Essential oils are so widely known and popular that I am sure that many, if not all of you know what they are. However, for those who may come across this blog and have yet to learn why essential oils are all the rage, it is my privilege to share my thoughts with you on the topic.
WebMD defines essential oils as “Concentrated extractions from plants. A process called distillation turns the “essence” of a plant into a liquefied form for many medicinal and recreational uses.” One of my favorite and personal ways that I look at any type of plant medicine, whether it be fruits, herbs, vegetables, or the oils from the plant is that as we partake of this, not only do we intake or absorb the benefits of these plants, but we are also partaking of the spirit or essence of the Creator.
Essential oils are packed full of health benefits and have a variety of everyday uses. Here are ways that these oils may benefit you:
Cleaner & Disinfectant
As you can see there are many practical ways to use these oils. However, did you know that these oils could also be used in spiritual practices as well? Many cultures and belief systems use a mixture of essential oils in ceremonies, for anointing, healing, and protection! It can be used for emotional support as well. Plant medicine is magic, unique, and needed now more than ever. Luckily, they are very easy to come by. You can buy them from almost anywhere and purchase them from the giant companies of essential oil distribution. I urge you to be careful because not all essential oils are created equal. Some are only meant to be enjoyed for their aroma and have no healing properties. These you can clean with and use in an oil diffuser. While others, depending on the distributor can be ingested, and used topically (usually with a carrier oil such as coconut, vitamin E, or olive oil). Be wise and do your research.
Here at Maze Apothecary, ( https://www.mazeapothecary.com), we use therapeutic-grade essential oils in our blends to create powerful botanical remedies for everything from headaches to allergies to hormonal balance. We have set blends ready to order and provide custom orders as well. All blends are made in a space of integrity and sacredness. One of my favorite go-to blends is the Live Long and Prosper blend. Not only does it smell heavenly, but it also acts as an alternative to traditional vaccines and helps to ward off your common cold and flu. Remember when I mentioned that oils can also be used for spiritual and emotional support? Well, this oil blend does just that! It will help you to be grounded and support you in the areas of love, abundance, and more. Just imagine applying this daily and how you could feel from the life force energy of this blend. Consider that the name Live Long & Prosper is not only the name of this magickal blend, but could actually support you in living long and prospering!
If you are new to the world of essential oils and don’t know where to begin or what oils to choose from, well all I can say is the sky is the limit! However, I will list a few single-note oils you can start with just to get your feet wet.
1. Peppermint Oil
You can use this in aromatherapy, to help treat congestion, headaches, and joint pain. This can also be used as an insect repellant and has antimicrobial properties.
2. Eucalyptus Oil
This oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, & antifungal. I personally use this in a diffuser and on the bottom of my feet when fighting a cold. You can also add a few drops to your bath water as well.
3. Lavender Oil
This is my favorite scent! I love to apply this to a fresh mosquito bite or burn. It helps to soothe the bite/wound, kills the bacteria, and stops the itch. I have also seen this bring down a fever when applied to a cool cloth and placed on the back of the neck.
4. Lemon Oil
This is a spiritual and physical cleanser. It helps in detoxification and stimulates lymphatic drainage. It also helps to promote mental clarity and the balance of the solar plexus, throat & third eye chakras. This is also a great disinfectant, especially when used with white vinegar.
As I stated before, the sky is the limit when it comes to the many many uses and benefits of essential oils! Start here, right now today, and begin supporting your life in a new meaningful, and easy way.