Learning essential oils are important if you plan to use them in or on your homestead. If you know me well, you know I LOVE research (I’ll wait while you laugh at how nerdy I am). Our family has been using essential oils for two years. We currently use Young Living oils, but before that we used three other brands on the market. Ones we ordered online and ones we bought from our local natural food stores.
Whichever brand you choose, learning essential oils is…well essential.
Not only were essential oils used in biblical times, it often is the main form of medicine among other cultures world wide. There are three major schools of thought on using essential oils. Therapeutic treatment first derived from the English, the French and the German. Each culture used them differently.
The English model is traditional.
British people put a small amount of essential oil in a large amount of carrier oil, and massage it into the body for relaxation purposes. Their main focus is to reduce stress. They do not inhale them or ingest them.
The French model is eccentric.
They use undiluted essential oils topically on the skin. The French even use therapeutic grade oils in their diets. They ingest them in a carrier such as honey or agave and eat it with a slice of bread. French people also inhale them by diffusing them in a room.
The German model is simple.
Inhalation is their main source to get essential oils into the body. German research shows that fragrance has a powerful effect on the brain. They might diffuse oils or cup their palms around their nose inhaling for a short time.
The Americans follow the French model.
Some people only use them aromatically by diffusing. Others only use them in massages, and yet more Americans are beginning to ingest them. While there are many benefits with all three ways, we want you to know where these difference in opinions come from.
We have seen discussions get out of hand as a particular school of thought is considered to be the only safe way. Please know one way is not necessarily better than the other, they are just different schools of thought and teachings. It all goes back to how and where people are introduced and educated.
When learning essential oils, you must do your own research and decide which way best suits your family. There are some oils that work better if diluted with a carrier oil. There are some oils already diluted and that is why they do not need a carrier oil. And using oils on children still has another set of rules.
Learning essential oil basics can be overwhelming, but we are here to help!
So, in the next few articles, we will walk you through more specifically what essential oils are. We will talk about how they are extracted from the plants and discuss more specifically the different ways to use them. As we are Young Living members, we like to use 3rd party resources, so you’ll find footnotes to our sources in each post.
Once we get through the basics of learning essential oils, we will focus on specific oil qualities, recipes and how we use them on our homestead!
Question: Which school of thought in using essential oils seems most appealing to you?