essential oils are just that….essential!

Essential oils go waaay back.  In fact, they are referenced over 180 times in the Bible!

Frankincence, myrrh, and rosemary are just a few that were used for annointing and healing the sick.  The ancient Eygptians used these oils for everything from fighting perspiration to embalming the dead.

If you don’t have the luxury of finding a lovely rose garden to breathe in it’s beautiful scent, you can have the same effect as smelling a vial of rose essential oil.  However, you will get more of an essential oil’s properties if you actually apply it, rather than just inhaling it.  But be careful!  Essential oils are very concentrated and there is a possibility of an adverse reaction.

More good info:

Not every essential oil is good for you!  Some are just irritants and others are actually poisonous!  Valerie Ann Worwood, author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, says the following oils should NOT be used under ANY circumstances:

  • Bitter almond
  • Calamus
  • Horseradish
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Southernwood
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yellow camphor

Essential oils should never be used with animals, as they possess extreme hepatotoxicity (liver damage) and dermal toxicity (skin damage)  for animals, especially for cats.

Even certain therapeutic grade oils can pose potential threats to individuals with epilepsy, or pregnant women.  So, do your homework and sniff your way to  a better mood and a sweet smelling day!

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8 responses to “essential oils are just that….essential!

  1. Hi! Your blog popped up during my aromatherapy search. I use essential oils for EVERYTHING, and I love Valerie Wormwood’s books. I occasionally post recipes for essential oils if you’re ever interested 🙂

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  2. I love oils, especially lavender before bed. It really does relax you. And I’ve got some grapefruit oil too — it’s an AM aroma that perks you up!

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  3. I knew we were besties….I have those too! And you remember I was spraying everyone with Neroli oil on the Israel trip!! Ha!! Take some ‘calming’ lavender to share w/Anita!!! Have fun on your trip!! 🙂

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