Essential Oils. For years I thought they were only for aromatherapy and as such, were….how do I put this…….bunk. I’m beginning to change my attitude, but only just.
I’ve seen posts on websites and blogs by people swearing that essential oils cured them of any and everything. I’ve read people’s claims that essential oils were the be-all and end-all of alternative medicine. Ummm…….yeah.
Ok, so why am I so not on the band wagon for essential oils? Afterall, I’m all for using herbal medicine and I totally believe herbs can work as well or better than pharmaceuticals for some ailments. And aren’t essntial oils made from herbs and spices?
I suppose part of my problem is that my original introduction to essential oils was in the form of aromatherapy. Sorry, but I really don’t believe that difusing a particular scent into my home is going to keep the norovirus at bay. Nor do I believe that breathing in a particular scent is going to reduce my high blood pressure. So, I’m skeptical. Feel free to change my mind.
Now, however, folks are using essential oils topically and internally. Now here’s where I could buy into some real medicinial qualities. But…..I’m still skeptical.
It could be that I’ve seen too many “fights” over which brand of essential oil is the better one to use. Most of what I’ve seen are sold from MLMs. Yuck. If it’s such a good product why is it not on a store shelf? Why do I have to go through a representative to buy it or sign up with your company to buy it? Again, skeptical.
Ok, confession. I’ve bought some essential oils to use in my cleaning products and in my toiletries. I haven’t bought any from any MLM’s, so I might get ripped for buying “inferior” quality products, but they seem to have worked just fine for what I used them for. I’ve also just placed an order to get a few more so I can make my own version of an ancient Chinese balm sold in stores that we seem to go through tons of here. So, no I’m not adverse to using them.
However, I’d love some education. Some good, non-biased, education on how and when and where to use essential oils. I’ve looked for books on the subject and quite honestly haven’t found anything I’m willing to spend my money on yet. I’d love some education from people who use them who are NOT affiliated with ANY MLM’s. I don’t want to know how good “your” particular product is. I want to know how to use the darn things to their best advantage. If there is a “best advantage”.
I’d love more ammunition to my can’t-get-to-the-doctor-can’t-afford-the-doctor arsenal. Essential oils might be that ammunition, but I need more education.
What’s your take on essential oils? Are you someone who can further my education?