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3 Things I’ve Learned About Essential Oils

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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!

table of strength comparison for various methods of personal care resized smallerAs you can see from this chart, essential oils rank right up there with over-the-counter medications in potency. So always use them thoughtfully and carefully!

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.

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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!

cool mist diffuser 400 wide with titlesWhen 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!

Another great resource for learning about essential oils is the Essential Oils Revolution Summit coming up August 22nd-29th. You can register for free here.

EOR16_banner_order_600x150What is your favorite essential oils tip? Share it with us in the comments!



Neurofeedback – An Alternative to Prescriptions for Treating ADD, Depression and More

I’m just learning about neurofeedback and so far I’m excited about the possibilities. It seems like a great tool to add to the growing list of alternative therapies for conditions involving the brain.  Dietary strategies such as the GAPS diet show that what we eat and the health of our digestive system directly impact the functioning of our brain. Supplement protocols such as those found in The Kalish Method or in The Mood Cure work to restore missing neurotransmitter chemicals to restore healthy brain function. Neurofeedback can work along with these protocols, be used alone or can work along with conventional medications.


Neurofeedback uses a computer to help retrain the brain.  You use electrodes to connect specific areas of the brain to a specialized device that gathers information on the various brainwaves and sends that information to a special computer program that maps out the brain and analyzes the information. Beta, alpha, theta and delta brainwaves are measured and a treatment protocol is developed to train the brain in the areas that aren’t functioning optimally. There is no discomfort, you can’t feel anything really. The training comes when the computer begins to respond to the brainwaves and give them positive feedback when they react in healthy ways. In some instances the feedback is simply pleasant musical tones, in other cases video images can be used. The training takes time – up to 30 sessions – but the results are permanent so that in many cases medications can be discontinued.

Conditions that respond well to neurofeedback include problems with focus and attention or alertness, emotional or behavioral regulation, cognitive function and mental flexibility. Studies have been done on Alzheimer’s patients and patients suffering from seizures as well. It can also be used to help sleep disorders.  This link has more information and a video demonstrating neurofeedback.

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