Essential Oils

 

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Good lord, there are so many amazing oils out there. Extra virgin olive oil is great on a plate of hummus, sure, but that usually comes in a somewhat large bottle. You know what they say – the really good things, come in small packages. Vials. I am talking about essential oils.

Now look, I am not coming down on olive oil. I love the stuff, and it is actually very good to put on your body, as well as eat. It can do a lot for you, and help the body draw out toxins. Some oils, like olive, are associated closely with cooking and the culinary arts. Some essential oils can also be digested, but their main qualification has to do with healing and maintaining the body.

Alright, I’ll bet good money you got hungry just now from reading about hummus and olive oil. Go on, run out and get yourself some, I’ll wait. Oh good, you’re back! Now, where were we? Right, essential oils. Here are some of my favorites. You can read while you eat. No judgement here.

Oregano – this is a staple. I use it every winter, without fail. Why? Because every darn winter, I get all coughy and phlegmy, to the point where I hate everyone and everything I come into contact with. I am not a nice person to be around when I am sick. I am working on it, honestly. Oregano works as an antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory agent. It can help prevent and treat parasites, mosquitos, lice, and other fun creatures.

Tea tree – this is one which is thankfully getting a lot more recognition in recent years. Those Australians and their trees. The tea tree and eucalyptus tree are both amazing, and both help produce highly beneficial essential oils. Both of these oils are realty great, and the only reason I went with tea tree oil for this list, is because of what it does to my scalp and hair. It is a miracle worker, and I use it constantly, whether in the shower or outside of it (in the form of a spray bottle).lavenderessentialoil

Lavender – this is the one which I use every night, before bed. It has been said to help achieve a deeper and more relaxed sleep, and I tend to agree. Not that I was a kicker and screamer beforehand, but I definitely love lighting a lavender oil diffuser before bed time, and then blowing out the candle as I slip into bed. I love the scent of it, and I can only hope that I’ll be able to pass this ritual on to my kids. Lavender is also great when you are wide awake, since it can help you attain focus and concentration. In ancient times, it was put in bath water. I actually haven’t tried that yet, but that is probably out of pure laziness.

Other favs? Rosemary, peppermint, palmarosa oils and argan oil. These are all great, and they can do a lot for your mind and body. Which are your favorites? If you’d like to learn about more oils check out Maple Holistics for example argan oil.

 

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