Why do I use Essential Oils?
While studying to be a Nutritional Therapist I learned in great detail about the impact of what we put in our bodies and how it effects our overall health. In fact, two of the leading causes of disease are nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins. And while we can't always control what's in our external environment, we most certainly get to decide what we put in and on our bodies, and what we use in our homes.
Through my training I know that pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter products often mask symptoms rather than addressing underlying health issues, and they can have potentially harmful side effects. I made a commitment to use more natural alternatives that would support my body to stay healthy and function normally. Experiencing the power of essential oils and the side benefits they have to offer inspired me to take charge of my own and my family's health. I knew they needed to be integrated as one of the foundations of my own practices. I decided to do my own research and consult with reputable, experienced practitioners who I trusted to make sure I was using the most pure, potent and therapeutic essential oils I could get my hands on.
You might be asking, what exactly is an essential oil? They are naturally occurring, aromatic extracts found in a plant's leaves, petals, roots, bark, skin, seeds, and other parts.. They embody the protective, renewing, and immune strengthening properties of a plant, and because our cellular structure is similar to a plant, we are able to use essential oils for their healing properties. In addition to being beautifully fragrant, essential oils have long been used for heath practices, food preparation, and beauty treatments.
Are they effective? From a Nutritional Therapist's perspective, I don't think there is an oil or a supplement in the world that can trump a poor diet or lifestyle. However, when you combine a nutrient dense diet with the support of essential oils, you'll be reducing your toxic load and enhancing your life physically, emotionally and mentally.
If you're interested in essential oils, I'd recommend you do your own research, as there are thousands of articles and resources out there. I found Modern Essentials and PUBMED.gov extremely helpful when I first started out. For those of you that like to geek out on the science of how essential oils work at a cellular level, Essential Oil Safety is a must read. If you want to know more about the essential oils that I personally use and recommend to my family and clients, you can inquire here. Local folks in the Corona area can RSVP for one of my free classes!