introduction to essential oils, as part of last year’s Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. I have continued to use the first six of the ten essential oils she introduces in the book, and feel more confident doing so now. I continue to use eucalyptus or tea tree oil in our homemade fabric softener, lemon and rosemary in my oil burner (not at the same time!), and peppermint and lavender in the various homemade toiletries that I have begun making.
More recently, when our children have had colds, I have given them eucalyptus or peppermint oil on a tissue to put inside their pillowcases at night, or lavender when they have had difficulty getting to sleep. We have also used (diluted) essential oils to disinfect cuts, scrapes and insect bites.
However, I realise there is such a huge amount more that I could learn about essential oils. Helpfully, from 22nd to 29th August 2016, Dr. Eric Zielinski, along with Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, will be hosting the second Essential Oils Revolution summit. I listened to the Essential Oils Revolution talks last year, and found them very interesting and informative. It is, as far as I am aware, the only online summit on essential oils which does not promote any particular brand of essential oils, and has a big emphasis on evidence based discussion of essential oils. What’s more, it is free to listen to! There are 30 different presentations, on topics as diverse as Debunking the Most Common Myths on essential oils, to Essential Oils and the Bible. If you have time to listen even to at least some of the presentations, I would highly recommend signing up for it.
In the mean time, I am keen to learn more about how I can use essential oils for minor ailments in my family, and I would like to expand the number of essential oils that we use. Obviously this will be gradual, as our budget permits, but it would be nice to become familiar with using a wider range of oils for different purposes. Only last week, I discovered that clove oil, which I had recently bought, can used for many more things than dental care, which was the only thing I had heard of it being connected with before. You can see the article about that here.
Are you interested in essential oils? What have you learned about them recently? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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