A piece about using natural oil concentrates to heal the mind, body and soul. The photo above is of some lavender that is abundant in the Okanagan.
Natural healing, alternative medicine and herbalism have always interested me. Trying new methods and choosing natural ways over chemicals has continually been a goal in my life. Essential oils are a wonderful and simple way to use nature's best healing agents.
If you do not know, an essential oil is a concentrated form of a herb, plant or flower that can be used in various ways. You can buy most oils at a Natural Health Store or even local pharmacies. I try to buy locally produced products to support small businesses however that cannot always happen. I am now testing out different ways of creating my own oils, tinctures and extracts by harvesting what grows around me. This includes Calendula, Wild Rose, and Lavender.
Thankfully, a few years back, my mother showed me her essential oils. I am lucky to grow up with a mother who loves nature as much as I do. She has always been interested in natural healing as well. I must get my plant obsession from her. Thank you mama!
Hopefully in these next few years, I will get the chance to attend schooling in this subject area to deepen my knowledge to share with you all. For now, I will continue my everyday routine and share with you what I love most about these specific oils.
In this article, I want to give information to those who may not use essential oils often and the potential benefits you can receive from them. I am not a licensed practitioner and every alternative medicine should be used with caution. Below is the list of oils I have been using regularly, please remember everyone is individual and these remedies may work differently for each of us.
You may not believe in using nature to heal, however, the benefits I have noticed are life changing. These 4 oils are extremely valuable to me and I aim to use them everyday. I have faith that they help me in multiple ways and hopefully can help others as well.
There are many other types of oils out there you can try to use for healing various ailments of the human body. I encourage you to try a variety of products to see which works best for you. I use mixture of these 4 at the end of my yoga classes to assist with relaxation.
Here are a few homemade recipes I use with my oils.
Yoga Mat Cleaner
-5 drops peppermint
-5 drops lavender
-10 drops orange
-10 drops eucalyptus
-1 tbsp witch hazel
Combine ingredients in a small spray bottle. Spray onto mat and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Sleepy Diffuser Blend
-6 drops lavender
-3 drops eucalyptus
Combine into your diffuser about an hour before bed to encourage a restful, quiet sleep.
*Himalayan Salt Lamps and house plants will purify your air and can also encourage a heathy sleep.*
-2 drops lavender
-1 drop peppermint
-1 tbsp coconut oil
Combine ingredients in a small bowl or container. Apply to injury twice a day. This is what I noticed to work best for healing my most recent tattoo!
-1 tbsp witch hazel
-10 drops of citronella
-40 drops total (you choose amounts of each) between lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange, geranium
Combine ingredients in spray bottle and use daily to get rid of pests.
If you are an avid essential oil user, I encourage you to continue using them and try new oils when you get the chance. If you have not used oils before, start small and see what your body adapts to best. Do not underestimate the healing power of nature and how big of a difference something small can make in your life.
Thank you for reading how I try to flourish in using nature to heal myself. I hope this inspired some people to be more natural.