Essential oils are safe, affordable, and an effective alternative to synthetic drugs. While I’m about to explain the difference between essential oils and pharmaceutical drugs, the great thing is essential oils can be used as a complimentary therapy with your medication or can be used a safe and natural alternative therapy. (If you are on any prescribed medication, please be sure to consult your doctor before making ANY changes.)
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the natural aromatic compounds extracted from plants. The oil comes from the roots, seeds, stems, flowers, resin, bark and other parts of the plant. The essential oil acts as the immune system of the plant protecting it from disease, invaders, and helping the plant to heal itself when needed. Since human chemistry is so similar to the chemistry of plants, essential oils can help our bodies heal and protect itself too!
In this picture, you will see a microscopic image of a peppermint leaf.
The two white sacs are the essential oil sacs which are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. These oils are very potent and contain powerful healing properties, so a little goes a long way.
How many of you have heard the suggestion of drinking peppermint tea for an upset stomach? Well, just 1 drop of peppermint essential oil in comparison is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea.
In fact, just one drop of essential contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules and we have 100 trillion cells in our bodies. Therefore, one small drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. You can see why even a small amount of oil can have profound effects on the body, brain, and emotions.
Why do we try Essential Oils first?
Our family is NOT against modern medicine. We still go to the doctors when needed and still seek their advice. If I fall and break a bone, I do not want my husband rubbing an oil on me, I want him to take me to the doctors. However, for most health concerns instead of starting with pharmaceutical drugs, we will try Essential Oils first. Here’s why:
Essential Oils contain hundreds of natural compounds each associated with a difference use. Until recently, I had no idea the pharmaceutical industry actually studies plants and all their compounds. Their hope is to try and isolate specific compounds to create what we know as over the counter or prescription drugs. The problem with isolating these compounds is that we get side effects when they are taken out of their natural, holistic framework.
Ever since coming to this understanding, I find pharmaceutical drug commercials incredibly entertaining. I never noticed how about 1/4 of the commercial describes how the drug can actually help you, while the other 3/4 of the commercial describes all the crazy side-effects. You’ve probably heard them too – all the nausea, vomiting, liver and kidney damage, and little things like death. I’ve even heard of depression medications causing thoughts of suicide. Does this bother anyone else??
I have also been so frustrated at times trying to find the balance with OTC’s and modern-day medicines. I attempt to treat one issue, only to have another issue came up as a side effect from the drugs themselves. I would then have to treat the new side effect, which often turned into another side effect until my body finally gained a balance.
Another reason we try Essential Oils as an alternative to synthetic drugs is that they are much less expensive, just pennies per drop as opposed to expensive doctor visits, co-pays and prescriptions. For instance, a few weeks ago one of our kids had an ear infection. I was able to use 2 drops of Melaleuca Essential Oil on a cotton ball which cost us $0.16 and the next day our son was fine, never needing the up to 14 days of antibiotics. I LOVE having the option of trying a natural approach to healthcare first. If it doesn’t work, we always have the option of proceeding with modern medicine.
If you’d like to learn more, I am teaching a FREE Facebook Class starting today (Oct 13-18, 2014). Please follow this LINK, click JOIN and learn with us as I share more info of why we we use essential oils, how they work, and how our family uses them everyday for most of our health concerns!