Happy Earth Day!
This week I am happy to be interviewed in Rodale’s Organic Life about essential oils!
Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel.
The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.
Right now my favorite company, www.littlemoonessentials.com is running a promotion for all my readers. Use the code Elizabeth10 and receive 10% off your order. My favorite essential oil product is Clear Skies Ahead. I spray it everywhere! I love this company because all the products are organic and made here in the USA. Have a wonderful Earth Day and make sure you make Earth Day every day!