Essential Oils – Learning More

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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.

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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.

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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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14 Comments on “Essential Oils – Learning More

  1. This is great! I use essential oils, as well, and enjoy learning more about them! I’ll have to look into that summit! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

    • Thanks Liz. Yes, I am looking forward to the summit- I learned lots last year, and it inspired me to learn more 🙂

    • That is really interesting Margaret- we have had mould problems in all our houses (thankfully not bad in the current one, despite the leaky roof!), but I had never heard Thieves oil could be used to prevent it. Thank you for sharing that!

    • Wow, what an interesting and useful diploma to have, Claire! I have made lip balm with peppermint oil before, but lemon sounds really nice, especially for summer 🙂

  2. I love using essential oils! I use them a lot for cleaning. Though I have to admit I don’t really know a lot about their specific purposes and remedies. I have always wanted to learn more but get daunted at the task. I hope to someday a little at a time. For now I am doing what I can with them and enjoying their benefits! Thanks for sharing these great resources!!
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    • You’re welcome! I think that’s a good approach- to learn a bit at a time when you have the opportunity, and to enjoy what you can of them in the mean time.

  3. We also love essential oils Gwen! Our first time was at our home birth 15 years ago and we have enjoyed their many uses ever since. I am also like you and have slowly been building up a collection (they can be quite pricey but we have found them worth it!). Have a lovely week 🙂

    • That sounds really interesting JES. I would love to hear which essential oils you used at your home birth. Although we are planning to go to the local midwife-led unit rather than a home birth, I would still like to use some oils. Yes, agreed on the expense- that is what has stopped me from getting more so far, but building up gradually is still good. Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Thank you Anne. Yes, I agree- I am grateful that it is so easy to access this information these days. Thanks so much for your comment.

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