Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you are currently taking.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
This oil is made from the herb’s flowering tops and leaves through steam distillation. It has a strangely sweet smell and was one of the primary plants used in ancient medical practices.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Animal bites
- Respiratory Issues
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- In a neat undiluted applications (animal bites only)
- Tea Tree
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Do not use thyme oil if you have high blood pressure.
If your are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Thyme oil can speed up the birth process an aid in expulsion of the placenta. Therefore pregnant women who are not in labor should avoid thyme oil.
BLEND OF THE DAY: Acne Steam Treatment
You Will Need:
3 Cups of hot water
1 drop clary sage essential oil
1 drop thyme essential oil
- Pour the hot water into a glass or ceramic bowl.
- Add the clary sage and thyme essential oils (they will remain on the water’s surface).
- Drape a towel over your head in such a way that it is also draped closely over the bowel.
- Bend to hold your face over the bowl. Keep your eyes closed.
- Remain in this position for about 5 minutes, periodically lifting one side of the towel to take a breath of fresh air.
- After 5 minutes, sit back and remove the towel.
- Rinse your face with cold water to close the pores.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled October 31, 2020