I realize that for many nurses and others that work in the healthcare profession that using essential oils for medicinal purposes may be kind of foreign. After all, we are so used to using pharmaceuticals.
Many hospitals have implemented essential oils for use as complimentary therapy to traditional medicine, but for most people they really know nothing about them. Other than they smell really good!
So here we go…
What are essential oils?
In their pure state, essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that have beneficial properties like anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory , anti-depressive and hormone balancing. They are also emotionally calming and uplifting.
Numerous clinical studies have been conducted on essential oils and they have been proven to positively influence the central nervous system, help or reduce pain, and ease muscle tension.
Without sounding like a boring chemistry book I'll attempt to explain the 3 attributes that make them so remarkable:
1) Potency –essential oils are 100 to 100,000 times more concentrated than herbs. For example it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make one pint of rose essential oil.
2) Volatility– it takes atmospheric pressure to change essential oils from a liquid to a gas. (You're probably saying yeah so…lol) What this means is that essential oils can be breathed in through the limbic system(our emotional control center) quickly, which means they can dramatically impact our mind and emotions.
3) Versatility–essential oils can be used therapeutically as aromatics, topically and internally. There are effective if used by themselves or mixed with other oils in blends.
Young Living currently offers 90 different oil singles and 71 different oil blends. Each has its own special strengths and uses. A great place to start exploring essential oils is a collection called Everyday Oils. It contains the most popular singles and blends.
Once you become familiar with their potential, rarely will a day go by that one of these oils doesn't prove vitally useful in some way.
The collection contains the following essential oil singles: Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, and Lemon; and these powerful blends: Purification, Peace and Calming, Thieves, and Valor. You can find out more about the different uses for these oils here.
So I'm curious, what's your take on essential oils? Leave your comment below
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn't that what we all want?