*The Benefits of Pure Essential Oils
Essential Oils or Prescription Drugs
One practical benefit for using essential oils is, of course, their substitutive nature. Although it is our opinion that 100% pure essential oils that carry no harmful side effects are better to support the body and its functions, we recommend that you consult your physician before replacing your prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Cheap, but Effective Alternative
Though money may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to your health, it is worth noting that the expense of essential oils pales in comparison to prescription drugs. Essential oils are a cheap, but equally effective alternative to prescription medicine. Because essential oils are highly concentrated, the application used in most procedures requires only a drop or two of oil, which means that tiny bottle will be long-lasting (example 15mL bottle contains approximately 250 drops).
No Expiration Date
Another benefit of essential oils is that they do not expire; neither do they have “proper storage” requirements. A number of medicines and medicinal products must be replaced every couple years, so this puts essential oils ahead of the pack when it comes to shelf life.
Essential oils also offer great versatility. Apart from providing health benefits, essential oils can be re-purposed for household and hygienic applications. For instance, if you’re looking for something that might serve your dental hygiene needs, cinnamon or clove are your go-to essential oils. If you want to maintain your skin’s health, frankincense and lavender will do the trick. Lavender supports the healing process from burns or even sunburn.
When it comes to the house or shelter, you can use essential oils to deodorize. The oils are so potent that they even came in handy after the 2011 tsunami and the subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan. A nurse, Risa Nakahira, used essential oils to deodorize and sanitize putrid public bathrooms in overpopulated evacuation facilities. As relief workers searched for survivors, often wading through debris and decay, Nakahira also deodorized their boots and masks using essential oils. The possibilities of these natural oils are endless.
They are also versatile when it comes to the range of patients they’re capable of supporting. The health of everyone from your great grandfather to your infant baby can be fortified with the aid of essential oils in the appropriate dosage. They even come in handy when supporting livestock or pets. From teething infants to dementia in the elderly, from teenagers with acne to dogs with urinary tract infections, essential oils can serve any patient with nearly any ailment.
Essential Oils Safety Precautions
Certain adverse reactions may occur when using pure essential oils. Some essential oils should not be used when pregnant. Allergic reactions, too, may occur, especially when applied topically. Always administer an allergy test before committing fully to topical application.
When used with other medications, essential oils may react negatively. If you are on any current prescription medications or have a chronic illness, such as high blood pressure, epilepsy or liver disease, then researching the effects of essential oils against your own personal medical history will eliminate any potentially problematic issues.
Blending Essential Oils
Essential oils may be produced as a blend of several pure oils. For instance, the immune supportive blend of certain brands is a mix of cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and eucalyptus. This blend can be used to boost the immune system to help support colds, viruses and flu.
The downside to blends is that the more oils added to the mix, the higher the probability your patient may react negatively to the blend if he/she is prone to allergies. There is also the possibility of phototoxicity when working with blends, particularly if they include citrus oils. Be sure to understand proper methods for applying the blend.
Regardless of these possible effects, essential oils are a viable option for supporting several conditions. Those looking to strengthen or maintain their own personal health, or that of their families’, should become educated on the uses of essential oils, their natural remedies, and the methods of application. Only then can you begin building your own medicine cabinet of essential oils.