For the Love of Essential Oils

Essential oils can be found in everything from recipes to cleaning products (many times found in products labeled “natural”).

It’s a frequently used product both in spiritual practices and general life. What’s the hype about essential oils?

They are created by nature and are potent.

A little about essential oils…

What is an essential oil?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. Essential oil is generally extracted from the plant using distillation, a process that captures the oil, rather than the water, from boiling. Essential oils are often used for therapeutic purposes because of their concentration of beneficial plant compounds; and, plants are highly valued in the holistic health field as natural medicine (as opposed to lab created pills/tablets/liquids that are often frankensteins of chemicals from plants/animals or imitations of the chemicals).

The difference between essential oils and carrier oils:

While essential oils are concentrated extracts from the leaves, flowers, barks, or roots of a plant, carrier oils are created from the fatty parts of a plant such as the seed, nuts, or kernels. The carrier oils assist in the absorption of essential oils. Essential oils can irritate your skin if used improperly. Please exercise caution.

And finally, a little about me and my love of essential oils…

How I use essential oils:

  • In my favorite body oil recipes
  • To make a natural “perfume”
  • In natural body soaps
  • To soothe achy muscles in an Epsom Salt Bath
  • During my yoga practice.
  • To calm my anxiety
  • To clear ear infections and soothe headaches (please practice discretion when using essential oils medicinally. Consult a doctor before self-treatment).
  • To strengthen my nails
  • To nourish my hair
  • To protect my fur babies from pests
  • To freshen my air at home
  • To protect my plants
  • To clean where appropriate

Some of my personal favorites:

  • Peppermint
  • Vanilla
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang Ylang

COMING SOON: Find a favorite essential oil in the HolLife Peace store.

And…

If you are looking for a great book for using essential oils, I recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Read more about Essential Oils in Food Safety from researchers.

For more information on carrier oils, read How to Use Carrier Oils.

Wishing you peace and love 🙏🏾

📸: Katherine Hanlon

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