My love for essential oils has started a long time ago. Whenever I go to a SPA I always take the aromatherapy massage. Combining smell and the tissue massage has amazing effects on your body and multiplies the impact. Aromatherapy has been practiced for centuries by different cultures. The use of herbal remedies is well documented for their medicinal properties. The signs of using plants for medicinal purposes is backdated to the prehistoric times. Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced for millennia and is still being used by 90% of the Indian population to treat not only the body but the mind and the spirit.
A short history of Aromatherapy*
The aromatic plants and their extracts were used across Egypt, Greece, and the Roman empire. Cleopatra was well known for her everlasting beauty and lavish regimes. She loved to take baths in fermented milk infused with the essence of jasmine, myrrh and rose to preserve her youthfulness.
In XVII century England, Nicholas Culpepper was a botanist and herbalist who helped many people with herbal remedies. During the Great Plague of London, the ‘Plague Doctors’ wore beak-like masks with aromatic herbs and spices in order to protect them from the disease. Victorian brides carried bouquets using orange blossoms which were a symbol of purity but also in order to calm the nerves.
Unfortunately, with the rise of commercially produced drugs, the aromatherapy started to decline. Aspirin was invented in Germany by the end of the XVIII century and became popular due to its low cost, effectiveness and ease of use.
I still remember that as a child I did use aspirin for fever, however, paracetamol and other painkillers were not known. So in order to well deal with some minor ailments or stomach upsets, I drank chamomile tea and mint tea. I remember sweating underneath the towel with my head above the bowl of hot water with some mint homemade oil in order to clear my nasal congestion. The syrup made with onions as well as garlic (tones of it) were all natural remedies which we still use nowadays. I was rarely sick when I was a child and never took antibiotics. I had no food allergies or intolerances.
The rise of modern medicine especially of the painkillers means that natural ways of curing some minor alignments are long forgotten. Over the counter drugs are easy to use, can be bought at the lowest price possible and usually act fast. What most of us do not realize is their side effects and overall possibility of negative impact on our overall immune system. The excessive use of paracetamol, which is highly toxic, negatively impacts our liver and digestive system. Our liver needs to work very very hard to breakdown the toxins and neutralize them so that they are not harmful to the body. The research has shown that Paracetamol overdose is one of the leading causes of liver failure.
The investment and research into the therapeutic use of essential oils have grown significantly over recent years. This is due to various research showing not only the potent possibilities of the essential oils derived from plants and herbs grown all over the world but also the negative side effects of the commonly used drugs.
I long researched various essential oils companies before I embarked on the journey with Doterra. I tried Neal’s Yard, Young Living and other oils, but none of them gave the smell and effect I wanted. Take the simple and most common oil Lavender. The Doterra oil smells amazing and in my opinion the closest to a real flowering shrub. I use it for my bedtime routine, adding to a diffuser, rollerball or inhaling from the hands. Lavender is also used in the absolutely serene blend – Serenity which supports a night of healthy sleep. I use it in the diffuser as well as I take two capsules before bed and I sleep peacefully, waking up completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
I am very grateful for companies such as Doterra, which invest not only resources but hearts and minds to deliver the pure and effective products (essential oils, supplements, beauty, and cleaning) around the world. Doterra contributes to developing communities and supporting small farmers, ensuring they get their fair share of capital from the sale of pure products. If you want to know more please visit the amazing site to learn where the oils are being made. The source to you shows heartwarming stories of many families and the impact Doterra has on their daily lives.
Lavender is also a great plant to grow in your garden. I have come across this site which has wonderful tips on how to grow healthy lavender plants.
How to grow Lavender – Happy DIY Home
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