GUEST POST by Lola King, Be Kind Botanicals
Have you ever searched Pinterest or even Facebook for some sort of recipe to help soothe your throat when it hurts? I know just how overwhelming it can be to find a recipe that you know will work or is even safe with the hundreds out there.
Essential Oils Are Not the Only Supportive Natural Alternative
First, it is important to know that essential oils are not the only natural and alternative choice to western medicine. They are fantastic to use when we need them but sometimes there are easier and safer alternatives.
Organic and wildcrafted herbs can have a huge impact on soothing a sore throat. I like to use loose leaf herbs like peppermint, chamomile, nettle, and astragalus. Often it is easier, cheaper and just as effective than using essential oils if you can use these in a hot tea.
Another fantastic alternative is an infused raw honey. You can see my recipe here. Honey has been proven in various research...
Guest Post by Katie Shell, Master Aromatherapist
Here's a few things you should know about essential oils that aren't often discussed, but are important to know.
Water intensifies the experience, which can be desirable for some circumstances, but take caution if the oil feels warm on the skin. If you experience heat or irritation from an oil, please put olive or coconut oil on it to relieve any discomfort. DO NOT RINSE WITH WATER.
If you have not been given specific information on the application of an essential oil, use it on the bottoms of the feet. Pour a few drops directly on the bottoms of the feet and rub them together, your hands need not touch the oils at all.
The biggest consumer of essential oils is the food industry. If you’ve had orange juice, or a flavored sparkling water, you’ve ingested highly diluted essential oils. That said, straight essential oils are more potent through the skin, and you don’t have to worry about potential side effects. So...
Lavender has a long history of use in natural remedies and as a natural scent and perfume.
Lavender is also used to help you relax so you can fall asleep easily. It's sometimes used by those with insomnia as a natural alternative to drugs.
You can add lavender to your coconut oil and use for skin care, cuts (works well for dogs too), and insect bites due to its antibacterial properties.
And don't forget to add a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to your bath water. You'll not only feel relaxed but smell amazing.
You can place lavender plant outside to ward off scorpions, they don't like it at all.
A word of caution - be mindful of where you purchase your essential oils. You want to choose a high quality oil and in most cases, purchasing them at the drugstore is not where you will find a high quality oil. I recommend you research online to find a brand you feel good about. I personally use doTERRA and there are lots of other great...
Guest Post Lola King, Be Kind Botanicals
There are a lot of new users of essential oils thanks to the rising number of multi-level marketing representatives. These new users are quick to sign up with these representatives offering classes where they tout how they use essential oils, discuss how great they are and how much “greener” their life is because of them. After all, who doesn’t want to live a lifestyle where you have less chemicals in your home and are able to eliminate pain relievers and other medications?
Sadly, once many purchase their kits, they are left with some real questions that need to be addressed to avoid usage that can cause injury. How does one use essential oils?
Most representatives do get it correct in that there are three ways to utilize essential oils: Inhalation, Topical application, and Internal applications. In this article we will briefly address when to use inhalation and when to use topical application.
The use of essential...