Why I Love Essential Oils

In 2012, I read the book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home which motivated and empowered me to make some major health changes in my life. This is where my passion for natural wellness started and it was this passion that led to my recent discovery of essential oils. I was a skeptic at first, but I later became a daily user of essential oils for five main reasons.

The history. Essential oils have been used by many cultures throughout history. I have read that they have been used in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iran, India, China and France. Also, there are more than 300 verses in the Bible that reference essential oils!

Beauty. When I switched to natural skin care, I tried three new brands. The first brand caused irritation to my skin. The second brand was not effective. The third brand was very effective, but it was very expensive. Unlike the other brands that I tried, I discovered that skin care with pure essential oils is nourishing to the skin, extraordinarily effective, and affordable.

The aroma. Admittedly, I don’t love the smell of all the essential oils, and I avoided all of them while I had severe morning sickness. However, after my morning sickness passed, I gave the oils another chance. It took awhile, but after I began to add oils into my daily routine, I started to love and savor the aroma of these precious plant oils. The last oil that I tried was clary sage. When I open a bottle of clary sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, The Artist’s Garden at Giverny. To me, clary sage smells alluring and intoxicating. Please note that everyone’s body chemistry is different and that your response to a particular oil might not be the same as mine. For example, I don’t really appreciate the smell of lavender oil, but you might enjoy it as many others find that that the smell of lavender oil instantly promotes calming feelings.

Physical health benefits, emotional health benefits, and the science of essential oils. If you look on PubMed, you will find numerous articles related to essential oils and their amazing health benefits. I encourage you to take a peek at some of the current research and ongoing clinical trials with essential oils. I bet you didn’t know that these oils are slowly being integrated into hospitals across the U.S.! Each time you open a bottle of a pure essential oil, you are potentially improving your overall wellness. There is an essential oil for almost every ailment and problem!

It took me about two years to give essential oils a chance. Have you tried them yet? If not, I hope that you don’t wait two years like I did. Email me at contact@inspirationforwellness.com if you want to learn more!

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This post was originally published on October 14, 2018 and updated on July 6, 2019.

Essential Oils and Hair Restoration

I recently had lunch with a business contact who asked me if there were any clinical studies regarding essential oils and hair restoration. A search on PubMed for “essential oils and alopecia” revealed 14 hits–two out of these 14 hits peaked my interest.

The first study compared rosemary oil and a synthetic medication called minoxidil. The second study involved four essential oils: thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood. The writers of both research articles concluded that essential oils were effective treatments for hair restoration.

According to the drug label on DailyMed, minoxidil will not work for everyone and unwanted side effects can occur after use. In contrast to synthetic medications which can cause unwanted side effects, natural essential oils produce side benefits. The smell of rosemary oil can help with concentration; thyme can be used to purify the skin; lavender can calm the emotions and soothe the skin; and cedarwood can assist with mood stabilization.

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References

Hay, I.C., Jamieson, M., & Ormerod, A.D. (1998). Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Archives of dermatology, 134 (11), 1349-1352.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828867

Panahi, Y., Taghizadeh, M., Marzony, E.T., & Sahebkar, A. (2015). Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial. Skinmed, 13 (1), 15-21.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25842469

Turmeric: One That Wins Over Diseases

My enthusiasm for natural health began more than six years ago, and I am still amazed whenever I discover a natural solution that works so well. A few months ago, my husband started taking turmeric oil and he started to feel relief from his joint pain the very next day!

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years for cooking and medicinal purposes. A search on PubMed for turmeric resulted in 4841 articles. Current research shows that turmeric may be beneficial for the nervous system, skin and metabolic processes. These are just some of the benefits that I found on the database.

I was also fascinated by the names of turmeric. In Sanskrit, turmeric has at least 53 different names. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Hridayavilasini: gives delight to heart, charming
  • Jayanti: one that wins over diseases
  • Jawarantika: which cures fevers
  • Kashpa: killer of worms
  • Laxmi: prosperity
  • Mehagni: killer of fat
  • Varna Datri: enhancer of body complexion
  • Vishagni: killer of poison

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than herbs. Have you tried turmeric essential oil? Contact me for the purest essential oils!

Reference

Aggarwal, B. B., & Prasad, S. (2011). Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine. In I.F.F. Benzie, S. Wachtel-Galor (2nd ed.), Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

Essential Oils Can Uplift Your Mood

A few weeks ago, everyone in my house (all five of us) were attacked by the stomach bug. The first couple of days were spent nursing the kids back to health and cleaning up after them. The third day was the worst because that was the day that both my husband and I developed symptoms. When the fourth day rolled around, my stomach was recovering, but breastfeeding my four-month month old baby left me further depleted and malnourished. The malnourishment and nausea eventually fostered feelings of depression. I knew that my body was starting to recover, but everything in my house smelled disgusting and made me nauseous. So, that night, I opened my box of essential oils and pulled out clove, geranium, grapefruit and juniper berry. I laid down on the bed and closed my eyes. After a few minutes, the soothing aroma slowly melted my nausea and sadness away. The enchanting fragrances of plants and flowers gently transformed my bedroom into a welcoming, comforting haven. Continue reading to learn more about these precious plant oils!

Clove

When I open a bottle of clove oil, I imagine exotic, luscious desserts originating from the fairytale world of Hansel and Gretel. Not only does clove oil smell delicious, it can also be used for cleaning teeth and gums.

Geranium

The lovely, floral scent of geranium evokes feelings of peace. Like the Egyptians in ancient times, our current culture uses geranium oil to beautify the skin and hair.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit oil has a sweet, fruity, inviting aroma. In addition to uplifting the emotions, grapefruit has been known to promote healthy metabolism and healthy skin.

Juniper Berry

The fresh, energizing scent of juniper berry can be used to purify the air. When used internally, juniper berry can support the urinary tract and kidneys. When used topically, this oil can be used to clear skin blemishes.

What are some of your favorite essential oils?

My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

 

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

 

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

 

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

 

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

 

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?