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How To Get Started With Essential Oils – Business Spotlight

By Susan Hilton MSN, RN & Certified Aromatherapist

Essential oils are becoming extremely popular worldwide, but what in the world are they? In short, essential oils are concentrated, liquid plant extracts used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes. They are called “essential” because they contain the essence of a plant, including its aroma and health properties. Since essential oils can be taken from virtually all plants, essential oils come from various sources, including flowers, grasses, fruits, roots, trees, and leaves.

Have you ever thought about using essential oils? Every day, more people are turning to a holistic approach to life. We’re just not satisfied with the ordinary level of care or pat answers anymore. For those of you searching and embarking on a quest to learn more about pure essential oils and how to incorporate them in your everyday life, this article is for you!

essential-oilsThere’s nothing new about the medicinal use of plants. Our ancestors have used plants, seeds, wood, and resins from nature to care for themselves and their families since the beginning of time. Happily, in more modern times we don’t have to forage in the forest anymore because we’re blessed with the convenience of a little glass bottle brimming with pure, healing essential oils. Essential oils are not a cure-all, but you’ll be surprised at just how many issues can be taken care of with high quality, pure essential oils.

From cooking and cleaning to pet care and home remedies, essential oils provide many alternatives to harsh chemical products, allowing you to create the healthy environment your family deserves. They can be used in homemade skincare, bath, and body products to help you radiate beauty naturally. Essential oils also have the unique ability to help relax the body, mind, and spirit, thereby making your life feel more balanced and at peace. Use the right oil, and it can also boost your energy, supplement your diet, or help manage your weight. Essential oils are 50 – 75% more powerful than the herb or plant themselves, so a little goes a long way.

Many people start using essential oils after purchasing a diffuser. Who doesn’t love a fragrant home? When you learn that you can scent your home with something organic and purify the air we breathe or help another health issue, you’re on your way to using essential oils. If you do nothing but diffuse, you can improve your health and your environment.

spavapor2-0To get started, I recommend a short list of essential oils that are the most versatile. They are the oils in The Nature Cottage’s Starter Kit: Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, and Tea Tree.  Once you start using oils every day and enjoy the benefits of how they make you feel, you’ll soon wonder how you ever got through a day without them. Adding more oils to your natural health kit can quickly become a new obsession.

Did you know that essential oils only stay in your system for about 24 hours? Once they have “done” what they need to do, the body eliminates them. Essential oils are miniscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin – making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish.

Not all oils are created equal though. Just like the food you eat, the oils you use should be as pure and free from extra “stuff” as possible.  If there is an ingredient included other than the essential oil, it is not pure. At The Nature Cottage we only use 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and they are also certified organic. We also have an RN and certified aromatherapist who can guide you in your desire to start using essential oils. Buying a few good essential oils can save you a lot of time and money, plus they can help you avoid the use of chemicals and other unsavory ingredients in your home and with your family.

Let us help you begin or continue this journey at The Nature Cottage. We’re located at 208 E. Center St in Lexington.




Sniff Sniff: Inhaling Essential Oils for Their Benefits

Using Essential Oils Through Smelling Them – Is this the best method to use?

By Susan Hilton, RN MSN, Certified Aromatherapist

I’ve just completed the requirements to become certified as an aromatherapist. This was a very involved and challenging course and I am so excited to be finished and certified. I’m also a registered nurse, so I really have two ways to look at using essential oils. First is the traditional way to look at health and wellness through the eyes of a RN, and second is to look through the eyes of a certified aromatherapist. I wrote my research paper on using the inhalation (smelling) method as the best way to get the oil into the body. Using the inhalation method allows 96% of the oil to enter the body through the limbic system.

Olfaction is the medical term for smelling. It is, of course, one of our five senses. All the senses are important, but the sense of smell is something special. When an aroma is “smelled” it is really small molecules naked to the eye that we are sensing. These invisible molecules are sniffed into the nose and come in contact with the olfaction membrane. This sticky member is covered with millions of nerve receptors. When the aroma molecule is captured by the olfaction membrane and a receptor site for the scent molecule is found, an instantaneous message is sent into the limbic system within the brain. This system is comprised of many parts of the brain. The limbic system deals with our emotions and long term memory. It is under unconscious control. The messages that the thalamus, one of the areas in the limbic system, sends to the cerebral cortex is what causes the brain to take action — to create a memory — of the aroma.

There are many ways to inhale these tiny, invisible molecules in essential oils. The simplest way is to open the bottle, bring it up to your nose and sniff the aroma. Some people may want to put a drop in their hand, or on a cotton ball or tissue, and sniff the oil that way. Still others may boil water to infuse the essential oils in steam. Nasal inhalers are another method of inhalation. Single essential oils or a blend of oils can be placed on a cotton wick and inserted in a plastic or aluminum nasal inhaler for you to smell.

A diffuser is a cool mist machine used to diffuse the oils into the air. Most are electric, but a few can run on batteries. There is a wide variety of diffusers available. Diffusers range in price from $25 to $500, so customers have a many options to choose from. Most diffusers use water in a reservoir where the user drops the essential oils. Put the cover back on, turn on the machine, and the mist starts diffusing into the air. Room size will need to be considered when determining the amount of essential oils to use, especially if the aroma is important to you. However, even if you don’t smell the aroma, the therapeutic properties of the oil(s) will still be getting into the air and into your nose. Remember when using this method that other people and animals in your home need to be considered.

There are many benefits to inhaling essential oils. First, these very small molecules are absorbed into our lungs quickly. That allows them to work on respiratory issues such as colds, flu, congestion, and environmental concerns. Second, the nose, eyes, ears, and skin are considered the “first line of defense” of the body. They are openings into the body where bacteria, viruses, and fungi can get inside us. Inhaling essential oils can help to prevent infections coming into the body through the nose. Third, when inhaled, essential oil molecules can cross into the blood stream from the lungs. This is how essential oils can be delivered to the whole body — through the blood. Last, because the oils can get into our body through the lungs, they work on the central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord where sensory impulses are transmitted and where motor impulses go out to coordinates the activity of the entire nervous system.

There are some general guidelines you should follow when considering which essential oils to inhale. First, check each essential oil to make sure it is suitable to inhale. You should also check the safety information about inhaling certain oils, especially when considering their use by children or the elderly. Some essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and clove have specific safety issues. Wherever you purchase your essential oils they should come with this safety information.

The amount of essential oil diffused should also be considered. Remember, less is more when it comes to essential oils. They are very powerful because they are so concentrated. Anyone in the room will be affected by the essential oil and its therapeutic properties. Remember carefully to consider the safety of children, the elderly, those with compromised systems due to disease, and women who may be pregnant. You also need to consider your four legged friends. Know that pets will also be affected and never leave a diffuser on when you leave the house if your pets cannot leave the room where the diffuser is located.

If for no other reason than knowing that 96% of essential oils enter your body when inhaled, I am confident that this method is the best to way for you to enjoy their benefits to the fullest. Come by The Nature Cottage to learn more.