What’s all the hype about Essential Oils?

Seems like everywhere you turn these days, there’s someone talking about essential oils! What’s the deal with that? What are they? What do they do? What do you do with them? edited

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Essential Newborn

What a sweet little baby you have brought into the world! It is hard to imagine that such an amazing creature was formed in your body where it was nourished and sustained perfectly. The transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is a natural one, but that does not mean it is always an easy one. The umbilical cord tht was the baby’s lifeline is discarded and breathing and eating now provide the infant with oxygen and food. New demands are placed on the repiratory and digestive systems for the very first time. In addition, baby is now subject to gravity instead of the boyancy of in utero life. And the skin is also subject to the drying of air and friction of clothing and other irritants.

Postpartum Emotions and Essential Oils

In the days and weeks following childbirth, it is completely normal to experience a wide variety of emotions. Hormonal shifts and sleep deprivation, as well as adjustment to the new responsibilities and role changes and social isolation required of new parents can be quite overwhelming. A mixture of joy, heartbreaking love, sheer terror, overwhelm at the enormity of your new responsibilities, and that tendency to cry at the slightest provocation (like the commercials on TV), is very common.

Essential Postpartum

While the first weeks after your baby is born are a blissful honeymoon of blossoming love and getting to know each other, like pregnancy and childbirth, this period has its own set of challenges for both mom and baby. As if pregnancy and birth didn’t change your body enough over nine months, now you have major remodeling going on as your body returns to a new normal in a relatively few short weeks! Add to that sleepless nights, learning to breastfeed, and massive hormone swings and you can see why this time can be difficult for many moms.

Essential Birth

Every woman anticipates labor and birth with a mix of excitement and dread. Here are the oils I recommend for labor. Keep reading below to find out why.

Essential Pregnancy

Recently, I’ve been getting more requests to post about using essential oils during pregnancy and for labor, so over the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of posts to cover this topic. Pregnancy is such a special and magical time in a woman’s life. The anticipation of having a baby and growing a family, the blossoming of breasts and belly, the feeling of new life stirring within.

Back to School with Essential Oils

Aww, Fall! The kids are back in school, the weather is cooling off, and the holidays are right around the corner! Whether you think that’s bad or good, there are some essential oils to help with the challenges of the season. For anyone back to school, there are some essential oils you shouldn’t be without….

Essential Reading

If you’re like me, you can’t start something new and not read a hundred books about it. I have a whole shelf full of books on essential oils and more on my Kindle. Lots of people ask me what essential oil books I recommend, so I thought I would share a few of the ones that I use a lot and think you might find useful too. Of course there are many other books on essential oils, but these four will form a solid basis for your essential oil library.

Essential Oils and your Emotions

One of the greatest powers of essential oils is their ability to affect our emotions. Most of us have experienced the uplifting aroma of citrus or coffee in the morning, the soothing scent of lavender or chamomile tea, the homey comforting aroma of ginger, cloves, and cinnamon baking in an apple pie in the fall, or the romance of floral scents like rose or jasmine. Scents evoke strong emotions and are closely linked with our deepest memories, and we can use this to our advantage throughout our days.

27 Carrier Oils and their properties

Each carrier oil offers a different combination of properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. Here is a list of 27 oils that can be used as or with carrier oils for essential oil application.

A Word about Carrier Oils and Dispursants

Since essential oils are “oily” substances, they dilute best in other oily substances. Carrier oils are the fatty oils from plants, usually from the seeds, kernels or nuts. So while they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of essential oils, they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils.

7 more Essential Oils for your home

Once you get hooked on the amazing power of essential oils, you start discovering all the ways you can use them for your home and family. From cleaning to cooking to beauty, for your children and for your pets, for the physical and the emotional, essential oils are great for a myriad of uses.