Are you a bit of an Essential Oil skeptic? I was too!
I used to think Essential Oils were just a bunch of smelly perfumes or room scents. I honestly wasn’t interested in trying them myself, until one of my former Camp Michigamme campers started posting on Facebook about how a blend of Essential Oils had helped her husband with his seasonal respiratory issues. My son was having trouble with the same health issue, so I reached out to her and asked what all the fuss about oils was. That day began my love for natural wellness.
Essential oils are the natural, aromatic compounds that are distilled from plants. They come from every part of the plant: stems, roots, resins, leaves, petals, grasses, even the rinds of some fruit! These oils are very powerful and concentrated, 50 to 70 times more powerful than herbs. Just 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!
Their purpose is to protect plants from predators, attract pollinators, and give them their aromas. And fortunately for us, God made plants and people to go perfectly together, so we humans can take advantage of the benefits of these oils as well.
Essential oils can be used to support your body’s systems in the following ways:
- Minimize the effects of seasonal threats
- Maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
- Promote feelings of relaxation and balance mood
- Promote a restful sleeping environment
- Reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Promote healthy metabolism & help manage hunger cravings
- Cleanse and purify the air and surfaces
- Help reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
- Support the immune system
Many people believe oils are a new fad, but they’ve been used for centuries, going all the way back to 3500 BC, when the Egyptians used plants for health, food, religious, and beauty purposes. Many oils are talked about in the Bible. For example, the “perfume” that Mary poured on Jesus’ feet was actually Spikenard Essential Oil, which has grounding and calming properties.
There are three ways to use Essential Oils:
- Aromatically: This just means you breathe the oil in. Inhaling the aroma of essential oils is especially good for situations in which you want to promote feelings of clear breathing, boost mood, or create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Topically: This means you apply the oil to your skin. It’s important to dilute oils if you have sensitive skin or if you’re using oils with children. A little goes a long way. Just a drop or two of Essential Oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, or olive oil) is all you need. Diluting oils doesn’t reduce their effectiveness; it just reduces the chance of skin irritation.
- Internally: With internal use, you put a drop of oil under your tongue, in your water, or in a gel capsule. Not all oils can be taken internally, and it’s VERY important to only ingest the highest quality oils that are proven, through testing, to be free of fillers and toxins.
Essential oils are tried and true natural wellness solutions, and I feel confident using them for my family. It’s extra special to me that it was one of my campers who introduced me to oils.
Jenifer Brady has been an Essential Oils Educator and Wellness Advoate with doTERRA since 2015. She is an author, mother, wife, dean, counselor, and more. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, and their two kids in Northern Wisconsin. She grew up going to Camp Michigamme as a kid from 1989-1992, returned to be a volunteer counselor in 1995 and has been counseling every summer since! She was also a dean for the Fall Retreat from 2000-2016 and is one of the Junior High Camp’s deans this summer!