What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

Nowadays we have modern laboratories to manufacture our drugs, and synthetic chemicals that replicate or attempt to replicate the natural remedies our ancestors once used. Whereas 500 years ago, they would go to the herbalist or apothecary to make them a poultice or tonic, we go to the pharmacist and buy over the counter drugs readily. However, just because this is now the norm in our society, it doesn’t mean that the wisdom and knowledge of our forebears is any less valid.

One of the things I am becoming more and more passionate about as a mother and as I learn about the alternative to synthetic remedies, is that I can turn first to natural remedies like essential oils to support my health and wellbeing and the health and wellbeing of my family. I can use them to reduce the amount of toxins my children are exposed to each day which are found in cleaning products, foods and other things we use and are normal to the general population. I love learning about the powerful variety of ways in which essential oils can be used from overhauling our medicine cabinet, cleaning our house, helping with nutrition and fitness, and in relieving symptoms of ailments to make life a little happier and easier to deal with.

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