Exciting Use of Essential Oils

Monday, December 13, 2010
The art of medecine consists of amusing the patient while Nature heals the disease. - Voltaire

Essential oils have been in use for centuries. Their popularity grows constantly to the point that we hear about them practically every day now. What can we do with essential oils? Aside from the obvious use in ointments and to freshen the air, I found an exciting use for these precious oils. In food! Yes, certain essential oils can be taken orally (not all, so do your homework before choosing to add one to your food). Ask a knowledgeable practitioner for advise if you are unsure. Do research the particular essential oil you wish to use to see if it can be ingested. It's not because we could eat the fruit, vegetable or herb from which the oil is extracted that we can necessarily consume its essential oil with our food. So, please do your research diligently before experimenting. An effort well worth the time.

All essential oils were not created equal: most are good for nothing more than perfuming the air because they have been extracted chemically, and are therefore filled with chemical products, are highly altered and  maybe even denatured. Sadly, this might include some of the essential oils that we find in health food stores that are labelled "100%  natural"! We know that heat destroys enzymes and denatures proteins and generally affects negatively the plants. The same is true for essential oils. Research and find a reputable company.

It is worthwhile to find therapeutic grade essential oils, which are distilled at much lower temperatures and pressures than the others. You will notice the difference right away too! And if you include essential oils in your food, it is really important to pay attention and choose only the purest and those that are not chemical-ladden so you don't introduce any nasty chemicals in your body.

What kinds of essential oils should you start experimenting with in your food?

Almost everyone likes cinnamon. Its essential oils has powerful antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Its stimulates circulation and protects the stomach. Only a few drops are enough to flavour smoothies, desserts and hot or cold beverages.

I also like peppermint, mostly for its digestive properties. We all know that it improves the breath (always a plus when eating large salads garnished with  plenty of garlic dressing!). Peppermint essential oil improves energy better than any energy drink could, without any unpleasant side-effects. It's like a breath of fresh air that oxygenates the brain and muscles, refreshing the entire body and preparing it for action! Massage some on your scalp and let me know what you think: nirvana, guaranteed!

For a more thorough study of Aromatherapy, the College does offer an interesting course. Check it out here.

Ylang-ylang hugs (relaxing and soothing in almond milk),


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