Following is a powerful story about the healing powers of essential oils:
Essential oils are made powerful compounds extracted from flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds and have been used for centuries for their healing powers
Just two weeks ago, my daughter was in the hospital with complications from the flu. The flu had impaired her cognitive function and within days my bright, sparkly girl was unable to understand or communicate. As a parent, this was one of the most difficult—if not the most difficult—moment in my life.
When we were discharged from the hospital, and she was at about 70 percent recovery we were told to just watch and wait. There wasn’t anything we could do to help facilitate the healing of her brain other than providing her with love and compassion. And while these two things are invaluable, my husband and I both felt there was something more we could do.
So we turned to plants—specifically essential oils. Essential oils are made powerful compounds extracted from flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds and have been used for centuries for their healing powers. And while I’m relatively well-versed in essential oils, having served as the Editorial Director for this publication for more than ten years, I had never truly experienced their healing benefits.
With some education from a friend and essential oil educator, we learned that Frankincense not only would help her feel more calm (its good for anxiety), it could also help her brain find balance so that her system wasn’t overstimulated and confused. Applied topically and aromatically, we quickly found that the use of frankincense was helpful for when she was having confusion and also when she was exhausted and overwhelmed.
Now, just 3 weeks later, my cabinet is stocked with a variety of oils from Young Living and NOW. If you have never tried oils, here’s a quick way to sample to try them out. When shopping for oils you want to pay attention to the quality—how the plants were grown, how the oils are distilled, and how the product is transported and sealed. Read more about the powers of healing oils here.
From Young Living
Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, balsamic aroma that is highly revered for its ability to increase feelings of spirituality and inner strength. Use: Apply 1-2 drops to the palms and rub gently. Hold the hands over your face (or your partner/child’s face) and ask them to inhale 2-3 times. You can also apply 1-2 drops to the face directly, focusing on the temples and back of the skull.
Lavender essential oil is probably one of the most popular of the essential oils. We love this simple recipe for making your clothing fresh (from MindfulYogaHealth.com)
Natural Washing Detergent
2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
1 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
8 cups baking soda
6 cups soda ash (sodium carbonate or washing soda)
4 cups of grated Castile soap (about 3 to 4 bars)
Directions: Use a wire whisk to fully blend essential oils and baking soda, then whisk in the other ingredients until well combined. Use 1/8 cup for a regular-sized load.
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