I previously avoided essential oils feeling their scents too heady. Lifestyle changes led me to use them minimally at first. A friend introduced me to purer therapeutic grade oils and I realised the original proverb “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” was in fact true. I never imagined essentials oils could offer so much. My story of life after recovery from cognitive impairment can be read here.
Conventional medicine is on top when it come to crisis care, maternity care, surgery and other areas of illness management. However, the face of medicine is also changing.We now have adverts asking us not to use antibiotics willy nilly as they are loosing their effect. In November 2018 The Telegraph newspaper printed an article that 90,000 people will be killed in Britain over the next 30 years due to antibiotic resistance. Doctors and patients are acknowledging drugs often don’t work or the side effects are seriously harmful. Many people are looking for more natural choices to address everyday health concerns.
Essential oils are natural substances obtained from plants, flowers, leaves, roots and bark of trees. They have been used for many years for their medicinal effect. While topical and aromatic application tend to have been favoured in Britain, French aromatherapy includes internal application of certain oils. Due to this only Pure Certified Therapeutic Grade oils should be used as not all oils are the same quality. Its empowering to know when we can address an ailment ourselves or when we need a consultation.
Essential oils have many therapeutic and curative effects. Antibacterial activity of essential oils has been researched since the 1880’s. It has been shown the oils inhibit bacterial growth or kill the bacteria outright. They also have antifungal. anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity. The effect of many oils against viruses has been shown in vitro and in clinical trials. They are effective for hormonal issues, relaxing to the autonomic nervous system and beneficial in liver detoxification. Powerful healers of the physical body, some essential oils are thought to be more potent than herbs.
Essential oils are also a wonderful tool to assist balancing our emotions. As well as healing the physical, the oils can support us in healing the heart as we address our emotional wellness. They help raise our vibration and in so doing, negative emotions may surface for release. Emotional healing only truly happens by going through a releasing process and the oils can support us through this. They may help highlight limiting beliefs which we can then work to transform and let go. Only the highest quality and purest essential oils should be used for physical and emotional healing.