NATURE’S FINEST MEDICINE

As a holistic health practitioner, there are certain things I simply cannot live without – and essential oils are on that list. Just like herbal teas and supplements, essential oils take up a huge portion of my nature’s medicine cabinet! 
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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to heal the body while also positively affecting our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical body. Using Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils on a daily basis can have tremendous healing benefits. These high quality essential oils are gently distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world.

I have been using essential oils daily and have witnessed the incredible benefits that they offer for improving my overall health as well as the health of my clients. After being an avid consumer of pure essential oil products for over a decade – it is clear that  they don’t just make me “feel better” when I am sick but have also provided more specific improvements to my digestion, skin, muscle aches, headaches, hormonal balance and immune function.

We are lucky that there is such a variety of essential oils available to us commercially, however it can be a little overwhelming. As a rule, I always usecertified therapeutic grade oils (http://mydoterra.com/introducingwellness). Here is a list of 10 of my favorite oils that I use daily:

Lavender. The scent of Lavender essential oil is extremely pacifying. During air travel, in long lines, or before bed, a few drops on our inner wrists, temples, and sternum provides tremendous relief. The lovely smell of lavender on our wrists as we sip a cup of soothing peppermint chamomile tea brings us to a state of bliss! Lavender essential oil is also a phenomenal sleep aid, with its relaxing and pacifying properties.

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Grapefruit. Grapefruit is an age old super fruit- there is little that it cannot do to keep you healthy. It’s great for detoxing the body and preventing damage to your cells; have half a grapefruit for breakfast in the morning with some herbal tea and you will be able to feel the positive results! Grapefruit also aids in water retention and keeps you hydrated throughout the day. While grapefruit can do wonders for your health, it can also do wonders for your skin! You can make a cheap and natural grapefruit rub at home and use it to soften and moisturize all parts of your body.

Peppermint. Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant, which is a cross between water, mint and spearmint. This oil can be used for soothing purposes, especially with the digestive system. Irritable bowel system, heartburn, and indigestion are all calmed by using peppermint oil in the form of a dietary supplement. Peppermint also has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties. This makes the oil a great use for any massage! It will relieve pain and inflammation, as well as calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.

Lemon. Lemon is a commonly used essential oil for its user-friendliness! You can put it in your water and sip all day, keeping you hydrated and healthy. Lemon is a versatile relief – it can help reduce acne, keep your hair extra healthy and strong, all while also aiding in reducing anxiety and insomnia. Surprisingly enough, lemon also has strong enough enzymes to whiten your favorite blouse! Add one cup of lemon juice to your white load of laundry and bring those clothes back to life!

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Chamomile. Roman chamomile works wonders for calming down annoyance, irritation, and anger, especially in small children. It’s a diverse oil, however, and German chamomile works best for calming in adults. Chamomile is also tonic in nature, which means that it tones up the skin, muscles, and internal organs. Grab a cup of chamomile tea on your way out of the house, and you’re on your way to having a great day!

Frankincense. Frankincense, a lesser-known oil, has a wide range of benefits, including helping the immune system, oral health, respiratory issues, stress or anxiety, the digestive system, and even has anti-aging properties. A unique way to use frankincense is to boil a pot of water, put a couple of drops in the pot after boiling, cover your head with a towel and let the steam enter your pathways while taking deep breaths!

Oregano. Oregano is a great, commonly used essential oil!  It can help with acne, dandruff, respiratory tract disorders, and even menstrual cramps. It is also a great source of vitamin K, which promotes bone growth and bone density. Oregano can also be utilized to help with more common illness such as the common cold, toothaches, bloating, allergies, fatigue, and earaches.

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Melaleuca. Melaleuca oil, otherwise known as tree oil, can be used aromatically, topically, and NEAT, which is a direct application to the skin. This oil can regenerate tissues, is anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, and is an antibiotic. The benefits of this essential oil are outstanding!

Cypress. Cypress is great to use as a sedative. It induces a calm, relaxed feeling that can immediately ease the tension of anxiety and stress. It also has a spicy and masculine fragrance that can easily replace your old deodorant for a natural, beneficial one.

Ginger. Ginger sparks up your digestive system, improves the absorption of essential nutrients, can be chewed on to sooth an upset stomach, and can also be stirred in tea to clear up a cough and congestion. Cook some basmati rice, add some ginger, garlic, and some lemon juice, and you will practically feel the health benefits that ginger has to offer!

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Lemongrass. This essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation of dried lemongrass. It is an analgesic, which means that it is anti-inflammatory, an antidepressant which can boost self-esteem and confidence, and even an antipyretic, which can reduce very high fevers. This is a diverse essential oil that is worth having in the house!

To using nature to heal,

xo
Sarah Anne

Sarah Anne Stewart

Sarah Anne coaches, writes, speaks and teaches. But most importantly she introduces individuals to the world of WELLNESS. Translation? She helps inspiring wellness warriors kick failure to the curb so they can embrace health, discover happiness, claim their badass dreams, and live their BEST possible life.

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