I’m no expert on essential oils, except for being an expert on our experiences with them. I have a reference book that I use called Modern Essentials, and I’ve done research on the internet, but the information out there is overwhelming. One thing is for sure…there are a lot of people out there that are either die-hard believers in the benefits of using essential oils or they’re really curious about them and have been dying to try them.
If you’re part of that latter group- you’ve been dying to try them- then I say go for it! What have you got to lose? Just be careful and use common sense when trying something new. Essential oils are very concentrated and as such they are extremely potent. There are some that are considered by almost all practitioners to be safe to use undiluted (or neat), such as lavender oil, but as a friend of mine found out last week, this is not always the case. She applied lavender oil neat (undiluted) to her neck and had a reaction to it that caused her to be really uncomfortable for several days. Once the rash cleared up her skin felt leathery. That’s not fun… I felt horrible for her! On the other hand, I’ve used lavender oil neat on myself and on my children and none of us have had any type of reaction. It varies individually, but is regarded as safe for most. So what should you do if you’re not sure how your skin will react? As a general rule, with any essential oil, I would dilute at first, no matter how safe the oil is considered to be for skin. Alternatively you could do a small patch test on an inconspicuous area (I would not recommend doing this on children).
The benefits that we have seen since using essential oils have been pretty amazing! I am still off of my sinus/allergy medication! It has been several weeks now. The greatest thing about that is that coming off of it has more benefit than just being off of one of my prescription medications. Because I have been able to come off of it I have not been experiencing two of the side effects of the medication as frequently…chronic upper respiratory infections and headaches! I cannot tell you how happy that makes me!!!
I’ll be attending a workshop on essential oils next week, specifically on making over your medicine cabinet. I’m really excited to learn more. If you’re in the Nashville, Franklin area and you’d like to join me let me know! Request to be added to The Southern Institute Community Facebook group where we can talk further about essential oils and a bundle of other fun topics. Right now there’s a great discussion on oil-pulling going on.
Thanks for reading! I’m excited about where this community is going and I’m so glad to have you all along with me!