How Essential Oils Actually Work

Lately, I’ve had several people ask me what the big deal is about essential oils, whether they actually work, and (if they do actually work) how exactly they work. Some people hear about essential oils from friends or family, but may be skeptical because their doctor doesn’t recommend using them and says they are a “quack” remedy. Others may see the benefits of essential oils but want to know how to tell their friends and family about the benefits without seeming like they are snake oil salesmen.

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Company Spotlight: Eden's Garden Essential Oils

About five years ago, I discovered an essential oil company that was still quite new. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across their website, but in giving it a quick perusal, I liked what I saw. In fact, I liked it a lot. A company that seemed more focused on the safety and health of their consumers than about adding them to the sales force. A company that used ethical sourcing and strove to provide the highest quality oils possible without charging exorbitant prices for them.

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Do Essential Oils Expire?

I remember when I first started getting into essential oils in early high school, I used peppermint in a blend and was pleased to feel that distinctive hot-cold tingle on my skin. I used the same bottle (a 1 oz. size) on occasion for several years, and gradually, that tingle disappeared. I thought it was just my body acclimating to the peppermint every time that I used it, but imagine my surprise when, after purchasing a new bottle of peppermint oil, the tingling sensation returned! What had happened?

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Organic or Non-Organic?

When it comes to essential oils, there can be fierce debate over which brands of oils are the best. One thing that is commonly put forth as a clear characteristic of superiority is the fact that some brands bottle organically grown oils, whereas others do not. But is all the hype about organic oils really something to stand behind when defending your favorite brand, and should you purchase oils solely by merit of the fact that they are organic? Let's take a look at the facts and find out.

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Why I Don't Use dōTERRA or Young Living

When people learn that I am a certified aromatherapist, they usually ask me which essential oils I buy and use. Inevitably, they usually also ask me whether I prefer dōTERRA or Young Living, as these two brands are commonly believed to be the best products out there. My answer? Neither. Don't get me wrong, I believe that both of these companies produce high-quality oils, but there are aspects of their business practices with which I do not feel comfortable as a certified professional. Here are a few of the top reasons why I do not use oils from either of these well-known companies.

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Aromatherapy Massage Spotlight: Clarifying Conifers

For those of us who live near forested mountains or enjoy hiking through them on a regular basis, the scent of pine woods can conjure up memories of good times spent in nature, enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, and leaving behind the pressures of life to refresh ourselves in the wilderness.  The feeling of freshness and euphoria that can accompany such a hike are due in part to the uplifting aromatic scents of the various species of pine that are found in many mountain ranges.  

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Aromatherapy Massage Spotlight: Cleansing Herbs

In celebration of my business's one-year anniversary, I've released new aromatherapy massages I've been working on for my clients.  These massages use special oil blends formulated by myself in combinations that please the senses and benefit the body.  Several of my upcoming blog posts will spotlight these aromatherapy massages, their purpose, and the oils involved in the blend, starting with this one:  Cleansing Herbs.

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