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For the last several years I’ve been learning and learning about alternative medicine choices. I’ve been feeling empowered as a mom and wife to be able to take care of a lot of our day-to-day needs without having to buy OTC cold meds, visiting the urgent care clinic, or sitting for hours in the pediatrician waiting room.
One thing that has played a part in boosting my knowledge and confidence as Dr. Mom is the material I have learned from Jessie Hawkins and Vintage Remedies.
Last year I took the Aromatic Medicine class. It was one of the bonuses from Ultimate Bundles, and it was super helpful in teaching me more about essential oils.
I’ve also learned a lot from Valerie Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have turned down pages, highlighted sections and stuck post-it tabs all over this book!
3 Things I’ve Learned
1. Super important to know is that essential oils are lipophilic – which means they mix with fat/oil NOT water! Why is this important? If you add oils to the bathtub or to a glass of water you are more likely to get “burned” because the oils won’t be diluted and dispersed without a lot of shaking or stirring.
Mix the oils with a little bit of milk or honey first before adding them to your bath or your water bottle or even a capsule you intend to consume. Use caution and common sense – essential oils may smell pretty, but they are powerful!
2. Essential oils are more than just air fresheners. Scientists are doing studies with essential oils providing therapy for things like pain and depression. A study done with nursing home patients in South Korea used an essential oil blend of lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint (2:1:2:1:1) diluted to 1.5% in a carrier oil blend. (If you aren’t sure what all that means check out that Aromatic Medicine course I mentioned!) They found the essential oils significantly decreased both the pain and depression scores for the experiment group.
3. Essential oils can affect us physically without even rubbing them on our skin or taking them internally. Our sense of smell (the olfactory system) is part of a larger system in our brain that also includes the centers of emotion (the amygdala) and the centers for associative learning (the hippocampus).
Properly chosen essential oils are inhaled during aromatherapy and then go directly to these systems that govern behavior, mood, and memory!
When we take the time to learn the different properties of all the different essential oils we can select just the right ones to help our kids focus, or help relieve a stressful family member, or any number of other situations!