I fell in love with essential oils
Sometime last fall (it was October) I was introduced to the world of essential oils. A little late to the party maybe but I have made up for it with enthusiasm. Since then my collection and understanding of these beautiful oils has grown and I have incorporated their use in my practice in several ways. I like to diffuse different oils almost daily, I use some specific oils for sore achey muscles of my patients, and other oils for protection against the spread of cough/cold and flu.
I will talk in this quick blog post about some of my faves so you get a taste – a very small one) of what is out there in the world of oils…
A word on purity
So as it was explained to me when I started using and learning about essential oils, our laws here in Canada that govern them is …. odd. Because they are classed as a beauty product you really need to be careful what and where you choose the brand of oil you use.
Bottom line – do your research.
Just because a bottle says it is 100% pure doesn’t mean that it is what you think it is. By law, in order to say that on the bottle, apparently only 5% of the contents of that bottle must actually be 100% pure. Weird and aggravating right?
So, do your research and find some companies that are actually putting 100% pure oil in the whole bottle, not just 5%. Otherwise you may have reactions and or allergies to the oil, and who want to breath in more chemicals or put them on your skin?
I use Young Living which but there are some other brands out there that are good as well (I just feel YL is the best in my opinion).
Ok with that out of the way, here are some of my faves:
Theives: A mixture that smells like Christmas – I diffuse this all winter to help ward off cold/flu transmission in the clinic – and amazingly I didn’t get sick at all last winter.
Lemon: A high frequency oil that never ceases to make me feel happy – its a lovely light scent and who doesn’t like some citrus?
Deep Relief: great for sore muscles – I use this on patients sometimes when I need to get deep into their muscles. Patients love this one – it feels cool and tingly and smells peppermint-y and lovely at the same time.
Lavender – great for relaxation and to induce a sense of peace and calm. Try placing a couple drops in a spray bottle full of water. Spray your pillow before bed and it will help you relax into sleep and sleep better.
Cedarwood: This one is good for people with trouble sleeping. Diffuse this as you are trying to fall asleep. Has a musky scent that men may prefer over the flowery lavender scent.
Some more things about oils
There are even some oils that are specifically classed here in Canada that can be used in food and baking – they undergo different standards for this process. Young living has several in this class including peppermint and lavender – Lavender brownies anyone?