Have you ever had difficulty sleeping? Ever burned your skin? Ever had a hard time settling down to relax? If the answer is yes, you might try essential oils.
Essential oils have been around for 4000 years. You may already know that there are many references to essential oils in the Bible. When the magi visited baby Jesus, they brought frankincense, myrrh and gold; all of them gifts of high esteem. Frankincense makes a powerfully healing oil and so does myrrh. Many times the Bible also refers to the anointment of people with oil. When Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus she poured perfume on his feet. Essential oils were the perfume of the day.
For thousands of years humanity has relied on essential oils for healing. Much of the information of how ancient civilizations extracted the oils has been lost, but we know that the oils of that time were much more potent than the ones we have today because at that time, they did use pesticides, there was little pollution and they used mostly wild flowers.
Although essential oils can be very powerful to heal, they can also have serious side effects if used improperly or without knowledge of the proper use of a specific formula. For example, if an essential oil helps to lower blood pressure and you already have low blood pressure then you might have an adverse reaction to the use of that oil. When using essential oils, it is important to know the indications and counter-indications of the formula you are using.
The first rule of essential oils in our household is know yourself and your health conditions.
Lavender is one of the safest oils to use on skin unless you are allergic to it.
The benefits or lavender essential oil are:
Helps with relaxation
Helps induce sleep
Heals skin burns
Relieve respiratory problems
Opens up sinuses
For each of these benefits it is also important to know HOW to use the oils. For example, for inducing sleep, you place one drop of lavender oil on the palm of each hand and on the ball each foot. If you want to use it to relieve a headache or respiratory problems, put one drop under the nose between the nostrils and above upper lip.
One thing to beware of is using heat on the oils. Heating up the oils may change the molecular structure and they lose their healing benefits. If you do not want to use the oil right on your skin but want to use it as a room freshener, you can put a few drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle with water.
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